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HP Envy Photo 7855/7858 Printer Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8.1
Reviewed May 11, 2020 at 11:57 am
HP Envy Photo 7855/7858  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 a good family printer. It offers plenty of connection options that busy households are sure to love, and its photo printing quality is great, even if prints a bit slowly. However, it uses a two-cartridge system that gets more expensive the more you print. 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 7855 is a good 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 though, so if you print a lot it won't be the most affordable option in the long-run.

Pros
  • Excellent photo printing quality.
  • Outstanding connectivity options.
  • Great scanning features.
Cons
  • Expensive two-cartridge system.
  • Slow printing speed.
5.3 Small/Home Office

The HP ENVY 7855 is inadequate for home or small offices. It prints less than 200 copies on a replacement cartridge, which likely won't be enough for a growing business. There are high-yield cartridges available, but the printer only holds 125 sheets of paper anyway, and loading paper in the tray gets really frustrating, fast. While it has an Automatic Document Feeder (ADF) for multi-document scanning and tons of connectivity options, it's just not designed for office use.

Pros
  • Excellent photo printing quality.
  • Outstanding connectivity options.
  • Great scanning features.
Cons
  • Expensive two-cartridge system.
  • Slow printing speed.
7.1 Student

The HP 7855 is alright 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. Even though there are high-yield cartridges available, which can help lower the cost-per-print, the slow printing speed can be an issue if you're trying to meet a deadline.

Pros
  • Excellent photo printing quality.
  • Outstanding connectivity options.
  • Great scanning features.
Cons
  • Expensive two-cartridge system.
  • Slow printing speed.
5.8 Black & White

As a photo printer, the HP ENVY Photo 7855 is sub-par for black and white printing. Its black page yield is very low, so the cost of cartridges adds up quickly. It's also not the fastest at printing in black and white.

Pros
  • Excellent photo printing quality.
  • Outstanding connectivity options.
  • Great scanning features.
Cons
  • Expensive two-cartridge system.
  • Slow printing speed.
7.9 Casual Photo

Pros
  • Excellent photo printing quality.
  • Outstanding connectivity options.
  • Great scanning features.
Cons
  • Expensive two-cartridge system.
  • Slow printing speed.
  • 8.0 Family
  • 5.3 Small/Home Office
  • 7.1 Student
  • 5.8 Black & White
  • 7.9 Casual Photo
  1. Update 6/8/2020: Converted to Test Bench 0.8.1.

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Black ENVY Photo 7855
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Test Results

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Design
5.5
Design
Build & Design Quality

The HP ENVY 7855 has a disappointing design. While the plastic build feels good overall, loading paper into this printer is 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.

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)

The ENVY Photo 7855 is a fairly compact multipurpose 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.

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

The HP ENVY Photo 7855 has a disappointing touchscreen. It's in color, which is nice, but is rather difficult to use, especially for those with bigger fingers. The icons in the top row are very small and difficult to press, which made setting up this printer challenging.

Design
In The Box

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

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
6.60 prints
Estimated Color Page Yield
145 prints
Third Party Cartridge
Yes
High Yield Cartridge
XL
Drum Unit
No Drum Unit

The HP ENVY 7855 has a bad cartridge system. Since there's only one color cartridge, you'll have to change it 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 cartridges also work, but this could void its warranty.

It's worth noting that 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.

8.1
Design
Scanner
Scanner
Yes
Scan Flatbed
Yes
Scan Sheetfed
Yes
Automatic Document Feeder
Yes
Duplex Scanning
No
Scan Resolution
1200 DPI
Scan Color Depth
24 bit
Flatbed Scan Size
8.5" x 11"
Fax
Yes
Copy
Yes

The 7855 has great scanning features. The Automatic Document Feeder (ADF) is helpful if you need to scan multiple documents in a row, while the flatbed is ideal for copying pages from a magazine or passport. The scan resolution and color depth are good, but you won't be able to scan larger documents like legal paperwork or tabloid pages with the flatbed scanner. Legal size should scan in the ADF, but we don't currently test for this.

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 ENVY Photo 7855's cost per print is 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.

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

The ENVY 7855's printing speed is passable. 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.

8.5
Printing
Color Accuracy
Average Color dE
8.25

The HP ENVY 7885 has decent 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.

8.5
Printing
Photo Printing Quality
Borderless Printing
Yes

Excellent photo printing quality. There's negligible banding in the light green and blue, but reds are vivid, the grayscale palette is rich, and contrast is high.

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 HP 7855 has an adjustable paper tray with a dedicated photo paper compartment to support most popular 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 is a wireless printer with excellent connectivity options. Not only can you set up wirelessly with either an existing WiFi network or its own via WiFi Direct, but it also supports Bluetooth, AirPrint, and Mopria printing for compatibility with even more devices. You can even print photos directly from your camera's SD card or documents from a USB stick, which is especially handy for students or photographers.

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 7855 has a decent mobile print app called HP Smart. It allows you to scan from the printer to your phone, print photos and PDF files, and manage your ink subscription on both Android and iOS.

Compared to other printers

HP ENVY Photo 6255
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Amazon.com

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. 

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