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HP Sprocket Review: The smallest instant printer

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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

Printing photos with 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!

The HP Sprocket comes with a free Sprocket app for your phone

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.

The HP The HP Sprocket fits perfectly in your hands

The HP Sprocket fits perfectly in my hands, too!

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.

SEE ALSO: This is what using a Nokia 3310 in 2017 is like

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Cheap Unlimited Airline Wi-Fi: #TravelHacks (Episode 1)

Plus our favorite travel gadget!

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In the very first episode of #TravelHacks, we fly to Singapore on Singapore Airlines’ new 787-10 regional business class. I show you how to pick the right kind of luggage, give you tips on how to live out of a suitcase, get unlimited Wi-Fi on flights, taste the world’s cheapest Michelin Star meal, and of course, talk about my perfect travel gadget.

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PhoneSoap Go: A portable device that will sanitize your smartphone

It isn’t called PhoneSoap for nothing!

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That smartphone in your purse can do so much but it also has 18 times more bacteria than the average public toilet. Before we continue, let that sink in.

Before you drop that phone you’re probably reading this article on, know that there’s a way to clean your handset and it doesn’t involve soap and water. Introducing: PhoneSoap.

PhoneSoap Go is the brand’s latest release. It’s a tiny chest that will literally clean your smartphone. It uses UV-C light to kill bacteria on your device. All you do is put your smartphone inside, tap the lightning button, wait 10 minutes for one cleaning cycle, and your phone should be germ-free.

The inside compartment can house your phone, no matter what size. It’s pretty spacious so it can even fit small everyday stuff like keys or wallets. Despite all that space, the PhoneSoap Go is designed for portability. This is PhoneSoap’s smallest device — something you can bring along on trips to make sure your handset is sanitized anywhere you go.

On the back of the chest is a USB-A and a USB-C port. This is because the PhoneSoap Go has a 7000mAh battery built into it. That’s enough for 45 cleaning cycles, or four phone charging cycles.

Yes, I said phone charging cycles. That’s because you can actually use it as a power bank. There’s even a slot for your charging cable so you can charge as you sanitize your phone. That means even if the whole cleaning cycle is just 10 minutes, you can leave your phone plugged in longer. There’s even “acoustic outlets” at the bottom so you can hear phone notifications.

Of course, unless I have a petri dish and some phone swabs, I won’t be able to say definitively that this thing can clean 99.99 percent of bacteria on your phone, as the brand claims. But, I will say that if it does end up sanitizing your phone in any capacity, that’s already a good enough deal considering how dirty these things supposedly are, and how much we’re holding on to them on a daily basis.

But really, more than phone cleaning, what you get is peace of mind. Honestly, my own (many, rotating) devices have been chilling a lot in my PhoneSoap ever since I got it.

The PhoneSoap Go retails for US$ 79.95 and you can get it from their website.

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This titanium strap elevates the way your Apple Watch looks

And doesn’t deplete your savings

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Although Nomad is best known for its beautifully crafted Horween Leather accessories, that doesn’t stop the company from trying other things like the Tesla Model 3 wireless charger from six months ago. This time around, the company dabbles in something familiar but still different — its first metal Apple Watch bands.

The new straps come in silver and space gray, and fits the 42mm/44mm models. There’s no word yet on rose gold and gold bands, as well as straps compatible with the smaller 38mm/40mm models.

The company promises the metal bands to be as light as possible, while maintaining that premium feel and durability thanks to the use of high-grade titanium.

The straps come with Nomad’s custom lugs and over twenty titanium links — ten of them removable — that you can customize according to your wrist size, as Nomad is including the link removal tool in the package.

Nomad’s new titanium Apple Watch bands are available now for US$ 179.95 on the Nomad website; that’s half the price of Apple’s own metal link band.

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