The HP DeskJet 4155e is an all-in-one inkjet printer designed for home use. It's identical to the HP DeskJet Plus 4155 but comes with a six-month supply of free ink through HP+, HP's ink subscription service. It uses a two-cartridge system with one black and one tri-color cartridge, and it's compatible with the HP 67, 67XL, and 67XXL cartridges. It has USB and Wi-Fi connectivity, supports Apple AirPrint and Mopria Print Service, and works with HP's Smart mobile app. Its scanner has an automatic feeder but doesn't support duplex scanning.
This printer is part of the HP DeskJet 4100e all-in-one series, which includes many variants. All of the variants are identical in feature and performance; the model number simply changes slightly depending on the region and retailer. You can see all the variants in the Differences Between Variants section below.
The HP DeskJet 4155e is sub-par for family use. Its print quality isn't very good for documents and photos, and it's expensive to maintain because the ink cartridges run out quickly. It also prints very slowly, which might be a problem if you're in a household with many people sharing the printer. The scanner has an automatic feeder, but unfortunately, it's slow and produces mediocre-quality scans that lack fine detail, which isn't ideal for digitizing photos.
The HP DeskJet 4155e is inadequate for small or home offices. It produces mediocre-quality black and white documents, prints very slowly, and requires a lot of maintenance because the ink cartridges run out quickly. Also, while it has an automatic document feeder, it's slow and doesn't support duplex scanning, meaning you have to manually flip double-sided sheets. It has Wi-Fi and USB connectivity but lacks Ethernet, which might be an issue for offices that rely on a wired LAN connection.
The HP DeskJet 4155e is a disappointing printer for students. Its print quality isn't very good, especially black and white documents, and it's extremely slow, printing only three pages per minute. Additionally, you have to replace the ink cartridges often because they run out quickly, increasing your long-term maintenance cost. The scanner has an automatic feeder but the scan quality is mediocre, as it has trouble capturing fine details, and the lid's hinges can't extend, making it hard to close the lid over thicker items like textbooks.
The HP 4155e is poor for black and white printing. Its print quality isn't very good, as it prints documents with visible banding and misalignment. It also prints very slowly and costs a lot to maintain because the ink cartridges run out quickly. While you can get XL and XXL high-yield cartridges, you'll likely still need to replace them if you print in high volumes. Double-sided printing is manual, so you need to flip pages over manually when the printer prompts you.
The HP 4155e is sub-par for photo printing. Photos look flat, grainy, and lacking in detail. Also, its color accuracy is bad, with most colors looking very different from the original. It prints slowly, taking almost two minutes to print a 4" x 6" photo, and unfortunately, it's expensive to maintain because the ink cartridges run out quickly.
We tested the HP DeskJet 4155e. It's identical to the HP DeskJet Plus 4155, but it comes with a six-month supply of free ink through HP+. The HP DeskJet 4100e printer series includes many variants, which you can see in the table below. All of the variants are identical in feature and performance; the model number only changes depending on the region, retailer, and color of the printer.
|HP DeskJet 4110e||UK, Europe||26Q91B|
|HP DeskJet 4120e||Europe, Australia||26Q90B, 26Q94A|
|HP DeskJet 4121e||Australia||26Q95A|
|HP DeskJet 4122e||UK||26Q92B, 26Q96A|
|HP DeskJet 4123e||Australia||26Q96A, 26Q97A|
|HP DeskJet 4130e||Europe||26Q93B|
|HP DeskJet 4132e||Canada||2A9T7A|
|HP DeskJet 4133e||North America-Best Buy||26Q92A||Black Friday model|
|HP DeskJet 4152e||North America||26Q91A|
|HP DeskJet 4155e||North America||26Q90A|
|HP DeskJet 4158e||US-Costco, Sam's Club||26Q93A|
|HP DeskJet 4175e||US-Walmart||2A9U0A|
You can see our unit's label here.
The HP DeskJet 4155e is an all-in-one color inkjet that performs poorly overall. It produces photos that look flat and lacking in detail, and it doesn't support borderless printing. Additionally, it produces mediocre-quality black documents, prints very slowly, and doesn't support automatic duplex printing.
The HP ENVY 6055e is slightly better than the HP DeskJet 4155e. The ENVY 6055e produces finer details in photos, prints faster, and supports automatic duplex printing and borderless printing. The DeskJet 4155e has an automatic document feeder, which the ENVY 6055e lacks, but it's slow, as it only scans three pages per minute.
The Canon PIXMA TS3520 is better than the HP DeskJet 4155e for most uses. The Canno produces higher-quality documents and photos, and it prints faster. However, the HP has an automatic feeder, allowing you to scan documents faster. As for page yield, you can get slightly more black prints out of the HP, but the Canon will give you more color prints.
