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HP DeskJet 2855e/2852e Printer Review

Tested using Methodology v1.2
Reviewed Jun 18, 2024 at 09:26 am
Latest change: Writing modified Jul 04, 2024 at 11:34 am
HP DeskJet 2855e/2852e Picture
5.7
Family
4.8
Small/Home Office
5.6
Student
5.0
Black & White
5.7
Photo
5.1
Color Quality
6.0
Document Quality
6.0
Scanner
4.8
Speed

The HP DeskJet 2855e/2852e is a budget all-in-one inkjet printer. It replaces the HP DeskJet 2755e, and like its predecessor, it's also an HP+ model that comes with three months of free ink via HP's ink replenishment service. It uses HP 67 ink cartridges and is compatible with the high-yield 67XL versions as well. Connectivity options include USB and Wi-Fi, and there's support for Apple AirPrint and Mopria Print Service. It has a simple 8.5" x 11" flatbed scanner with no fax functionality and only supports manual duplex printing.

This printer is part of the HP DeskJet 2800e series of all-in-ones. All of the variants in this series are identical in feature and performance; the model number simply changes slightly depending on the region and retailer. See more details in the Differences Between Variants section.

Our Verdict

5.7 Family

The HP DeskJet 2855e is sub-par for family use. It yields very few prints, resulting in frequent replacement of the ink cartridges and a high cost of ownership. Its document print quality is decent at best, and its narrow color range and poor accuracy make photos look flat and unnatural. It has a scanner, but the scan quality isn't great because the image processing removes fine details, and there's also no automatic feeder to process multi-page documents quickly. On the upside, it has a decent number of connectivity options, including Wi-Fi, USB, and support for AirPrint and Mopria, making it easy for every household member to access.

Pros
  • Produces decent quality color documents.
  • Wired and wireless connectivity, AirPrint and Mopria support.
Cons
  • Low page yield, high cost-per-print.
  • Narrow color range, poor accuracy.
  • Visible printing pattern.
  • No automatic feeder, mediocre scan quality.
4.8 Small/Home Office

The HP DeskJet 2855e is bad for small or home offices. The quality of printed black documents is only passable, and while the quality of color documents is better, it might not be good enough for professionals needing the sharpest-looking prints to show clients. It also prints slowly and only supports manual duplex printing. It requires a fair amount of maintenance, as its ink cartridges run out quickly. Additionally, the input tray can only hold 60 sheets of paper. There's a scanner, but it lacks an automatic feeder, and the scan quality is mediocre, as the image processing removes fine details.

Pros
  • Produces decent quality color documents.
  • Wired and wireless connectivity, AirPrint and Mopria support.
Cons
  • Low page yield, high cost-per-print.
  • Slow printing speed.
  • Small paper input capacity.
  • No automatic feeder, mediocre scan quality.
  • Only supports manual duplex printing.
5.6 Student

The HP DeskJet 2855e is sub-par for student use. It's a fairly compact model that fits easily into tight spaces and has a decent number of connectivity options, including Wi-Fi and USB. However, its document print quality is decent at best, and its low page yield means you'll have to replace the cartridges often, leading to a high cost of ownership. It also prints slowly and only supports manual duplex printing. The scanner produces mediocre-quality scans, and its lid hinges can't extend for thick items, making it hard to scan textbooks.

Pros
  • Produces decent quality color documents.
  • Wired and wireless connectivity, AirPrint and Mopria support.
Cons
  • Low page yield, high cost-per-print.
  • Slow printing speed.
  • No automatic feeder, mediocre scan quality.
  • Only supports manual duplex printing.
5.0 Black & White

The HP DeskJet 2855e is bad for printing black-and-white documents. Its print quality is mediocre, and it prints slowly at only seven pages per minute. It also has a low black page yield, resulting in frequent ink replacement and a high recurring cost. There's a scanner, but it lacks an automatic feeder, and the scan quality is mediocre, as the image processing removes fine details.

Pros
  • Wired and wireless connectivity, AirPrint and Mopria support.
Cons
  • Low page yield, high cost-per-print.
  • Slow printing speed.
  • Small paper input capacity.
  • No automatic feeder, mediocre scan quality.
  • Only supports manual duplex printing.
5.7 Photo

The HP DeskJet 2855e is sub-par for photo printing. It can only reproduce a narrow range of colors and has trouble printing fine details. Colors are visibly inaccurate, and the printer's printing pattern is visible in printed photos. Additionally, you need to replace the ink cartridges often because they run out quickly, making your maintenance cost very high. It can print on glossy paper and supports various sizes up to 8.5" x 11", but it doesn't support borderless printing.

