HP ENVY Photo 7855 Printer Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8.1
Updated Oct 13, 2020 at 12:41 pm
HP ENVY Photo 7855 Picture
Small/Home Office
Black & White
Casual Photo
Type All in One
Technology Inkjet
Wireless Yes
Color Yes

The HP ENVY Photo 7855 is a great family printer. It offers plenty of connection options that busy households are sure to love, and its photo printing quality is great, even if it prints a bit slowly. It has a flatbed scanner for old photos and small books, and its scan resolution is quite high. However, its two cartridges have low yields and will need to be replaced often, which will increase costs. It's a good option overall if you like being able to frequently print photos at home, but office users will find better value elsewhere.

Our Verdict

8.0 Family

The HP ENVY Photo 7855 is a great family printer. You can print photos from the comfort of your own home with confidence thanks to its excellent photo printing quality. The scanner also has great features so you can enlarge or edit old photos without losing too much detail. Its ink cartridges get expensive fast, so if you print a lot, it won't be the most affordable option in the long-run.

  • Excellent photo printing quality.
  • Excellent color accuracy.
  • Outstanding connectivity options.
  • Great scanning features.
  • Expensive two-cartridge system.
  • Cost-per-print is only okay.
5.3 Small/Home Office

The HP ENVY 7855 is a disappointing printer for home or small offices. Its two-cartridge system yields few pages and often needs replacing. It's not particularly fast when it comes to printing documents, and its input tray can't hold a lot of pages. While it has an automatic document feeder, it lacks duplex scanning, meaning you'll have to manually flip each page of a double-sided document yourself.

  • Outstanding connectivity options.
  • Great scanning features.
  • Expensive two-cartridge system.
  • Disappointing build and quality.
7.1 Student

The HP ENVY Photo 7855 all-in-one printer is a decent choice for students. You can print and even scan from your phone, tablet, or computer wirelessly, which is convenient. However, it can get pretty expensive to use, especially if your program requires you to print a lot. That said, there are higher-yielding cartridges available to purchase. The first page of a black-only document prints out slowly, but subsequent pages come out much faster.

  • External storage support.
  • Outstanding connectivity options.
  • Great scanning features.
  • Expensive two-cartridge system.
  • Slow printing speed.
  • Cost-per-print is only okay.
5.8 Black & White

The HP ENVY 7855 all-in-one printer is a sub-par choice for printing in black and white. Its black cartridge yields few pages and will often need replacing. On the upside, there are high-yield cartridges available for purchase. It has an automatic document feeder with duplex scanning as well but lacks duplex scanning. It's also not particularly fast when it comes to printing black-only documents.

  • Outstanding connectivity options.
  • Great scanning features.
  • Expensive two-cartridge system.
  • Slow printing speed.
  • Disappointing build and quality.
  • Cost-per-print is only okay.
  • Disappointing touchscreen display.
7.9 Casual Photo

The HP ENVY Photo 7855 is a very good choice for printing casual photos. Both the color accuracy and photo printing quality are excellent due to vivid reds and high contrast. Unfortunately, its color cartridge yields few pages and often needs replacing.

  • Excellent photo printing quality.
  • Excellent color accuracy.
  • Can't print 2" x 3" photo paper size.
  • Disappointing build and quality.
  • 8.0 Family
  • 5.3 Small/Home Office
  • 7.1 Student
  • 5.8 Black & White
  • 7.9 Casual Photo
  1. Updated Oct 13, 2020: Updated review for accuracy and clarity.
  2. Updated Jun 08, 2020: Converted to Test Bench 0.8.1.

Test Results

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Build & Design Quality

This printer has a disappointing design. While the plastic build feels good overall, it doesn't feel as well-built as the HP OfficeJet Pro 8025, and loading paper into this printer can be rather frustrating. The input tray holds both plain and photo paper, which helps save space, but feels very flimsy. The output tray conveniently pops out once you start printing, but is surprisingly difficult to push back into place. This gets rather annoying whenever you need to load paper. Our unit also struggled to operate normally out-of-the-box and we had to run multiple self-cleaning cycles before it started working.

Height 7.5" (19.1 cm)
Width 17.8" (45.2 cm)
Depth 15.9" (40.4 cm)
17.0 lbs (7.7 kg)

The HP 7855 is a fairly compact all-in-one printer that doesn't take up too much space on a desk or table; however, the tray does stick out a bit, especially when printing.

