The HP DeskJet 4155e is identical to the HP DeskJet Plus 4155, but it comes with a six-month supply of free ink if you sign up for an HP+ subscription. The 4155e is an all-in-one color inkjet that has both a flatbed scanner and an automatic document feeder, which lets you scan different media types with ease. Unfortunately, it performs badly in almost all other respects, with terrible page yields, a disappointingly high cost-per-print, and poor printing speeds. It also has a narrow color gamut and bad color accuracy, and it prints mediocre-looking photos with no support for borderless prints. Fortunately, its decent connectivity options mean you can print from different devices, and you can use the HP Smart mobile app to easily use and manage the printer.
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 it isn't ideal for photo printing since photos have a lot of banding and colors that look very inaccurate to their originals.
The HP DeskJet 4155e is a poor printer for small or home offices. It has awful black and color page yields, takes a while to print one-page documents, and it can be tricky to reach paper jams or the ink cartridges. While it has an automatic document feeder, it doesn't support duplex scanning, meaning you have to manually flip double-sided sheets over. Likewise, there's no automatic double-sided printing, so the printer prompts you to flip the sheets over when it's time to print the other side.
The HP DeskJet 4155e is a disappointing printer for students. While its flatbed scanner and automatic document feeder lets you scan different media like textbooks and handwritten notes, it has a poor cost-per-print for black-only and color documents. Additionally, it takes a while to print single-page documents. Double-sided printing isn't automatic, so you need to manually flip pages over when prompted.
The HP DeskJet 4155e is poor for black and white printing. Its black page yield is bad, while its text document printing speed is terrible. While you can get XL and XXL high-yield cartridges, you'll likely still need to replace them if you print in high volumes. Also, double-sided printing is manual, so you need to flip pages over manually when the printer prompts you.
The HP DeskJet 4155e is sub-par for photo printing. Photos look mediocre, with some banding and color in gray sections. The printer has a narrow color gamut and struggles to properly produce dark colors, and its poor color accuracy means photos don't look like their originals. Also, it's awfully slow when printing photos, and it doesn't support borderless printing.
The HP DeskJet 4155e feels poorly built, with an identical 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 printhead 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.
The HP DeskJet 4155e has typical maintenance requirements for an inkjet printer, but you have to replace the cartridges frequently. There's always a risk of printhead or cartridge clogging; however, it likely won't occur as long as you keep the printer within the acceptable temperature range stated by the manufacturer (59–95°F, or 15–35°C), with the cartridges at least half full. If you leave the printer unused for too long and notice reduced print quality, you can use the printhead cleaning, printhead alignment, and smear cleaning maintenance tasks to restore the quality.
Otherwise, you have to maintain the printer frequently; its low page yields mean you have to replace the cartridges often, and it isn't easy to do so as you can only access them via a narrow door inside the output tray. In the case of a paper jam, you can only access the sheet rollers via the same narrow door in the front, with no other access anywhere on the printer.
The HP 4155e has a poor display. 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 when you're either seated or standing.
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. If you want a printer with better page yields, check out the Canon PIXMA MG2522.
During setup, you can enable HP+, which means that your printer will only accept HP cartridges for the duration of its use. The printer accepts third-party remanufactured cartridges, but using them may void the warranty.
The HP DeskJet 4155e has a flatbed scanner and an automatic document feeder. However, it doesn't support duplex scanning, so manually dealing with multi-page double-sided documents can be inconvenient as you need to flip them over after scanning one side. Additionally, it's slow to scan, so expect to wait a while for long reports or multi-page signed contracts. Fortunately, it has software-based OCR, letting you save scanned documents as searchable PDFs for easy sorting and keyword searches.
The flatbed scanner has a 1200 DPI scanning resolution, and its 24-bit color depth gives 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.
