HP ENVY 6055 Printer Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8.1
Reviewed Aug 26, 2020 at 08:02 am
HP ENVY 6055 Picture
6.7
Family
3.0
Small/Home Office
5.7
Student
5.0
Black & White
7.7
Casual Photo
Type All in One
Technology Inkjet
Wireless Yes
Color Yes
SuperTank
No

The HP ENVY 6055 all-in-one printer is okay for home use. It has excellent color accuracy and good photo printing quality, but it's not very versatile for other types of uses. It has a really low page yield, whether you're printing in color or black-only, so printing isn't cost-effective over time as you regularly need to buy new cartridges. It only has a flatbed scanner and doesn't support duplex scanning, so scanning double-sided documents may take some time. It doesn't have a display screen, and instead, it has touch-sensitive buttons to control the printer's actions. Lastly, it has an okay build quality, and the compact size won't take up much space on your desk.

Our Verdict

6.7 Family

The HP ENVY 6055 is okay for family use. It has good photo printing quality and excellent color accuracy, ideal for printing family photos. Unfortunately, it has a really low page yield, so you may need to replace the cartridges regularly if you print often. It has a flatbed scanner with a high resolution, but it doesn't have a sheetfed scanner.

Pros
  • Good photo printing quality.
  • Excellent color accuracy.
Cons
  • Really low page yield.
  • Doesn't have a sheetfed scanner.
3.0 Small/Home Office

Bad for home office use. The HP ENVY 6055 has a really low page yield, so you need to change the cartridges often. It also prints pages slowly, and it doesn't offer much in terms of scanning features because it only has a flatbed scanner. It doesn't have an Ethernet port, but you can connect to it wirelessly through Wi-Fi.

Pros
  • Decent connectivity options.
Cons
  • Really low page yield.
  • Doesn't have a sheetfed scanner.
  • Prints pages slowly.
5.7 Student

The HP ENVY 6055 is disappointing for students. It has a low page yield, so if you print a lot, you need to buy new cartridges regularly and the costs could add up. You can connect to it wirelessly through Wi-Fi, but you can't print from a USB or SD card. It also has a flatbed scanner with a high scan resolution.

Pros
  • Decent connectivity options.
Cons
  • Really low page yield.
  • No external storage device support.
5.0 Black & White

Poor for black and white printing. The HP ENVY 6055 has a low black page yield, and since the cartridge doesn't last very long, you may have to buy new cartridges often. Luckily, you can buy high-yield cartridges if you want to get a higher page yield. Unfortunately, it prints black and white documents slowly.

Pros
  • Decent connectivity options.
Cons
  • Really low page yield.
  • Doesn't have a sheetfed scanner.
  • Prints pages slowly.
7.7 Casual Photo

The HP ENVY 6055 is good for printing photos. It has excellent color accuracy, and it prints photos with good quality and lots of fine details. You can print 5" x 7" and 4" x 6" photos, but you can't print 2" x 3" photos.

Pros
  • Good photo printing quality.
  • Excellent color accuracy.
Cons
  • Really low page yield.
  • 6.7 Family
  • 3.0 Small/Home Office
  • 5.7 Student
  • 5.0 Black & White
  • 7.7 Casual Photo

Test Results

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Design
6.5
Design
Build & Design Quality

The HP ENVY 6055 has an okay build quality. The plastic body feels solid, and the power cable is removable in case you need to replace it. The input tray has a slider to adjust the width for photos, but it doesn't extend for legal-size paper, and there's no dedicated photo tray. It's easy to remove the cartridges, as you only need to unclip them, but the printer needs to be on when you want to replace the ink. You can access paper jams by lifting the flatbed scanner, which could fall fast and hard if you don't guide it back down slowly. Unfortunately, the scan lid doesn't raise enough for thicker items like books. Lastly, the printer offers audible feedback when it's finished a task, which is a nice feature.

Design
Dimensions
Height 5.1" (13.0 cm)
Width 17.1" (43.5 cm)
Depth 14.2" (36.1 cm)
Weight
11.5 lbs (5.2 kg)

The HP ENVY 6055 all-in-one printer is fairly compact and doesn't take up much space on a desk.

N/A
Design
Display Screen
Display Screen No
Display Screen Size
N/A
Touchscreen No

The HP ENVY 6055 doesn't have a display screen. Instead, there are five touch buttons that light up in different colors, and you can complete different tasks with these buttons, such as starting a copy session or canceling a printing job. There's also a display for the number of copies needed when you copy a document. The printer has various indicator lights to notify you if there's a printing error or if it ran out of paper and ink, and there's a Wi-Fi status light.

Design
In The Box

  • Power cord
  • 1x HP 67 Black ink cartridge
  • 1x HP 67 Tri-Color ink cartridge
  • User guide

2.9
Design
Cartridge
Photo Cartridge
No
Number Of Color Cartridges
1
Black Cartridge Model
HP 67 Black
Tested Black Page Yield
6.79 prints
Estimated Black Page Yield
129 prints
Color Cartridge Model
HP 67 Tri-Color
Tested Color Page Yield
2.67 prints
Estimated Color Page Yield
65 prints
Third Party Cartridge
Yes
High Yield Cartridge
XL
Drum Unit
No Drum Unit

The HP ENVY 6055 has a terrible cartridge system. Both the black and color cartridges don't last very long, and you need to replace them often. However, this printer still has a higher page yield than the HP ENVY 5055. Also, there are high-yield cartridges you can buy if you want to get a higher yield.

