HP ENVY Photo 7855 Printer Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8.1
Updated Sep 29, 2021 at 11:09 am
HP ENVY Photo 7855 Picture
8.0
Family
5.3
Small/Home Office
7.1
Student
5.8
Black & White
7.9
Casual Photo
Type All in One
Technology Inkjet
Wireless Yes
Color Yes
SuperTank
No

The HP ENVY Photo 7855 is an all-in-one inkjet that prints excellent-looking photos with amazingly accurate-looking colors. The connectivity options are incredible, including Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, and it can also print directly from SD cards and USB flash drives. It features a flatbed scanner, automatic document feeder, and built-in fax. Unfortunately, it yields a terrible number of black pages and a disappointing number of color documents, and since there's only one color cartridge, you'll need to replace it entirely even if you run out of just one color. That said, the cartridges are relatively cheap, so the overall cost-per-print should be alright if you don't print too often.

Our Verdict

8.0 Family

The HP ENVY 7855 is a great printer for family use, as it prints excellent-looking photos with amazingly accurate-looking colors. There's a flatbed scanner, which is good for fragile photos, and an automatic document feeder, which is great for processing multi-page documents. Although it yields a poor number of pages, the overall cost-per-print is alright. It can print directly from SD cards and USB flash drives.

Pros
  • Great scanning features.
  • Excellent photo printing quality.
  • Amazingly accurate colors.
  • Can print from external storage.
Cons
  • Poor page yields.
  • Only one color cartridge.
5.3 Small/Home Office

The HP ENVY 7855 is disappointing for small or home office use due to its poor page yields. It takes a little long to warm up and print the first page, and it might be hard to load paper into the input tray in the middle of a print job. Also, its automatic document feeder can't duplex scan, and the touchscreen is difficult to navigate. On the bright side, it has an Ethernet port and supports Wi-Fi, and the printing speed for black text documents is fair.

Pros
  • Great scanning features.
  • Outstanding connectivity options.
Cons
  • Poor page yields.
  • Slow to print the first page.
  • Automatic document feeder can't duplex scan.
  • Can be difficult to reload the paper input tray.
  • Disappointing touchscreen display.
7.1 Student

The HP ENVY 7855 performs decently for student use. The cost-per-print is alright overall, although you'll need to replace the cartridges often if you print frequently since it has poor page yields. There's both an automatic document feeder and flatbed scanner for different types of media you need to scan, and you can print via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi or directly from USB flash drives and SD cards. Unfortunately, it takes a while to print out the first page.

Pros
  • Great scanning features.
  • Can print from external storage.
  • Compatible with Bluetooth.
Cons
  • Poor page yields.
  • Only one color cartridge.
  • Slow to print the first page.
5.8 Black & White

The HP ENVY 7855 is a middling model for black and white printing. The printing speed for black text documents is okay, the cost-per-print is fair, and it's compatible with high-yield cartridges. Unfortunately, the black page yield is awful, so you'll need to replace the cartridges often if you print frequently. Also, it might be hard to load paper into the input tray while in the middle of a print job, and the touchscreen is difficult to navigate. Although it has an automatic document feeder, it can't duplex scan.

Pros
  • Great scanning features.
  • Outstanding connectivity options.
Cons
  • Poor page yields.
  • Slow to print the first page.
  • Automatic document feeder can't duplex scan.
  • Can be difficult to reload the paper input tray.
  • Disappointing touchscreen display.
7.9 Casual Photo

The HP ENVY 7855 is very good for casual photo printing, as it prints photos with excellent quality and amazingly accurate-looking colors. Reds, in particular, are vivid, and the grayscale palette is rich, with high contrast. Also, the cost-per-print for photos is decent. Sadly, it doesn't support 2" x 3" glossy photo paper.

Pros
  • Excellent photo printing quality.
  • Amazingly accurate colors.
  • Decent photo cost-per-print.
  • Supports 4" x 6" and 5" x 7" photo paper.
Cons
  • Poor page yields.
  • Only one color cartridge.
  • 8.0 Family
  • 5.3 Small/Home Office
  • 7.1 Student
  • 5.8 Black & White
  • 7.9 Casual Photo
  1. Updated Jun 08, 2020: Converted to Test Bench 0.8.1.
  2. Updated May 11, 2020: Review published.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
5.5
Design
Build & Design Quality

The HP ENVY 7855 has a disappointing design. While the plastic build feels good overall, the input tray feels very flimsy. The output tray conveniently pops out once you start printing, but it's surprisingly hard to push back into place. It could get rather annoying, as you need to push it back in if you want to load paper into the input tray. Our unit also struggled to operate normally out of the box, and we had to run multiple self-cleaning cycles before it started working. For a better-built printer, check out the HP OfficeJet Pro 8025.

