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HP ENVY 6455e Printer Review

Tested using Methodology v1.2
Review updated Jan 30, 2023 at 10:39 am
Latest change: Writing modified Jan 30, 2023 at 10:39 am
HP ENVY 6455e Picture

The HP ENVY 6455e is an all-in-one color inkjet printer. It's the same printer as the HP ENVY 6455 but comes with six months of ink through HP's ink subscription service, HP+. It uses a two-cartridge system with one black and one tri-color cartridge, and it's compatible with the HP 67 and 67XL ink cartridges. The scanner is equipped with an automatic feeder but lacks duplex scanning and fax functionality. It has Wi-Fi and USB connectivity, supports Apple AirPrint and Mopria Print Service, and is compatible with the HP Smart mobile app.

This printer is part of the HP ENVY 6400e series of all-in-one printers, which includes many variants. All of the variants are identical in feature and performance; the model number only changes depending on the region, retailer, and the color of the printer. You can see more details in the Differences Between Variants section below. 

Our Verdict

N/A Family

The HP ENVY 6455e is mediocre for family use. Its print quality for documents is decent at best, and due to its narrow color range, printed photos look muted and lacking in detail. As for the scanner, although it has a high scan resolution, it has trouble capturing finer details, which isn't ideal for digitizing photos. Unfortunately, the ink cartridges run out quickly, so you need to replace them often, which can get very expensive if you print a lot. On the bright side, it has decent connectivity options and is compatible with HP's feature-rich app, making it easy to connect to the printer and get stuff done.

Pros
  • Produces decent-quality color documents.
  • Feature-rich mobile app.
  • Supports various photo paper sizes.
Cons
  • Narrow color range, poor color accuracy.
  • Some banding in black and white documents.
  • Low page yield, high cost-per-print.
N/A Small/Home Office

The HP ENVY 6455e is inadequate for small or home offices. It has terrible page yields, so it requires lots of maintenance and has high running costs. It also prints slowly, and the print quality isn't very good. It has an ADF to process multi-page documents, but it only does single-sided scans, meaning you'll have to flip double-sided documents over. It doesn't have an Ethernet port, which might be a problem for offices that rely on a wired LAN connection.

Pros
  • Automatic document feeder.
  • Produces decent-quality color documents.
Cons
  • No duplex scanning.
  • Slow printing speed.
  • Some banding in black and white documents.
  • Low page yield, high cost-per-print.
N/A Student

The HP ENVY 6455e is a mediocre 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. Its print quality for documents isn't very good, and it's slow, printing only six black or four color pages per minute. The scanner's lid hinges can't extend, making it hard to close the lid over thicker items like textbooks, but it does have an automatic feeder to process long documents, and you can use HP's OCR software to turn them into searchable PDFs.

Pros
  • Automatic document feeder.
  • Produces decent-quality color documents.
  • Feature-rich mobile app.
Cons
  • Slow printing speed.
  • Some banding in black and white documents.
  • Low page yield, high cost-per-print.
N/A Black & White

The HP ENVY 6455e is inadequate for printing black and white documents. 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, and the print quality isn't good, as there's some banding in black and white documents. It has a flatbed scanner and an ADF, but it can't duplex scan, so you need to flip double-sided documents over manually.

Pros
  • Automatic document feeder.
Cons
  • No duplex scanning.
  • Slow printing speed.
  • Some banding in black and white documents.
  • Low page yield, high cost-per-print.
N/A Photo

The HP ENVY 6455e is mediocre for photo printing. It produces photos that look muted and lacking in detail due to its narrow color range, and it takes a while to print a single photo. Also, printing photos can get very expensive because the ink cartridges run out quickly, and you need to replace the entire tri-color cartridge even if a single color runs out. On the bright side, it supports various photo paper sizes and borderless printing.

Pros
  • Supports various photo paper sizes.
Cons
  • Narrow color range, poor color accuracy.
  • Low page yield, high cost-per-print.
  • N/A Family
  • N/A Small/Home Office
  • N/A Student
  • N/A Black & White
  • N/A Photo
  1. Updated Jan 30, 2023: We've updated the review to improve clarity and added more information in the Differences Between Variants, Scan Quality, Black and White Documents, Color Documents, and Small Details sections.
  2. Updated Sep 21, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 1.2.
  3. Updated Sep 01, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 1.1.
  4. Updated Feb 14, 2022: Updated review for accuracy and clarity.
  5. Updated Dec 14, 2021: Converted to Test Bench 1.0.
  6. Updated May 12, 2021: Review published.
  7. Updated May 05, 2021: Early access published.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The HP ENVY 6455e is the updated version of the HP ENVY Pro 6455. It's identical to the previous version, but it comes with six months of free ink through HP+, HP's ink subscription service. This printer belongs to the HP ENVY 6400e series of all-in-ones, which includes many variants. All of the variants are identical in feature and performance; the model number only changes depending on the region, retailer, and color of the printer. It's available in a full white color scheme or white with black accents (6475e).

