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HP ENVY 6055e Printer Review

Tested using Methodology v1.2
Updated Nov 11, 2022 at 02:44 pm
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Type All in One
Technology Inkjet
SuperTank
No
Color Yes
Wireless Yes

The HP ENVY 6055e is an inkjet all-in-one printer designed for home use. It's part of HP's ENVY 6000e all-in-one printer series. It's the same printer as the HP ENVY 6055, but it comes with six months of free ink through HP+, HP's ink delivery subscription service, and uses a two-cartridge system with one black and one tri-color cartridge and is compatible with HP 67 and 67XL ink. It supports USB and Wi-Fi connectivity, supports Apple AirPrint and Mopria Print Service, and works with HP's Smart mobile companion app. It only has a basic flatbed scanner with no automatic feeder or extendable lid hinges.

Our Verdict

N/A Family

The HP ENVY 6055e is mediocre for family use. Its print quality for black and color documents isn't very good, and photos look flat and unnatural due to its narrow color range and poor accuracy. Also, its ink cartridges run out quickly, making it expensive to maintain. It has a high-resolution scanner, but the scan quality is only passable as it doesn't pick up finer details, which isn't ideal for digitizing photos. On the upside, it has decent connectivity options, including Wi-Fi, USB, and support for Apple AirPrint and Mopria Print Service, and its mobile companion app is feature-rich.

Pros
  • Supports borderless printing and various paper sizes up to 8.5" x 11".
  • High-yield cartridge available.
  • Feature-rich mobile app.
Cons
  • Narrow color range and bad color accuracy.
  • Low page yield; high cost-per-print.
  • Mediocre black document print quality.
  • Scanner doesn't pick up fine details.
N/A Small/Home Office

The HP 6055e is inadequate for small or home offices. Its document print quality isn't very good, and it's slow, as it can only push out six black or four color pages per minute. Additionally, its ink cartridges yield very few black or color prints, resulting in a lot of maintenance and high running costs. It only has a flatbed scanner, so scanning multi-page documents can be extremely time-consuming.

Pros
  • High-yield cartridge available.
Cons
  • No automatic document feeder.
  • Slow printing speed.
  • Low page yield; high cost-per-print.
  • Mediocre black document print quality.
  • Scanner doesn't pick up fine details.
N/A Student

The HP ENVY 6055e printer is mediocre 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, its document print quality isn't very good, and it prints slowly. It has a flatbed scanner, but the scan quality is only passable, and the hinges don't extend, making it hard to close the lid over thicker items like textbooks. On the bright side, it has Wi-Fi and USB connectivity, as well as support Apple AirPrint and Mopria Print Service, so it's easy to connect and get your prints out.

Pros
  • High-yield cartridge available.
  • Feature-rich mobile app.
Cons
  • Slow printing speed.
  • Low page yield; high cost-per-print.
  • Mediocre black document print quality.
  • Scanner doesn't pick up fine details.
N/A Black & White

The HP 6055e is inadequate for black-and-white printing. It has a terrible black page yield, so you'll have to replace the cartridge regularly, resulting in high maintenance costs. It also produces mediocre-quality documents and prints very slowly at six pages per minute. It has a scanner but lacks an automatic feeder, which isn't ideal if you often need to scan long, multi-page documents.

Pros
  • High-yield cartridge available.
Cons
  • No automatic document feeder.
  • Slow printing speed.
  • Low page yield; high cost-per-print.
  • Mediocre black document print quality.
  • Scanner doesn't pick up fine details.
N/A Photo

The HP ENVY 6055e is okay for photo printing. It can print on various paper sizes up to 8.5" x 11" and supports borderless printing. It can produce very fine details in photos; however, its narrow color range and poor color accuracy makes the pictures look flat and visibly off, especially images of people or natural scenes. Also, its ink cartridges run out quickly, so it can get very expensive if you print a lot.

Pros
  • Supports borderless printing and various paper sizes up to 8.5" x 11".
  • High-yield cartridge available.
Cons
  • Narrow color range and bad color accuracy.
  • Low page yield; high cost-per-print.
  • N/A Family
  • N/A Small/Home Office
  • N/A Student
  • N/A Black & White
  • N/A Photo
  1. Updated Nov 11, 2022: We've updated the review with more information in the Expected Maintenance, Scan Quality, Color Gamut, Small Details, OS CompatibilityOS Compatibility, and Differences Between Variants boxes.
  2. Updated Sep 23, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 1.2.
  3. Updated Sep 09, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 1.1.
  4. Updated Dec 14, 2021: Converted to Test Bench 1.0.
  5. Updated May 11, 2021: Review published.
  6. Updated May 05, 2021: Early access published.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the HP ENVY 6055e all-in-one printer. It's the same printer as the HP ENVY 6055, but it comes with six months of free ink through HP+ ink subscription service. It's part of the HP ENVY 6000e all-in-one printer series, which includes many variants. They're identical in feature and performance; the model number simply changes depending on the region. You can see the various models in the table below.

