HP ENVY Photo 6255 Printer Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8.1
Reviewed Jul 08, 2020 at 08:15 am
HP ENVY Photo 6255 Picture
6.6
Family
3.7
Small/Home Office
6.0
Student
5.3
Black & White
7.2
Casual Photo
Type All in One
Technology Inkjet
Wireless Yes
Color Yes
SuperTank
No

The HP ENVY Photo 6255 is a decent casual photo printer. The photo printing quality is decent, but there's noticeable banding visible, especially in blue and green colors, with an evident green tint in the grayscale. Colors are fairly accurate and shouldn't be a problem for most people, though it won't be suitable for some professional needs that require very accurate colors. The cartridges don't provide you with a very high page yield; however, they aren't very expensive when they need to be replaced. The printer comes with a mediocre scanner, as it lacks an Automatic Document Feeder and duplex scanning capability.

Our Verdict

6.6 Family

The HP ENVY Photo 6255 is a decent family printer. The photo quality has noticeable banding, but the colors are fairly accurate. If you need to only print in black, this printer is mediocre. Both the black and color cartridges have low page yields, meaning that you will need to change the cartridges often. It also lacks external storage support.

Pros
  • Great color accuracy.
Cons
  • Scanner lacks both duplex scanning and an automatic feeder.
  • Doesn't include external storage support.
3.7 Small/Home Office

The HP ENVY 6255 printer is not meant for small or home office use. The black page yield is awful and both the black and color cartridges need to be changed often. The scanner doesn't include an Automatic Document Feeder, so if you need to scan more than one page, you will need to spend some time doing so. It also doesn't have ethernet compatibility nor does it include any external storage support.

Pros
Cons
  • Low page yield for both black and color cartridges.
  • Scanner lacks both duplex scanning and an automatic feeder.
  • Very slow printing speed for black and colored documents.
6.0 Student

The HP ENVY Photo 6255 is a mediocre printer for student use. For black-only printing, you need to be prepared to change the cartridge often, but luckily they aren't very expensive. Also, this model supports the HP Instant Ink subscription, so HP will automatically send you replacements when your cartridge is low. Unfortunately for students, the printer's mobile app doesn't support printing Microsoft Office files directly from the app. It also doesn't support any external storage options.

Pros
  • Great color accuracy.
Cons
  • Doesn't include external storage support.
  • Very slow printing speed for black and colored documents.
5.3 Black & White

The 6255 is an inadequate black and white printer. While it has a passable build and design quality, that doesn't make up for the bad black page yield and the lack of an Automatic Document Feeder for its scanner. The printing speed is adequate and it has a low cost-per-print.

Pros
Cons
  • Low page yield for both black and color cartridges.
  • Scanner lacks both duplex scanning and an automatic feeder.
  • Very slow printing speed for black and colored documents.
7.2 Casual Photo

The HP ENVY Photo 6255 is a satisfactory casual photo printer. The photo printing quality is decent and the color accuracy is very good. Its photo paper tray is separate from the regular paper tray and supports all photo sizes besides 2" x 3". It has a solid build and design quality, but be prepared to have to change the ink cartridges often.

Pros
  • Great color accuracy.
  • Has a separate photo paper tray that supports most sizes.
Cons
  • Low page yield for both black and color cartridges.
  • Photos have evident banding and a green tint in gray scale.
  • 6.6 Family
  • 3.7 Small/Home Office
  • 6.0 Student
  • 5.3 Black & White
  • 7.2 Casual Photo

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
6.0
Design
Build & Design Quality

The HP ENVY Photo 6255 has a mediocre build and design quality. Even though the printer's body feels sturdy, some design features are less than ideal. The main input tray isn't removable, so it can be hard to load paper as space is pretty tight. The photo paper tray is separate and located above the regular paper tray, leaving little space to load the paper.

Raising the scanner bed gives you access to the ink cartridges, even when the printer is off, and it also gives you access to remove any paper jams. Unfortunately, the scanner lid doesn't extend for larger items like textbooks or journals.

