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HP DeskJet 4155e Printer Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed May 27, 2021 at 10:11 am
HP DeskJet 4155e Picture
5.5
Family
3.7
Small/Home Office
5.7
Student
4.2
Black & White
5.6
Photo
Type All in One
Technology Inkjet
Wireless Yes
Color Yes
SuperTank
No

The HP DeskJet 4155e is an all-in-one color inkjet printer with a poor printing speed, a disappointing cost-per-print, and an awful print yield. It's hard to access paper jams and ink cartridges. Also, it doesn't print high-quality photos, and colors are noticeably inaccurate. On the bright side, it has a flatbed scanner and an automatic document feeder with good color depth and scan resolution. It replaces the discontinued HP DeskJet Plus 4155, which is nearly identical, but the 4155e comes with a six-month supply of free ink if you set it up with HP+.

Our Verdict

5.5 Family

The HP DeskJet 4155e is a disappointing printer for family use. It has a flatbed scanner with good scanning resolution and color depth, so you can easily digitize old photos. Unfortunately, it prints black-only and color documents at a poor speed, and the companion app is only decent. Also, it isn't ideal for photo printing since photos have a lot of banding, and colors look very inaccurate to their originals.

Pros
  • Flatbed scanner has good resolution and color depth.
  • XL and XXL cartridge sizes available.
Cons
  • Bad color accuracy.
  • Doesn't support borderless printing.
  • Terrible page yield and disappointing cost-per-print.
  • Only has one color cartridge.
3.7 Small/Home Office

The HP 4155e is a poor printer for small or home offices. It has awful black-only and color document yields, takes a while to warm up to print the first page, and it can be tricky to reach paper jams or the ink cartridges for replacing. While it has an automatic document feeder, it doesn't support duplex scanning. Also, double-sided printing isn't automatic, so you need to manually flip pages over when prompted. It also doesn't have an Ethernet port.

Pros
  • Has a sheetfed automatic document feeder.
  • XL and XXL cartridge sizes available.
Cons
  • Terrible page yield and disappointing cost-per-print.
  • Very slow printing speed.
  • No duplex scanning.
  • Manual double-sided printing.
5.7 Student

The HP DeskJet 4155e is a disappointing printer for students. While it has a flatbed scanner and an automatic document feeder, it has a poor cost-per-print for black-only and color documents and takes a while to warm up to print the first page. Double-sided printing isn't automatic, so you need to manually flip pages over when prompted. It also can't print via Bluetooth, but you can use Wi-Fi Direct to print wirelessly.

Pros
  • Flatbed scanner has good resolution and color depth.
  • XL and XXL cartridge sizes available.
Cons
  • Terrible page yield and disappointing cost-per-print.
  • Very slow printing speed.
  • No Bluetooth or external media support.
4.2 Black & White

The HP DeskJet 4155e is poor for black and white printing. Its black-only document yield is bad, while its document printing speed is terrible. While you can get XL and XXL high-yield cartridges, this printer isn't the best choice if you only need to print in black and white. Also, double-sided printing is manual, so you need to flip pages over manually when the printer prompts you.

Pros
  • Has a sheetfed automatic document feeder.
  • XL and XXL cartridge sizes available.
Cons
  • Terrible page yield and disappointing cost-per-print.
  • Very slow printing speed.
  • Manual double-sided printing.
5.6 Photo

The HP DeskJet 4155e is inadequate for casual photo printing. Image quality is mediocre, with some banding and color in gray sections, and almost all colors are noticeably different from the originals. Also, its printing speed is disappointingly slow.

