In the box
- 3×4.5 Hyperphoto Printer (website here)
- 5 Pack of ZINK Paper (a bit lousy even for a starter kit!)
- 12” USB-A to micro-USB Charging Cord
- User Manual
- Size: 160 x 115 x 25mm x 341g
- Requires the latest version of iOS or Android 4.4 or later
Made from white plastic with silver trim. It is not MIL-SPEC so take care not to drop it. Pop in a pack of paper (up to 10 sheets, Zink side down) and clip on the back plate.
It has a 1000mAh battery rated for micro-USB charging of 5V/1A. Charging takes about two hours, and it will charge on a 5V/.5A in under four hours. It makes little time difference with a 5V/2A charger. You are ill-advised to print on a low battery (red LED indicator).
We did not exhaust the battery as we only did five prints (that was all in the startup kit). The app will advise battery levels.
GadgetGuy’s take: Lifeprint is interesting technology.
GadgetGuy’s review of the ZINKpowered HP Sprocket said, “it is fun, much fun, and it’s only for fun. Do you want professional photo prints? Go to a print shop or buy a photo printer. The Sprocket produces small, fun prints, on adhesive paper with a removable backing so you can stick them on to things.”
It focuses too heavily on social media and sharing – you need to turn ‘share with friends’ off. I don’t want to join a social network for my printer. I don’t want all my printed photos uploaded to a profile. And them onto don’t want to see other people’s printed photos in the”Inbox” and “Explore” feeds that are in the app. Where is the opt-out feature for those who eschew social media?
Lifeprint is not my demographic so let that be a gentle warning about giving it to your parents or grandparents who love paper prints. It’s heavily focused on social media sharing, and they/we will be expecting store quality digital prints.
In fact, for me, I would go for a dedicated photo printer like the Epson XP-8500 (six-ink).
No this is for those who live and breath social media and love to print some photo/stickers when they want to. And perhaps have a thick wallet for ongoing print paper costs.