Model Region Product Number
ENVY 6010e Europe 2K4U9B
ENVY 6020e Europe, Asia 223N4B, 223N6A
ENVY 6022e Europe 223N5B
ENVY 6030e Europe, Indonesia 2k4U7B, 2k4V8A
ENVY 6032e UK, Australia 2K4U8B, 2K4W1A
ENVY 6034e  Australia, Asia 2K4W2A
ENVY 6052e  North America (Walmart and Costco) 223N2A
ENVY 6055e  North America 223N1A
ENVY 6065e  Unknown 223N5A
ENVY 6075e North America 223N9A

You can see our unit's label here.

Compared To Other Printers

The HP ENVY 6055e is a mediocre all-in-one home printer. Its document print quality is noticeably worse than many printers in its price range, and its page yield is very low, even for a printer with only two ink cartridges.

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

HP DeskJet 4155e

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.

HP DeskJet 2755e

The HP ENVY 6055e and the HP DeskJet 2755e are all-in-one inkjet printers that perform very similarly, The ENVY 6055e is a little better in terms of document printing quality and speed, but only marginally. Feature-wise, the DeskJet 2755e supports automatic duplex printing and borderless printing, which the 2755e lacks. The 2755e has a display, but it's very small and doesn't significantly improve the user experience.

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 when it comes to document print quality and speed, though the 6055e is better at producing finer details in photos.

Epson Expression Home XP-5200

The Epson Expression Home XP-5200 is much better than the HP ENVY 6055e. The Epson has better print quality, higher page yields, and lower print costs. It also prints faster and has a display, making navigating the settings menu easier.

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. Also, the Canon produces significantly more accurate colors, so photos look more natural. On the other hand, the HP has Wi-Fi Direct, so it may be a better choice if having more flexible wireless connectivity options is important to you.

HP ENVY Photo 7855

The HP ENVY Photo 7855 is overall better than the HP ENVY 6055e. The 7855's page yield is very low, but it's higher than the 6055e's, which helps keep its cost-per-print lower. The 7855 has better connectivity options with Ethernet, Bluetooth, and external storage drive support, which the 6055e lacks. The 7855 also has an automatic feeder so you can scan multi-page documents quickly.

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Test Results

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Design
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Design
Build Quality
Type All in One

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

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Dimensions
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Width Lock" (Lock cm)
Depth Lock" (Lock cm)
Height When In Use
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Width When In Use
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Depth When In Use
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Weight
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Design
Expected Maintenance
Ink Related Maintenance
Locked
Drum Unit
Locked

This printer requires a fair amount of maintenance. Like most inkjet printers, the printheads can clog if you don't print anything for an extended period. Also, the ink cartridges run out quickly, so you'll have to replace them regularly. Changing the ink cartridges is easy; you only need to lift the scanner bed and make sure the printer is on. Lifting the scanner also gives you access to the sheet rollers. The only issue is that the bottom tray roller is under the printer and hard to reach. The input tray holds 100 sheets of paper, so depending on much you print, you may have to refill it often.

You can see the user manual here.

N/A
Design
Display Screen
Display Screen Locked
Display Screen Size
N/A
Touchscreen Locked

This printer doesn't have a display. Instead, it uses LED-lit icons to indicate the Wi-Fi connection status and the number of copies when copying a document. It also 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. Lastly, there's an indicator light above the output tray that changes color depending on the printer's status.

N/A
Design
Cartridge
Technology Inkjet
SuperTank
No
Photo Cartridge
Locked
Color Yes
Number Of Color Cartridges
Lock
Black Cartridge Model
Locked
Tested Black Page Yield
Lock prints
Estimated Black Page Yield
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Color Cartridge Model
Locked
Tested Color Page Yield
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Estimated Color Page Yield
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Third Party Cartridge
Locked
Ink Type
Locked
High Yield Cartridge
Locked

This printer 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 have to replace the entire cartridge if one color runs out, which may feel wasteful if you regularly use one color more than others. Fortunately, you can get high-yield cartridges (HP 67XL) that'll last longer. 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.

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Design
Scanner Features
Scanner
Locked
ADF Capacity
N/A
Scan Speed
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Duplex Scanning
Locked
Max Flatbed Scan Size
Locked
Max ADF Scan Size
Locked
Flatbed Hinge Adjustability
Lock" (Lock mm)
Fax
Locked
Copy
Locked
OCR Included
Locked

There's only a flatbed scanner, so you need to scan multi-page documents manually, which can be extremely time-consuming. Also, the lid's hinges don't extend, making it hard to close the lid over thicker items like textbooks. It has an optical character recognition (OCR) feature that lets you scan documents into PDFs for quick keyword searches or editing; you simply need to save the scanned documents as searchable PDF files. If you want a similar printer with an automatic document feeder, check out the HP ENVY 6455e.

