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HP ENVY 6455e Printer Review

Tested using Methodology v1.2
Updated Feb 14, 2022 at 12:23 pm
HP ENVY 6455e Picture
6.1
Family
5.4
Small/Home Office
6.2
Student
5.7
Black & White
6.4
Photo
Type All in One
Technology Inkjet
Wireless Yes
Color Yes
SuperTank
No

The HP ENVY 6455e is an all-in-one color inkjet designed for home use. It has a decent suite of scanner features, including a high-resolution flatbed, an automatic document feeder, and software-based OCR, letting you easily turn a variety of physical documents into a searchable digital format. It also produces decent-quality photos, which are fine for everyday prints or to make a collage. However, its poor color accuracy and narrow color gamut make it unsuitable for enthusiasts or professional use. Unfortunately, its awful page yields and poor cost-per-print mean you have to pay for consumables and maintain the printer lots over extended periods, and since it prints slowly, you have to wait for documents and photos.

Our Verdict

6.1 Family

The HP ENVY 6455e is mediocre for family use. You can use its high-resolution flatbed and ADF to digitize a variety of media like receipts and tax returns, and it prints decent-looking photos. However, darker areas have a bluish tone, the color accuracy is poor, and the color gamut is narrow, so the printer can't perfectly recreate your most cherished photos. Unfortunately, it yields an awful number of pages before the cartridges run out, and its cost-per-print is high, meaning it requires lots of maintenance and has high running costs.

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.
5.4 Small/Home Office

The HP ENVY 6455e is a poor choice for small or home offices. It has terrible page yields and it prints very slowly, so it requires lots of maintenance and has high running costs. It has an ADF, but it only does single-sided scans, meaning you'll have to flip double-sided documents over. It doesn't have an Ethernet port, so you'll need to use Wi-Fi to connect it to your network, which can lead to an unstable connection in busy workplaces.

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

The HP ENVY 6455e is a middling printer for students. Its cost-per-print for black and color documents is poor since it has terrible page yields, so you can quickly rack up costs in ink cartridge replacements. It's a bit slow to get short documents out, let alone longer assignments like research papers, so it isn't the best choice for last-minute print-outs done before class. On the bright side, you can use its high-resolution flatbed to digitize notes, and you can use HP's OCR software to turn them into searchable PDFs.

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

The HP ENVY 6455e is poor for black and white printing. It has an awful black page yield, so even though replacement cartridges are cheap, you'll still rack up hefty costs over time. It also prints slowly, so expect large print jobs to take a while. It has a high-resolution flatbed scanner and an ADF, but it can't duplex scan, so you need to flip double-sided documents over manually.

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

The HP ENVY 6455e is mediocre for photo printing. It prints decently detailed photos with well-defined colors, which are good enough for everyday prints. However, its poor color accuracy and narrow color gamut make it inadequate for professionals or enthusiasts who want to reproduce images on print as accurately as possible. Additionally, you can easily rack up ink cartridge replacement costs since it uses a single tri-color cartridge. This makes the cost-per-print for photos a bit high since you need to replace the entire cartridge even if a single color runs out.

Pros
  • Excellent color accuracy.
  • Decent photo printing quality.
Cons
  • Slow printing speed.
  • Very high cost-per-print.
  • Poor color accuracy.
  • 6.1 Family
  • 5.4 Small/Home Office
  • 6.2 Student
  • 5.7 Black & White
  • 6.4 Photo
  1. Updated Sep 21, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 1.2.
  2. Updated Sep 01, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 1.1.
  3. Updated Feb 14, 2022: Updated review for accuracy and clarity.
  4. Updated Dec 14, 2021: Converted to Test Bench 1.0.
  5. Updated May 12, 2021: Review published.
  6. Updated May 05, 2021: Early access published.

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Test Results

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Design
6.5
Design
Build Quality

Theย HP ENVY 6455e has an okay build quality. 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, which could make it difficult to reach in tight desk spaces. 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 hard 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

The HP 6455e's required maintenance is typical of most inkjets. To help combat printhead issues, you can run the built-in printhead alignment and printhead cleaning tasks; that said, this printer wasn't used at all for six months before printing yet didn't clog. The printer's awful page yields mean you'll have to change the cartridges frequently if you intend to print often, and since the paper tray has a relatively small capacity, you have to refill it often, too. Unfortunately, the bottom tray roller is underneath the printer, which can be annoying to reach if a paper jam occurs there.

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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
Yes

The HP ENVY 6455e has a terrible page yield for 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 are HP 67XL black and tri-color high-yield cartridges available that provide better page yields. 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.

If you're looking for similar models but want one with higher page yields, check out the HP ENVY Inspire 7955e.

