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HP DeskJet 4155e [4133e, 4152e, 4158e]​ Printer Review

Tested using Methodology v1.2
Review updated Feb 29, 2024 at 04:31 pm
HP DeskJet 4155e [4133e, 4152e, 4158e]​ Picture
5.9
Family
4.8
Small/Home Office
5.8
Student
4.9
Black & White
5.6
Photo
This printer was replaced by the HP DeskJet 4255e/4252e

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.

Our Verdict

5.9 Family

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.

Pros
  • Has an automatic document feeder.
  • XL and XXL cartridge sizes available.
  • Feature-rich mobile app.
Cons
  • Narrow color range and bad color accuracy.
  • Doesn't support borderless printing.
  • Low page yield, high cost-per-print.
  • Photos lack fine details.
  • Scanner doesn't capture fine details.
  • Visible banding and misalignment in black and white documents.
4.8 Small/Home Office

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.

Pros
  • Has an automatic document feeder.
  • XL and XXL cartridge sizes available.
Cons
  • Low page yield, high cost-per-print.
  • Very slow printing speed.
  • No duplex scanning.
  • Manual double-sided printing.
  • Scanner doesn't capture fine details.
  • Visible banding and misalignment in black and white documents.
5.8 Student

The HP DeskJet 4155e is a middling option 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, which is far from ideal if you need to print an assignment at the last minute. Additionally, you have to replace the ink cartridges often because they run out quickly, increasing the long-term cost of ownership. 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.

Pros
  • Has an automatic document feeder.
  • XL and XXL cartridge sizes available.
  • Feature-rich mobile app.
Cons
  • Low page yield, high cost-per-print.
  • Very slow printing speed.
  • Scanner doesn't capture fine details.
  • Visible banding and misalignment in black and white documents.
4.9 Black & White

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.

Pros
  • Has an automatic document feeder.
  • XL and XXL cartridge sizes available.
Cons
  • Low page yield, high cost-per-print.
  • Very slow printing speed.
  • No duplex scanning.
  • Manual double-sided printing.
  • Scanner doesn't capture fine details.
  • Visible banding and misalignment in black and white documents.
5.6 Photo

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.

Pros
  • XL and XXL cartridge sizes available.
Cons
  • Narrow color range and bad color accuracy.
  • Doesn't support borderless printing.
  • Low page yield, high cost-per-print.
  • Photos lack fine details.
  • 5.9 Family
  • 4.8 Small/Home Office
  • 5.8 Student
  • 4.9 Black & White
  • 5.6 Photo
  1. Updated Feb 29, 2024: Minor in-text adjustments to further clarify product details.
  2. Updated Nov 10, 2023: Added a link to the HP ENVY 6065e in the 'Printing Speed' section of the review to provide an alternative that supports automatic duplex printing.
  3. Updated Mar 02, 2023: We've updated the review and added more information in the Scan Quality, Black and White Documents, Color Documents, and Small Details sections.
  4. Updated Jan 19, 2023: We've updated the review with more information regarding the tested model and its variants.
  5. Updated Jan 09, 2023: We've uploaded new photos in the Dimensions box, as the previous photos showed the printer with stickers covering a portion of the top and with the output tray only partially extended.
  6. Updated Nov 10, 2022: Added mention of the Epson Expression Home XP-5200 in the Scan Quality box as a better alternative.
  7. Updated Nov 02, 2022: We've added information in the Differences Between Variants section regarding the Best Buy Black Friday model HP DeskJet 4133e.
  8. Updated Sep 07, 2022: Added mention of the Canon PIXMA MG2522 as an alternative with better page yields.
  9. Updated Aug 30, 2022: Added mention of the Brother MFC-J1010DW as an alternative with a better cost per print.
  10. Updated Aug 25, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 1.2.
  11. Updated Jul 04, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 1.1.
  12. Updated Feb 24, 2022: Updated review for accuracy and clarity.
  13. Updated Dec 14, 2021: Converted to Test Bench 1.0.
  14. Updated May 27, 2021: Review published.
  15. Updated May 20, 2021: Early access published.
  16. Updated May 13, 2021: Our testers have started testing this product.
  17. Updated May 13, 2021: The product has arrived in our lab, and our testers will start evaluating it soon.
  18. Updated May 02, 2021: 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 4155e. It's identical to the HP DeskJet Plus 4155 but 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.

