HP Envy 6055e Review
Pros: Good photo quality, lots of connectivity options, compact design
Cons: Confusing user interface, high long-term operating costs (this can be improved by using HP's Instant Ink Plan)
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HP Envy 6055e
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|Pros||Good photo quality, lots of connectivity options, compact design||Sturdy, well-built, awesome interface, strong all-around performance||Mulptiple connectivity options, compact and small size, great operating cost with a moderate initial purchase price||Compact design, good printing speed and quality||Small size, good graphic and photo quality for its price class|
|Cons||Confusing user interface, high long-term operating costs (this can be improved by using HP's Instant Ink Plan)||Lacks duplex scanning, proprietary ink only||Mediocre photo, graphic, text quality, display screen, and user interface||Very limited connectivity (no WiFi or Ethernet and it doesn't come with a USB cable)||Expensive operating cost, no duplex printing, inconsistent quality for print jobs, HP ink cartridges only|
|Bottom Line||A solid choice for those looking for a capable all-in-one printer with a low purchase price||A strong all-around printer where photo and graphic printing, cost efficiency, user interface, and print speed all score high||A cost efficient printer that makes a great pick for casual home use but isn't the best option for high quality document or photo needs||This printer does a stellar job at high-speed monochrome document printing, but lacks connectivity options, making it less versatile and convenient||A simple, small printer that excels at photos, but is costly to operate|
|Rating Categories||HP Envy 6055e||Epson Workforce Pro...||Brother MFC-J4335DW||Brother HL-L2300D||HP DeskJet 4155e|
|Text Quality (25%)|
|Operating Cost (25%)|
|Ease of Use (20%)|
|Graphics and Photos (15%)|
|Printing Speed (15%)|
|Specs||HP Envy 6055e||Epson Workforce Pro...||Brother MFC-J4335DW||Brother HL-L2300D||HP DeskJet 4155e|
|Type||all-in-one inkjet||all-in-one inkjet||all-in-one inkjet||laser||all-in-one inkjet|
|Capabilities||print, scan, copy||print, scan||print, scan, copy, fax||print, scan, copy, fax|
|Resolution (Black)||1200X 1200||4800 x 2400||unspecified||2400 x 600||1,200 x 1,200|
|Resolution (Color)||800 x 1200||4800 x 2400||1200 × 2400||2400 x 600||4,800 x 1,200|
|Supported Paper Sizes||Letter, 4 x 6 in, 5 x 7 in, 8 x 10 in, No. 10 envelopes||3.5"x5", 4"x6", 5"x7", 8"x10", Letter, Legal, A4, A6, Half Letter, Executive, user-definable (3.5"–47.2"L), Oficio 9; 8.5"x13"; Mexico Oficio||Letter, A4, Legal, Mexico Legal, India Legal, Folio, Executive, A5, A6, Envelopes (C5, Com-10, DL, Monarch), Photo (4" x 6")/(10 x 15 cm), Photo L (3.5" x 5")/(9 x 13 cm), Photo 2L (5" x 7")/(13 x 18 cm), Index card (5" x 8")/(13 x 20 cm)||Letter, Legal, Executive, A4, A5, A6, B5, B6||Letter; legal; 4 x 6 in; 5 x 7 in; 8 x 10 in; No. 10 envelopes|
|Dimensions (excludes extensions)||17.02" x 14.21" x 5.2"||16.7" x 15.3" x 10.9"||14.0" x 14.2" x 7.2"||16.85 x 13.07 x 7.87 in|
|Weight (lbs)||11.51 lb||22.5Ib||19.8 lb||15Ib||10.6 lb|
|Paper Handling Input (sheets)||100 sheets||250 sheets||150||250 sheets||60|
|Monthly Duty Cycle||1,000||33,000||30,000||10,000||1,000|
|2-Sided Printing||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes (manual, no duplex printing)|
|Ink Cost per Ream: B/W||$49.98||$28.56||$5.50||$16.66||$66.63|
|Ink Cost per Ream: Color||$62.48||$13.40||$7.83||NA||$84.95|
|Estimated Lifetime Cost of Ownership||$940||$605||$250||$385||$1,155|
|Claimed Pages Per Minute||10||25 (black) or 12 (color)||20||27||20|
|Measured Pages per Minute: Single-Sided B/W||5||10||11||22||8|
|Connectivity||1 Hi-Speed USB 2.0; 1 Wi-Fi 802.11ac (dual band) with Bluetooth® 4.2||WiFi, Ethernet, USB 2.0||WiFi, Ethernet, USB 2.0||USB 2.0 - no wireless connection||1 Wireless 802.11a/b/g/n with Bluetooth® 4.2; 1 Hi-Speed USB 2.0|
|Operating System Compatability||Windows 11; Windows 10; Windows 7; macOS 10.12 Sierra; macOS 10.14 Mojave; macOS 10.15 Catalina; macOS 11 Big Sur; Chrome OS||Windows® 10, Windows 8, 8.1 (32-bit, 64-bit), Windows 7 (32-bit, 64-bit), Windows Vista® (32-bit, 64-bit), Windows Server® 2003 SP27 — Windows Server 20197 Mac® OS X® 10.6.8 — macOS® 10.15.x8||Linux
Windows 7 SP1
Windows 7 SP1
Windows Server 2019
Windows Server 2016
Windows Server 2012 R2
Windows Server 2012
Windows Server 2008
2008 R2 Mac OS X
10.9.x Windows® XP
|Windows 11; Windows 10; Windows 7; macOS 10.12 Sierra; macOS 10.14 Mojave; macOS 10.15 Catalina; macOS 11 Big Sur; Chrome OS|
