HP Color LaserJet Enterprise M555dn Printer Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8.1
Reviewed Feb 09, 2021 at 10:07 am
HP Color LaserJet Enterprise M555dn Picture
5.9
Family
7.3
Small/Home Office
6.5
Student
9.0
Black & White
6.8
Casual Photo
Type Printer Only
Technology Laser
Wireless No
Color Yes
SuperTank
No

The HP Color LaserJet Enterprise M555dn is a decent color laser printer made for small businesses. It features an outstanding touch-sensitive display screen and an exceptional cartridge system that yields a high number of black and color pages. This means you don’t have to replace the toner cartridges as often and should end up with a lower cost-per-print over time. The printing speed is exceptional, allowing you to print around 40 pages in a minute or so, and the color accuracy is very good overall. Unfortunately, it lacks a scanner and has very few connectivity options. It’s also quite big and heavy. On the plus side, it has excellent build quality and a large input tray capacity that allows you to tackle big printing jobs without needing to constantly fill it up with paper.

Our Verdict

5.9 Family

The HP Color LaserJet Enterprise M555dn is disappointing as a family printer. It’s a big and heavy model that lacks some useful features for households, like a scanner or wireless connectivity. It’s also sub-par for printing photos, as pictures come out with quite a bit of banding, and colors aren’t well-defined. On the bright side, it prints incredibly fast and has a low cost-per-print due to its high page yield.

Pros
  • Good access to paper jam and toner cartridges.
  • Very good color accuracy.
Cons
  • Large and heavy.
  • No scanner.
  • Disappointing photo printing quality.
  • Very complex mobile app.
7.3 Small/Home Office

The HP Color LaserJet Enterprise M555dn is a decent choice for small businesses or home offices. It's very well-built with two input trays that hold up to 650 pages, which is great for bigger print jobs. It has an incredible cartridge system that yields a high number of pages, resulting in fewer toner cartridge replacements and a lower cost-per-print. Printing speed is also outstanding. However, it lacks a scanner, has very few connectivity options, and the mobile app is very complex to set up.

Pros
  • Very high black and color page yield.
  • Remarkable printing speed.
  • Large input tray capacity.
Cons
  • No scanner.
  • Doesn’t connect wirelessly unless you buy an adapter separately.
  • Very complex mobile app.
6.5 Student

The HP Color LaserJet Enterprise M555dn is only okay for students. This printer has incredible printing speed, whether you print in black or color, and yields a very high number of pages, so you don’t have to replace the toner cartridges often. However, it lacks important features for students like a scanner and wireless connectivity. It’s also quite large and heavy, taking up a lot of space, especially if you live in a dorm or a small apartment.

Pros
  • Good access to paper jam and toner cartridges.
  • Low cost-per-print.
  • Remarkable printing speed.
Cons
  • Large and heavy.
  • No scanner.
  • Doesn’t connect wirelessly unless you buy an adapter separately.
  • Very complex mobile app.
9.0 Black & White

The HP Color LaserJet Enterprise M555dn is an outstanding black and white printer. Thanks to its remarkable cartridge system, it yields a high number of black pages, leading to a low cost-per-print. It’s also incredibly fast, allowing you to print almost 40 pages in one minute. It has a large input tray capacity, which is great for bigger print jobs. Unfortunately, it lacks a scanner and has poor connectivity options.

Pros
  • Very high black page yield.
  • Low cost-per-print.
  • Remarkable printing speed.
  • Large input tray capacity.
Cons
  • No scanner.
  • Doesn’t connect wirelessly unless you buy an adapter separately.
6.8 Casual Photo

The HP Color LaserJet Enterprise M555dn is only okay for printing photos. It has very good color accuracy and can print two different sizes of photos. However, its photo printing quality is disappointing. Pictures come out with quite a bit of banding, colors aren’t very well-defined, and skin tone on faces is a little off. On the bright side, it prints photos fairly quickly and at a decent cost.

Pros
  • Good access to paper jam and toner cartridges.
  • Very good color accuracy.
Cons
  • Disappointing photo printing quality.
  • Can’t print 2’’x 3’’ photos.
  • Doesn’t connect wirelessly unless you buy an adapter separately.
  • 5.9 Family
  • 7.3 Small/Home Office
  • 6.5 Student
  • 9.0 Black & White
  • 6.8 Casual Photo
  1. Updated Feb 09, 2021: Review published.
  2. Updated Feb 02, 2021: Early access published.