7.1
Design
Scanner Features
Scanner
ADF + Flatbed
ADF Capacity
35 pages
Scan Speed
3 PPM
Duplex Scanning
No
Max Flatbed Scan Size
8.5" x 11"
Max ADF Scan Size
8.5" x 11"
Flatbed Hinge Adjustability
0.00" (0 mm)
Fax
No
Copy
Yes
OCR Included
Software

The HP 6455e 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 that makes it easy to scan multi-page documents, although it's a bit slow. 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.

6.0
Design
Scan Quality
Max Scan Resolution
1,200 DPI
Max Scan Color Depth
24Bit
Design
In The Box

  • Setup Guide
  • Power cord
  • 1x black setup cartridge
  • 1X tri-color setup cartridge

Design
Battery
Advertised Battery Life
N/A
Tested Charging Time
N/A
Document
6.0
Document
Black & White Documents
Color Ink Needed For Black & White
No
7.0
Document
Color Documents
5.1
Document
Cost-Per-Print
Black Cartridge Price
15.99 US$
Color Cartridge Price
16.99 US$
Black-Only Printing Cost
0.158 US$/print
Color Printing Cost
0.274 US$/print
Photo Printing Cost
0.739 US$/print
Ink Subscription
Optional

The printer's 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.

5.8
Document
Printing Speed
Black Only Text Document
6 PPM
Color Document
4 PPM
Photo Printing Time
90.0 s
Single 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. It's a bit slow to print single-page documents, so expect to wait a little if you frequently queue up short print jobs. It also takes a while to print black and color documents, so you'll have to wait much longer for long print jobs like reports or research papers. Photos take a while to come out, so putting a collage together could get tedious.

Document
Document Printing Sizes
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
Max Paper Weight
300 g/mยฒ
Photo
5.5
Photo
Color Gamut

The HP ENVY 6455e has a disappointing color gamut. The tell-tale, bright zig-zag line isn't well-defined and can only slightly be seen in the light blue to green area, meaning the printer isn't good at accurately reproducing vibrant colors. While colors fade away nicely to white at the top, they don't transition soon enough to black at the bottom. Finally, the transition between colors isn't smooth at all, and some colors begin to fade in entirely the wrong places.

4.7
Photo
Color Accuracy
Average Color dE
10.43

The HP ENVY 6455e has bad 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.

6.5
Photo
Small Details
Max Print Resolution (DPI)
1200 x 1200
9.5
Photo
Photo Printing Sizes
Glossy Paper (4" x 6") Yes
Glossy Paper (5" x 7") Yes
Glossy Paper (8" x 10") Yes
Glossy Paper (8.5" x 11") Yes
Glossy Paper (13" x 19") No
Borderless Printing
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

The printer supports Bluetooth for setup purposes, but not 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

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. While the Private Pickup feature is an option in the app, the HP ENVY 6455e doesn't support it.

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

The printer is fully compatible with the most commonly used operating systems. On Windows, you need to install the HP 6455e's drivers and the HP Smart software to print and scan. On macOS, you can print without installing any drivers, but you still need to install the HP Smart app to scan and use all the printer's features. On Chrome OS, you can scan and print without installing any drivers or software, but you can install the HP Smart app to use all the printer's features as you would on an Android device.

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 speeds. Additionally, it produces worse-quality photos than most other ENVY printers we've tested. On the bright side, 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 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 produces significantly more accurate colors, has a higher page yield, and has a lower cost-per-print than the 6455e. On the other hand, the 6455e is a family printer with decent photo printing quality that's about the same as the 8025e, but it has a very low page yield for black and color prints.

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 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.

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 that can print in color. It has 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.

HP DeskJet Plus 4155

The HP DeskJet Plus 4155 and the HP ENVY 6455e are both all-in-one color inkjet printers that are adequate for family use. However, the ENVY 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.

HP ENVY Inspire 7255e

The HP ENVY 6455e and the HP ENVY Inspire 7255e are both all-in-ones designed for home use, but the 7255e is better overall. The 7255e can print more pages before its cartridges run out of ink, so you don't need to replace them as often. If you like printing photos at home, you'll be happier with the 7255e since its photos look sharper, and it can print a wider range of colors. However, if you need an ADF for work or school tasks, the 6455e might be more appealing.

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 dual-pass duplex scanning feature, a much faster printing speed, a fax feature, and an Ethernet port. Also, it produces better-looking photos and much more accurate colors than the 6455e. On the other hand, the 6455e is for home use, so it lacks the features the 9015e has. Its cartridges cost cheaper, but its very low page yield results in a high cost-per-print.

HP OfficeJet Pro 6978

The HP OfficeJet Pro 6978 performs better than the HP ENVY 6455e. The OfficeJet Pro 6978 yields more pages, resulting in a much lower cost-per-print. Also, its ADF automatically scans double-sided sheets in two passes, and you can also send faxes if needed. Also, it's much better for printing photos since the quality is nicer, and it handles color better.

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 comes with six free months of HP's Instant Ink subscription.

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