The Canon PIXMA MG3620 is much better than the HP DeskJet 4155e. The Canon produces higher quality documents and more detailed photos, and it doesn't cost as much to maintain over time because its ink cartridges last longer. It also prints faster and supports automatic double-sided printing. The HP has an automatic feeder, which the Canon lacks, but it's slow, and the scan quality isn't as good as the Canon's, as it has trouble capturing fine details.
The HP DeskJet 4155e and the HP DeskJet 3755/3772 are both all-in-one inkjet printers designed for home use. In terms of print quality, both printers perform similarly when it comes to documents, but the 3755 is much better for photos because it has a wider color range and color accuracy, and it can produce finer details. As for maintenance costs, the 4155e yields more prints and is less expensive to maintain over time. The other differences have to do with the design and scanner features. The 3755 is more compact, so it's better for tight spaces, but it doesn't have a flatbed scanner.
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 DeskJet 4155e feels poorly built. Though the body feels solid and its power cord is removable, it has no input tray, and the rear feeder feels flimsy. 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 extend, making it hard to close the lid over thicker items like textbooks and magazines.
This printer requires frequent maintenance. Like most inkjet printers, there's always a risk of printhead or cartridge clogging if you don't print for a long time. If you experience clogging or other print quality issues, there are a few maintenance functions that can help resolve them, like printhead cleaning, printhead alignment, and smear cleaning. Clogging aside, most of the maintenance has to do with the ink cartridges. They run out very quickly, which means you have to replace them often, and it isn't easy to do, as you can only access them via a narrow door inside the output tray. For paper jams, you can only access the sheet rollers via the same narrow door in the front, with no other access anywhere on the printer. You'll have to refill the paper tray often, too, since it only holds 60 sheets of paper.
You can see the user manual here.
This printer has a bad display. It's a small LCD with seven physical buttons for managing printer functions. You can't adjust the tilt of the display, but the viewing angle is good enough that it's easy to see the display whether you're sitting 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. You can increase the yield slightly with high-yield cartridges (67XL and 67XXL), but it still won't match printers with a better cartridge system. Also, we couldn't find the XXL-format replacement cartridges available on the manufacturer's website at the time of writing.
The scanner has an automatic document feeder, but it's slow and doesn't support duplex scanning, so you need to flip the pages manually when scanning double-sided sheets. Additionally, it's slow to scan, so expect to wait a while for long reports or multi-page signed contracts. Its optical character recognition feature lets you save scans as PDFs for quick keyword searches. It works well but makes mistakes occasionally when there are special characters
The scan quality is mediocre. The text looks okay from a distance, but it looks 'dirty' up close, as if there's ink smearing on each letter. Colored areas look very grainy, especially in the grays, and some finer details don't show at all.
The print quality for black and white documents is mediocre. Although the text is clear, and finer elements are present, there's visible banding and misalignment throughout.
The print quality for color documents is decent. Text looks sharp, but some fine details are too faint, and colored areas look grainy.
The cost-per-print is high. Because the cartridges need replacing often, running costs will quickly add up over time. It comes with six months of free ink through HP+, HP's ink subscription service, so it's not too bad, at least for the first six months. If you want a similar all-in-one inkjet printer with a lower cost per print, check out the Brother MFC-J1010DW.
This printer has slow printing speeds. It doesn't take too long to initialize and get a single page out, but it's very slow when printing multi-page documents and photos. Also, it doesn't automatically print double-sided, so you have to manually flip the pages over when prompted. Unfortunately, the output tray only holds 25 sheets and doesn't hold the paper very well, as prints tend to get pushed off, resulting in out-of-order prints.
The color gamut is sub-par. It has a hard time producing dark colors. Its small color range makes photos look flat and lacking in detail. For example, the parrot's red feather in the sample photo looks like a single color, with no texture or depth. Also, the color transitions aren't very smooth, as there's visible banding and a lot of grain.
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 color accuracy is bad. Almost all colors are noticeably different from the originals, although skin tones still look relatively natural.
This printer is okay at reproducing small details. There's significant loss of detail due to the printer's narrow color gamut and low contrast. Additionally, the halftones (dot effect) make edges look softer and distant objects less visible.
Although the printer supports Bluetooth, it's for setup purposes only, not for printing.
The HP Smart mobile app is very feature-rich. You can use it to print, scan (using your phone's camera), perform maintenance tasks like printhead cleaning, manage your HP ink subscription, and buy replacement ink. It also has a mobile fax feature. 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.
This printer is fully compatible with most 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, and you also need to install the HP Smart app to scan. You don't need to install any drivers or applications on macOS.