Pros
  • Accepts 4" ร— 6" and 5" ร— 7" photo paper formats.
  • XL and XXL cartridge sizes available.
Cons
  • Bad color accuracy.
  • Doesn't support borderless printing.
  • Terrible page yield and disappointing cost-per-print.
  • Only has one color cartridge.
  • 5.5 Family
  • 3.7 Small/Home Office
  • 5.7 Student
  • 4.2 Black & White
  • 5.6 Photo
  1. Updated Dec 14, 2021: Converted to Test Bench 1.0.
  2. Updated May 27, 2021: Review published.
  3. Updated May 20, 2021: Early access published.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
5.0
Design
Build Quality

The HP 4155e feels poorly built, with a similar design to the HP DeskJet Plus 4155. Though the printer body feels solid and its power cord is removable, it has no input tray, and the rear feeder feels flimsy to pull out and in. Printed sheets also tend to fall off the output tray as they come out. You can only access paper jams via the print head compartment, and the ink compartment is difficult to access if you have big hands. The scanner lid's hinges also don't raise, so if you need to scan thicker objects like textbooks, it'll remain partially open.

Design
Dimensions
Height 7.8" (19.9 cm)
Width 16.9" (43.0 cm)
Depth 13.2" (33.5 cm)
Height When In Use
10.2" (26.0 cm)
Width When In Use
16.9" (43.0 cm)
Depth When In Use
23.0" (58.4 cm)
Weight
10.8 lbs (4.9 kg)
5.5
Design
Expected Maintenance
Ink Related Maintenance
Expected
Drum Unit
No Drum Unit
3.0
Design
Display Screen
Display Screen Yes
Display Screen Size
1.4" (3.6 cm)
Touchscreen No

The HP 4155e has a poor display. Like the HP DeskJet Plus 4155, it's only a simple icon LCD with seven physical buttons for managing printer functions. While it has no swivel or tilt capability and has narrow side view angles, its vertical viewing angles are good, with display indicators visible either seated or standing.

2.7
Design
Cartridge
Photo Cartridge
No
Number Of Color Cartridges
1
Black Cartridge Model
HP 67 Black
Tested Black Page Yield
5.3 prints
Estimated Black Page Yield
100 prints
Color Cartridge Model
HP 67 Tri-Color
Tested Color Page Yield
2.87 prints
Estimated Color Page Yield
61 prints
Third Party Cartridge
Purchased One Worked
Ink Type
Dye And Pigment
High Yield Cartridge
XL and XXL

The HP 4155e has an awful ink cartridge system. Both the black and color page yields are terrible, so you need to replace the cartridges very frequently if you print a lot. The printer is also compatible with two high-yield cartridge sizes in black and tri-color formats: the HP 67XL and the HP 67XXL. However, we couldn't find the XXL-format replacement cartridges available on the manufacturer's website at the time of writing.

Note: This is an HP+ printer that accepts original HP cartridges only. While the printer can accept third-party remanufactured HP cartridges, using them may void the warranty.

7.0
Design
Scanner Features
Scanner
Yes
Scan Flatbed
Yes
Flatbed Extendable Hinges
0.00" (0 mm)
Automatic Document Feeder
Yes
ADF Capacity
35 pages
Scan Speed
3 PPM
Duplex Scanning
No
Flatbed Scan Size
8.5" x 11"
Fax
No
Copy
Yes
OCR Included
Yes (Software)

The HP 4155e has a flatbed scanner and an automatic document feeder, but it doesn't support duplex scanning, so manually dealing with multi-page double-sided documents might be inconvenient.

9.0
Design
Scanning Resolution And Color Depth
Max Scan Resolution
1,200 DPI
Max Scan Color Depth
24 Bit

The flatbed scanner has a 1200 DPI scanning resolution, and its 24-bit color depth should give scanned photos plenty of detail and color accuracy for basic touch-ups. However, the scanner isn't good at detecting the edges of a document, which causes large margins and black lines around the sides.

