HP Sprocket Review

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What is the HP Sprocket?What's the HP Sprocket Great At?What are the HP Sprocket's Drawbacks?How Much Does it Cost to Print on the HP Sprocket?The Verdict: Loads of Fun

What is the HP Sprocket?

The HP Sprocket is a pocket-sized printer, designed to print photos and nothing more. It doesn’t have any ink cartridges to speak of. Instead, it uses heat-activated Zink paper to turn the blank 2×3-inch sheets into mini photos.

The Sprocket comes in three colors: Blush, Luna Pearl and Lilac. Each version has a speckled design on the top of the case which acts like a QR code, allowing you to connect to the Sprocket, view its status, and gauge its remaining battery. We tried the Luna Pearl version, which comes in a smart light gray color.

The regular HP Sprocket can only print 2×3-inch photos, while the larger HP Sprocket Plus can print 2.3×3.4-inch shots. The regular Sprocket will set you back $129.99, although we tried the Limited Edition Gift Box version, which includes the Sprocket, 10 sheets of paper, a small carry case and a tasteful string of lights and pegs to hold your photos. These extras will bump the cost up to almost $175.

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What’s the HP Sprocket Great at?

There are lots of things to like about the HP Sprocket, not least the new improved design and app over the first generation model. We found that it’s delightfully easy-to-use, has great connectivity options and a loads of fun features to make your photos even better.


The Sprocket is brilliantly easy to use. It operates from a rechargeable battery via a micro-USB cable, and connects via Bluetooth and the Sprocket app.

It’s simple to insert the paper, which comes in 10, 20 or 50 sheet packets. Just lift off the magnetic cover and drop the sheets in (although make sure you do it the right way up).

Printing a photo is easy as well. Tap one or more pictures from the in-app photo grid, then hit print. Wait a second and the Sprocket will spin up, then print the photo in about ten seconds.

It connects to loads of social media platforms

The Sprocket app can be connected to a variety of different social media platforms, including Facebook and Instagram. This enables you to print your social media snaps without ever leaving the Sprocket app.

It certainly helps to cut out some of the leg work when deciding which photos you want to turn from digital snapshots into physical memories, and will doubtless help homesick teens and tweens at college or university.

Fun augmented reality features

Augmented reality (AR) is one of the biggest buzzwords in the tech world at the moment, and the Sprocket is unashamedly riding the AR bandwagon.

Using the app, you can choose to add contextual information to photos (including the location and date they were taken), as well as a range of borders which bring photos to life.

You need to view them through the Sprocket app to view the AR effects, and while they aren’t massively useful, they are fun – which is the main point of the Sprocket.

What are the HP Sprocket’s Drawbacks?

Sadly, the Sprocket isn’t flawless and it produces images with a washed-out quality. Using a selection of images taken on the Google Pixel 3 XL, we found that the Sprocket’s pictures emerged with a distinct blue shift.

While it was able to maintain the contrast between bright and dark colors well (take a look at the pink fence in the shot below), it struggled to differentiate between similar colors, especially at the darker end of the spectrum.

However, we should point out that the Sprocket’s competitors – namely the Polaroid ZIP and Fujifilm Instax Share SP-3 – suffer from similar issues. You can try and remedy some of the issues using the color correction tools within the Sprocket, though this can’t completely rescue the prints.

How Much Does it Cost to Print on the HP Sprocket?

On its own, the Sprocket is hardly a wallet-busting device, starting at $130. However, once you’re finished with the ten bundled photos, you’ll find that replacement Zink paper is quite pricey.

20 prints will cost you $9.99, or 50 cents each. Opt for a 100 shot packet, and you’ll see the cost-per-print drop to 45 cents. It’s not cheap, but again, the replacement packets are similar in price to its main competitors’. It’s also worth remembering that the Sprocket is intended to capture special memories, rather than bulk-print all the blurry photos from your last night out.

The Verdict: Loads of Fun

The Sprocket is a fun, easy-to-use device that will make a perfect Christmas present. It’s not the last word in photo printing quality, but nor is it meant to be.

Instead, it’s a device designed to get people who don’t print anything back into printing photos, making permanent memories out of digital files on their phones. For that purpose, the Sprocket is brilliant.

