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HP ENVY 6055e Printer Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed May 11, 2021 at 10:18 am
HP ENVY 6055e Picture
6.1
Family
3.3
Small/Home Office
5.8
Student
4.7
Black & White
6.6
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

6.1 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.
3.3 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.
5.8 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.
4.7 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.
6.6 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.
  • 6.1 Family
  • 3.3 Small/Home Office
  • 5.8 Student
  • 4.7 Black & White
  • 6.6 Photo
  1. Updated Dec 14, 2021: Converted to Test Bench 1.0.
  2. Updated May 11, 2021: Review published.
  3. Updated May 05, 2021: Early access published.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
6.5
Design
Build 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)
Height When In Use
5.1" (13.0 cm)
Width When In Use
17.0" (43.2 cm)
Depth When In Use
21.9" (55.5 cm)
Weight
11.7 lbs (5.3 kg)
6.5
Design
Expected Maintenance
Ink Related Maintenance
Expected
Drum Unit
No Drum Unit
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.

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
Purchased One Worked
Ink Type
Dye And Pigment
High Yield Cartridge
Yes

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.

4.9
Design
Scanner Features
Scanner
Yes
Scan Flatbed
Yes
Flatbed Extendable Hinges
0.00" (0 mm)
Automatic Document Feeder
No
ADF Capacity
N/A
Scan Speed
3 PPM
Duplex Scanning
No
Flatbed Scan Size
8.5" x 11"
Fax
No
Copy
Yes
OCR Included
Yes (Software)

The HP ENVY 6055e has poor scanner features. There's only a flatbed scanner and not a sheetfed automatic document feeder, so you need to painstakingly scan multi-page documents manually. Also, the flatbed scan lid hinges don't extend, so you can't properly scan thicker objects like textbooks. On the bright side, you can save scanned documents as searchable PDF files, so you can easily find specific words or text that would otherwise be extremely inconvenient.

If you want a similar printer with an automatic document feeder, check out the HP ENVY 6455e.

9.0
Design
Scanning Resolution And Color Depth
Max Scan Resolution
1,200 DPI
Max Scan Color Depth
24 Bit
Design
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
Photo (8" x 10") Yes
Max Paper Weight
300 g/m²
Design
In The Box

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

Design
Battery
Advertised Battery Life
N/A
Tested Charging Time
N/A
Document
5.0
Document
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
Document
Printing Speed
Black Only Text Document
6 PPM
Color Document
4 PPM
Photo Printing Time
61.0 s
Single 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.

Document
Document Sample
Color Ink Needed for Black & White
No
Photo
7.5
Photo
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.

4.8
Photo
Color Accuracy
Average Color dE
10.30

The HP ENVY 6055e reproduces colors with poor accuracy. 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.

5.5
Photo
Color Gamut
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.

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 2742e works with the fantastic HP Smart App. You can use it to print both documents and pictures, use the flatbed or your phone camera to scan, and even send mobile faxes. You can perform maintenance tasks like aligning and cleaning the printheads, as well as update the printer's firmware or manage your HP Instant Ink subscription. However, printing some widely used file formats isn't possible to do directly on an Android device.

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

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

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 DeskJet 2755

<p>The HP DeskJet 2755 and the HP ENVY 6055e are similar all-in-one compact printers though the 6055e performs slightly better. The ENVY has much better photo printing quality, especially since photos don't come out as slanted, and it does borderless prints. However, the 2755 has a marginally lower cost-per-print, and it has a display screen.

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 is much faster at printing photos. Otherwise, they both have similar page yields and a disappointingly high cost-per-print; however, 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 photo printing and family use. The 6055e prints photos and documents much faster, it supports automatic duplex printing and borderless printing, and it produces significantly better-looking photos. In contrast, the 4155e has an automatic document feeder and supports legal-size paper. Both printers are HP+ enabled, which gives you six free months of HP's Instant Ink subscription.

HP OfficeJet Pro 8025e

The HP OfficeJet Pro 8025e is better overall compared to the HP ENVY 6055e. The OfficeJet has a much higher page yield at a significantly cheaper cost-per-print, and it prints much faster. Also, it has an automatic document feeder, built-in fax, and an Ethernet port. On the other hand, the ENVY prints better-looking photos, but it produces colors that are far too vibrant and aren't accurate to the way the photo originally looks.

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 printing connectivity options is important to you.

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.

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.

Canon PIXMA TR4520

The HP ENVY 6055e and the Canon PIXMA TR4520 are both compact inkjet printers, but the HP is better suited for black-only document printing since it has a higher page yield and lower cost-per-print for black-only text documents. Although its color accuracy is much better than the Canon, the photo print quality is worse, and the cost-per-print for color documents is much higher than the Canon. The Canon also has a display screen and an automatic document feeder for its scanner, both of which the HP lacks. 

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, 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 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. Also, the 7855 has better connectivity options and supports Bluetooth printing, unlike the 6055e, which only uses Bluetooth for setup.

Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-300

The HP ENVY 6055e and the Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-300 are both inkjet printers designed for photo printing; however, the Canon performs better overall. The Canon has a lower cost-per-print and can print legal and tabloid-sized documents and images. Also, it produces much higher-quality photos with significantly more accurate-looking colors, and the range of colors it can print is much better. On the other hand, the HP has a flatbed scanner, and it has a much faster print speed.

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 comes with a free six-month subscription to HP Instant Ink.

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