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Test Results

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Design
8.5
Design
Build & Design Quality

The HP Color LaserJet Enterprise M555dn has excellent build quality. It feels solid and sturdy, and the only part of the printer that may give a bit of concern is the thin plastic strips holding the front panel, as they feel a bit cheap. The power cord is removable, which makes it easier to replace in case of damage. You have easy access to paper jam via the first tray, and to the toner cartridges via the front panel. The printer has two trays with weight detection to let you know how much paper is left.

Design
Dimensions
Height 15.0" (38.0 cm)
Width 18.1" (46.0 cm)
Depth 19.3" (49.0 cm)
Weight
60.2 lbs (27.3 kg)

The HP M555dn is a large and heavy printer that takes up a lot of space.

9.0
Design
Display Screen
Display Screen Yes
Display Screen Size
4.3" (10.8 cm)
Touchscreen Yes

The HP Color LaserJet M555dn's display screen is outstanding. The screen is big and allows for vertical tilting, giving you better visibility whether you’re seating or standing. It has a newer touch-sensitive interface compared to the HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M479fdw, with Back, Home, and Help buttons located at the bottom of the screen for easy navigation. The only downside is that it sometimes lags a little bit when navigating.

Design
In The Box

  • User guide
  • Power cable
  • Set of HP Original LaserJet toner cartridges:
    • 1x 212A Black
    • 1x 212A Cyan
    • 1x 212A Magenta
    • 1x 212A Yellow

9.5
Design
Cartridge
Photo Cartridge
No
Number Of Color Cartridges
3
Black Cartridge Model
HP 212A Black
Tested Black Page Yield
363.98 prints
Estimated Black Page Yield
6,916 prints
Color Cartridge Model
HP 212A C/M/Y
Tested Color Page Yield
190 prints
Estimated Color Page Yield
4,042 prints
Third Party Cartridge
No
High Yield Cartridge
XL
Drum Unit
In The Cartridge

The HP Color LaserJet Enterprise M555dn's cartridge system is outstanding. You can print a high number of black and color pages before needing to replace the toner cartridges, and if you need to print more, there are some high yield cartridges available. The drum unit is built into the cartridge so you don’t have to replace it manually.

0
Design
Scanner
Scanner
No
Scan Flatbed
No
Scan Sheetfed
No
Automatic Document Feeder
No
Duplex Scanning
No
Scan Resolution
N/A
Scan Color Depth
N/A
Flatbed Scan Size
N/A
Fax
No
Copy
No

Unfortunately, the HP M555dn doesn’t have a scanner.

Printing
8.6
Printing
Cost-Per-Print
Black Cartridge Price
164.99 US$
Color Cartridge Price
620.97 US$
Black Only Printing
0.024 US$/print
Color Printing
0.154 US$/print
Photo Printing
0.408 US$/print
Ink Subscription
No

The HP Color LaserJet Enterprise M555dn has an excellent cost-per-print due to its high page yield. The toner cartridges seem quite expensive, but keep in mind that the drum unit is built-in, so you don't have to pay more to buy it separately. Also, note that the listed color cartridge price represents the cost for all three colors combined.

9.2
Printing
Printing Speed
Black Only Text Document
39 PPM
Color Document
41 PPM
Photo Printing Time
18.0 s
First Page Out Time (Black Only)
12.6 s
Duplex Printing
Automatic
Input Tray Capacity
650 pages

The HP M555dn has exceptional printing speed, whether you’re printing in black or with colors. The first page takes a little bit longer to print, but subsequent pages come out much faster. The two input trays hold a total of 650 pages, so you can leave big printing jobs running without having to constantly load it up with paper.

7.8
Printing
Color Accuracy
Average Color dE
9.18

The HP Color LaserJet Enterprise M555dn color accuracy is very good. It should be accurate enough to print out documents with splashes of color or family pictures, but people who need more precise color accuracy may be disappointed by the results.

5.6
Printing
Photo Printing Quality
Borderless Printing
Yes

Like most laser printers, the HP M555dn has sub-par photo printing quality. There's quite a bit of banding in the pictures, and although colors are bright, they aren’t very defined. Also, the skin tone on faces is a little off. On the upside, details come out nicely for a laser printer.

These results are based on the actual physical photo, not the scanned image provided for reference above, which may not represent the printer's photo print quality.

Printing
Printing Size
Letter (8.5" x 11") Yes
Legal (8.5" x 14") Yes
Tabloid (11" x 17") No
A6 (105mm x 148mm) Yes
A5 (148mm x 210mm) Yes
A4 (210mm x 297mm) Yes
Photo (2" x 3") No
Photo (4" x 6") Yes
Photo (5" x 7") Yes

This printer supports most paper sizes up to the standard legal size. There are two input trays with sliders to accommodate different paper sizes.

