The Magical Mini Photo Printer I Can’t Stop Using Is on Sale for Prime Day (and It’s the Perfect Gift!)

published Jul 11, 2023
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Like most people, I take a lot of photos with my phone, especially when I travel. And while I share many of these images on various social media platforms, I don’t have any that I can actually display anywhere in my apartment. Until now. Recently I got to try out the HP Sprocket 3×4 Instant Photo Printer, and I’ve been printing out crystal-clear photos of fun hangouts with friends and family and favorite scenes from my recent trip to Sicily ever since. Honestly, these curated photos feel more special as printouts, and they bring back wonderful memories in a way that scrolling through a camera roll doesn’t. I think it’s the perfect gift for anyone who loves taking photos, and right now it’s on sale for $103.99 for Prime Day (normally $129.99).

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But picture-perfect printouts aren’t the only reason to love the compact HP Sprocket 3×4. It takes up no space, is ridiculously easy to use, and can be set up in seconds. Just download the app and follow the instructions: Plug in the printer to charge it, connect to the printer via Bluetooth, and lift up the top to load in the printer papers. The only thing left to do is to select the picture you want to print. That’s it!

Credit: Mark Marino

You can, however, edit and customize the photos in the app before printing them. Besides enhancing the quality of the photos, you can also jazz them up a bit by adding borders, stickers, and text to them. These fancy works can also be shared directly on social media or via text message. Those planning to print could also opt for HP’s sticky-backed printer paper, which lets you turn any photo into a sticker just by peeling away the paper backing. Another great thing about the printer? You don’t have to worry about ink or toner cartridges, since the ink is embedded in the paper itself.

Credit: Mark Marino

AT senior commerce editor Alicia, who owns the mini 2×3 model, agrees that the HP Sprocket makes a great gift and says she was thrilled to finally have prints of photos she’d been wanting to print out for years. “It’s quick, easy, painless, and you get full-color photos printed without having any headaches,” she says of the gadget. “It’s maybe the smartest piece of technology I have come across. For example, if you run out of paper (the Sprocket comes with 10 pieces of photo paper), you can order it directly in the app.”

Whether you keep it for yourself or gift it to the budding photographer in your life, the HP Sprocket 3×4 Instant Photo Printer is a great little tool that will make any moment you’ve captured on camera much more magical.

Buy: HP Sprocket 3×4 Instant Photo Printer, $109.99 (normally $129.99)