Design
Dimensions
Height 6.3" (15.9 cm)
Width 17.8" (45.3 cm)
Depth 15.6" (39.6 cm)
Weight
14.3 lbs (6.5 kg)

The HP ENVY Photo 6255 is a small, compact printer that is very similar in size to the HP ENVY Photo 7155.

7.0
Design
Display Screen
Display Screen Yes
Display Screen Size
2.2" (5.7 cm)
Touchscreen Yes

The HP ENVY 6255 has an acceptable display screen. Although it's a monochrome LCD screen, unlike the HP ENVY Photo 7855, it's much simpler and easier to use. It has good visibility whether you're seated or standing in front of it, and it has a fairly quick response time. The menu is easy to navigate and the screen can display some instructional videos including how to change the paper and load an ink cartridge.

Design
In The Box

  • Power cable
  • HP 64 Black starter cartridge
  • HP 64 Tri-Color starter cartridge
  • HP sample photo paper 4" x 6"
  • User guide

4.0
Design
Cartridge
Photo Cartridge
No
Number Of Color Cartridges
1
Black Cartridge Model
HP 64 Black
Tested Black Page Yield
8.75 prints
Estimated Black Page Yield
166 prints
Color Cartridge Model
HP 64 Tri-Color
Tested Color Page Yield
5.82 prints
Estimated Color Page Yield
125 prints
Third Party Cartridge
Yes
High Yield Cartridge
XL
Drum Unit
No Drum Unit

The HP ENVY Photo 6255 has a bad cartridge system. The cartridges don't last very long, and because all three colors are combined into one cartridge, when a color is low, you need a completely new cartridge. The black and color page yield is a significant upgrade over the HP ENVY 5055, but the color yield is still lower than other HP ENVYs that we've tested.

The printer accepts third-party cartridges as well, but using them may void the warranty.

6.2
Design
Scanner
Scanner
Yes
Scan Flatbed
Yes
Scan Sheetfed
No
Automatic Document Feeder
No
Duplex Scanning
No
Scan Resolution
1200 DPI
Scan Color Depth
24 bit
Flatbed Scan Size
8.5" x 11"
Fax
No
Copy
Yes

The HP ENVY 6255 has a mediocre scanner. It doesn't include an Automatic Document Feeder, which means scanning more than one document at a time can be tedious. The scan lid also can't be raised to scan larger documents.

Printing
6.6
Printing
Cost-Per-Print
Black Cartridge Price
18.99 US$
Color Cartridge Price
24.99 US$
Black Only Printing
0.114 US$/print
Color Printing
0.200 US$/print
Photo Printing
0.532 US$/print
Ink Subscription
Optional

The HP ENVY Photo 6255 has a decent cost-per-print. Due to both the black and color cartridge's low yield, they need to be replaced often. Luckily, the replacements are not overly expensive. This model is eligible for the HP Instant Ink subscription, so HP will automatically send you replacements when your cartridge is 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'll likely still need to replace it eventually.

6.4
Printing
Printing Speed
Black Only Text Document
8 PPM
Color Document
6 PPM
Photo Printing Time
65.0 sec
First Page Out Time (Black Only)
16.8 sec
Duplex Printing
Automatic
Input Tray Capacity
125 pages

The HP ENVY 6255's printing speed is mediocre. It takes a long time to print a photo, which is surprising considering this is a photo printer. The HP ENVY Photo 7855/7858 can print photos a bit faster if that's a necessity. The input tray can hold up to 125 sheets of paper, so you can leave it running for a while before having to reload. The output tray, however, can only hold up to 25 sheets.

8.4
Printing
Color Accuracy
Average Color dE
8.37

The 6255 has very good color accuracy. Colors are fairly accurate and shouldn't be a problem for most people, though it won't be suitable for some professional needs that require very accurate colors, like graphic designers or photographers. If you want a similar printer with slightly better color accuracy, look into the HP ENVY 5014.

6.9
Printing
Photo Printing Quality
Borderless Printing
Yes

The HP ENVY Photo 6255 has decent photo printing quality. There's noticeable banding visible, especially in blue and green colors. There's also an evident green tint in the grayscale. If you're looking for an HP printer with a better photo printing quality, check out the HP DeskJet 3755.