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

The HP ENVY 7855 has a disappointing display screen. It has inadequate touchscreen sensitivity, and the various tabs at the top of the menu are small and difficult to register.

In The Box

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

Photo Cartridge
Number Of Color Cartridges
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
6.60 prints
Estimated Color Page Yield
145 prints
Third Party Cartridge
High Yield Cartridge
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 disappointing for a photo printer. The standard replacement cartridges don't last very long, but there are high yield cartridges available which should help improve the yield a bit. Third-party ones also work, but this could void its 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.

Scan Flatbed
Scan Sheetfed
Automatic Document Feeder
Duplex Scanning
Scan Resolution
1200 DPI
Scan Color Depth
24 bit
Flatbed Scan Size
8.5" x 11"

The HP ENVY 7855 has great scanner features. It has an automatic document feeder for scanning multi-page documents and there's a flatbed scanner with a very high scan resolution, which is ideal for scanning photos in great detail. Unfortunately, there's no duplex scanning, meaning double-sided documents need to be flipped manually.

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

The cost per print is only okay. The cartridges are somewhat reasonably priced compared to the cost of the printer, but the price-per-page is still quite high, and you end up spending more the more you print, even if you print just in black and white. 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.

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

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

The HP ENVY Photo 7855's printing speed is decent. Documents that only have black text don't take too long to print after the first page is out, but color documents take quite a bit longer. Thankfully, the tray holds 125 sheets of plain paper, so you shouldn't have to replace the paper very often.

Color Accuracy
Average Color dE

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 photo.

Photo Printing Quality
Borderless Printing

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 is a very small amount of banding in the light greens and light blues.

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 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 HP ENVY 7855 has an adjustable paper tray with a dedicated photo paper compartment to support most popular paper formats.

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

This printer has outstanding connectivity options. It supports most common connection types, including Wi-Fi, Ethernet, Bluetooth, and USB. There's also external storage support, meaning you can print off of USB flash drives or SD cards. Also, it supports Apple AirPrint and Mopria Print Service.

Mobile App And Connectivity
Mobile App For Home Use
Mobile App Yes
App Name HP Smart
iOS Yes
Android Yes
Photo (JPEG, PNG)
Microsoft Office Files
Text Files (TXT)
Webpages (HTML)

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. 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, but 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.

Also, 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 8025

The HP ENVY Photo 7855 is better for family use than the HP OfficeJet Pro 8025. The ENVY Photo 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 Pro 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 7855's one tricolor cartridge.

HP ENVY Photo 7155

The HP ENVY Photo 7855 is better overall than the HP ENVY Photo 7155. The 7855 features a sheetfed scanner, has better photo printing quality, and it's Bluetooth compatible. However, the 7155 is better built and it has slightly better color accuracy.

HP OfficeJet Pro 9015

The HP OfficeJet Pro 9015 and the ENVY Photo 7855 are both inkjet printers that serve different purposes. The OfficeJet Pro is better for office use since it has a much higher page yield, a lower cost-per-print, and a duplex scanning feature. However, the ENVY is a better choice for printing photos since it has much better color accuracy and the photo printing quality is better.

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. 

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.

HP ENVY 6055

The HP ENVY Photo 7855 is overall better than the HP ENVY 6055. The 7855 has a higher page yield, a lower cost-per-print, and a faster printing speed. It also features a sheetfed scanner and has more connection options. If you intend to print photos, the 7855 is still a better choice since it has excellent photo quality, and its color accuracy is almost as good as the 6055.

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. However, the OfficeJet has a higher black page yield and the printer is better built.

Canon PIXMA TR8620

The Canon PIXMA TR8620 is a better printer than the HP ENVY Photo 7855. The Canon has three additional color cartridges and has a much lower cost-per-print. On the other hand, the HP has superior color accuracy and is a bit faster at printing documents.

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. The 6475 has a better build quality as the input trays don't feel as flimsy as the 7855's.

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. However, the 6075 is much better built and its color accuracy is slightly better.

HP ENVY Photo 6255

The HP ENVY Photo 7855 is a better overall printer than the HP ENVY Photo 6255. The 7855 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 comes with a great scanner that includes an Automatic Document Feeder.

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 better a better mobile companion app.

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