The HP 4155e delivers a poor cost-per-print. Because the cartridges need replacing often, running costs will quickly add up over time. However, the printer is HP+ enabled, so you can get a free six-month subscription to the HP Instant Ink service if you sign up. This subscription sends you ink whenever the printer detects that ink cartridges are running low. If you want a similar all-in-one inkjet printer with a lower cost per print, check out the Brother MFC-J1010DW.
The HP 4155e has poor printing speed. It takes only a short time to get single-page documents out, but you have to wait a while if you're printing long documents. It isn't ideal if you're in a hurry. Also, it doesn't automatically print double-sided, so you have to manually flip the pages over when the printer prompts you.
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.
The preview photo above occurs when simply clicking "Print," resulting in large, uneven borders and cropped photos. As explained in 'Photo Printing Quality' above, you'll achieve better results if you scale a smaller photo up onto larger paper; here are the results of doing so.
The HP 4155e printer is bad at reproducing accurate colors, and almost all colors are noticeably different from the originals.
Although the printer supports Bluetooth, it's for setup purposes only, and you can't use it to print.
You can use the HP Smart app to perform maintenance tasks on the printheads, scan documents using your phone's camera, 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.
The HP DeskJet 4155e is fully compatible with all commonly-used desktop operating systems. On Windows, you can print without manually installing any drivers, but you need to install the HP Smart application to scan. On Chrome OS, you need to add the printer directly using its IP address in the system settings as the OS can't automatically detect it, but you still need to install the HP Smart app to scan. On macOS, you can easily use AirPrint to print and scan without manually installing any drivers or applications.
The HP DeskJet 4155e is identical to the HP DeskJet Plus 4155, but 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 HP DeskJet 4152e, which is identical to the 4155e. In Europe, it's called the HP DeskJet 4120e. This review applies to the 4120e, 4152e, and 4155e models. You can see our unit's label here.
The HP DeskJet 4155e is an all-in-one color inkjet that performs poorly overall. It prints mediocre-looking photos with bad color accuracy, and it doesn't support borderless printing. Additionally, it prints documents and photos at a poor speed, and double-sided printing isn't automatic. Its automatic document feeder makes it easy to scan multi-page documents, but even with that said, you can get significantly better-performing models in the same price range.
The HP DeskJet 4155e is better printer for small or home office use whereas the HP DeskJet 3755 is better for photo printing and family use. The 4155e has a higher page yield and a much cheaper cost-per-print for color documents, a flatbed scanner with a much better scan resolution, and an automatic document feeder. Also, it optionally comes with six months of HP's Instant Ink subscription. On the other hand, the 3755 has a somewhat higher page yield and cheaper cost-per-print for black pages, prints black text documents faster, and it produces significantly better-looking photos.
The Brother MFC-J1010DW is much better than the HP DeskJet 4155e for most uses. The Brother's build feels much sturdier, and it has a larger color display with more buttons to help you navigate the settings menu. It also produces better quality documents and photos, scans and prints faster, and its ink cartridges last longer, which will help you save money.
The HP ENVY 5055 and the HP DeskJet 4155e are both all-in-one inkjet printers, but the ENVY 5055 is a better family printer overall. The 5055 is much shorter, so it's a good choice if you're short on vertical space, it's easier to remove paper jams, and printed sheets don't fall out of the output tray. It also prints photos more quickly and with much better quality, and it supports automatic double-sided printing and borderless printing. 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.
The HP ENVY 6055e is better than the HP DeskJet 4155e for photo printing and family use. The 6055e prints photos and documents much faster, it supports automatic duplex printing and borderless printing, and it produces significantly better-looking photos. In contrast, the 4155e has an automatic document feeder and supports legal-size paper. Both printers are HP+ enabled, which gives you six free months of HP's Instant Ink subscription.
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.
The Canon PIXMA G3260 is a better printer overall compared to 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. Also, it prints documents and photos a bit faster. On the other hand, the HP has an automatic document feeder and is HP+ enabled, which gives you six free months of HP's Instant Ink subscription.