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HP DeskJet 4155e Printer Review

Tested using Methodology v1.2
Updated Feb 24, 2022 at 04:15 pm
HP DeskJet 4155e Picture
5.9
Family
4.8
Small/Home Office
5.8
Student
4.9
Black & White
5.6
Photo
Type All in One
Technology Inkjet
Wireless Yes
Color Yes
SuperTank
No

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.

Our Verdict

5.9 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 it isn't ideal for photo printing since photos have a lot of banding and colors that 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.
4.8 Small/Home Office

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.

Pros
  • Has an 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.
5.8 Student

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.

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.
4.9 Black & White

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.

Pros
  • Has an 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 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.

Pros
  • Accepts 4" × 6" and 5" × 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.
  • 5.9 Family
  • 4.8 Small/Home Office
  • 5.8 Student
  • 4.9 Black & White
  • 5.6 Photo
  1. Updated Sep 07, 2022: Added mention of the Canon PIXMA MG2522 as an alternative with better page yields.
  2. Updated Aug 30, 2022: Added mention of the Brother MFC-J1010DW as an alternative with a better cost per print.
  3. Updated Aug 25, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 1.2.
  4. Updated Jul 04, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 1.1.
  5. Updated Feb 24, 2022: Updated review for accuracy and clarity.
  6. Updated Dec 14, 2021: Converted to Test Bench 1.0.
  7. Updated May 27, 2021: Review published.
  8. Updated May 20, 2021: Early access published.

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Test Results

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Design
5.0
Design
Build Quality

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.

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

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.

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. 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.

2.8
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
Yes

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.

7.1
Design
Scanner Features
Scanner
ADF + Flatbed
ADF Capacity
35 pages
Scan Speed
3 PPM
Duplex Scanning
No
Max Flatbed Scan Size
8.5" x 11"
Max ADF Scan Size
8.5" x 14"
Flatbed Hinge Adjustability
0.00" (0 mm)
Fax
No
Copy
Yes
OCR Included
Software

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.

6.0
Design
Scan Quality
Max Scan Resolution
1,200 DPI
Max Scan Color Depth
24Bit

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.

Design
In The Box

  • Setup guide
  • Power cord
  • 1x black setup cartridge
  • 1x tri-color setup cartridge

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
7.0
Document
Color Documents
5.0
Document
Cost-Per-Print
Black Cartridge Price
15.99 US$
Color Cartridge Price
16.99 US$
Black-Only Printing Cost
0.160 US$/print
Color Printing Cost
0.279 US$/print
Photo Printing Cost
0.739 US$/print
Ink Subscription
Optional

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.

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

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.

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/m²
Photo
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.

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.

3.9
Photo
Color Accuracy
Average Color dE
11.37

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

6.5
Photo
Small Details
Max Print Resolution (DPI)
1200 x 1200
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
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 you can't use it to print.

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

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.

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

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.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

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.

Compared To Other Printers

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.

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

HP DeskJet 2755e

The HP DeskJet 2755e and the HP DeskJet 4155e are both all-in-one inkjet printers with nearly identical features and performance. The only difference is that the 4155e has an automatic document feeder to process multi-page documents faster.

HP DeskJet 3755

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.

Brother MFC-J1010DW

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.

HP ENVY 5055

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.

HP ENVY 6055e

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.

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.

Canon PIXMA G3260

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.

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