Pros
  • Supports various photo paper sizes up to 8.5" x 11".
  • Wired and wireless connectivity, AirPrint and Mopria support.
Cons
  • Low page yield, high cost-per-print.
  • Narrow color range, poor accuracy.
  • Visible printing pattern.
5.1 Color Quality

Pros
  • Wired and wireless connectivity, AirPrint and Mopria support.
Cons
  • Low page yield, high cost-per-print.
6.0 Document Quality

Pros
  • Wired and wireless connectivity, AirPrint and Mopria support.
Cons
  • Low page yield, high cost-per-print.
6.0 Scanner

Pros
  • Wired and wireless connectivity, AirPrint and Mopria support.
Cons
  • Low page yield, high cost-per-print.
4.8 Speed

Pros
  • Wired and wireless connectivity, AirPrint and Mopria support.
Cons
  • Low page yield, high cost-per-print.
4.3 Recurring Costs

Pros
  • Wired and wireless connectivity, AirPrint and Mopria support.
Cons
  • Low page yield, high cost-per-print.
  • 5.7 Family
  • 4.8 Small/Home Office
  • 5.6 Student
  • 5.0 Black & White
  • 5.7 Photo

Performance Usages

  • 5.1 Color Quality
  • 6.0 Document Quality
  • 6.0 Scanner
  • 4.8 Speed
  • 4.3 Recurring Costs
  1. Updated Jul 04, 2024: Added mention of the Canon PIXMA TS3720/TS3722 as an alternative with better color accuracy in the Color Accuracy section.
  2. Updated Jun 18, 2024: Review published.
  3. Updated Jun 12, 2024: Early access published.
  4. Updated Jun 11, 2024: Our testers have started testing this product.
  5. Updated May 27, 2024: The product has arrived in our lab, and our testers will start evaluating it soon.
  6. Updated May 09, 2024: We've purchased the product and are waiting for it to arrive in our lab.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the HP DeskJet 2855e all-in-one printer. It's part of the HP DeskJet 2800e series of all-in-one printers, which comprises many variants. All variants are identical in feature and performance; the model number simply changes slightly depending on the region and retailer.

Model Product Number Region of Sale Notes
DeskJet 2810e 588Q0B (white) Europe  
DeskJet 2820e 588K9B (cement), 588L1A (blue) Europe, Asia Oceania  
DeskJet 2821e 588Q2B (moroccan blue), 588N4A (white) Europe, Asia, Oceania  
DeskJet 2823e 588R6B (rosewood), 588Q3A (moroccan blue) Asia  
DeskJet 2842e 588L0A (chili red), 588R7A (cement), 588R7A#1H5 (aurora green), 588R8A#1HA (bright lilac) North America  
DeskJet 2852e 60K23A (cement) North America Walmart/Target exclusive
DeskJet 2855e 588S5A (cementโ€‹) North America  

See our unit's label here.

Compared To Other Printers

The HP DeskJet 2855e doesn't stand out in any way. Its low page yield, slow printing speed, limited color range, and poor accuracy make it only suitable for those needing a cheap printer to print documents once in a while.

See our recommendations for the best inkjet printers, the best home printers, and the best printers under $100.

HP DeskJet 2755e [2723e, 2742e, 2752e]โ€‹

The HP DeskJet 2855e/2852e is a newer version of the HP DeskJet 2755e. These two printers are nearly identical; the newer 2855e/2852e is slightly faster to print black-only documents, but only barely. If you care about optical character recognition (OCR), the newer 2855e/2852e no longer supports this feature in HP's software, so you'll need a third-party app.

Canon PIXMA MG3620

While the HP DeskJet 2855e/2852e and the Canon PIXMA MG3620 are both budget home printers, the Canon is better in almost every way. It produces nicer documents, photos, and scans and prints slightly faster. It also yields significantly more prints, so you won't have to spend as much on replacement ink over time. Feature-wise, the only notable difference is that, unlike the HP, the Canon doesn't support Wi-Fi Direct, which is handy if your home Wi-Fi network isn't working or you're in a public space with no existing Wi-Fi network, as Wi-Fi Direct allows the printer to generate its own wireless signal.

HP DeskJet 3755/3772

The HP DeskJet 2855e/2852e and the HP DeskJet 3755/3772 are both all-in-one inkjet printers designed for home use. They're similar feature-wise, except for the scanner; the 3755/3772 is a more compact model, so it only has a sheetfed scanner, whereas the 2855e/2852e has a flatbed. The document printing quality is the same between these two printers; however, the 3755/3772 is slightly better for photos, as it produces finer details with more clarity and a wider range of colors.

Epson Expression Home XP-4200

The Epson Expression Home XP-4200 is much better than the HP DeskJet 2855e/2852e in almost every way. The Epson produces higher-quality documents, photos, and scans. It prints slightly faster than the HP, and its larger 100-sheet input tray means you won't have to refill the tray as often. Although neither has a particularly good page yield, the Epson is much better, producing significantly more prints than the HP, making it cheaper to maintain over time.

