Review: HP Sprocket, pocket mini photo printer
Since Wednesday I have owned an HP Sprocket. I've wanted this mini photo printer for a long time. Ideal for sticking photos in an agenda or in a bullet journal :-). But I thought the Sprocket was pricey (€ 129 at most stores), until Wehkamp suddenly had a nice promotion on Tuesday. The HP Sprocket was on sale (€ 114) and you also got 50 sheets of photo paper for free (normally also € 25). So I took the plunge and bought one. Today in this review my opinion about this cute mini photo printer and whether it is worth the money...
What exactly is an HP Sprocket?
The HP Sprocket is a compact mini photo printer. You can easily print photos from your smartphone via an app and Bluetooth. The photos that come out of the printer are 50 by 76 mm. You buy special paper for the printer, HP ZINK Sticky-backed 2 x 3 Inch. You can also use the photos as stickers. Unfortunately, the photo paper is pricey. That is a major disadvantage. One photo will cost you approximately €0.50 each. But because of the special paper, the HP Sprocket does not use ink, so you don't have to buy it. Which I think is a big advantage because I don't use a color inkjet printer enough and the ink was therefore always drying out.
My experience with the HP Sprocket
The HP sprocket came in a small box. After unpacking, this cute little printer emerged. I bought the white version, but it is also available in red and black.
Connecting the HP Sprocket to my iPhone was very easy and the app is user-friendly. Before I knew it I was already able to print photos :-).
To be honest, I think the quality of the photos I printed is mediocre... I actually expected more. As you can see in the photo below, the large photo has stripes and the colors are very pale. This was printed with the HP Sprocket. The small photo you see comes from the HEMA photo service. Below this photo I also place the original digital photo.
Conclusion review HP Sprocket photo printer
Yes, the HP Sprocket is very handy, small and beautiful. But I think the most important thing is the quality of the photo prints, because that's what a photo printer is for. I think the quality of the prints is really too poor for the price you pay per photo (€ 0.50). For that reason, I had to return the HP Sprocket with pain in my heart 🙁 (At Wehkamp, a very sweet employee helped me very nicely with my complaint 🙂 ).
So do I recommend the HP Sprocket to buy? No, but you probably expected that ;-). It is only worth considering if you want to quickly print a photo on the go and the quality is not that important. But otherwise I wouldn't buy this Pinterest.
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