Model  Region/Retailer  Product Number Notes
DeskJet 4110e UK, Europe 26Q91B  
DeskJet 4120e Europe, Australia 26Q90B, 26Q94A  
DeskJet 4121e Australia 26Q95A  
DeskJet 4122e UK 26Q92B, 26Q96A  
DeskJet 4123e Australia 26Q96A, 26Q97A  
DeskJet 4130e Europe 26Q93B  
DeskJet 4132e Canada 2A9T7A  
DeskJet 4133e North America-Best Buy 26Q92A Black Friday model
DeskJet 4152e North America 26Q91A  
DeskJet 4155e North America 26Q90A  
DeskJet 4158e US-Costco, Sam's Club 26Q93A  
DeskJet 4175e US-Walmart 2A9U0A  

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 produces photos that look flat and lacking in detail, and it doesn't support borderless printing. Additionally, it prints very slowly and doesn't support automatic duplex printing, and its black-and-white document printing quality is mediocre.

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 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.

Canon PIXMA MG3620

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, because it has trouble capturing fine details.

HP DeskJet 2755e [2723e, 2742e, 2752e]​

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.

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 DeskJet 3755/3772

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.

HP ENVY 6455e

The HP ENVY 6455e and the HP DeskJet 4155e are very similar printers with nearly identical features and performance. The only notable difference is that the 4155e prints slower and doesn't support automatic duplex printing.

Canon PIXMA TS3520

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.

Epson Expression Home XP-4200

The Epson Expression Home XP-4200 is a considerably better all-in-one inkjet printer than the HP DeskJet 4155e. The Epson feels better built, is a little easier to maintain, has a far more informative status screen, delivers superior print and scan quality, and uses higher-yield cartridges. The Epson uses C/M/Y color cartridges as opposed to the HP's tri-color cartridge system.

HP DeskJet 4255e/4252e

The HP Deskjet 4255e/4252e is the newer version of the HP DeskJet 4155e. They're almost identical printers, although the new version performs slightly worse overall as its cartridges yield fewer prints. Moreover, HP has removed the ability to produce text-searchable PDFs from scanned documents on the newer version, which is a shame. Both printers come with a free ink supply through HP+, HP's ink subscription service.

HP ENVY 6065e

The HP ENVY 6065e is better than the HP DeskJet 4155e. The 6065e feels better built and supports automatic dual-sided printing and borderless printing. However, the 4155 does have a scanner with an ADF, making it a better fit for scanning long multi-page documents, though it's worth noting that the ADF tray can only hold 35 pages.

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Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
5.0
Design
Build Quality
Type All in One

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.

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 4155e requires frequent maintenance. Like most inkjet printers, there's 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 on the front, with no other access anywhere on the printer. You'll have to refill the paper tray often since it only holds 60 sheets of paper.

See the user manual here.

3.0
Design
Display Screen
Display Screen Yes
Display Screen Size
1.4" (3.6 cm)
Touchscreen No

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 thankfully, the viewing angle is good enough that it's easy to see the display whether you're sitting or standing.

2.8
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
5.3 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 DeskJet 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 and extra high-yield cartridges (67XL and 67XXL), but it still won't match printers with a better cartridge system. Also, the XXL-format replacement cartridges are seemingly only available in certain regions.

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 scanner has an automatic document feeder, but it's slow to process documents 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 text-searchable PDFs. It works well but makes mistakes occasionally when there are special characters.

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

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.

Design
In The Box

  • Setup guide
  • Power cord
  • HP 67 starter ink cartridges:
    • 1x black
    • 1x tri-color

Design
Battery
Advertised Battery Life
N/A
Tested Charging Time
N/A

This is a corded printer without a battery.

Document
6.0
Document
Black & White Documents
Color Ink Needed For Black & White
No

The print quality of black-and-white documents is mediocre. Although the text is clear, and finer elements are present, there's visible banding and misalignment throughout.

7.0
Document
Color Documents

The print quality of color documents is decent. Text looks sharp, but some fine details are too faint, and colored areas look grainy.

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 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. However, know that if you subscribe to the service, you can no longer use third-party cartridges, even if you cancel the service. Also, the printer must have a continuous internet connection to function, as HP continually updates the firmware to block the use of third-party cartridges. 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 DeskJet 4155e 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; consider the HP ENVY 6065e if that's a feature you want. 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.

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 color gamut is sub-par. The printer 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. You'll achieve better results if you scale a smaller photo up onto larger paper; see an example here.

3.9
Photo
Color Accuracy
Average Color dE
11.37

The color accuracy is bad. Almost all colors are noticeably different from the originals, although skin tones still look relatively natural. This level of color accuracy is sufficient for printing casual photos once in a blue moon, but professionals seeking more accurate color reproduction should look elsewhere.

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

This printer is okay at reproducing small details. There's a 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.

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

Although the printer supports Bluetooth, it's for setup purposes only, not for printing.

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 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.

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

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.