HP ENVY Photo 7155 Printer Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8.1
Reviewed May 28, 2020 at 08:22 am
HP ENVY Photo 7155 Picture
7.3
Family
3.8
Small/Home Office
6.6
Student
5.3
Black & White
7.5
Casual Photo
Type All in One
Technology Inkjet
Wireless Yes
Color Yes
SuperTank
No

The HP ENVY Photo 7155 is a decent family printer for printing photos. It has excellent color accuracy and photos look vibrant, but it takes quite a bit of time to print them and the single color cartridge runs out pretty quickly, so it can be very expensive if you print a lot. It doesn't perform all that well when it comes to black only and color documents, as the printing speed is also very slow and neither cartridge yields a lot of pages. The scanner lacks an Automatic Document Feeder, which can be problematic for offices that need to process long double-sided documents. On the bright side, it has great connectivity options and there are high-yield cartridges available if you often print in large numbers.

Our Verdict

7.3 Family

The ENVY Photo 7155 is a decent family printer. Printed photos look vibrant and color accuracy is good, but they have a warm color temperature, resulting in a slightly reddish tint. It does take quite a bit of time to print photos, though, and it has bad yield for both color and black pages, so the cartridges need to be replaced often. The scanner only has a flatbed and it can't extend for thick books or documents.

Pros
  • Good color accuracy.
  • Great connectivity options.
Cons
  • Bad cartridge system.
  • Mediocre scanning features.
  • Slow print speed.
3.8 Small/Home Office

The ENVY Photo 7155 is a bad printer for home or small offices. It performs rather poorly for printing black or color documents, as it has a slow printing speed and low page yield, so the ink needs to be replaced regularly. The scanner doesn't have an Automatic Document Feeder and it can't perform duplex scanning, making it difficult and time-consuming to scan long double-sided documents.

Pros
  • Good color accuracy.
  • Great connectivity options.
Cons
  • Bad cartridge system.
  • Mediocre scanning features.
  • Slow print speed.
6.6 Student

The ENVY Photo 7155 is an okay printer for students. As this printer is mainly intended for printing photos, it doesn't perform all that well when it comes to black only documents. Not only does it take a lot of time to print, but the cartridges also have poor yield, so you have to replace them often and it can get quite expensive over time. Also, scanning features are limited, as it lacks an Automatic Document Feeder and can't perform duplex scanning.

Pros
  • Good color accuracy.
  • Great connectivity options.
Cons
  • Bad cartridge system.
  • Mediocre scanning features.
  • Slow print speed.
5.3 Black & White

The ENVY Photo 7155 is a poor printer for printing black and white documents. It takes a long time to print and due to the low black page yield, the ink cartridges need to be replaced often, which ends up costing a lot more over time. Luckily, the printer accepts high yield cartridges and third-party cartridges.

Pros
  • Good color accuracy.
  • Great connectivity options.
Cons
  • Bad cartridge system.
  • Mediocre scanning features.
  • Slow print speed.
7.5 Casual Photo

The HP ENVY Photo 7155 is good for printing casual photos. It has excellent color accuracy, but the overall photo printing quality is just decent. The color page yield is low, but because the color cartridges aren't too expensive, printing photos is fairly cost-effective over time.

Pros
  • Good color accuracy.
  • Great connectivity options.
Cons
  • Bad cartridge system.
  • Mediocre scanning features.
  • Slow print speed.
  • 7.3 Family
  • 3.8 Small/Home Office
  • 6.6 Student
  • 5.3 Black & White
  • 7.5 Casual Photo
  1. Update 6/8/2020: Converted to Test Bench 0.8.1.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
6.0
Design
Build & Design Quality

The HP ENVY Photo 7155 has a passable design. The printer feels sturdy and well-built overall. 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.

There are a few issues with the design. The main input tray isn't removable, so it can be hard to load paper as space is pretty tight. Also, while the tray has width sliders, it doesn't have length sliders, which can end up causing interruptions during print jobs. There's a separate tray for photo paper located on top of the main input tray. The scanner lid doesn't have any extendable hinges for thicker documents, and when lifting the scanner lid from the side, there's a good chance that the scanner bed will come with it.

