HP Sprocket Review

This isn’t the post I’d planned to do today, but this is the post I’ve now decided to do! You may have seen on my Instagram (@jessblogs) story that I went into town (specifically Argos), and I said that you’d see a review of what I’d bought… but I didn’t tell you what it was! Surprise! This is what I went into town for… The HP Sprocket!

For those of you who don’t know, the HP Sprocket is a small, handheld photo printer that you can connect to your smartphone. I’ve been saving up for a while, and today I finally went and bought one! I was so excited to try it out when I got home, and I was even more excited to write this review! So, may I present to you… My HP Sprocket Review:

HP Sprocket Review

The Printer

Aforementioned earlier, the HP Sprocket is a small photo printer capable of connecting to your smartphone (via Bluetooth) using the HP Sprocket app, which is available on both iOS (9 or later) and Android (KitKat (4.4) or later). There are three colours to choose from: White, Black and Red. As you can probably tell I chose the white one; I felt that it was pretty and aesthetically pleasing. It is very compact, which is handy, as it’s not much bigger than my iPhone SE. It comes with a USB charging lead and 10 sheets of the paper it takes. The HP Sprocket takes Zink paper, which means that the printer doesn’t actually require ink! The size of the paper is 2 by 3 inches. The device prints very quickly and connects to my phone with no problems!

It retails at approximately £100-£120, and Argos currently have a deal where you can get a free bag/holder/pouch (I can’t think of what it’s really called!) which would normally be £7.99!

The Photos

I printed three photos from my phone’s camera roll for the purpose of the review (don’t worry, they were photos I was going to print anyway). As I said, they printed nice and quickly and instantly dried! I think that they’re a perfect size for pinning up on a notice board! What you may not know is that you can peel the backing off of the photos to create a sticker! Who wants to start scrapbooking now?!

I’ll admit, the photos aren’t the most a m a z i n g quality ever, but you have to weigh it up. It’s not meant to be a means of printing photos professionally, if you want that, go to Jessops! It’s a way of sharing and keeping memories, I think! I’m definitely taking this when I go to University next year (September 2019) because I think it’ll be really good for capturing and printing memories, both old and new!

The App

Last but not least, let’s talk about the app! The app is completely free and allow you to connect your phone to the printer! But, that’s not it! You can also add filters, stickers and borders to your photos to make them really stand out against anything else! Fun Fact: if your photo is a Live Photo (iOS), you can scan your printed photo to see it come alive (using AR effects). The app is pretty straightforward to use and I experienced no crashes or lagging.

Conclusion

Overall, I think that this is a really nifty little device and I’d definitely recommend it – especially if you’re one for taking lots of photos with your friends! Yes, the paper can appear expensive, but I find that it’s better value for money if you buy more packs at a time!

I hope you enjoyed my HP Sprocket review! There’s going to be another (you lucky souls!) new post tomorrow where I am going to be sharing with you my exam results (which I get at 5PM today!).

Thanks for reading – what’s your favourite photo product?

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