HP Envy Photo 7155 All in One Review
Pros: Decent print options, LCD touchscreen, decent resolution
Cons: High operating costs, over-saturated colors, blue cast in black and white
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HP Envy Photo 7155 All in One
$179.89 at Amazon
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$99.99 at Amazon
|Pros||Decent print options, LCD touchscreen, decent resolution||Broad print dimensions, vast print mediums, low print costs, fantastic image fidelity||High resolution, vivid colors, great dynamic range||Consistent color, easy set-up, broad format options||Easy to use, decent resolution, prints common sizes|
|Cons||High operating costs, over-saturated colors, blue cast in black and white||Huge footprint, expensive||Hard to set-up, big footprint||Microbanding in grayscale, relatively low definition in dark areas||Microbanding in larger formats, off skin tones, over saturation|
|Bottom Line||This machine’s inconsistent and expensive prints outweigh its ease of use||This near-professional quality machine leaves little to be desired||This is a top-tier, professional level printer at a reasonable price||This printer yields high-quality images at a reasonable price||A quality mid-size machine that will appeal to the casual user|
|Rating Categories||HP Envy Photo 7155...||Epson SureColor P600||Canon PIXMA Pro-100||Expression Photo...||Canon PIXMA TR4520|
|Black And White (35%)|
|Print Capabilities (15%)|
|Operating Cost (10%)|
|Set Up (5%)|
|Specs||HP Envy Photo 7155...||Epson SureColor P600||Canon PIXMA Pro-100||Expression Photo...||Canon PIXMA TR4520|
|Resolutioin (dots per inch)||4800 x 1200 (color)
1200 x 1200 (b&w)
|5760 x 1440||4800 x 2400||5760 x 1440||4800 x 1200|
|Max photo deminsions (inches)||8.5" x 11.7"||13" x 129"||13" x 19"||13" x 44"||8" x 10"|
|Cost per print (4" x 6" or mini print)||$0.94||$0.36||$0.40||$0.45||$0.58|
|Machine deminsions (HxWxD inches)||6.3" x 17.9" x 16.1"||9" x 24.2" x 14.5"||8.5" x 27.2" x 15.2"||6.3" x 18.7" x 14.5"||7.5" x 17.2" x 11.7"|
|Printing technology||Inkjet (Theromal DOD)||Inkjet (Piezo DOD)||Inkjet (Theromal DOD)||Inkjet (Piezo DOD)||Inkjet (Theromal DOD)|
|Print time per 4" x 6" (or mini print)||82 seconds||63 seconds||55 seconds||34 seconds||128 seconds|
|Color palette (ink cartridges)||Black, Tri-color||Matte Black, Cyan, Vivid Magenta, Yellow, Light Cyan, Vivid Light Magenta, Light Black, Light Light Black||Black, Gray, Light Gray, Cyan, Photo Cyan, Magenta, Photo Magenta, Yellow||Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black, Gray, Red||Black plus color cartridge|
|Memory cards supported||SD
|Ink type||Pigment-based (black); dye-based (color)||Pigment-based||Dye-based||Dye-based||Pigment (black) and dye-based (color)|
|Apple AirPrint and Google Cloud Print support; USB 2.0, Wireless n1, Wi-Fi Direct1 and 100Mbit Ethernet, Hi-Speed USB 2.0 (1 port), 100Base-T Ethernet (1 port), Wi-Fi CERTIFIED (802.11n only), Wi-Fi Direct
Epson Connect 4: Epson iPrint Mobile App, Apple Airprint, Google Cloud Print
|Wireless LAN (IEEE 802.11 b/g/n), Ethernet
Hi-Speed USB, PictBridge (Cable not included)
|iPad, iPhone and Android tablets, Alexa and smartphones; Ethernet networking, andard Connectivity:
Hi-Speed USB, USB Host, Wireless 802.11 b/g/n5, Wi-Fi Direct 5, Ethernet 10/100
Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n wireless networking, 2.4 GHz)
|Operating system requirements||Windows
|Apple macOS 10.13.x-10.12.x, OS X: 10.11x-10.7x
Microsoft Windows®: 10, 8.1, 7 (32-bit, 64-bit)
|Windows 7, Windows 7 SP1, Windows Vista SP1, Vista SP2, Windows XP SP3 32-bit Intel processor
Mac OS X v10.5.8 - 10.9.x7
|Windows 10 8/8.1/Windows 7 (32-bit, 64-bit)
Windows Vista (32-bit , 64-bit)
Mac OS X 10.6.8 — macOS 10.12.x6
|Windows:20 Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 7 SP1, Mac:21
Mac OS X v10.10.5 - macOS v10.13 (High Sierra)
Mobile Operating Systems:22 iOS, Android, Windows 10 Mobile, and Fire OS (Amazon Fire) devices
|Scanner||Yes (bed)||No||No||No||Yes (bed and feed)|
Our Analysis and Test Results
While this machine is marketed as a photo printer, as its name suggests, it is more of an all-in-one office printer. The machine has a scanning bed, fax and, yes, it also prints photos. However, it does not print photos well. To its credit, this model is easy to set-up and operate. Yet, the cost of that operation is quite high and the outcomes are poor.
The HP ENVY has decent resolution, particularly in the smaller print sizes. It accommodates a variety of photo formats such as 4' x 6", 5" x 7", maxing out in the 8" x 10" dimensions. It will also print on a variety of paper types ranging from plain printer paper to matte and glossy photo paper.
Additionally, we always like a printer that has an on-machine LCD touchscreen as it is easy to operate and confirms that the printer is communicating with the computer.
There's a lot to dislike about this machine. First off, it was hard to set-up despite the aid of the LCD screen. We also noticed a decrease in the quality of the prints as the print size increased. Specifically, colors were off, resolution tapered, tonal transitions became stepped.
While the upfront cost of this machine isn't outrageous, it's not what we'd call economical considering the questionable quality of the prints it rolls out. Moreover, the long-run operating costs of the machine — expressed in cost per 4" x 6" color print — are quite high at 94 cents per photo.
Put simply, we did not find the HP Envy to be a very good value. Its cost to performance ratio is way out of balance. Add to this assessment the high long-term operating cost and we have little doubt that one can find a better performing machine at or below the cost of this printer.
By our reckoning, the HP ENVY is an office printer masquerading as a photo printer. The range of features — such as a fax and scanning bed — as well as the poor photo outcomes support this assessment. In an attempt to tackle all these applications, the photo outcomes were less than successful. Further hurting our assessment of the ENVY is its high operating cost.
— Nick Miley, Jason Peters and Austin Palmer