Design
Dimensions
Height 6.3" (16.0 cm)
Width 17.8" (45.2 cm)
Depth 16.1" (40.8 cm)
Weight
15.4 lbs (7.0 kg)

The ENVY 7155 is a compact printer that's very similar to the HP ENVY Photo 7855, except that it's shorter due to the lack of an Automatic Document Feeder.

5.5
Design
Display Screen
Display Screen Yes
Display Screen Size
2.6" (6.7 cm)
Touchscreen Yes

The 7155's display console is sub-par. Although the menu is easy to navigate, the display itself isn't that great. The viewing angles are poor and it can't tilt or swivel for better visibility. Pressing on one of the icons on the top bar only brings down another menu, so you have to press the appropriate icon a second time to access the actual settings menu. Also, accessing the settings menu can feel laggy and unresponsive at times. If you are looking for a printer with a better display screen, check out the HP ENVY Photo 6255. Both printers are very similar but the 6255 has an easier to navigate display screen.

Design
In The Box

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

4.2
Design
Cartridge
Photo Cartridge
No
Number Of Color Cartridges
1
Black Cartridge Model
HP 64 Black
Tested Black Page Yield
8.82 prints
Estimated Black Page Yield
167 prints
Color Cartridge Model
HP 64 Tri-Color
Tested Color Page Yield
6.33 prints
Estimated Color Page Yield
144 prints
Third Party Cartridge
Yes
High Yield Cartridge
XL
Drum Unit
No Drum Unit

The ENVY Photo 7155 has a bad cartridge system. It doesn't have any photo ink cartridges despite being a printer that's intended for printing photos, and it only has one color cartridge. Both black and color page yields are low, so the cartridges need to be replaced quite often. Furthermore, the printer continues to print blank pages even when it's completely out of ink. On the bright side, there are high yield cartridges available and you can also subscribe to HP's Instant Ink service. The printer accepts third party cartridges, although 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 7155 has mediocre scanning features. It only has a flatbed scanner, and unlike the HP OfficeJet Pro 8025 which also has an automatic document feeder, it can be rather tedious and time-consuming to process multi-paged documents. On the upside, its scanning resolution and color depth are fairly standard.

Printing
6.8
Printing
Cost-Per-Print
Black Cartridge Price
18.99 US$
Color Cartridge Price
24.99 US$
Black Only Printing
0.114 US$/print
Color Printing
0.174 US$/print
Photo Printing
0.463 US$/print
Ink Subscription
Optional

The ENVY 7155's cost-per-print is okay. Even though the cartridges are reasonably priced, you still end up having to replace them often due to their low yield, costing more over time. This applies to both black only and color printing.

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.

6.5
Printing
Printing Speed
Black Only Text Document
9 PPM
Color Document
6 PPM
Photo Printing Time
60.0 sec
First Page Out Time (Black Only)
18.0 sec
Duplex Printing
Automatic
Input Tray Capacity
125 pages

The ENVY 7155's printing speed is passable. It takes a long time to print pretty much everything, whether it's black only documents, color documents, or photos. Thankfully, 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.

8.6
Printing
Color Accuracy
Average Color dE
7.96

The ENVY 7155 has excellent color accuracy, although there are still some inaccuracies with most colors, with dark greens and dark blues being the worse. This should be fine if you're printing casually, but may not be good enough for professionals who need accurate color reproduction.

7.4
Printing
Photo Printing Quality
Borderless Printing
Yes

The ENVY 7155 has very decent photo printing quality. The color temperature seems to be on the warm side as there's a slight reddish tone to all the images. Yellows appear vibrant and the colors are well-defined, but there's some banding in the grayscale.

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 ENVY 7155 supports most common paper sizes up to the standard legal size. The main input tray has sliders to accommodate different width, but not for length, which can lead to interruptions during print jobs, as the printer may be unable to grab the sheets of paper. Also, the input tray is only long enough for letter-size paper and there's no extension, so legal-size paper ends up hanging off the edge of the input tray.