Design
Dimensions
Height 7.5" (19.1 cm)
Width 17.8" (45.2 cm)
Depth 15.9" (40.4 cm)
Weight
17.0 lbs (7.7 kg)
5.5
Design
Display Screen
Display Screen Yes
Display Screen Size
2.6" (6.7 cm)
Touchscreen Yes

The display screen is disappointing. It has inadequate touchscreen sensitivity, and the various tabs at the top of the menu are small and difficult to properly press.

Design
In The Box

  • HP 64 Black starter cartridge
  • HP 64 Tri-color starter cartridge
  • User manuals
  • Sample photo paper
  • Power cable
  • Fax cable

4.3
Design
Cartridge
Photo Cartridge
No
Number Of Color Cartridges
1
Black Cartridge Model
HP 64 Black
Tested Black Page Yield
8.93 prints
Estimated Black Page Yield
169 prints
Color Cartridge Model
HP 64 Tri-Color
Tested Color Page Yield
6.6 prints
Estimated Color Page Yield
145 prints
Third Party Cartridge
Yes
High Yield Cartridge
XL
Drum Unit
No Drum Unit

The printer has a bad cartridge system. Since there's only one color cartridge, it needs replacing every time any of the colors run out, which is inconvenient for a photo printer. The standard replacement cartridges don't last very long, but there are high-yield cartridges available that should help improve the yield a bit. You can also use third-party cartridges in this printer, although it may void your warranty. If you're looking for an HP printer with a supertank system that can yield more pages per tank, check out the HP Smart Tank Plus 551.

Note: We had multiple issues printing with our unit, both during the initial set-up and after only two weeks without use. Multiple cleaning cycles were required each time before it would print properly. If you have the same model and are experiencing similar issues, let us know in the discussions.

8.1
Design
Scanner
Scanner
Yes
Scan Flatbed
Yes
Scan Sheetfed
Yes
Automatic Document Feeder
Yes
Duplex Scanning
No
Scan Resolution
1,200 DPI
Scan Color Depth
24 Bit
Flatbed Scan Size
8.5" x 11"
Fax
Yes
Copy
Yes

The scanning features are great. It has an automatic document feeder for scanning multi-page documents and a flatbed scanner with a very high scan resolution, ideal for scanning photos in great detail. Unfortunately, there's no duplex scanning, meaning double-sided documents need manual flipping.

Printing
6.9
Printing
Cost-Per-Print
Black Cartridge Price
18.99 US$
Color Cartridge Price
24.99 US$
Black Only Printing
0.112 US$/print
Color Printing
0.172 US$/print
Photo Printing
0.463 US$/print
Ink Subscription
Optional

The cost-per-print is only okay. The cartridges are somewhat reasonably priced compared to the cost of the printer, which should be fine if you don't intend to print very often. However, it isn't ideal if you plan to print frequently, as you can still end up quickly spending a lot of money on replacement cartridges. Keep in mind that even if you print only in black, most inkjet printers continue using the color cartridge for servicing tasks, so you may still need to replace it eventually.

If you print a lot and you want a printer with a lower cost-per-print, check out the Canon PIXMA G6020.

7.0
Printing
Printing Speed
Black Only Text Document
13 PPM
Color Document
7 PPM
Photo Printing Time
58.0 s
First Page Out Time (Black Only)
19.0 s
Duplex Printing
Automatic
Input Tray Capacity
125 pages

The HP ENVY Photo 7855's printing speed is decent. Black text documents don't take too long to print after the first page is out, although color documents take quite a bit longer. The main input tray holds up to 125 sheets of plain paper, while the output tray holds up to 25 sheets at a time.

8.5
Printing
Color Accuracy
Average Color dE
8.25

The HP ENVY Photo 7855 has excellent color accuracy. Even though the colors aren't the most accurate for professional printers, it should be good enough for people looking to print their favorite family photos.

