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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|ENVY 6020e||Europe, Asia||223N4B, 223N6A|
|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 6075e||North America||223N9A|
You can see our unit's label here.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
The HP ENVY Photo 7855 is overall better than the HP ENVY 6055e. The 7855's page yield is very low, but it's better than the 6055e's, which helps keep its cost-per-print lower. The 7855 has more connectivity options with Ethernet, Bluetooth, and external storage drive support, which the 6055e lacks. The 7855 also produces higher-quality black and white documents and has an automatic feeder to scan multi-page documents quickly.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. If you want a similar printer with a wider color range, check out the Epson Expression Home XP-4200.
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.
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.
This printer supports Bluetooth, but it's for setup purposes only.
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.
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.