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HP ENVY 6455e Printer Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed May 12, 2021 at 10:02 am
HP ENVY 6455e Picture
6.0
Family
4.2
Small/Home Office
5.8
Student
4.8
Black & White
6.2
Photo
Type All in One
Technology Inkjet
Wireless Yes
Color Yes
SuperTank
No

The HP ENVY 6455e all-in-one printer is a fairly compact model designed for home use. It has excellent color accuracy and decent photo printing quality, which are ideal for photo printing; however, it has terribly low page yields, so it isn't very cost-effective to print neither black-only documents, color prints, nor photos. Also, it's very slow at printing. While it doesn't support duplex scanning, it has both a flatbed scanner and an automatic document feeder, which may be enough for some people.

Our Verdict

6.0 Family

The HP ENVY 6455e is okay for families. It has a very low page yield for both black-only and color prints, which results in a high cost-per-print since you need to replace the cartridges often. However, it has excellent color accuracy and decent photo printing quality, which is great for printing the occasional picture. It also has a flatbed scanner and a sheetfed scanner, but it doesn't support printing off a USB thumb drive.

Pros
  • Excellent color accuracy.
  • Decent photo printing quality.
  • Flatbed and sheetfed scanner.
Cons
  • Slow printing speed.
  • Very high cost-per-print.
  • Can't print off USB thumb drive.
4.2 Small/Home Office

The HP ENVY 6455e is bad for small or home offices. It yields a very small number of pages for both black and color prints, resulting in a disappointingly high cost-per-print. Also, it's slow at printing both black-only and color documents. Although it has an automatic document feeder, it can't automatically scan double-sided sheets, so you have to flip each page manually.

Pros
  • Flatbed and sheetfed scanner.
Cons
  • No duplex scanning.
  • Slow printing speed.
  • Very high cost-per-print.
5.8 Student

The HP ENVY 6455e is inadequate for students. Not only is it slow at printing, but it also yields a very small number of pages, which means you need to replace the cartridges often, especially if you print large documents frequently. On the bright side, it has a few wireless connection options, and it has both a flatbed scanner and an automatic document feeder. However, if you need to scan double-sided documents often, you have to flip each page manually.

Pros
  • Flatbed and sheetfed scanner.
Cons
  • Slow printing speed.
  • No Bluetooth.
  • Very high cost-per-print.
  • Can't print off USB thumb drive.
4.8 Black & White

The HP ENVY 6455e is bad for black and white printing. It has a terribly low black page yield, which results in a high cost-per-print. Also, the printing speed is very slow. While it has an automatic document feeder, there's no duplex scanning feature, which can make scanning long, double-sided documents very tedious.

Pros
  • Flatbed and sheetfed scanner.
Cons
  • No duplex scanning.
  • Slow printing speed.
  • Very high cost-per-print.
6.2 Photo

The HP ENVY 6455e is decent for photos. This fairly well-built model has excellent color accuracy and decent photo printing quality, although there's some banding present in images, and darker areas tend to have a bluish tone. Unfortunately, since it has a very low color yield, its cost-per-print for color prints and photos is very high, which is disappointing if you intend on printing a lot of photos but don't want to spend a lot per print.

Pros
  • Excellent color accuracy.
  • Decent photo printing quality.
  • Can print 4" x 6" and 5" x 7" photos.
Cons
  • Can't print 2" x 3" photos.
  • Slow printing speed.
  • Very high cost-per-print.
  • 6.0 Family
  • 4.2 Small/Home Office
  • 5.8 Student
  • 4.8 Black & White
  • 6.2 Photo
  1. Updated Dec 14, 2021: Converted to Test Bench 1.0.
  2. Updated May 12, 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 6455e has an okay build and design. Its plastic body feels solid, and it has a removable power cable, which makes it easy to replace if needed. The input tray has adjustable width sliders for different paper sizes, and the output tray has an extender that can tuck into the tray when not in use. Also, 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 the printer doesn't have a display screen, it uses a multi-color LED light above the output tray to indicate its 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 6.7" (17.0 cm)
Width 17.0" (43.2 cm)
Depth 14.2" (36.1 cm)
Height When In Use
7.4" (18.9 cm)
Width When In Use
17.0" (43.2 cm)
Depth When In Use
21.8" (55.3 cm)
Weight
13.9 lbs (6.3 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 6455e doesn't have a display screen. Instead, it has icons that light up to indicate Wi-Fi connection and the number of copies when copying a document. There are 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, when 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. The printer gives audio feedback for different tasks, like when a document finishes printing, the printer turns on or off, or when you open the paper tray. However, if you're looking for a similarly performing printer that has a display screen, check out the HP DeskJet 2742e.