8.5
Printing
Photo Printing Quality
Borderless Printing
Yes

The HP ENVY 7855 has excellent photo printing quality. The reds are vivid, the grayscale palette is rich, and contrast is high. That said, there's a very small amount of banding in the light greens and light blues. We base these results on the actual physical photo, not the scanned image provided for reference above, which may not represent 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 main input tray has width sliders for different paper sizes, as well as a dedicated photo paper compartment that supports most glossy paper formats.

Mobile App And Connectivity
10
Mobile App And Connectivity
Connectivity
Ethernet
Yes
USB Input To Computer
Yes
Bluetooth
Yes
Wi-Fi via Router
Yes
Wi-Fi Direct
Yes
External Storage Support
Yes
Apple AirPrint
Yes
Mopria Print Service
Yes

The HP ENVY 7855 can print directly from both SD cards and USB flash drives.

7.0
Mobile App And Connectivity
Mobile App For Home Use
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 7855 is compatible with the decent mobile companion app, HP Smart. From here, you can scan directly from your phone, print photos or PDF files, and manage your ink subscription. Unfortunately, you won't be able to print Microsoft Office files from the app.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the HP ENVY Photo 7855. The model number changes slightly depending on the region and retailer. In some regions, it's sold as the HP ENVY Photo 7858 or the HP ENVY 7858. You can see our unit's label here.

Compared To Other Printers

The HP ENVY Photo 7855 is a great family printer with excellent color accuracy, similar to the HP ENVY Photo 7155. However, the ENVY 7855 has much better photo printing quality. Sadly, this printer has a low page yield, and so the costs could easily add up over time if you print often.

For more options, see our recommendations for the best home printers, the best photo printers, and the best HP printers.

Canon PIXMA TR8520

The Canon PIXMA TR8520 is better than the HP ENVY Photo 7855. The Canon is better built and it has four color cartridges that offer a much higher color page yield. Even though the cartridges are more expensive, the cost-per-print over time is cheaper. However, the HP has better color accuracy, prints faster, and has a bit more connectivity options.

HP OfficeJet Pro 9015e

The HP OfficeJet Pro 9015e and the HP ENVY Photo 7855 are all-in-one color inkjet printers, but the ENVY is better for photos. The ENVY produces significantly better quality photos with much better color accuracy, and can also print via Bluetooth. On the other hand, the OfficeJet is better for small or home office use, with much higher page yields and a much lower cost-per-print. Also, it prints faster, its automatic document feeder supports duplex scanning, and it also comes with six months of HP's Instant Ink subscription.

Canon PIXMA TR8620

The Canon PIXMA TR8620 and the HP ENVY Photo 7855 are both very good models for casual photo printing, but the Canon performs better for most other tasks. The Canon uses four separate color cartridges, yields many more pages, has a lower cost-per-print, and produces somewhat better-looking photos. It also feels much better built, has a far better touchscreen display, and can print via Bluetooth, although this only works using the companion app. On the other hand, the HP prints documents much faster, and produces far more accurate colors.

HP OfficeJet Pro 8025e

The HP ENVY Photo 7855 and the HP OfficeJet Pro 8025e are all-in-one color inkjet printers, but the OfficeJet is better suited for small or home offices. The OfficeJet's page yields and cost-per-print are better, and it comes with six free months of HP's Instant Ink subscription. On the other hand, the ENVY is better for family use and casual photos, with significantly better color accuracy and image quality. It can also print via Bluetooth and directly from USB flash drives and SD cards.

HP OfficeJet Pro 8025

The HP ENVY Photo 7855 is better for family use than the HP OfficeJet Pro 8025. The ENVY has a slightly lower cost-per-print for black-only documents and it's able to print these same documents a bit quicker. It also has better color accuracy as well as photo printing quality, and it has Bluetooth and external storage support. Conversely, the OfficeJet feels better built, and its display screen is better as well. Although its cartridges don't yield a lot of pages before they need to be replaced, its three separate color cartridges yield more than the ENVY's one tricolor cartridge.

Canon PIXMA TS9520

The HP ENVY Photo 7855 and the Canon PIXMA TS9520 are all-in-one color inkjet printers, but the Canon is better for families and students. The Canon has a better overall page yield and cost-per-print, prints photos faster, and has better photo quality. On the other hand, the HP has much better color accuracy and prints documents faster. It also has faxing capabilities and can print via Wi-Fi Direct.