Canon PIXMA TS3720/TS3722

The HP DeskJet 2855e/2852e and the Canon PIXMA TS3720/TS3722 are similar budget all-in-one inkjet printers. While neither printer performs particularly well overall, the Canon is the clear choice if you print pictures at home. This is because it prints much more vibrant photos and has a wider color gamut that produces more saturated colors than the HP.

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Test Results

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Design
5.0
Design
Build Quality
Type All in One

The HP DeskJet 2855e is entirely plastic and feels reasonably solid overall. However, some parts feel a little more flimsy, like the scanner lid, which, with pressure applied, causes the plastic around the back of the scanner to lift from the body. There's no paper tray; instead, it has a rear feeder that holds 60 sheets of paper. You can only access the ink cartridges and paper jams through the front panel, which is quite small, so maintenance can be hard if you have large hands. On the upside, the power cord is removable, making it easy to replace if damaged.

Design
Dimensions
Height 6.1" (15.5 cm)
Width 16.8" (42.6 cm)
Depth 12.0" (30.5 cm)
Height When In Use
9.8" (24.8 cm)
Width When In Use
16.7" (42.5 cm)
Depth When In Use
21.5" (54.5 cm)
Weight
7.9 lbs (3.6 kg)
5.5
Design
Expected Maintenance
Ink Related Maintenance
Expected
Drum Unit
No Drum Unit

This printer requires a fair amount of maintenance. Like all inkjet printers, the printheads can clog if you don't print for an extended period. A few maintenance functions are available to resolve print quality issues, like printhead cleaning, printhead alignment, and Clean Smear. The black and tri-color cartridges run out quickly, so you'll have to replace them often. The upside with these cartridges is that they contain the printheads, meaning you can simply replace the cartridges if you can't resolve print quality issues using the built-in maintenance functions. Accessing the ink cartridges isn't easy, as you can only access them through a narrow opening above the output tray. The printer must be on when changing the cartridges. Paper jams are accessible through the same front panel. The input tray (rear feeder) only holds 60 sheets of paper and will likely require frequent refills. Get the user guide here.

3.0
Design
Display Screen
Display Screen Yes
Display Screen Size
1.2" (3.1 cm)
Touchscreen No

The HP DeskJet 2855e has a small monochrome LCD screen that can only show the number of copies, ink levels, Wi-Fi status, and error codes. Its horizontal viewing angle isn't bad, so it's relatively easy to see from the sides. However, its limited vertical viewing angle makes it much harder to see when seated, and there's no way to tilt the screen to improve visibility. There are seven physical buttons: Power, Cancel, Resume, Info, Wi-Fi, Black Copy, and Color Copy. The LED lights show low ink levels or cartridge problems.

2.7
Design
Cartridge
Technology Inkjet
SuperTank
No
Photo Cartridge
No
Color Yes
Number Of Color Cartridges
1
Black Cartridge Model
HP 67 Black
Tested Black Page Yield
5.29 prints
Estimated Black Page Yield
100 prints
Color Cartridge Model
HP 67 Tri-Color
Tested Color Page Yield
2.81 prints
Estimated Color Page Yield
59 prints
Third Party Cartridge
Purchased One Worked
Ink Type
Dye And Pigment
High Yield Cartridge
Yes

The HP DeskJet 2855e yields a low number of prints, so you need to replace the ink cartridges regularly. Also, since it uses a tri-color cartridge, you must replace the entire cartridge even if only one color runs out. High-yield cartridges are available; the HP 67XL Black cartridge has an advertised yield of 240 prints, while the HP 67XL Color cartridge has an advertised yield of 200 prints. The LED light beside the display lights up when ink levels are low, and you also get a notification in the HP Smart app.

Note that while you can use third-party ink cartridges, it likely won't work if you accept the three-month supply of free ink via HP Instant Ink and subscribe to the ink replenishment service. This restriction remains even if you cancel your subscription. Enrolling in this service will also require an uninterrupted internet connection to use the printer, as HP continuously updates the firmware to block the use of third-party cartridges.

5.9
Design
Scanner Features
Scanner
Flatbed
ADF Capacity
N/A
Scan Speed
1 PPM
Duplex Scanning
No
Max Flatbed Scan Size
8.5" x 11"
Max ADF Scan Size
No ADF
Flatbed Hinge Adjustability
0.00" (0 mm)
Fax
No
Copy
Yes
OCR Included
Third Party Only
6.0
Design
Scan Quality
Max Scan Resolution
1,200 DPI
Max Scan Color Depth
24Bit

The scan quality is mediocre. The image processing (when using the 'Document' preset) is overly aggressive, removing a lot of fine details, like the lines in the sample graph and watermarks. Scans look more detailed when using the 'Photo' preset, but fine elements are still faint.

