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HP ENVY 6455e Printer Review

Tested using Methodology v1.2
Updated Feb 14, 2022 at 12:23 pm
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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

N/A 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.
N/A 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.
N/A 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.
N/A 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.
N/A 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.
  • N/A Family
  • N/A Small/Home Office
  • N/A Student
  • N/A Black & White
  • N/A 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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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 DeskJet 4155e [4133e, 4152e, 4155, 4158e]

The HP ENVY 6455e and the HP DeskJet 4155e are very similar printers with near identical feature and performance. The only notable difference is that the 4155e prints slower and doesn't support automatic duplex printing.

HP OfficeJet Pro 8025e [8022e, 8025, 8028, 8028e, 8035e]

The HP OfficeJet Pro 8025e is much better than the HP ENVY 6455e for most uses. The 8025e has fax functionality, faster printing speeds, support for legal size paper, and Ethernet connectivity. It produces significantly higher-quality documents and photos, and due to its higher page yields, it costs less to maintain over time than the 6455e.

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

HP OfficeJet Pro 6978

The HP OfficeJet Pro 6978 performs better than the HP ENVY 6455e. The OfficeJet Pro 6978 produces higher-quality documents and yields more pages, resulting in a much lower cost-per-print. It has more connectivity options, including Ethernet and external storage support (USB). Also, its ADF automatically scans double-sided sheets (in two passes), and you can also send faxes if needed.

HP ENVY Inspire 7255e

The HP ENVY 6455e and the HP ENVY Inspire 7255e are both all-in-ones designed for home use. The 7255e is better overall, as it produces higher-quality documents and photos, and it yields more prints, so you don't need to replace the ink cartridges as often. However, it doesn't have an ADF to process multi-page documents, which the 6455e has.

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Test Results

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Build Quality
Type All in One

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.

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Expected Maintenance
Ink Related Maintenance
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Drum Unit
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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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Display Screen
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Display Screen Size
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Touchscreen Locked

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.

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Cartridge
Technology Inkjet
SuperTank
No
Photo Cartridge
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Color Yes
Number Of Color Cartridges
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Black Cartridge Model
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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
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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.

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Design
Scanner Features
Scanner
Locked
ADF Capacity
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Scan Speed
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Duplex Scanning
Locked
Max Flatbed Scan Size
Locked
Max ADF Scan Size
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Flatbed Hinge Adjustability
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Fax
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Copy
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OCR Included
Locked

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.

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Scan Quality
Max Scan Resolution
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Max Scan Color Depth
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In The Box

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

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Battery
Advertised Battery Life
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Tested Charging Time
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Document
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Document
Black & White Documents
Color Ink Needed For Black & White
Locked
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Document
Color Documents
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Cost-Per-Print
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Ink Subscription
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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.

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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
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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
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Photo
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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.

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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.

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Photo
Small Details
Max Print Resolution (DPI)
Locked
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Photo
Photo Printing Sizes
Glossy Paper (4" x 6") Locked
Glossy Paper (5" x 7") Locked
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Borderless Printing
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Connectivity
Ethernet
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USB Input To Computer
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Bluetooth
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Wireless Yes
Wi-Fi via Router
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Wi-Fi Direct
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External Storage Support
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Apple AirPrint
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Mopria Print Service
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The printer supports Bluetooth for setup purposes, but not for printing.

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Mobile App And Connectivity
Mobile App
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Photo (JPEG, PNG)
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PDF
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Microsoft Office Files
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Text Files (TXT)
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Webpages (HTML)
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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
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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.

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