While there are a bunch of instant printers out on the market, we’re thinking the HP Sprocket might be the most fun of them all.
That’s in large part thanks to its companion iOS/Android app. The app lets you edit your photo, add text, filters, borders and stickers like cat ears — yes, all the things us millennials love and hold dear. Except instead of just sending the photo to your most ratchet Whatsapp group, you get to print it out.
Showcasing a deep understanding of its target audience, the Sprocket app also lets you pull photos directly from Facebook and Instagram, which means you can get everything done without having to toggle between apps
The Sprocket connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth or NFC, and prints on 2.3in Zink paper which is smudge-proof, water-resistant and tear-resistant. That means you won’t need any ink with the device because Zink technology uses heat to bring up colours on the paper.
It can hold up to 10 sheets at a time, and to make things even more fun, each sheet is a sticker that won’t lose its sticky backing even if you transfer it from one spot to another. Just think of the potential — you could print doggo memes and stick them all over your colleague’s desk.
The print quality on the Sprocket isn’t the greatest, with a yellowish tint showing up especially on lighter areas of the photo. But it’s not like you’re going to print your wedding photos on this thing. For creating quick mementos on the spot, you really can’t ask for anything better. And just imagine how popular you’ll be at parties?
The HP Sprocket is available in black and white at S$199 and comes preloaded with 10 sheets of sticky-backed photo paper. A refill pack of 20 sheets costs S$15.90.