Design
In The Box

  • Power cord
  • Documentation
  • Set of HP 67 starter ink cartridges:
    • 1x Black
    • 1x Tri-Color

Design
Battery
Advertised Battery Life
N/A
Tested Charging Time
N/A
Document
6.0
Document
Black & White Documents
Color Ink Needed For Black & White
No

While the print quality of black-and-white documents isn't bad, the prints look softer and fuzzier than color prints. Also, the printhead's printing direction is clearly visible when printing in the 'Standard Quality' mode. Switching to the 'High-Quality' mode makes the printing direction less visible but reduces the contrast. There's also a 'High-Quality Grayscale' option, which uses the cyan, magenta, and yellow colors to produce the document (handy when you run out of black ink). This mode gives a smoother, crisper-looking document; however, fine elements appear more faint.

7.0
Document
Color Documents

The print quality of color documents is decent. The text looks clear, and colors appear vibrant and saturated; however, finer elements, like the lines in the sample graph, are faint and hard to see.

4.3
Document
Cost-Per-Print
Black Cartridge Price
17.99 US$
Color Cartridge Price
18.99 US$
Black-Only Printing Cost
0.180 US$/print
Color Printing Cost
0.322 US$/print
Photo Printing Cost
0.863 US$/print
Ink Subscription
Optional

Although the ink cartridges are relatively cheap, the cost-per-print is very high because the cartridges run out quickly, resulting in more frequent replacement. This printer comes with three months of free ink via HP's ink replenishment service, offsetting the cost a bit. However, subscribing to the service will block you from using third-party cartridges, which are typically cheaper.

4.8
Document
Printing Speed
Black Only Text Document
7 PPM
Color Document
3 PPM
Photo Printing Time
64.4 s
Single Page Out Time (Black Only)
14.7 s
Duplex Printing
Manual
Input Tray Capacity
60 pages

The HP DeskJet 2855e only supports manual double-sided printing. It'll prompt you to flip the pages when it has finished printing one side. The output tray holds up to 25 sheets of regular paper.

Document
Document Printing Sizes
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
Max Paper Weight
300 g/mยฒ

You can set custom paper sizes from 3.5" x 5" (88.9 mm x 127 mm) to 8.5" x 14" (215.9 mm x 355.6 mm).

Photo
5.5
Photo
Color Gamut

The HP DeskJet 2855e has a poor color gamut. Its narrow color range makes pictures look flat and unnatural. It also causes significant loss of fine details, like the parrot's feathers in the sample photo, which look almost like a single solid color with no texture or definition. There's only a little bit of banding in some color transitions; however, the printer's printing pattern is clearly visible.

4.6
Photo
Color Accuracy
Average Color dE
10.50

This printer has poor color accuracy. Most colors are visibly inaccurate, especially blues and skin tones. If you want a cheap printer with better color accuracy, consider the Canon PIXMA TS3720/TS3722.

6.5
Photo
Small Details
Max Print Resolution (DPI)
1200 x 1200

This printer is okay at reproducing small details. Fine and distant elements are relatively easy to recognize, but there's a softness to the edges that makes everything look a little fuzzy.

7.0
Photo
Photo Printing Sizes
Glossy Paper (4" x 6") Yes
Glossy Paper (5" x 7") Yes
Glossy Paper (8" x 10") Yes
Glossy Paper (8.5" x 11") Yes
Glossy Paper (13" x 19") No
Borderless Printing
No
Mobile App And Connectivity
7.0
Mobile App And Connectivity
Connectivity
Ethernet
No
USB Input To Computer
Yes
Wireless Yes
Bluetooth
No
Wi-Fi via Router
Yes
Wi-Fi Direct
Yes
External Storage Support
No
Apple AirPrint
Yes
Mopria Print Service
Yes
10
Mobile App And Connectivity
Mobile App
Mobile App Yes
App Name HP Smart
iOS Yes
Android Yes
Photo (JPEG, PNG)
Android and iOS
PDF
Android and iOS
Microsoft Office Files
iOS Only
Text Files (TXT)
iOS Only
Webpages (HTML)
iOS Only

The HP DeskJet 2855e is compatible with the HP Smart mobile app. The app lets you print, scan (with a printer or smartphone camera), and perform maintenance tasks like printhead cleaning and alignment. You can also manage your ink subscription, buy supplies, and access pre-made 'printables,' like calendars and drawing sheets. A mobile fax feature is available; however, you must have an HP account and an HP+ subscription to use it.

Mobile App And Connectivity
OS Compatibility
Windows Fully
macOS Fully
Chrome OS Fully

You must manually install drivers to use the printer on Windows devices. Printing works straight out of the box for Macsโ€”you only have to install drivers if you want to scan. There's no need to do anything on Chrome OS devices. Installing the HP Smart app from the Google Play Store will simply give you the same functionality as Android smartphones and tablets. Get the drivers here.