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HP Sprocket Photo Printer Paper Review

The on-demand character of HP Sprocket Photo Printer Paper is great. Once you have downloaded the app and connected it to the device via Bluetooth, you can print your photos instantly and easily. The photo paper has a sticky back so you can show your photos in an album or on a wall..When it comes to pocket printers, not many companies do.

There are a few portable printers on the market, such as the Canon CP1000 Selphy, which is the size of a loaf and can give you 4×6 photo album prints, or the Epson WF-100 staff, which is almost the size of a laptop but can print regular A4 pages in color.

Neither of them fits in your pocket what the HP sprocket can do. Following the selfie trend, HP has introduced the HP sprocket. It’s a printer that’s smaller than your average 5-inch smartphone and can print photos wirelessly from your phone. So, photos are obviously small, the size of a badge and fit in your wallet.

Let’s take a look at how it works, the quality this small printer can deliver, and at what cost.

Setting up sprocket

It is easy to set the sprocket, at least compared to a conventional printer. It comes with a built-in rechargeable battery, no cartridges need to be installed, no ink needs to be filled and no calibration needs to be done. The ink is already embedded on small sheets to be used on the printer.

HP Sprocket comes with a pack of 10 zinc leaves. Zinc literally means Zero Ink, a paper that does not require printing on ink. They come in 2×3 inch size and you will also find them on Polaroid cameras. The top of the printer can be opened to place the zinc sheets all at once. There is actually a mini tray inside to keep the zinc leaves.

The printer is controlled by an app that can be downloaded for free from the Apple and Android app stores. After you install the app on a phone, the printer connects to the smartphone via Bluetooth and synchronizes to show the battery and print status. There is also an option to turn off the printer automatically to save battery power.

There is no NFC, so you can not touch and connect the printer. In addition, photos cannot be printed directly from your phone gallery.

Any photos that appear on your device will appear in the app (the app requires gallery and camera permissions). You can also sync your Facebook, Instagram, and Google accounts to access photos directly in the app.

However, there is no way to cancel after giving the print command. If you cancel it in the print queue menu, the printer just starts printing.The orientation is automatically adjusted to use the full size of the printout, and you can manually rotate the photo using the pinch zoom rotary two-finger gestures.

Print quality

Since Sprocket connects directly to your smartphone, you get much better photos than you would expect from affordable instant cameras. But on the other hand, the photo quality is very subjective and is very different from what you see on your smartphone screen, so let me stop that.Immediate cameras have their own look next to the printing mechanism.

Compared to classic analog Polaroid’s, the quality of the recently introduced instant camera is not so good. The instant cameras like Instax are much worse quality than regular Polaroid’s.On the other hand, you take the printer out and give it the ability to wirelessly communicate with smart devices for better configuration, no matter how nostalgic that may be.

Phone cameras can take good pictures, especially when shooting in low light because they have software and an ISP on board to take good pictures before you print them out. With instant cameras, there is minimal hardware to capture the scene.However, the sprocket compresses photos or lowers the quality. The images that come from the portable printer seem boring compared to the photos you see on the phone. Many details are lost and the colors lose their shine.You may not care if you travel months and have a habit of keeping a journal.

Getting a photo in the middle of desert or mountain days away from civilization for your travelogue will be terrific.But for those who sooner or later have access to much better printers, you can get far better photos at much lower cost.

Cost per page

A pack of 20 zinc leaves is sold at Amazon for 5.9 $. Because no ink is needed to print, the only cost is paper. So per photo, you would pay about 0.3 $ only. A 4×6 album print will not only be bigger, but also much better. But far from being delivered right away, it may take a few days for you to get the package.

The other option is that instead of HP Sprocket (at the same price), you can print A4-sized photos as fast as the pinion when you are near the printer or when you get home. They can cost as much as the zinc leaf, but they get bigger and have a much better quality.

Traditional printers cannot do that.

It merely highlights the need to pin down your on-the-go printing needs and to press it alongside the suggestion to print differently.

HP Sprocket Portable Photo Printer, print social media photos on 2x3 sticky-backed paper - black (X7N08A)

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Should you buy?

The HP Sprocket is designed to meet specific printing needs. And it is fun. More precisely, it is an instant portable personal printer. But I was really hard to think who wants it, especially in a country where you can find photo walls in almost every tourist area.If you like to have instant photos, Sprocket is a device made for you.

But then there is a chance that you probably will not create high-quality instant pictures.In the end, the HP Sprocket is a nice printer if you’re the kind of person who likes to pick up and store photos for posterity. It’s relatively compact, easy to use, and prints photos quickly, though the quality of prints and the cost of photo paper are not appealing to some.

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