Model Regiong/Retailer Product Number
ENVY 6420e Asia, Asutralia, New Zealand 223R4B, 223R6A
ENVY 6430e UK, Australia 223R2B, 2K5L5A
ENVY 6432e Europe 223R3B
ENVY 6452e North America - Walmart/Best Buy  223R2A
ENVY 6455e North America 223R1A
ENVY 6458e North America - Costco/Sam's Club 223R3A
ENVY 6475e US 223R9A

You can see our unit's label here.

Compared To Other Printers

The HP ENVY 6455e is a mediocre printer overall. Its print quality for documents and photos is inferior to other similar printers, and its ink cartridges yield very few pages, making it expensive to maintain over time. 

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 [8022e, 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 DeskJet 4155e [4133e, 4152e, 4158e]โ€‹

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 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
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Theย HP ENVY 6458e's plastic body feels fairly 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. However, the input tray isn't removable, and there isn't a dedicated photo tray. The scanner bed's 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
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The HP ENVY 6458e requires a fair amount of maintenance. Like most inkjet printers, the printheads can clog if you don't print for a long time. To resolve printhead issues, you can run the built-in printhead alignment and printhead cleaning tasks. You'll also need to replace the cartridges often if you print frequently since they don't last very long. The paper tray has a relatively small 100-sheet capacity, which means you'll have to refill it often, too. Unfortunately, the bottom tray sheet roller is underneath the printer, which can be annoying to reach if a paper jam occurs there.

You can see the user manual here.

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Display Screen
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The HP ENVY Pro 6458e doesn't have a display. 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. 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. 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.

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Cartridge
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Photo Cartridge
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Color Yes
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Black Cartridge Model
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The HP ENVY 6458e's ink cartridges yield very few black or color prints, so you need to replace them often, especially if you print frequently. Also, since there's just one tri-color cartridge, you need to replace the entire cartridge if one color runs out, which can be wasteful. On the bright side, you can increase the page yield slightly with XL cartridges (HP 67XL). 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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Scanner Features
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ADF Capacity
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Max Flatbed Scan Size
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Max ADF Scan Size
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Fax
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Copy
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OCR Included
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The HP ENVY Pro 6458e has decent scanning features. It has an automatic feeder to process multi-page documents; however, it's pretty slow, and the automatic feeder can only hold 35 sheets. That said, it's still more convenient than scanning each page manually. Its optical character recognition feature lets you save scanned documents as searchable PDF files. It works well but makes mistakes occasionally, especially with special characters.

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Scan Quality
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The scan quality is mediocre. The scanner has trouble capturing some finer details and makes colors look washed out, which isn't ideal for digitizing photos.

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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
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Tested Charging Time
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Document
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Black & White Documents
Color Ink Needed For Black & White
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The print quality for black and white documents is mediocre. AIt prints text clearly and reproduces very fine details, but there's visible banding in colored areas, making the text in those places look slightly misaligned. It also has trouble converting the color yellow to grayscale, although that's normal for most printers.

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Color Documents

The print quality for color documents is decent. Printed text looks clear, and the colors look punchy. However, some finer details are very faint and hard to see.

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Cost-Per-Print
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The HP 6458e's cost-per-print is high. Although the cartridges are relatively cheap, their low yields mean you need to replace them often. On the bright side, this printer is an HP+ enabled printer that comes 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 6458e doesn't take too long to initialize and get a single page out, but for longer, multi-page documents and photos, it's quite slow. The output tray only holds 25 sheets of paper, so you'll have to keep an eye on larger print jobs to avoid having your prints pushed off the output tray.

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Tabloid (11" x 17") Locked
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A5 (148mm x 210mm) Locked
A4 (210mm x 297mm) Locked
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Photo
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Color Gamut

The HP ENVY 6458e has a disappointing color gamut. It reproduces bright blues and greens well but struggles with other colors. It also has trouble with darker shades. Its narrow color range causes significant loss of details. For example, you can see in the picture that the parrot's red feathers almost look like a single block of color, with no texture or layers. Finally, the transition between colors isn't smooth at all, as there's visible banding in the blues and greens.

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The HP ENVY Pro 6458e has bad color accuracy. Photos don't look bad; they just look overly warm. Naturally, it isn't ideal for professional work that requires perfect accuracy. If you need a printer for color-critical work, check out the Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-300.

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Small Details
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The HP ENVY Pro 6458e is okay at reproducing small details. The use of halftones (dot effect) doesn't cause significant loss of details, but all the edges look a little soft, and distant objects are barely visible.

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Wireless Yes
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Apple AirPrint
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The HP 6455e supports Bluetooth, but it's only for setup purposes, not for printing.

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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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HP Smart is a superb mobile app. It lets you print, copy, and scan (with smartphone's camera or the printer) directly from the app. You can also check the ink levels, manage your ink subscription, and perform maintenance tasks. The maximum scanning resolution is 300 DPI when using the app, though. Lastly, while the Private Pickup feature is an option in the app, the HP ENVY 6400e series doesn't support it.

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OS Compatibility
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You need to install drivers and the HP Smart software on Windows devices to print and scan. You can print without installing any drivers on macOS, 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. You can also install the HP Smart app from the Google Play Store to use all the printer's features as you would on an Android device.