Review: Why Your Teen Will Want an HP Sprocket in Their Pocket

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From handheld to handheld, and then you can hold it in your hand. Source: HP.

I came home the other day to find a mysterious box from HP waiting for me. I opened it to find an HP Sprocket. The Sprocket is a portable printer that uses HP ZINK (zero ink–get it?) and special paper to print photos directly from your phone. To me, it was a curiosity. To my daughter, though? It was amazing.

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20 sheets for snapshots? Not nearly enough. Source: HP.

The Sprocket has not left her side since. Which makes it hard to review, but is also the very best review. My kid is the target audience here: someone who takes a lot of digital photos, wants to print some, but casually. It’s basically what a Polaroid was back in the day.

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No shaking required. Source: HP.

At $120, the Sprocket isn’t the cheapest pocket photo printer, and the paper ain’t cheap. But the great design and ease of use make it a perfect gift for a young shutterbug who wants to show off.

Note: HP gave me that Sprocket to keep. Not you daughter, me. Sigh. Guess I have to buy my own.

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