2.8
Design
Cartridge
Photo Cartridge
No
Number Of Color Cartridges
1
Black Cartridge Model
HP 67 Black
Tested Black Page Yield
5.34 prints
Estimated Black Page Yield
101 prints
Color Cartridge Model
HP 67 Tri-Color
Tested Color Page Yield
2.95 prints
Estimated Color Page Yield
62 prints
Third Party Cartridge
Purchased One Worked
Ink Type
Dye And Pigment
High Yield Cartridge
XL

The HP ENVY 6455e has a terrible page yield for both black and color ink. Neither cartridge lasts long, so you need to replace them often, especially if you print frequently. Also, since there's just one cartridge for all three colors, you can't replace only the color running low, which may be wasteful if you use one color more than others. On the bright side, 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.

7.0
Design
Scanner Features
Scanner
Yes
Scan Flatbed
Yes
Flatbed Extendable Hinges
0.00" (0 mm)
Automatic Document Feeder
Yes
ADF Capacity
35 pages
Scan Speed
3 PPM
Duplex Scanning
No
Flatbed Scan Size
8.5" x 11"
Fax
No
Copy
Yes
OCR Included
Yes (Software)

The printer has decent scanning features. There's a flatbed scanner to scan fragile items like old family photos. Also, unlike the similar HP ENVY 6055e, it has an automatic document feeder, which is great for multi-page documents. Unfortunately, the flatbed cover doesn't have extendable hinges, which prevents you from properly scanning thicker items like notes taken in a spiral notebook. You can save scanned items as searchable PDF files, allowing you to search through them as if they were digitally typed documents or webpages.

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
5.1
Document
Cost-Per-Print
Black Cartridge Price
15.99 US$
Color Cartridge Price
16.99 US$
Black Only Printing
0.16 US$/print
Color Printing
0.27 US$/print
Photo Printing
0.74 US$/print
Ink Subscription
Optional

The cost-per-print is disappointing. Although the cartridges are relatively cheap, the very low page yields mean you need to replace the cartridges often. On the bright side, this printer is an HP+ enabled printer with a free 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.

5.8
Document
Printing Speed
Black Only Text Document
6 PPM
Color Document
4 PPM
Photo Printing Time
90.0 s
First Page Out Time (Black Only)
14.0 s
Duplex Printing
Automatic
Input Tray Capacity
100 pages

The HP ENVY 6455e has a middling printing speed. The first page of a black text document takes some time to come out, and subsequent pages only get a bit faster. Color documents also take a while to print out. We expected the photo printing speed to be similar to the HP ENVY Pro 6455, but it's much slower.

Document
Document Sample
Color Ink Needed for Black & White
No
Photo
7.0
Photo
Photo Printing Quality
Borderless Printing
Yes

The HP ENVY 6455e has decent photo printing quality. Darker areas tend to have a bluish tone, and there's a bit of banding in gray areas, but otherwise, colors are well-defined. Its quality is similar to the HP ENVY Pro 6455, but blacks look deeper on the 6455e.

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.

3.6
Photo
Color Accuracy
Average Color dE
11.61

The HP ENVY 6455e has poor color accuracy, particularly for natural colors. Even people using this printer for everyday prints might notice that the colors on some photos look different than expected. If you're looking for a printer with excellent color accuracy, check out the Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-300.

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

The HP 6455e supports Bluetooth but only uses it during setup. Since you can't use it for printing, we don't consider it as having Bluetooth.

10
Mobile App And Connectivity
Mobile App
Mobile App Yes
App Name HP Smart
iOS Yes
Android Yes
Photo (JPEG, PNG)
Yes (Android and iOS)
PDF
Yes (Android and iOS)
Microsoft Office Files
Yes (iOS Only)
Text Files (TXT)
Yes (iOS Only)
Webpages (HTML)
Yes (iOS Only)

HP Smart is a superb mobile app. It lets you print, scan, and fax directly from the app, as well as check ink levels, manage your ink subscription, and perform maintenance tasks. However, if you use the scan feature, the maximum resolution is 300 DPI, while you can only print some commonly used file types on iOS and not on Android.

Note: The HP ENVY 6455e doesn't support the Private Pickup feature on the app.