The printer accepts third-party cartridges as well, but using them may void the warranty.

6.2
Design
Scanner
Scanner
Yes
Scan Flatbed
Yes
Scan Sheetfed
No
Automatic Document Feeder
No
Duplex Scanning
No
Scan Resolution
1200 DPI
Scan Color Depth
24 bit
Flatbed Scan Size
8.5" x 11"
Fax
No
Copy
Yes

The HP ENVY 6055 has mediocre scanning features. It only has a flatbed scanner and it doesn't support duplex scanning, so if you need to scan double-sided documents, you have to scan each side manually.

Printing
5.9
Printing
Cost-Per-Print
Black Cartridge Price
15.99 US$
Color Cartridge Price
16.99 US$
Black Only Printing
0.124 US$/print
Color Printing
0.261 US$/print
Photo Printing
0.629 US$/print
Ink Subscription
Optional

The HP ENVY 6055 has a disappointing cost-per-print. The ink cartridges are cheap, but because they have such a low page yield, you have to buy new ones regularly if you print often, and the costs can add up quickly. You can sign up for HP's Instant Ink subscription so you automatically receive new cartridges when you run out of ink.

Keep in mind that even if you print only in black, most inkjet printers continue using the color cartridges for servicing tasks, so you'll likely still need to replace them eventually.

6.0
Printing
Printing Speed
Black Only Text Document
6 PPM
Color Document
4 PPM
Photo Printing Time
69.0 sec
First Page Out Time (Black Only)
14.2 sec
Duplex Printing
Automatic
Input Tray Capacity
100 pages

The HP ENVY 6055's printing speed is slow, similar to the HP ENVY 5014. It doesn't print color or black and white pages very fast, and it takes a while to print a photo. The output tray holds up to 25 sheets of paper at once.

8.6
Printing
Color Accuracy
Average Color dE
8.01

The HP ENVY 6055 has excellent color accuracy. It works very well if you're printing color presentations, but it may not be good enough for work that requires perfect color accuracy.

7.8
Printing
Photo Printing Quality
Borderless Printing
Yes

The HP ENVY 6055 has good photo printing quality. The colors are well-defined, and there's a lot of detail. Sadly, tones are flat and blacks aren't deep. There's also a bit of banding in the grayscale, but it's not very noticeable in the photos.

These results are based on the actual physical photo and not the scanned image provided for reference above, which may not be representative of the printer's photo print quality.

Printing
Printing Size
Letter (8.5" x 11") Yes
Legal (8.5" x 14") No
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

The HP ENVY 6055 has one input tray that supports most common paper sizes, excluding legal size. Sadly, you won't be able to print 2" x 3" photos.

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

This printer has decent connectivity options, exactly like the HP ENVY 5055. Sadly, you can't print from a USB or SD card, and it doesn't have an Ethernet port. On the upside, you can connect it to your computer wired through a USB connection or wirelessly through Wi-Fi.

7.0
Mobile App and Connectivity
Mobile App Print
Mobile App Yes
App Name HP Smart
iOS Yes
Android Yes
Photo (JPEG, PNG)
Yes
PDF
Yes
Microsoft Office Files
No
Text Files (TXT)
No
Webpages (HTML)
No

The HP Smart app has decent features. You can perform maintenance tasks, such as cleaning printheads, and you can order new cartridges. You can also scan documents from your device's camera and print photos and PDF files.

Differences Between Sizes and Variants

We tested the HP ENVY 6055 all-in-one printer in white, which is the only color available. It's available in the United States and it's sold as the HP ENVY 6032 in Europe. If you come across an ENVY 6055 that's different from ours, let us know in the discussion and we'll update the review.

Compared to other printers

The HP ENVY 6055 is good at printing photos, but it isn't very versatile compared to other printers in its price range, such as the Canon PIXMA TS6320. It has excellent color accuracy and better photo printing quality than the HP ENVY Photo 6255. Also see our recommendations for the best HP printers, the best home printers, and the best photo printers.

HP ENVY 5055
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Amazon.com

The HP ENVY 6055 is better overall than the HP ENVY 5055. The 6055 has a slightly higher page yield, so the cost-per-print is lower, and it has better photo printing quality. However, the 5055 prints legal-size paper and it has a display screen.

HP DeskJet 3755
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BestBuy.com

The HP ENVY 6055 is a bit better overall than the HP DeskJet 3755. The 6055 has a slightly higher page yield, so printing is more cost-effective over time. The 6055 also has better color accuracy, slightly better photo printing quality, and it features a flatbed scanner with a higher scan resolution. However, the 3755 has a small display screen and it has an automatic document feeder.

Canon PIXMA TR4520
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Canon PIXMA TR4520 is better for most uses than the HP ENVY 6055. The Canon has a higher color page yield, a sheetfed scanner, better photo printing quality, and the companion app offers more features. However, the HP has a higher black page yield and much better color accuracy.

HP ENVY Photo 6255
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The HP ENVY Photo 6255 is better for most uses than the HP ENVY 6055. The 6255 has a higher page yield, so even though the cartridges are more expensive, printing is more cost-effective over time. However, the 6055 is better for printing photos because it has better color accuracy and much better photo printing quality. 

HP ENVY 5014
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Amazon.com

The HP ENVY 6055 is much better than the HP ENVY 5014. The 6055 has a higher page yield, so it's more cost-effective over time, and it has better photo printing quality. However, the 5014 has a display screen, making it easier to navigate menus, and it prints legal-size paper.

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