HP Sprocket instantly prints photos from your smartphone

The $199 HP Sprocket is a pocket-sized printer that prints stickable photos from your smartphone.
The $199 HP Sprocket is a pocket-sized printer that prints stickable photos from your smartphone.PHOTO: HP

SINGAPORE - HP has updated the portable photo printer for smartphone-toting millennials. With the new palm-sized HP Sprocket, users can print 2 x 3-inch colour photos directly from their smartphones.

Such portable photo printers are not new. In fact, the Sprocket uses the same Zink technology as its competitors. It does not require any ink cartridges - you simply load the Sprocket with the Zink-compatible photo paper. It can hold up to 10 photo papers.

The resulting photos are smudge-proof and water-resistant, with a sticky back that lets users paste them on objects like laptops and phones.

HP has also created a companion Sprocket app (for iOS and Android) that lets you easily print shots from your smartphone's camera or social media accounts like Facebook, Instagram or Flickr. But the app's best feature is its ability to jazz up your photos with borders, emojis, stickers, filters and fonts. These edited photos can be shared on social media or sent to the HP Sprocket via Bluetooth for printing.

"Whatever the occasion may be, the HP Sprocket is a nifty and fun gadget to bring along," said Lionel Ch'ng, managing director, HP Inc Singapore.

The HP Sprocket is available now in black and white at $199. A pack of 20 sticky-backed photo paper costs $15.90.