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

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The HP ENVY 6455e is the updated version of the HP ENVY Pro 6455. They're nearly identical, but the 6455e is an HP+-enabled printer that comes with a free six-month subscription to HP Instant Ink. It's known as the HP ENVY Pro 6458e at Costco and the HP ENVY 6458e at Sam's Club. You can see the label of our unit here.

Compared To Other Printers

The HP ENVY 6455e is similar to most HP ENVY all-in-one printers. It has a very low page yield, a high cost-per-print, and slow printing speed; however, it has excellent color accuracy. Also, it has an automatic document feeder, which isn't always common on family printers.

For other options, see our recommendations for the best wireless printers, the best printers for home use, and the best all-in-one printers.

HP ENVY 6055e

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 ENVY 6055

The HP ENVY 6055 and the HP ENVY 6455e are two very similar family printers, but the 6455e has a sheetfed scanner, while the 6055 only has a flatbed scanner. Also, the 6455e comes with a free six-month subscription to HP Instant Ink. They perform similarly, but the 6055 has a slightly higher black page yield, better photo printing quality, and prints images much faster. While they both have disappointingly high cost-per-prints, the 6055 is more cost-effective for black-only documents, color prints, and photos.

HP OfficeJet Pro 8025e

The HP OfficeJet Pro 8025e and the HP ENVY 6455e are inkjet printers designed for different uses. The 8025e is an office printer with a fax feature, a faster printing speed, support for legal size paper, and an Ethernet port. Also, it has a higher page yield and lower cost-per-print than the 6455e. On the other hand, the 6455e is a family printer with excellent color accuracy and decent photo printing quality, but it has a very low page yield of black and color prints.

HP ENVY Pro 6455

The HP ENVY 6455e is the replacement model of the HP ENVY Pro 6455. They're the same printer, but the 6455e comes with a free six-month HP Instant Ink subscription. Otherwise, there are a few performance differences. The 6455 yields slightly more black pages, giving it a lower cost-per-print, and it's also much faster at printing photos. Also, the 6455 has better color accuracy, but the difference likely won't be very noticeable.

HP OfficeJet Pro 9015e

The HP OfficeJet Pro 9015e and the HP ENVY 6455e are inkjet printers designed for different uses. The 9015e is designed for office use since it has an automatic document feeder with a duplex scanning feature, a much faster printing speed, a fax feature, and an Ethernet port. On the other hand, the 6455e is for home use, so it lacks the features the 9015e has. It has a better color accuracy, decent photo printing quality, and cartridges cost cheaper, but its very low page yield results in a high cost-per-print.

HP OfficeJet Pro 8025

The HP OfficeJet Pro 8025 and the HP ENVY 6455e are inkjet printers designed for different uses. The 8025 is a better choice for offices since it has a fax feature, a slightly faster printing speed, an Ethernet port, and it supports legal-size sheets. While its color page yield is much higher than the 6455e's, it's only marginally higher for black pages. On the other hand, the 6455e is a family printer with amazing color accuracy and decent photo printing quality.

HP DeskJet Plus 4155

The HP DeskJet Plus 4155 and the HP ENVY 6455e are all-in-one color inkjet printers that perform adequately well for family use. However, the ENVY is better for printing photos with well-defined and somewhat more accurate colors. It prints documents more quickly and can automatically print double sided. Also, it comes with six free months of HP's Instant Ink subscription. On the other hand, the DeskJet prints photos more quickly, and it can print on legal-size paper.

Brother HL-L2350DW

The Brother HL-L2350DW and the HP ENVY 6455e are two very different types of printers. The Brother is a monochrome laser printer designed to print large numbers of black and white pages only. It doesn't have a scanner and can't print in color, but it has an excellent page yield and a very low cost-per-print. Also, it's very fast at printing documents. On the other hand, the HP is an inkjet printer designed for family use, with excellent color accuracy, decent photo printing quality, a flatbed scanner, and a sheetfed scanner. It yields a very low number of pages, which results in a high cost-per-print.

Brother MFC-J805DW INKvestment Tank

The Brother MFC-J805DW INKvestment Tank and the HP ENVY 6455e are both all-in-one color inkjet printers, but the Brother is a better printer overall. The Brother uses a proprietary hybrid cartridge–tank system for far superior page yields and a much better cost-per-print, it can fax, and it supports legal-size paper. On the other hand, the HP produces significantly more accurate colors, and also comes with six free months of HP's Instant Ink subscription.

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