For the past few years, a mini photo printer has been so popular, especially among travelers. It is mini photo printers are extremely portable, allowing you to bring them in your pocket.
In this article, we will compare and review 2 popular pocket photo printers, Canon Ivy vs HP Sprocket 2nd Edition.
The Canon Ivy is a mini photo printer measuring 0.7 inches x 3.2 inches x 4.7 inches. Its weight is only 5.6 ounces. With this dimension, you can easily put it in your pouch or bag and go traveling with it. This dimension is also close enough to its competitor, HP Sprocket.
This compact photo printer is available in 2 different colors, which are mint green, rose gold, and slate grey. It also comes in 3 color schemes, all two-tone with white on top and a pastel shade on the bottom and around the edge.
It features no control panel since the mini printer works with the interface of your tablet or smartphone. There is a micro-USB connector for charging the printer, reset pinhole, and LED showing the charging status.
The Canon Ivy uses the Zink Zero Ink printing technology. So, instead of using actual ink cartridges, the mini printer uses paper infused with color crystals. When there are heated by the printer, they will melt and display colors on the paper.
The mini printer relies on Bluetooth connectivity to work. When it comes to speeds, the Canon Ivy prints at around 38 seconds to 52 seconds.
Canon Ivy Pros and Cons
The HP Sprocket is a tiny, convenient photo printer that allows you to print photos from your smartphone or tablet. Similar to Canon Ivy, it only offers Bluetooth connectivity. You can connect it to your Android or iOS device via Bluetooth.
The dimension of the HP Sprocket is 0.9 inches x 3 inches x 4.5 inches. And it weighs only 6 ounces. With this measurement, the mini photo printer will fit in your pocket. It comes in 2 colors, which are black and white.
It is equipped with a built-in rechargeable battery. The company claims that the photo printer can print up to 30 photos per charge. When it comes to controls, the HP Sprocket is minimal since it only has the power button as the control.
You will see a micro-USB Type-B port for charging the device. There is also an indicator light that will glow white when the printer is on, blink once when it is turned on, white when a job is sent to it, and glow red when an error occurs.
The HP Sprocket prints at 42 seconds per 2-by-3 print. For the individual prints, it ranges from 39 seconds to 46 seconds.
HP Sprocket 2nd Edition Pros and Cons
Which one is better, Canon Ivy or HP Sprocket 2nd Edition?
In terms of printing speeds and output quality, the Canon Ivy is better than the HP Sprocket.
Moreover, the former allows for larger photos while the latter is limited to wallet-size prints. The Canon Ivy is also slightly tinier than the HP photo printer.