HP ENVY Photo 7155

The HP ENVY Photo 7855 is the higher-end version of the HP ENVY Photo 7155. The 7855 performs better overall, with an automatic document feeder, built-in fax, an Ethernet port, and Bluetooth support. Also, the 7855 prints much faster and produces significantly better-looking photos.

HP ENVY Pro 6455

The HP ENVY Photo 7855 performs better than the HP ENVY Pro 6455. The 7855 has a higher page yield and a lower cost-per-print. It prints faster and has much better photo printing quality. It also offers more connectivity options and supports legal-sized paper, which some people may find important. That said, the 6455 is a bit more compact and feels better-built. 

HP ENVY 6055e

The HP ENVY Photo 7855 is better than the HP ENVY 6055e, especially for photos. Although the 6055e has better color accuracy, the 7855 has much better photo printing quality. The 7855's page yield is very low, but it's higher than the 6055e's, which helps keep its cost-per-print lower. Also, the 7855 has better connectivity options and supports Bluetooth printing, unlike the 6055e, which only uses Bluetooth for setup.

HP OfficeJet Pro 9025e

The HP ENVY Photo 7855 and the HP OfficeJet Pro 9025e are both all-in-one color inkjet printers, but the OfficeJet is better for a variety of tasks, while the ENVY is better for printing photos. The OfficeJet has a much better page yield and a significantly better cost-per-print, and it prints much faster. Its automatic document feeder also supports duplex scanning. On the other hand, the ENVY produces excellent, much better-looking photos with much more accurate colors. It can also print via Bluetooth, or directly from SD cards.

HP ENVY 6055

The HP ENVY Photo 7855 performs better overall compared to the HP ENVY 6055. The 7855 yields significantly more pages at a much cheaper cost-per-print, it prints much faster, and it produces much better-looking photos. Also, it has a touchscreen display, an automatic document feeder, and built-in fax, as well as an Ethernet port, Bluetooth connectivity, and support for printing directly from USB flash drives and SD cards. On the other hand, the 6055 produces slightly more accurate colors, and it feels much better built.

HP OfficeJet Pro 9015

The HP OfficeJet Pro 9015 performs better for most tasks, but the HP ENVY Photo 7855 is better for casual photo printing. The OfficeJet yields far more pages, its cost-per-print is significantly cheaper, and it prints much faster. Also, it feels significantly better built, the touchscreen is much better, and its automatic document feeder can duplex scan. On the other hand, the ENVY produces better-looking photos with significantly more accurate colors, it supports Bluetooth, and it can print directly from SD cards.

Epson Expression Premium XP-7100

The HP ENVY Photo 7855 and the Epson Expression Premium XP-7100 are both all-in-one color inkjet printers, but the HP is better for casual photos or family use. It has a better cost-per-print and page yields, faster printing speed, and significantly better color accuracy and photo quality. It also has faxing capabilities and can print via Bluetooth. On the other hand, the Epson has an ADF for processing multi-page documents quickly, and a better companion app.

HP OfficeJet Pro 7740

The HP OfficeJet Pro 7740 and the HP ENVY Photo 7855 are both all-in-one color inkjet printers, but the OfficeJet is better suited for a wider variety of tasks. The OfficeJet's page yields and cost-per-print are significantly better, and it prints faster. It also has a larger flatbed scanner, an ADF with duplex scanning, and supports printing on tabloid paper. On the other hand, the ENVY produces significantly more superior photos with much better color accuracy and can print via Bluetooth.

Canon PIXMA TS8320

The HP ENVY Photo 7855 is better than the Canon PIXMA TS8320. The HP has a sheetfed scanner, more connectivity options, and it prints higher quality photos with better color accuracy. However, the Canon can yield a lot more black and color pages, which leads to a lower cost-per-print. The Canon also prints faster and it has a better display screen.

HP ENVY Pro 6475

The HP ENVY Photo 7855 is much better than the HP ENVY Pro 6475 for most uses. The 7855 has a display screen, better photo printing quality, and its wider connectivity options include an Ethernet port and Bluetooth support that the 6475 doesn't have. It also has a higher page yield that leads to a lower cost-per-print, and it prints faster. Comparatively, the 6475 feels better built, and the input trays don't feel as flimsy as the 7855's.