HP Sprocket Pros

Very easy to use Fun AR features Straightforward companion app Good range of color options Small and portable

HP Sprocket cons

Image quality could be better Paper is a touch expensive

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6 Lessons That will Train You All You need to Know about Minneapolis SEO Agency.

The Smartest Tips In Search Engine Marketing

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Heart failure and salt: The great debate

Originally Posted Here: https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/heart-failure-and-salt-the-great-debate-2018121815563

“Let there be work, bread, water, and salt for all.”
— Nelson Mandela

Salt: without it, food can seem tasteless. It is the reason sea water burns our eyes and skin. Some people enjoy salt water baths. Is it good for us? Is it not? Do we really know?

In modern medicine, we tend to have a generally negative feeling about sodium, the element found in salt. Excessive sodium intake is linked to water retention, and it is also a risk factor for high blood pressure. Both excessive sodium intake and high blood pressure are major risk factors for developing heart failure, and for causing complications in those with existing heart failure. Given that 6.5 million American adults have heart failure, restricting salt intake might profoundly reduce risk for this major medical scourge.

Indeed, we advise our patients with heart failure to restrict the amount of salt they consume per day. For years we have been telling them to stay away from salty fries and Chinese takeout, which may have up to 7,000 mg of sodium in a single meal. We consign patients hospitalized for heart failure to a bland “low salt, heart healthy” diet until discharge. But what do we base the low-salt recommendation on? Is this just anecdotal? Or do we have evidence that guides our recommendations?

In the spirit of open-mindedness, let’s debate this question.

Point: Moderate sodium intake is harmful for people with heart failure

Sodium intake is associated with fluid retention, hence the puffiness and bloating that may follow a very salty meal. And excessive sodium intake may worsen high blood pressure, or hypertension. High blood pressure increases the risk of developing heart failure and can worsen existing heart failure. Hypertension may also lead to other types of heart disease, stroke, or kidney failure. A low-sodium diet may help lower or prevent high blood pressure, and may reduce the risk of such diseases.

High-sodium diets are also usually high in total fat and calories, which may lead to obesity and its many associated complications. Some studies also suggest that there may be a link between sodium intake and osteoporosis and stomach cancer. Additionally, consuming salty foods over a long period of time can accustom your taste buds to the taste, and in turn make you more likely to reach for saltier foods.

Counterpoint: Moderate sodium intake is not harmful for people with heart failure

Cardiologists tend to practice evidence-based medicine, yet many of our recommendations regarding sodium intake for people with heart failure are based on assumptions. Surprisingly, it is hard to say there is enough evidence to state beyond a shadow of a doubt that patients with heart failure should be restricted to the 2,000 mg of salt per day most physicians recommend. And realistically speaking, how many patients abide by this restriction remains unclear, because sodium is in almost everything we consume.

In a systematic review of nine studies recently published in JAMA Internal Medicine, only limited and inconsistent evidence was found supporting any benefit of salt-restricted diets for non-hospitalized people with heart failure. The evidence for salt restriction was inconclusive in patients admitted to the hospital for heart failure. This was a well-done study; only nine of 2,655 studies evaluated were rigorous enough to include in the review. So perhaps most importantly, this review illustrates that regardless of the conclusion, rigorous, evidence-based data regarding sodium restriction in heart failure are not available.

The lives of our heart failure patients are complicated enough as it is. It is imperative that whatever we recommend for our patients does not further worsen the quality of their already difficult lives. Since patients often struggle to maintain adherence to therapies in heart failure, our focus as physicians should be on stressing the things that are evidence-based. This includes adherence to guideline-directed medical therapies and favorable lifestyle interventions, such as more exercise, and care of other relevant medical conditions, such as diabetes.

The verdict: Until we have more evidence, it’s a draw

Take some of what we say with a grain of salt (pun intended). There is not yet enough evidence for either side of the great salt debate to win. And our discussion should not lead patients to consume salt in excess until we know for sure. Indeed, in the absence of good clinical data, one must accept the need for good clinical judgment: avoiding excessive amounts of sodium is a healthy move for all of us, including those with heart failure.

It’s also highly likely that some patients are more salt-sensitive than others. Thus, directing salt restriction to those most vulnerable might be better than a one-size-fits-all approach. Studies in this area are very much needed. Fortunately, clinical trials to address this question are ongoing, so stay tuned!

Follow Dr. Januzzi on Twitter @JJheart_doc and Dr. Ibrahim @IAmDrIbrahim

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