HP Sprocket, print instant photos anywhere, anytime

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We dedicate this review to show you the small printer HP Sprocket. A fun device that we have been fortunate to test thanks to the courtesy of the manufacturer. If you want to know our experience with the product, you just have to keep reading. But before we dive right into telling you all about the HP Sprocket, and since we know that it is a peripheral for a very specific and determined use, those of you who are looking for another printer to walk around the house, look at the article on the HP Deskjet 3639, ideal multifunction for the home.

Introducing, Designing, and Building the HP Sprocket Printer

The Sprocket Printer HP, is a device designed to create instant photos from your mobile.

Is a portable printer with the ability to easily print sticky photos, and that is handled comfortably from an application developed for both phones Android What ios.

Box and packing

The product is presented in a small box that clearly shows the product, its functions, what we can get from it. On the back of this box are briefly arranged its most important characteristics.

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HP Sprocket Box

Once the packaging is opened, we find the HP Sprocket inserted in a lightweight plastic cradle.

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Where apart from the printer itself, we find three additional elements:

  • A configuration card
  • HP Sprocket Photo Paper (10 sheets)
  • USB charging cable

Design and build

The small printer is made of plastic. The model that they have served us is entirely colored White, adorned its perimeter by a filigree of color bronze. HP offers the Sprocket also in color black Y Red.

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On one of the sides it is printed, also in the color bronze, the web address of the product. On the reverse side you will find the manufacturer’s logo and the name of the product.

HP Sprocket

The small printer has a rectangular shape. Its dimensions are 116 x 75 mm with a width of 23 mm. It is a really lightweight peripheral. And it is that his weight does not reach the 200 grams. For which it is very transportable Y manageable.

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Fits in the palm of the hand

Its design tends towards simplicity, which is the maxim by which the entire product is governed. All for the benefit of the user. Since you do not want to complicate the use and enjoy the printer.

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The HP Sprocket It offers the minimum essential for its management and user information, as we see in the image above. A button to turn the machine on and off, an input port to charge the battery, and a pair of LED to indicate the states.

HP Sprocket Printer Operation, Features, and Functions

The portable printer HP Sprocket it is extremely easy to use. In a few minutes we can have the device configured and printing our first photos. The first and obligatory thing is to install the App free on the mobile that we are going to use. Something that does not imply greater difficulty than going to the application store of our terminal.

HP Sprocket

Next, or while we carry out the installation process of the App, we will connect the printer to a port USB to charge the battery. Indicate that the product not include any chargerTherefore, we must either have one or go to a port on the computer to carry out this process. When the battery is fully charged, the indicator LED it will go from red to green.

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Refill pack of 20 sheets

Once the previous procedures have been completed, we proceed with the loading of paper. Something that is also very simple. All you have to do is follow the indications that are graphically shown on the consumable package itself. To do this, remove the top cover of the printer and insert the supply of sheets in the position indicated in the graphic. And nothing more. The first printing order that we send, will carry out a brief calibration so that everything comes out in optimal conditions.

HP Sprocket App

HP Sprocket

Now it is only necessary to go to the application to start printing the desired images. A fairly intuitive program that hardly needs an explanation.

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HP Sprocket APP

The app is configured by connecting via Bluetooth the mobile with the printer. Once the devices are connected, the application shows us data from the HP Sprocket such as battery charge, paper loading alerts, print queue etc.

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From the same application, and giving the pertinent permissions, we will access our photo gallery and favorite social networks to print with just one click. In addition, as a good photographic printing application, it allows the user a series of options, ranging from editing the image in its essential parameters, to adding fun drawings, frames Y emojis.

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HP Sprocket

Example of printed photos and quality obtained

This device uses thermal printing technology ZINK®. Which means that you don’t need expensive ink refills to print. HP Sprocket print photos in a tiny size, 5 x 7.6 cm, in a matter of seconds. The paper also has the advantage of being adhesive. Therefore, any of our prints has the ability to instantly become a sticker. Below are the original sample images used to test print quality.

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HP Sprocket Printer Technical Specifications

Here is a summary table with all the technical details of this little girl. HP Sprocket:

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Physical characteristics
Length 116 mm (4.53 inches)
Broad 75 mm (2.95 inches)
Height 23 mm (0.87 inches)
Weight 0.172 kg (0.379 lb)
  • Black
  • White
  • Red
  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • Passive Near Field Communication (NFC)
Printer management HP sprocket app
Power supply
  • Internal rechargeable battery
  • 7.4V, two-cell, 500mAh lithium polymer battery
Loading time Up to 90 minutes
Energy consumption
  • 0.9 watts (in standby mode)
  • 15.91 watts average (based on first impression)
  • 34.49 watts maximum at 25 ° C (77 ° F)
Printing technology
  • Thermal printing with a ZINK® Zero Ink® printer
  • The HP Sprocket printer does not use ink cartridges to print
Supported paper
  • HP Sprocket Photo Paper
  • 5.0 x 7.6 cm (2 x 3 inches)
Borderless printing Yes
Supported file types
  • .jpeg, .tiff (iOS only), .gif, .bmp, and .png
  • Note: If you send an unsupported file type, the print job does not print
Paper tray capacity Up to 10 sheets with the Smartsheet®
Memory Up to 512 MB
Print quality 313 x 400 dots per inch (dpi)
Mobile operating systems
  • Android ™ v 4.4 and higher
  • iOS v 8.0 and later
Control Panel
  • Power button
  • Restore button
  • Charge and status indicator lights
Environmental parameters
  • Operating humidity: Relative humidity 5% to 70% (recommended)
  • Non-operating humidity: Relative humidity 5 to 90%
  • Operating temperature: 5 ° to 40 ° C (41 ° to 104 ° F)
  • Recommended operating temperature: 15 ° to 32 ° C (59 ° to 90 ° F)
  • Storage temperature: -30 ° to 70 ° C (-22 to 158 ° F)
Package content
  • HP Sprocket Printer
  • Configuration card
  • HP Sprocket Photo Paper (10 sheets)
  • USB charging cable
  • Regulatory and warranty information
Limited warranty One year for hardware

HP Sprocket Printer Conclusions, Availability, and Price

HP Sprocket

The printer HP Sprocket It is a product that meets a current trend such as immediacy and social networks. Its advantages are the ease of use, how comfortable it is to take anywhere and its speed of printing. In contrast, the consumable (paper) represents a considerable expense in the long term, and is limited by the small size of the photos.

  • Small and light.
  • Easy setup.
  • Fast printing.
  • Application with many options.
  • Good print quality.
  • Sticker paper.

  • Very specific use.
  • The paper curls slightly over time (if it doesn’t stick).
Total score

User rating: 3.67 (3 votes)