Design
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
Photo (8" x 10") Yes
Max Paper Weight
300 g/mยฒ
Design
In The Box

  • Setup guide
  • Power cord
  • 1x HP 67 black starter cartridge
  • 1x HP 67 tri-color starter cartridge

Design
Battery
Advertised Battery Life
N/A
Tested Charging Time
N/A
Document
5.1
Document
Cost-Per-Print
Black Cartridge Price
15.99 US$
Color Cartridge Price
16.99 US$
Black Only Printing
0.16 US$/print
Color Printing
0.28 US$/print
Photo Printing
0.74 US$/print
Ink Subscription
Optional

The HP 4155e delivers a poor cost-per-print. Because the cartridges need replacing often, running costs are likely to add up over time. The printer is HP+ enabled and comes with a free six-month subscription to the HP Instant Ink service. This subscription sends you ink whenever the printer detects that ink cartridges are running low.

Keep in mind that even if you print only in black, most inkjet printers continue to use the color cartridge for servicing tasks, so you may still need to replace it eventually.

3.9
Document
Printing Speed
Black Only Text Document
3 PPM
Color Document
3 PPM
Photo Printing Time
100.0 s
First Page Out Time (Black Only)
14.0 s
Duplex Printing
Manual
Input Tray Capacity
60 pages

The HP 4155e has poor printing speed. While the time it takes to get the first page out after warming up is okay, you have to wait a while if you're printing long documents, which isn't ideal if you're in a hurry. Also, it doesn't automatically print double-sided, which might be an inconvenience to some.

Document
Document Sample
Color Ink Needed for Black & White
No
Photo
6.0
Photo
Photo Printing Quality
Borderless Printing
No

The HP 4155e has mediocre photo printing quality. Compared to the HP DeskJet 4155, there's more banding and color in monochrome sections of photos, and the overall flat tone of colors is more pronounced. Faces are also a bit grainy. We also encountered an issue during testing where the ends of large, page-spanning photos were cut off. This happened for the majority of the photos we printed but didn't affect the printing of documents. If you're looking for a similarly priced printer that prints much betterโ€“quality photos, check out the Canon PIXMA TS3520.

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.

3.3
Photo
Color Accuracy
Average Color dE
11.93

The HP 4155e printer is bad at reproducing accurate colors, and almost all colors are noticeably different from the originals.

5.5
Photo
Color Gamut

The HP DeskJet 4155e has a poor color gamut. It has a hard time producing dark colors, especially dark blues, and the transitions between colors aren't very smooth.

Mobile App And Connectivity
7.0
Mobile App And Connectivity
Connectivity
Ethernet
No
USB Input To Computer
Yes
Bluetooth
No
Wi-Fi via Router
Yes
Wi-Fi Direct
Yes
External Storage Support
No
Apple AirPrint
Yes
Mopria Print Service
Yes

Although the printer supports Bluetooth, it's for setup purposes only and can't be used to print.

10
Mobile App And Connectivity
Mobile App
Mobile App Yes
App Name HP Smart
iOS Yes
Android Yes
Photo (JPEG, PNG)
Yes (Android and iOS)
PDF
Yes (Android and iOS)
Microsoft Office Files
Yes (iOS Only)
Text Files (TXT)
Yes (iOS Only)
Webpages (HTML)
Yes (iOS Only)

You can use the HP Smart app to perform maintenance tasks on the print heads, scan documents using your phone's camera, and manage your Instant Ink subscription and buy ink. It also has a mobile fax feature. Also, you can print photos and PDFs from an Android or iOS device; however, some file types, like Microsoft Office files, TXT, and HTML files, print only from the iOS version of the app.

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

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The HP DeskJet 4155e is the replacement model for the discontinued HP DeskJet Plus 4155. It comes with a six-month supply of free ink through HP Instant Ink if you sign up with HP+. There's also an exclusive Walmart-only variant, called the 4152e, which is identical to the 4155e. In Europe, it's called the HP DeskJet 4120e. You can see our unit's label here.

Compared To Other Printers

The HP DeskJet 4155e is a middling all-in-one color inkjet printer for most uses. It has good photo printing quality, but its color accuracy is bad, and most colors look different from their originals. It prints documents and photos at a poor speed, and double-sided printing isn't automatic. However, it does have an automatic document feeder.

