HP ENVY 6055e Printer Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8.1
Reviewed May 11, 2021 at 10:18 am
HP ENVY 6055e Picture
6.4
Family
2.9
Small/Home Office
5.2
Student
4.5
Black & White
7.6
Casual Photo
Type All in One
Technology Inkjet
Wireless Yes
Color Yes
SuperTank
No

The HP ENVY 6055e all-in-one printer is a family printer that's a good choice for photo printing. It has one of the highest color accuracies we've tested so far, and it prints good-looking photos, although there's a bit of banding in some gray areas. While it doesn't have a display screen, it has a multi-color LED light above the output tray that indicates the printer's status. Unfortunately, it has a terrible page yield, a very high cost-per-print, and slow printing speed. It also only has a flatbed scanner, which may not be enough for you if you frequently scan multi-page documents.

Our Verdict

6.4 Family

The HP ENVY 6055e is okay for family use. It prints good-looking photos with fantastic color accuracy. It has a high-resolution flatbed scanner, but unfortunately, it lacks a sheetfed scanner. Since it has a terribly low page yield, you need to replace the cartridges very often, which results in a very high cost-per-print.

Pros
  • Incredible color accuracy.
  • Good photo printing quality.
  • Passable build quality.
Cons
  • Slow printing speed.
  • Poor cost-per-print.
  • Terrible page yields.
2.9 Small/Home Office

The HP ENVY 6055e isn't designed for small or home offices. It yields very few pages for both black and color prints, and its cost-per-print is very high. It lacks an automatic document feeder, a duplex scanning feature, and a display screen.

Pros
  • Incredible color accuracy.
  • Passable build quality.
Cons
  • No automatic document feeder.
  • Slow printing speed.
  • Poor cost-per-print.
  • Terrible page yields.
5.2 Student

The HP ENVY 6055e is inadequate for students. Because of its terribly low page yields, you need to replace the cartridges very often, resulting in a very high cost-per-print. Also, it doesn't support Bluetooth printing; however, there are other wireless options to choose from.

Pros
  • Incredible color accuracy.
  • Passable build quality.
Cons
  • Slow printing speed.
  • Poor cost-per-print.
  • Terrible page yields.
  • No Bluetooth support.
4.5 Black & White

The HP ENVY 6055e is bad for black and white printing. It has a terrible black page yield with a high cost-per-print, and it's disappointingly slow at printing documents. It lacks a display screen, an automatic document feeder, and a duplex scanning feature. Fortunately, there are high yield cartridges available that should last longer, although we haven't tested them.

Pros
  • High-yield cartridge available.
  • Passable build quality.
Cons
  • No automatic document feeder.
  • Slow printing speed.
  • Poor cost-per-print.
  • Terrible page yields.
7.6 Casual Photo

The HP ENVY 6055e is good for casual photos, thanks to its fantastic color accuracy and good photo printing quality. It can print 4" x 6" and 5" x 7" photos, but unfortunately, it can't print 2" x 3" sizes.

Pros
  • Incredible color accuracy.
  • Good photo printing quality.
  • Prints 4" x 6" and 5" x 7" photos.
Cons
  • Slow printing speed.
  • Poor cost-per-print.
  • 6.4 Family
  • 2.9 Small/Home Office
  • 5.2 Student
  • 4.5 Black & White
  • 7.6 Casual Photo

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
6.5
Design
Build & Design Quality

The HP ENVY 6055e has an okay build quality. Its plastic body feels good, and the power cable is removable, making it easy to replace if needed. The input tray has width sliders to adjust to different paper sizes, and the output tray has an extender that can tuck into the tray when not in use. You can easily access paper jams by pulling down the cover at the rear.

The power button is at the back, right above the power cord input. While it doesn't have a display screen, it uses a multi-color LED light above the output tray to indicate status, along with a small light on the right side of the output tray. You can adjust the LED light brightness within the HP Smart app's settings, but you can't turn it off completely, which may be annoying in a dark room. Unfortunately, the dampening mechanism isn't very good, so the scanner bed can slam down at the end if you don't guide it down slowly.

