When was the last time you held an actual photo in your hand?
I grew up with physical photo albums and picture frames. These days, though, you’d be hard-pressed to find photo printouts — most pictures are stored in your camera roll or tucked away as “Memories” on your Facebook feed.
A nifty device will change that.
It is slightly larger than a deck of cards and connects to your mobile device via Bluetooth.
The HP Sprocket uses ZINK – Zero Ink Technology – so there is no need to worry about running out of ink or buying new cartridges. Users can print photos from the camera roll and also link their Facebook, Instagram and Google Photo accounts, so they can also print pictures that have already been shared or stored in the cloud.
Simply download the Sprocket app (available on iOS or Android), connect the printer to your smartphone via Bluetooth and you’re ready to go. Another thing: The Sprocket doesn’t just print your pictures on photo paper, it prints them on sticker paper!
More importantly, it has cute stickers.
The Sprocket app offers the nicest stamps and stickers you could edit your pictures with — and this is pretty important. Besides from these stickers, the app allows you to edit the photos (brightness, saturation, etc). There’s more: You can also add doodles, text, borders, and photo filters.
Once you hit the print button it takes about 30 seconds for your photo to appear. There is a rechargeable battery on board so it’s a truly wireless solution. Users can load up to 10 ZINK photo sheets at a time with photos printed using heat transfer instead of ink . Image quality is impressive when you consider the size of the printer but obviously don’t compare it to larger inkjet printers.
HP’s Sprocket is available now in three colours – black,white and red – and is priced at 8999 Rs on Amazon.in
It also comes with a pack of ZINK photo paper with additional 20-sheet packs priced at 535 Rs on Amazon.in
Pros: Small and compact, portable, rechargeable battery, connects to your mobile via Bluetooth, print your social media images and from camera roll, decorate images with frames and filters.
Cons: Quality is not that great.
Call it nostalgia, call it a misplaced appreciation for printouts; I will always appreciate having something that I can hold in my hands. The HP Sprocket will give you the opportunity to print out your favourite pictures from your mobile device and let you have a lot of fun doing it.
B.A Eng. Hons. , Jamia Millia Islamia