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Design
Scan Quality
Max Scan Resolution
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Max Scan Color Depth
LockBit

The scan quality is mediocre. The text looks clear; however, the colors look slightly faded, and finer details like the lines in the graph and the SAMPLE text in the background aren't visible at all.

Design
In The Box

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

Design
Battery
Advertised Battery Life
N/A
Tested Charging Time
N/A
Document
N/A
Document
Black & White Documents
Color Ink Needed For Black & White
Locked

The print quality for black-and-white documents is mediocre. Although the text looks clear, and fine details are present, there are a lot of vertical lines in colored areas. The printer won't print if the color cartridge is empty; however, you can work around this issue by removing the color cartridge.

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Document
Color Documents

The print quality for color documents is decent. The text looks sharp, and except for some fine lines in the graph and the SAMPLE text in the background, most elements are clearly visible. The use of halftones (dots) is very noticeable, though, especially in the blues.

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Document
Cost-Per-Print
Black Cartridge Price
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Color Cartridge Price
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Black-Only Printing Cost
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Color Printing Cost
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Photo Printing Cost
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Ink Subscription
Locked

The cost-per-print is high. Although the cartridges are relatively cheap, they don't last very long, so you have to replace them often, making the cost per print very high. It's an HP+-enabled printer with six months of free ink through HP's ink subscription service, which sends you ink whenever your printer detects that the cartridges are running low.

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Document
Printing Speed
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Black Only Text Document
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Color Document
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Photo Printing Time
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Single Page Out Time (Black Only)
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Duplex Printing
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Input Tray Capacity
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The HP ENVY 6055's printing speed is mediocre. It doesn't take too long to warm up and get a single page out, but it's very slow to print multi-page black and color documents.

Document
Document Printing Sizes
Letter (8.5" x 11") Locked
Legal (8.5" x 14") Locked
Tabloid (11" x 17") Locked
A6 (105mm x 148mm) Locked
A5 (148mm x 210mm) Locked
A4 (210mm x 297mm) Locked
Max Paper Weight
Lock g/m²
Photo
N/A
Photo
Color Gamut

This printer has a poor color gamut. It has trouble reproducing bright, saturated colors and darker shades. It causes a noticeable loss of finer details in the picture, with some areas looking like a single color with no texture, like the parrot's red feathers. There's also some banding in the greens and yellows.

N/A
Photo
Color Accuracy
Average Color dE
Lock

The color accuracy is bad. Even people using the printer for casual purposes might notice that it reproduces photos with slightly different colors than expected, particularly natural scenes or portraits of people.

N/A
Photo
Small Details
Max Print Resolution (DPI)
Locked

This printer is excellent at reproducing small details. You can easily see the Tokyo Tower's general structure; however, some finer elements, like the metal bars at the top, are absent.

N/A
Photo
Photo Printing Sizes
Glossy Paper (4" x 6") Locked
Glossy Paper (5" x 7") Locked
Glossy Paper (8" x 10") Locked
Glossy Paper (8.5" x 11") Locked
Glossy Paper (13" x 19") Locked
Borderless Printing
Locked
Mobile App And Connectivity
N/A
Mobile App And Connectivity
Connectivity
Ethernet
Locked
USB Input To Computer
Locked
Bluetooth
Locked
Wireless Yes
Wi-Fi via Router
Locked
Wi-Fi Direct
Locked
External Storage Support
Locked
Apple AirPrint
Locked
Mopria Print Service
Locked

This printer supports Bluetooth, but it's for setup purposes only.

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Mobile App And Connectivity
Mobile App
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App Name Locked
iOS Locked
Android Locked
Photo (JPEG, PNG)
Locked
PDF
Locked
Microsoft Office Files
Locked
Text Files (TXT)
Locked
Webpages (HTML)
Locked

The HP Smart mobile companion app is outstanding. You can use it to print documents and pictures, use the flatbed or your smartphone camera to scan, and even send mobile faxes. You can perform maintenance tasks like printhead cleaning and alignment, as well as update the printer's firmware or manage your HP Ink subscription.

Note: The Private Pickup feature on the app isn't available for the HP ENVY 6055e.

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

You need to install drivers to use the printer on Windows. On macOS, you can print without installing any drivers, but you do if you want to scan, or you can install the HP Smart app, which will allow full functionality. Chrome OS doesn't need any drivers; the HP Smart app on the Google Play Store gives you the same functions as any Android device.

You can find the drivers here.

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