Mobile App And Connectivity
3.0
Mobile App And Connectivity
Connectivity
Ethernet
Yes
USB Input To Computer
Yes
Bluetooth
No
Wi-Fi via Router
No
Wi-Fi Direct
No
External Storage Support
Yes
Apple AirPrint
No
Mopria Print Service
No

The HP Color LaserJet Enterprise M555dn has poor connectivity options. It only connects via Ethernet or a wired USB connection, or you can print directly from a USB thumb drive. When connecting a device to the printer using a USB cable, you have to enable the USB connection manually in the settings menu. HP sells a wireless adapter separately if you need wireless connectivity.

0
Mobile App And Connectivity
Mobile App For Home Use
Mobile App No
App Name No App
iOS No
Android No
Photo (JPEG, PNG)
No
PDF
No
Microsoft Office Files
No
Text Files (TXT)
No
Webpages (HTML)
No

The HP M555dn is compatible with the HP ePrint Enterprise mobile app, which is available on both Android and iOS devices. The app isn't designed for home use; rather, it's meant for an office environment, and setting it up requires several complex steps and specific information about the network. As such, we consider that there isn’t any mobile app for home use, only for businesses.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the HP Color LaserJet Enterprise M555dn. There's also a variant called the HP Color LaserJet Enterprise M555x with more features, like a third large-capacity input tray and wireless connectivity. You can see our unit’s label here.

Compared To Other Printers

The HP Color LaserJet Enterprise M555dn is designed for high-volume printing in small businesses. Compared to other printers we’ve tested, it has one of the highest input tray capacity, at 650 pages. Its display screen is outstanding, and it’s also one of the fastest printers, for both black and color documents. Unfortunately, it does lack some important features that many other office printers have, like a scanner and wireless connectivity. It’s also quite large and heavy. For more options, check out our recommendations for the best laser printers, the best printers for small businesses, and the best office printers.

HP Color LaserJet Pro M454dw

The HP Color LaserJet Pro M454dw and the HP Color LaserJet Enterprise M555dn perform relatively similarly. The M454dw is slightly smaller and comes with a decent mobile app for home use. It also has better color accuracy and a lot more connectivity options, including wireless ones. That said, the M555dn is better equipped for larger printing jobs: it yields a lot more pages in black and colors and prints much faster. It also has slightly better cost-per-print and a much bigger input tray capacity.

HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M479fdw

The HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M479fdw is a better printer than the HP Color LaserJet Enterprise M555dn overall. The M479fdw has an exceptional sheetfed scanner, a lot more connectivity options, and a decent mobile app. It also has better color accuracy. On the other hand, the M555dn yields a lot more black and color pages, has a larger input tray capacity, and prints much faster. It also has slightly better photo printing quality, though it’s still disappointing.

HP Color LaserJet Enterprise M553dn

The HP Color LaserJet Enterprise M555dn and the HP Color LaserJet Enterprise M553dn perform very similarly. The M555dn has a much better and bigger display screen that’s touch-sensitive, and its color accuracy is also more precise. On the other hand, the M553dn yields more pages, whether in black or color, leading to an even lower cost-per-print. Both options are among the fastest printers we’ve tested, but they have disappointing photo printing quality and very few connectivity options.

Canon imageCLASS MF743Cdw

The Canon imageCLASS MF743Cdw performs much better than the HP Color LaserJet Enterprise M555dn for most uses. Both are designed for small or home offices, but the Canon is an all-in-one printer that offers more features, like an excellent flatbed scanner and a remarkable mobile app. It also has a lot more connectivity options, including wireless ones. On the other hand, the HP yields twice as many pages as the Canon, has a bigger input tray capacity, and prints much faster, whether in black or color.

Brother MFC-L3770CDW Laser

The Brother MFC-L3770CDW Laser is a better printer than the HP Color LaserJet Enterprise M555dn except for black & white and photo printing. The Brother is equipped with an exceptional scanner and has a lot more connectivity options, including wireless printing. It’s also compatible with an exceptional mobile app. That said, the HP yields a lot more pages in black and color and is one of the fastest printers we’ve tested. It also has much better color accuracy and photo printing quality, though the result might still be disappointing for some users.

Canon imageCLASS MF644Cdw

The Canon imageCLASS MF644Cdw performs better than the HP Color LaserJet Enterprise M555dn for most uses, though the M555dn is a better option for black & white and photo printing. The Canon has a great sheetfed scanner and a lot more connectivity options. It’s also compatible with a remarkable mobile app. On the other hand, the HP is one of the fastest printers we’ve tested and its cartridges system yields a lot more pages. It has better photo printing quality, though it’s still disappointing.

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