HP ENVY Photo 6255

The HP ENVY Photo 7855 performs much better overall compared to the HP ENVY Photo 6255. The 7855 yields more color pages at a cheaper cost-per-print, it prints much faster, and it produces significantly better-looking photos. Also, it has an automatic document feeder, built-in fax, an Ethernet port, Bluetooth connectivity, and can print directly from USB flash drives and SD cards. On the other hand, although the 6255 has a smaller, monochrome display, it's much simpler and easier to use.

HP DeskJet Plus 4155

The HP ENVY Photo 7855 and the HP DeskJet Plus 4155 are both all-in-one color inkjet printers, but the ENVY is a much better printer overall. The ENVY has better page yields and a much better cost-per-print, it prints faster, can automatically print double sided, and produces significantly better-looking photos. Also, it can fax, has an Ethernet port, can print via Bluetooth, and can print directly from USB flash drives or SD cards. On the other hand, the DeskJet produces somewhat more accurate colors, though the difference shouldn't be noticeable during normal use.

Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4830

The HP ENVY Photo 7855 and the Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4830 are all-in-one color inkjet printers, but the HP is better for printing photos, while the Epson is better suited for a variety of tasks. The HP prints excellent, much better-looking photos with vivid reds, high contrast, and significantly more accurate-looking colors, and it can print via Bluetooth and directly from SD cards. On the other hand, the Epson has higher page yields and a lower cost-per-print, it prints much faster overall, and its automatic document feeder can duplex scan.

HP OfficeJet 5255

The HP ENVY Photo 7855 is better overall than the HP OfficeJet 5255. The ENVY has a higher color page yield, and it also has a lower cost-per-print with color and black pages. The ENVY is a much better choice for photos as it has excellent color accuracy and excellent photo printing quality. On the other hand, the OfficeJet has a higher black page yield, and it feels better built.

Canon PIXMA TR7520

If you only want to print photos, the HP ENVY Photo 7855 prints higher quality photos. However, for everything else, the Canon PIXMA TR7520 is better, as it has a better cartridge system that leads to a lower cost-per-print. The HP has more connectivity options, but the Canon has a better mobile companion app.

Epson Expression Premium XP-6100

Overall, the HP ENVY Photo 7855 is much better than the Epson Expression Premium XP-6100. The HP has a sheetfed scanner, it prints higher quality photos with better color accuracy, and it has more connectivity options. The Epson has a better build quality, and its cost-per-print for black-only printing is lower; however, it's a lot more expensive to print in color than the HP since you need to replace three cartridges instead of just one.

HP DeskJet 2755

The HP DeskJet 2755 and the HP ENVY Photo 7855 are inkjet printers designed for different uses. The 7855 is a better choice for photo printing as it has amazing color accuracy, high photo printing quality, and a low cost-per-print for photos, while the 2755 is better suited to simple printing and scanning tasks. The 7855 has a much lower cost-per-print, a faster print speed, and it has an automatic document feeder for duplex scanning, whereas the DeskJet 2755 only has a flatbed scanner.

Epson EcoTank ET-3760

The HP ENVY Photo 7855 and the Epson EcoTank ET-3760 are all-in-one color inkjet printers, but the Epson uses a supertank ink system for a significantly better cost-per-print and page yields. It also prints black-only text documents faster. On the other hand, the HP is better for casual photos, with significantly better photo quality and color accuracy. It also prints photos much faster, can print from Bluetooth, directly via USB flash drives and SD cards, and has faxing capabilities.

HP ENVY 6075

The HP ENVY Photo 7855 is better than the HP ENVY 6075. The 7855 yields more pages, prints significantly faster, and supports Bluetooth and printing off external storage devices. Also, it has an automatic document feeder, while the 6075 only has a flatbed scanner. On the other hand, the 6075 feels better built and its color accuracy is marginally better.

Brother MFC-J995DW

The HP ENVY Photo 7855 and the Brother MFC-J995DW are all-in-one color inkjet printers, but the Brother is better for a wider variety of uses, with a significantly better cost-per-print and page yields. It also prints color documents and photos more quickly. On the other hand, the HP produces better photos with significantly better color accuracy and somewhat better photo quality. It also supports printing via Bluetooth.

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