Design
Dimensions
Height 5.1" (13.0 cm)
Width 17.0" (43.2 cm)
Depth 14.2" (36.1 cm)
Weight
11.7 lbs (5.3 kg)
0
Design
Display Screen
Display Screen No
Display Screen Size
N/A
Touchscreen No

The HP ENVY 6055e doesn't have a display screen. Instead, it uses light-up icons to indicate Wi-Fi connection and the number of copies when copying a document. Also, it has touch-sensitive buttons for Monochrome copy, Color copy, Information, Cancel, and Resume. On the right side of the panel, there's a status light that tells you when the paper is low, the paper tray is open, or when the scanner bay is open. There's also an indicator light above the output tray that changes color depending on the printer's status.

Design
In The Box

  • Setup Guide
  • Power cord
  • 1x HP 67 Black starter cartridge
  • 1X HP 67 Tri-Color starter cartridge

2.7
Design
Cartridge
Photo Cartridge
No
Number Of Color Cartridges
1
Black Cartridge Model
HP 67 Black
Tested Black Page Yield
5.43 prints
Estimated Black Page Yield
103 prints
Color Cartridge Model
HP 67 Tri-Color
Tested Color Page Yield
2.76 prints
Estimated Color Page Yield
58 prints
Third Party Cartridge
Yes
High Yield Cartridge
XL
Drum Unit
No Drum Unit

The HP ENVY 6055e has a terrible page yield. Neither the black nor the color cartridge lasts long, so you need to replace them often. Since there's just one color cartridge, you can't replace only the color running low, which may feel wasteful if you tend to use one color more than others. Fortunately, there's a high-yield cartridge available that should last longer, but we haven't tested it. Note that this is an HP+ printer that accepts original HP cartridges only. While the printer accepts third-party remanufactured HP cartridges, 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
1,200 DPI
Scan Color Depth
24 Bit
Flatbed Scan Size
8.5" x 11"
Fax
No
Copy
Yes

The HP ENVY 6055e only has a flatbed scanner. If you need to scan multi-page documents often, you need to do it manually, which can be tedious and time-consuming. Also, the scanner lid's hinges can't raise to accommodate thicker items like a textbook or magazine. If you want a similar printer with an automatic document feeder, check out the HP ENVY 6455e.

Printing
5.0
Printing
Cost-Per-Print
Black Cartridge Price
15.99 US$
Color Cartridge Price
16.99 US$
Black Only Printing
0.155 US$/print
Color Printing
0.293 US$/print
Photo Printing
0.772 US$/print
Ink Subscription
Optional

The cost-per-print is disappointingly high. While the cartridges are relatively cheap, the page yield is very low. This means you need to buy new cartridges often. This printer is an HP+ enabled printer with a six-month subscription to the HP Instant Ink service, which sends you ink whenever your printer detects that the cartridges are running low.

Keep in mind that even if you print only in black, most inkjet printers continue using the color cartridge for servicing tasks, so you may still need to replace it eventually.

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

The HP ENVY 6055e's printing speed is mediocre. The first page of a black text document takes some time to come out, and subsequent pages don't get much faster. Color documents also take a long time to print.

9.0
Printing
Color Accuracy
Average Color dE
7.15

The HP ENVY 6055e has incredible color accuracy, and it's among the highest we've tested. However, it may still not be good enough for professionals requiring exact color reproduction.

7.6
Printing
Photo Printing Quality
Borderless Printing
Yes

The HP ENVY 6055e prints good-looking photos with well-identified colors. While there's a bit of banding in gray areas, and darker areas tend to have a blue tone, images still look good.

These results are based on the actual physical photo, not the scanned image provided for reference above, which may not represent 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
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

While the HP ENVY 6055e has Bluetooth support, it's for setup purposes only and can't be used for printing.

7.0
Mobile App And Connectivity
Mobile App For Home Use
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

HP Smart is a decent mobile app. It allows you to print, scan, and fax directly from the app, but the scan resolution maxes at 300 DPI. You can also check ink levels, manage your ink subscription, and perform maintenance tasks like align and clean printheads. Note that the Private Pickup feature on the app isn't supported on the HP ENVY 6055e.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The HP ENVY 6055e has a variant called the HP ENVY 6055, which seems identical but doesn't come with a free six-month subscription to HP Instant Ink. There's also the HP ENVY 6455e that's very similar, but it comes with the sheetfed scanner that the 6055e lacks. You can see the unit of our label here.

