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Shiny Gadget of the Month: HP Sprocket Photo Printer

By December 14, 2017November 20th, 2018News

If you or someone you know loves to take pictures with their phone, then the HP Sprocket Photo Printer could be exactly what you are looking for. People love their phones and love taking picture with them to share electronically, but sometimes it is more fun to have an actual print, especially on the go with friends or at events. HP has created a tiny pocket-sized printer you can take with you and allows you to print photos directly from your phone.

The Sprocket is 3 by 4.5 inches, so it can fit in your pocket or purse and has a rechargeable battery. It uses Bluetooth to connect with your iOS or Android smartphone or tablet so that you can print directly from your device using a social media account or directly from your device’s photo albums.

One of the coolest features is that not only that it is super portable, but that it doesn’t even use ink. Instead it uses special paper named Zink paper which has heat activated dye crystals in it to create the colors. The one limitation is that it only supports 2×3 wallet-sized sheets, but they do have a peel off sticky back that could be fun.

Overall, this could be a fun device, especially for something like a party or event where people can connect to the printer with their own devices to print off photos. Since they can be a photo or a sticker that adds to the fun factor, and at places like a wedding or even just a get together with friends and family it could be a big hit.

While the Sprocket won’t outshine a dedicated photo printer it definitely has its own unique uses for its fun and portability. At $130 it could be a fun gadget to give as a gift this Holiday season.