1 Dec 2017: Post revised to reflect the upcoming Lazada sales from 12-14 Dec.
By now you must be looking out for super great deals from Lazada or any other online stores happening on Tuesday 12 Dec (12.12). Lazada offers discounts up to 90% off and more than 110 flash deals. If you want to find out what is inside the Lazada X HP Surprise Box and my review, then scroll down.
The highlight of every Lazada online sale event has got to be the Surprise Boxes. This is the third time Lazada has invited me to collaborate, where they send me one of the branded boxes so I can reveal some of the products that you get when you purchase. The first box I revealed in March was the JBL speaker that was sold out the very minute it went live. The second box was the TP-Link Smart Bulb that got snatched pretty quick too.
Every Surprise Box contains items that are valued more than S$100, but you pay only S$29. By right, you should not know what’s in the box until you receive it, but since Lazada has collaborated with dozens of bloggers like myself to preview, you can just search online to find other blogs who are revealing other brands like ASUS, HP, Prolink, Xiaomi, Jabra, TP-Link, JBL, Motorola, Logitech, Seagate, and others. This is called smart shopping!
Are all the Surprise Boxes identical?
Each brand varies. Some brands will offer identical items for all the boxes, while others may vary.
So What’s in my Lazada X HP Surprise Box?
It is the HP Sprocket!
If you are not getting excited yet, then you probably don’t know what this product is or how much it retails for.
Battery-Operated Photo Printer that uses Zero Ink
This palm-sized device prints on special thermal photo paper which contains several layers of invisible ink. By applying certain heat pulses, the correct ink colours will appear. That’s why no separate ink cartridge is required, compared to dye-sublimation printers like Canon Selphy CP1300.
The package comes with 10 sheets of photo sticker-paper, which are sold separately in packs of 20 sheets. You can get the refills for as low as S$12.90 from Lazada. At over 60-cents for each print, it’s still cheaper than Fujifilm Instax Mini film.
To print, install the Sprockets smartphone app (Android or iOS), then pair the Sprockets by Bluetooth to the smartphone. The app can let you connect to Instagram, Facebook and Google so that the app can show your photos from the social accounts for printing. Before each print, you can edit the photos by doodling, apply colour effects, or add stickers. You can also save the edited work.
Check out how my very first print turns out using the BlackBerry KEYone phone. Each 10-sheet pack comes with a blue “Smartsheet” that cleans and calibrates the printer before the first paper in the pack is printed. In the video, a USB cable from the power bank is plugged to Sprocket for charging.
The printout is in 313×400 dpi, and the colour appears less vibrant and warm, but otherwise the tone and details are acceptable. Anyway, at 2×3 inch, you really can’t see a lot of resolution. Treat the print like a Polaroid and you will enjoy the Sprockets better. Trivial: this Zink technology was developed by Polaroid in the 1990s.
For detailed operations, check out the manual here.
Verdict: Must Buy!
If you grab the Lazada X HP Surprise Box, it’s yours for only S$29. Seriously, this is a no-brainer purchase! Even if you do not like it, just buy one and give to someone who love taking photos as Christmas gift. Will you be lucky enough to even get through the checkout page successfully, where others have failed? Let me know in the comments below if you managed to buy. For the actual timing of the box sale, refer to the Lazada website.
Shop the Universe at Lazada
If you never shopped at Lazada before, here’s a welcome gift: get 18% off, capped at $11, for first 100 new customers only. Use this code (valid 11 Nov to 14 Dec 2017):
Other than Surprise Boxes, watch out for flash sales and exciting discounts. I am quite amazed at the price of some of the products on sale, so what you should do now is to visit Lazada and start adding your shopping items to the Wish List. Lazada will notify you over email and in-app when the wish list items go on sale! On top of that, if you spend $100 and above, you might win a trip for 2 to NASA in Florida worth S$5000.
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