These results are based on the actual physical photo, not the scanned image provided for reference above, which may not be representative of the printer's photo print quality.

Printing
Printing Size
Letter (8.5" x 11") Yes
Legal (8.5" x 14") Yes
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

The printer supports most common paper sizes up to the standard legal size. It also includes a dedicated photo paper tray.

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 ENVY 6255 has satisfactory connectivity options. Unfortunately, it doesn't have an ethernet connection, nor does it include any external storage support. You can use Apple AirPrint and Mopria Print services, but it doesn't support Bluetooth, except for during the setup. If connectivity is the most important feature for your printer, then check out the HP ENVY Photo 7855.

7.0
Mobile App And Connectivity
Mobile App Print
Mobile App Yes
App Name HP Smart
iOS Yes
Android Yes
Photo (JPEG, PNG)
Yes
PDF
Yes
Microsoft Office Files
No
Text Files (TXT)
No
Webpages (HTML)
No

The ENVY 6255 is compatible with the HP Smart mobile app, which is available for Android and iOS devices. It lets you print, scan, and copy. You can also perform maintenance tasks, as well as buying or managing your HP ink subscription. If you need a printer with a mobile app that can print Microsoft Office files, check out the Epson Expression Premium XP-6100.

Compared to other printers

The HP ENVY Photo 6255 is a decent casual photo printer. While it has some of the qualities that a photo printer requires like very good color accuracy and a photo paper tray, it's severely lacking in additional features. The scanner is mediocre and the printer is inadequate for any black and white printing.

 For other options, you can also check out our recommendations for the best all-in-one printers, the best office printers, and the best printers under $100.

HP ENVY Photo 7155

The HP ENVY Photo 7155 and the HP ENVY Photo 6255 are two very similar color printers. Both printers don't perform all that well when it comes to black only documents. Their printing speeds are very slow, and neither cartridges yield a lot of pages. However, the 7155 has a slightly better color accuracy and photo printing quality. The biggest plus for the 7155, is that it supports external storage like an SD card or USB thumb drive.

HP ENVY 6055

The HP ENVY Photo 6255 is better for most uses than the HP ENVY 6055. The 6255 has a higher page yield, so even though the cartridges are more expensive, printing is more cost-effective over time. However, the 6055 is better for printing photos because it has better color accuracy and much better photo printing quality. 

HP ENVY Photo 7855/7858

The HP ENVY Photo 7855/7858 is a better overall printer than the HP ENVY Photo 6255. The 7855/7858 offers plenty of connection options, including ethernet which the 6255 lacks, and has a slightly better photo printing quality and color accuracy. Both cartridges are bad and need to be replaced often, but the 7855/7858 comes with a great scanner that includes an Automatic Document Feeder.

HP DeskJet 3755

The HP ENVY Photo 6255 and the HP DeskJet 3755 are two similar printers, but the 3755 is smaller and more compact. Both have impressive color accuracy, but the 3755 has a better photo printing quality and produces good detail. Both printers have cartridges with low page yields, but they are compatible with the HP Instant Ink subscription service.

HP OfficeJet 5255/5258

The HP OfficeJet 5255/5258 is a better overall printer than the HP ENVY Photo 6255. The OfficeJet has great color accuracy when printing photos, but the cost per print is quite high. It also has great connectivity options and a small footprint, meaning it can be a good option for home and family use. 

HP ENVY 5014

The HP ENVY Photo 6255 is better overall than the HP ENVY 5014. The 6255 is better built and its cartridges have a much higher page yield, so this printer is more cost-effective over time. However, the 5014 has better color accuracy and prints photos in better quality.

Xerox B210/DNI

The HP ENVY Photo 6255 and the Xerox B210/DNI are two very different printers. The Xerox is a monochrome laser printer that's meant for high volume printing at a low cost and it has amazing printing speed. The HP, on the other hand, is a casual photo printer that's awful for black and white printing.

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