Mobile App and Connectivity
8.0
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
Yes
Apple AirPrint
Yes
Mopria Print Service
Yes

The ENVY 7155 has great connectivity options. The printer has an SD card reader; it's located on the front left side of the printer and there's a round cover protecting the port, as you can see in this photo. It's rather unfortunate that it doesn't have an ethernet port, and while there's mention of Bluetooth support, it can only be used to set up the printer, not to perform any print jobs.

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 HP Smart mobile app is decent. It lets you print photos and documents directly from the app, and you can also quickly scan documents using your smartphone's camera, albeit at a maximum resolution of 300dpi. Additionally, you can send mobile faxes from the app and manage your ink subscription if you're subscribed to HP's ink delivery service.

Differences Between Sizes and Variants

Although it isn't advertised as a variant, the HP ENVY Photo 7855 bears a lot of resemblance to the ENVY Photo 7155. The main difference is that the 7855 performs a bit better, it has more connectivity options, and the scanner has an Automatic Document Feeder.

Compared to other printers

There isn't anything special about the HP ENVY Photo 7155. It has excellent color accuracy, but the photo printing quality is just decent and not as good as the HP ENVY Photo 7855/7858. However, it's still a better choice than the HP ENVY Photo 6255 mainly because it has more accurate colors and slightly better page yield. Also see our recommendations for the best photo printers, the best home printers, and best HP printers.

HP ENVY Photo 7855/7858

The HP ENVY Photo 7855/7858 is better overall than the HP ENVY Photo 7155. The 7855 has better photo printing quality, it has a sheetfed scanner with an Automatic Document Feeder, and it's Bluetooth compatible. However, the 7155 is better built and it has slightly better color accuracy.

HP ENVY Photo 6255

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 OfficeJet Pro 8025/8028/8035

The HP ENVY Photo 7155 and the HP OfficeJet Pro 8025 are similarly performing printers with different strengths. The ENVY Photo 7155 is more compact, which is suited for small spaces, and it has a slightly lower cost-per-print for black-only printing. It also has better color accuracy, and there's external storage support. Conversely, the OfficeJet Pro 8025 feels better built, its cartridges can yield more pages, and it also has an automatic document feeder. It's also slightly quicker at printing out black-text documents, and it has an ethernet port.

HP OfficeJet 5255/5258

The HP ENVY Photo 7155 is better for most uses than the HP OfficeJet 5255/5258. The ENVY is better for home use since it has a higher color page yield and a slightly lower cost-per-print. It also has much better color accuracy and better photo printing quality. However, the OfficeJet has a sheetfed scanner with an Automatic Document Feeder, which automatically scans documents, making it better for office use.

Epson WorkForce WF-2860

The Epson WorkForce WF-2860 is much better than the HP ENVY Photo 7155 for most uses. It has higher page yield and the cartridges cost less, so the cost-per-print is better on the Epson. It also has a sheetfed scanner and you can print more types of files from the companion app. However, the HP is a better choice for casual photos because it has better color accuracy.

HP LaserJet Pro M15w

The HP ENVY Photo and the HP LaserJet M15w are two very different printers. If you are looking to print in color with a focus on photos, then the Envy is a better option. If, however, you want to print in black and white, with a low cost-per-print and a high black page yield, then the LaserJet is your best bet.

+ Show more

LOG IN

JOIN RTINGS.com

Be part of the most informed community and take advantage of our advanced tools to find the best product for your needs.
Join our mailing list:
Become an insider
EARLY ACCESS

Gain early access to all tests results for new products

Early Access UI
PRICES LISTED

Prices will now be listed directly in reviews and tables

product prices UI
MORE VOTES

Have 5 votes per product category to choose which product we’ll review next

Additional votes UI
UNLIMITED ACCESS

Gain unlimited access to detailed test results in tools and results (no blurred results)

test table UI

Create Post