For more options, check out our recommendations for the best all-in-one printers, the best home printers, and the best inkjet printers.

HP ENVY 6055e

The HP ENVY 6055e is better than the HP DeskJet 4155e for family and casual photos use. The 6055e prints photos and documents much more quickly, automatically prints double-sided, supports borderless printing, and has better photo quality and color accuracy. In contrast, the 4155e has an automatic document feeder, supports legal-size paper, and has a marginally better color document cost-per-print. Both printers are HP+ enabled, which gives you six free months of HP's Instant Ink subscription.

HP ENVY 6055

The HP ENVY 6055 is better than the HP DeskJet 4155e for casual photos and family use. The 6055 prints photos and documents much more quickly, automatically prints double-sided, supports borderless printing, and has significantly better photo quality. In contrast, the 4155e has an automatic document feeder, supports legal-size paper, and has a marginally better color document cost-per-print. The 4155e is also HP+ enabled, which gives you six free months of HP's Instant Ink subscription.

HP DeskJet Plus 4155

The HP DeskJet 4155e is the replacement model for the HP DeskJet Plus 4155. The discontinued Plus 4155 is a somewhat better color inkjet printer that has slightly better page yields and cost-per-print, and photo quality than the newer 4155e. The hardware features remain largely unchanged between the two. However, the 4155e is HP+ enabled, which gives you six free months of HP's Instant Ink subscription and more software features through HP's mobile companion app. Neither printer supports automatic double-sided printing.

HP DeskJet 3755

The HP DeskJet 4155e is a better printer for families and students, while the HP DeskJet 3755 is better for casual photo printing. The 4155e has a higher color page yield at a significantly cheaper cost-per-print. Also, it has a flatbed scanner with a much better scan resolution, and optionally comes with six months of HP's Instant Ink subscription. On the other hand, the 3755 has a somewhat higher black page yield at a much better cost-per-print, prints black text documents faster, and produces significantly better-looking photos.

HP ENVY Pro 6455

The HP ENVY Pro 6455 is an overall much better family printer compared to the HP DeskJet 4155e. The 6455 feels much better built and is significantly better in both black-only cost-per-print and printing speed, though not by much. It also prints photos with much more well-defined colors and details. On the other hand, the 4155e is HP+ enabled, which gives you six free months of HP's Instant Ink subscription, and it can also properly hold legal-size paper in its output tray while the 6455 can't.

Canon PIXMA TR4520

The Canon PIXMA TR4520 and the HP DeskJet 4155e are similar all-in-one inkjet units, but the Canon performs better overall. It has a lower cost-per-print for both black and color documents, a higher page yield for color documents, and a much faster print speed. Also, the Canon can perform automatic duplex printing.

HP DeskJet 2755

The HP DeskJet 2755 and the HP DeskJet 4155e are all-in-one color inkjet printers that are unremarkable for family use. The 4155e has an automatic document feeder, and it comes with six free months of HP's Instant Ink subscription. On the other hand, the 2755 prints photos much faster.

HP ENVY 5055

The HP ENVY 5055 and the HP DeskJet 4155e are both budget all-in-one inkjet printers with a poor cost-per-print but excellent color accuracy, but the ENVY 5055 is an overall better family printer. The 5055 is much shorter, so it's a good choice if you're short on vertical space, paper jams are easier to remove, and printed sheets don't fall out of the output tray. It also prints photos more quickly and with much better quality. On the other hand, the 4155e has an automatic document feeder and is HP+ enabled, which gives you six free months of HP's Instant Ink subscription.

Canon PIXMA G3260

The Canon PIXMA G3260 is a better printer overall than the HP DeskJet 4155e. The Canon is a supertank printer with a significantly better print yield, cost-per-print, and photo printing quality than the HP. It also prints documents and photos somewhat faster. However, the HP has an automatic document feeder and has much better color accuracy. It's also HP+ enabled, which gives you six free months of HP's Instant Ink subscription.

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