|Google Cloud Print||yes||yes||yes||no||yes|
Our Analysis and Test Results
What sets apart the HP Envy 6055e from the rest of the lower-cost printers in our lineup is its excellent photo printing quality. All things considered, the 6055e is not a bad choice for those looking for a very compact, low initial cost, high-quality photo printer. If you don't mind the HP ink plans, or print photos very rarely (but when you do you want those photos to be great), the 6055e is a good option.
The HP Envy 6055e did pretty well for its price point here. Text was generally decent, with some noticeable faintness for lighter shades in the grayscale. Otherwise, the resolution was quite clear and characters were clearly legible.
The performance of the 6055e is nothing stellar, but better than you'd expect from a small, inexpensive machine.
This is the biggest detractor of the 6055e. Its price per monochrome ream comes out to about $49.98, and color reams will cost about $62.48. That's about $25 for every 200 photos that you print. Compared to other printers in our lineup, that's very high upkeep costs. The 6055e's edge is that it has a low initial purchase price; however, becomes more and more expensive the longer you own and use it.
Ease of Use
The 6055e started strong in our testing here but had some interface issues that led to a reduced score. Setup is super straightforward. During WiFi setup, we hit a snag when we went to click the "Finish Setup" button in the app. The printer kept appearing to finish but then reverted to the "Finish Setup" screen over and over. Eventually, it connected, but it took the longest out of all of the HP models that we tested.
Once connected, the rest of the setup was very easy, and their website is simple and intuitive. The 6055e does not have a display screen which, while expected at this price point, hinders the navigability of its settings. Instead, the printer communicates what's happening via sounds that it plays for different functions. Otherwise, there are a couple of lights that indicate activity and change hue depending on what's happening.
The light and sound indicators that the 6055e uses are a little confusing, but the lack of screen and buttons may appeal to those looking for a more streamlined, sleek, low-profile printer.
The 6055e performs surprisingly well here for its low initial purchase price. It does a great job with textural display. The various aspects of the different images, despite the subject, all have visibly different appearances. Business graphics have vibrant colors and sharp text, which is impressive because even more expensive printers in our lineup struggle with presenting business graphics well. Overall resolution of images is sharp and the color display is awesome. The entire range of color in the image shows up in the print, even subtle colors. However, there is some striping and color banding in the black parts of images and inconsistency with color quality across multiple print jobs, which docked the 6055e's score slightly.
We were impressed with what this little printer was able to do in this metric, and if it weren't for its high ink costs, this printer would've scored well against the rest of the lineup.
The 6055e had a strong performance here and would've scored better, but it had some unusually slow speeds when printing mixed text and photo documents. During our 9-page mixed text and color image document test, the 6055e struggled. It would stop and start abruptly over and over, eventually finishing the job after about 3 minutes and 15 seconds. Otherwise, the rest of the tests went well enough and it was able to pump out 10-page duplex documents in about 1 minute and 22 seconds, and simplex documents in about 2 minutes–not great, but not bad either relative to the rest of our lineup.
The 6055e has a low upfront cost, which will attract buyers whose priority is budget; however, its value-over-time is quite low. That is, the longer you own the 6055e, the more expensive it becomes. For the niche consumer who wants a compact, low-cost printer that prints high-quality photos and does not use their printer very often, this printer is not a bad option. Though, if you plan on printing a lot, this printer is not as "affordable" as it appears at first glance.
The 6055e is a decent, compact, all-in-one printer, and while there are consumers who might get some good value out of it, its high operating costs make it a poor option for anyone who needs to print frequently.
— Alex Hocevar-Smith and Genaveve Bradshaw
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