The HP Sprocket Portable Photo Printer is one of the smallest portable printer that on the pocket-portable zero ink printers in the market. Armed with it’s compact size and high portability this printing device makes it very convenient to instantly print images from your phone via bluetooth connectivity. Personlized photos and unforgetable moments will easily be printed out in 2×3 inch sized Zink embedded papers wherever and whenever. Find out more about this device through this HP Sprocket Portable Photo Printer Review and see if the costs of buying it justifies the features it brings on the table.
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As mentioned earlier, this portable photo printer does not require ink in printing. The Sprocket uses a technology called Zink technology which is actually originally develped by Polaroid.
What are the best features of this portable printer?
Those who take lots of photos from their smartphones will be most useful for this photo printer. The photos are printed out in less than a minute – approximately 50 seconds. Zink technology mentioned earlier is a printing system that uses a paper that is layered with multiple transparent dyes. These dyes are activated with heat impulses of varrying leng and intensity coming from a thermal print head.
The HP Sprocket is bluetooth enabled. It easily connects with your mobile device using the free HP Sprocket app to print the images. A great feature of this app is that it can be easily linked to social media accounts like Facebook, Instagram or Flickr. From then on, it will be easy to access more photos and instantly print them. The app also features editing tools that allows the users to use stickers, captions, borders or filters before printing.
It takes about 90 minutes to get a full charge on the printer and a single charge is able to print up to 30 2×3 prints. The printer can only hold 10 papers sheets inside. Although the portability and size is a big advantage of this device, the print quality is not much impressive as it is reliant on the photo’s subject. On a closer range it can show images vividly and detailed but on a farther range, the colors seems to blend too much and some colors are lost. Color resolution is 313 x 400 dpi.
- Instant photo printing from smartphones/mobile devices (approx. 50 seconds)
- Print size of 2 x 3-inch (5 x 7.6 cm) snapshots or stickers
- Easy to use and very portable (pocket size)
- Prints through HP Sprocket app via Bluetooth
- Customize photos before printing through the app
- Seamless bluetooth connectivity
- Uses no-ink Zink Technology in printing
- Rechargeable through a micro USB cable
- Can be linked or connected to social media accounts through the app
- Photo quality is not at best
- Requires Android: 4.4 above / iOS: 8.0 above for the app to work at best
- Printing is limited only to one size which is 2×3 inches
The print paper can be expensive as it is small and the print quality is not at optimal quality. This printer’s portability is probably the best feature of this device where the user can have fun in the instant print out of photos from smartphones.
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