Compared To Other Printers

The HP ENVY 6055e is an alright family printer. Like most family printers in its price range, it has a flatbed scanner but no automatic document feeder, which may be frustrating if you need to scan multi-page documents often. It has terribly low page yields, so you need to replace the cartridges very often, especially if you print a lot. On the bright side, it has good photo printing quality, and it has the best color accuracy we've tested.

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

HP ENVY 6055

The HP ENVY 6055e is the replacement model of the HP ENVY 6055. They're nearly identical, but the 6055e comes with a free six-month subscription to HP Instant Ink. Otherwise, they have some minor performance differences. The 6055 has a marginally higher page yield, resulting in a lower cost-per-print. On the other hand, the 6055e has better color accuracy, and it's the best color accuracy we've tested.

HP ENVY Pro 6455

The HP ENVY 6055e and the HP ENVY Pro 6455 are two very similar inkjet printers, but the 6055e performs better overall. The 6055e is a better option for photos since its cost-per-print is lower, especially for photos, and produced images don't have as much banding in them. Also, it has a slightly higher page yield, and it comes with a free six-month subscription to HP Instant Ink. However, if having a sheetfed scanner matters to you, the 6455 may be a better choice since it has an automatic document feeder, whereas the 6055e only has a flatbed scanner.

HP ENVY 6455e

The HP ENVY 6055e and the HP ENVY 6455e are two very similar family printers, but the 6455e has a sheetfed scanner which the 6055e lacks. They perform similarly, but the 6055e has a marginally better color accuracy and produced photos look a bit better, too. Also, the 6055e is much faster at printing photos. Otherwise, they have very similar page yields with disappointingly high costs-per-print, and both come with a free six-month subscription to HP Instant Ink.

HP DeskJet 4155e

The HP ENVY 6055e is better than the HP DeskJet 4155e for family and casual photos use. The 6055e prints photos and documents much more quickly, automatically prints double-sided, supports borderless printing, and has significantly better photo quality and color accuracy. In contrast, the 4155e has an automatic document feeder, supports legal-size paper, and has a marginally better color document cost-per-print. Both printers are HP+ enabled, which gives you six free months of HP's Instant Ink subscription.

HP DeskJet Plus 4155

The HP ENVY 6055e and the HP DeskJet Plus 4155 are both inkjet family printers. The 4155 may be a better option if you also need to do office tasks since it has an automatic document feeder and it yields slightly more black and color pages. However, unlike the 6055e, the 4155 can't automatically print double-sided sheets, so you need to flip over each page manually when prompted by the printer. On the other hand, the 6055e is a better option for photos since it has better color accuracy and better photo printing quality. The 6055e comes with a free six-month subscription to HP Instant Ink.

Canon PIXMA MG3620

The Canon PIXMA MG3620 is better than the HP ENVY 6055e if you intend to print fairly frequently. Not only does the Canon yield many more pages than the HP, but its cost-per-print is much lower since you won't need to replace the cartridges as often. On the other hand, the HP has much better color accuracy, so it may be a better choice if this is important to you. Also, unlike the Canon, the HP has Wi-Fi Direct.

Brother MFC-J995DW

The Brother MFC-J995DW is a much better printer than the HP ENVY 6055e. The Brother yields significantly more pages at a much lower cost-per-print, it has a flatbed scanner and a sheetfed scanner, and it also prints faster. While its color accuracy isn't as fantastic as the HP's, the Brother does have much better photo printing quality. Unlike the Canon, the Brother supports printing off a USB thumb drive, and the Brother iPrint&Scan app is better than the HP Smart app.

HP ENVY Photo 7855

The HP ENVY Photo 7855 is better than the HP ENVY 6055e, especially for photos. Although the 6055e has better color accuracy, the 7855 has much better photo printing quality. The 7855's page yield is very low, but it's higher than the 6055e's, which helps keep its cost-per-print lower. Also, the 7855 has better connectivity options and supports Bluetooth printing, unlike the 6055e, which only uses Bluetooth for setup.

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