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.
This is the HP Sprocket
From a computer brand known for desk printers comes the cutest photo printer I’ve ever seen. The HP Sprocket fits in the palm of my hands; it’s the same size as a smartphone!
This thing is so light and compact it would probably fit a standard-sized clutch bag. That says a lot because those things are usually pretty tiny.
It can print any photo on your phone
Simply download the Sprocket app (available on iOS or Android), connect the printer to your smartphone via Bluetooth and you’re ready to go. Now, I may be a tech writer, but I can be pretty daft with gadget setups and believe me, I was also pretty surprised at how easy this printer was to start up.
You can print any photo from your smartphone — whether it be from Facebook, Google Photos, Instagram (all of which are instantly linked to the app). As long as it can be saved in your camera roll, it’s as good as done. 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
What I especially love about this is not in the hardware. The Sprocket app offers the nicest stamps and stickers you could edit your pictures with — and this is pretty important. (I’ve refused to use Facebook Stories because their filters are just not as cute as Snapchat’s!)
Aside 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.
Is this your GadgetMatch?
Some questions remain: Do I need a small printer that will allow me to instantly edit and print all photos I could ever put on my smartphone? Of course not. Do I want it? Hell yeah.
Technology has changed the way we take and store photos completely, and I’m totally fine with that, but when someone says “let’s print out our photos!” — whatever photos they may be — I’m always going to be super down with that.
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 retails for PhP 7,290.00 in the Philippines through Lazada, and INR 19,499 in India on Amazon, as well.