HP Sprocket Review
Pros: Passable resolution, multi-photo queue, adhesive photo paper
Cons: Magenta color cast, overall poor quality grayscale, microbanding
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|Pros||Passable resolution, multi-photo queue, adhesive photo paper||Many print dimensions, several print mediums, low-cost prints, high image fidelity||Low cost per print, many print mediums, competitively priced||Consistent color, easy set-up, broad format options||Easy to use, decent resolution, prints common sizes|
|Cons||Magenta color cast, overall poor quality grayscale, microbanding||Physically large, pricy||Difficult to set up, no roll paper, big footprint||Microbanding in grayscale, relatively low definition in dark areas||Microbanding in larger formats, off skin tones, over saturation|
|Bottom Line||This mini printer had some of the worst image outcomes of the class||This pro-level machine provides users with nearly all the printing options that a serious photographer could ask for in a desktop unit||If you’re in the market for a full-size printer then this relatively inexpensive unit is a decent option with the main drawback being the set-up||This printer yields high-quality images at a reasonable price||A quality mid-size machine that will appeal to the casual user|
|Rating Categories||HP Sprocket||Epson SureColor P700||Canon PIXMA Pro-200||Expression Photo...||Canon PIXMA TR4520|
|Black And White (35%)|
|Print Capabilities (15%)|
|Operating Cost (10%)|
|Set Up (5%)|
|Specs||HP Sprocket||Epson SureColor P700||Canon PIXMA Pro-200||Expression Photo...||Canon PIXMA TR4520|
|Resolutioin (dots per inch)||313 x 400||5760 x 1440||4800 x 2400||5760 x 1440||4800 x 1200|
|Max photo deminsions (inches)||2" x 3"||13" x 129"||13" x 39"||13" x 44"||8" x 10"|
|Cost per print (4" x 6" or mini print)||$0.50||$0.37||$0.38||$0.45||$0.58|
|Machine deminsions (HxWxD inches)||0.98" x 3.15" x 4.63"||20.19" x 14.44" x 7.34"||25" x 14.63" x 7.75"||6.3" x 18.7" x 14.5"||7.5" x 17.2" x 11.7"|
|Printing technology||In paper, thermal-activated dye||Inkjet (Piezo DOD)||Inkjet (Theromal DOD)||Inkjet (Piezo DOD)||Inkjet (Theromal DOD)|
|Print time per 4" x 6" (or mini print)||39 seconds||83 seconds||66 seconds||34 seconds||128 seconds|
|Color palette (ink cartridges)||N/A||Cyan, Light Cyan, Vivid Magenta, Vivid Light Magenta, Yellow, Gray, Light Gray, Violet, Photo Black and Matte Black||Black, Gray, Light Gray, Cyan, Photo Cyan, Magenta, Photo Magenta, Yellow||Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black, Gray, Red||Black plus color cartridge|
|Memory cards supported||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Ink type||N/A||Pigment-based||Dye-based||Dye-based||Pigment (black) and dye-based (color)|
|Connectivity||Bluetooth||Hi-Speed USB 3.0 (1 port), 100Base-T Ethernet (1 port), 2.4 GHz (802.11n) and 5 GHz Wireless (IEEE802.11 b/g/n/ac)6, Wi-Fi Direct 6, AirPrint, Google Cloud Print, Epson Print Layout for iOS||Hi-Speed USB, Ethernet (10/100), Wireless1 (IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n, 2.5/5.0GHz), Wireless PictBridge||iPad, iPhone and Android tablets, Alexa and smartphones; Ethernet networking, andard Connectivity:
Hi-Speed USB, USB Host, Wireless 802.11 b/g/n5, Wi-Fi Direct 5, Ethernet 10/100
Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n wireless networking, 2.4 GHz)
|Operating system requirements||Android, iOS||Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later; Windows 10, 8.1, 8 and 7 (32-bit,64-bit)||Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 7 SP1, Mac OS X v10.11.6 - macOS v10.15, 14 iOS, Android, Windows 10 Mobile||Windows 10 8/8.1/Windows 7 (32-bit, 64-bit)
Windows Vista (32-bit , 64-bit)
Mac OS X 10.6.8 — macOS 10.12.x6
|Windows:20 Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 7 SP1, Mac:21
Mac OS X v10.10.5 - macOS v10.13 (High Sierra)
Mobile Operating Systems:22 iOS, Android, Windows 10 Mobile, and Fire OS (Amazon Fire) devices
|Scanner||No||No||No||No||Yes (bed and feed)|
Our Analysis and Test Results
Unfortunately, the HP Sprocket produced what some might describe as cringe-worthy photos. Despite decent resolution, the color images were cast in magenta and had bleeding along the borders. As for the black and white… Let's just say that we wouldn't recommend printing in grayscale on this machine. We did like the app that controls the printer, as it allows you to print from your phone and stack up multiple photos in the queue.
We like the mini printer concept. We think that a picture is not a photo until you print it, and mini printers like this one make that easier than ever. Additionally, we like that you can do some creative edits on your phone before printing.
Another check in the pro column for the HP Sprocket — and mini printers in general — is that it is easy to set-up. The process is as simple as downloading an app onto your phone and then connecting to the printer via Bluetooth. That's it.
Simply put, this printer did not fare well in our evaluations. It's color renditions were pretty bad, and the black and white test images came out looking bazaar. Suffice it to say that this machine is not cut out for printing in grayscale.
Given that the Sprocket is in the same price range as mini printers rendering much higher quality images, we do not find it to be a very good value.
We don't have much positive to say about this printer except that it is a fun, and fairly inexpensive way to get pics off your mobile device and into the hands of loved ones. If you're shopping for a mini printer there are better devices in this review for about the same price.
— Nick Miley, Jason Peters and Austin Palmer