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HP Envy 6055e Review

A solid choice for those looking for a capable all-in-one printer with a low purchase price
HP Envy 6055e
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Price:   $170 List | $169.89 at Amazon
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)
Manufacturer:   HP
By Alex Hocevar-Smith and Genaveve Bradshaw  ⋅  Mar 30, 2022
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#9 of 10
  • Text Quality - 25% 7.0
  • Operating Cost - 25% 3.0
  • Ease of Use - 20% 7.0
  • Graphics and Photos - 15% 8.0
  • Printing Speed - 15% 7.0

Our Verdict

The HP Envy 6055e is a decent compact printer that does everything pretty well, but suffers from expensive replacement ink cartridges. As one of the least expensive printers we tested, we were particularly impressed with its vibrant color display when printing photos and graphics, including high-resolution photos. Unfortunately, its overall score is hit hard by high operating costs making it one of the more expensive printers to own and operate in our lineup. HP does offer an "Instant Ink Plan" that can help bring down cartridge costs; however, we think this is a pretty tacky solution to such a glaring issue. Ink replacement issues aside, if you want a small, all-in-one printer that produces high-quality photos and does everything else pretty well too, this isn't a bad option.

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Pros Good photo quality, lots of connectivity options, compact designSturdy, well-built, awesome interface, strong all-around performanceMulptiple connectivity options, compact and small size, great operating cost with a moderate initial purchase priceCompact design, good printing speed and qualitySmall 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 onlyMediocre photo, graphic, text quality, display screen, and user interfaceVery 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 priceA strong all-around printer where photo and graphic printing, cost efficiency, user interface, and print speed all score highA cost efficient printer that makes a great pick for casual home use but isn't the best option for high quality document or photo needsThis printer does a stellar job at high-speed monochrome document printing, but lacks connectivity options, making it less versatile and convenientA 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%)
7.0
8.0
6.0
8.0
7.0
Operating Cost (25%)
3.0
8.0
9.0
8.0
2.0
Ease of Use (20%)
7.0
8.0
8.0
5.0
8.0
Graphics and Photos (15%)
8.0
9.0
7.0
6.0
9.0
Printing Speed (15%)
7.0
9.0
8.0
9.0
7.0
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 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
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macOS (11)
macOS (10.15)
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Windows Server 2019
Windows Server 2016
Windows Server 2012 R2
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Home Edition
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Professiona
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.

One of the more compact printers that we tested is the HP ENVY 6055e.
One of the more compact printers that we tested is the HP ENVY 6055e.
Credit: Laura Casner

Text Quality


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.

Our testers were impressed with its text quality for the 6055e's...
Our testers were impressed with its text quality for the 6055e's price point.
Credit: Laura Casner

The performance of the 6055e is nothing stellar, but better than you'd expect from a small, inexpensive machine.

Operating Cost


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.

You can use the HP app to print or adjust settings.
You can use the HP app to print or adjust settings.
Credit: Laura Casner

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.

There are some basic lights and touch controls to let you know when...
There are some basic lights and touch controls to let you know when certain settings are toggled on or off.
Credit: Laura Casner

Graphics/Photos


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.

This high-texture, richly-shaded color photo from the HP Ency 6055e...
This high-texture, richly-shaded color photo from the HP Ency 6055e is one of the test prints that we used to compare our lineup's photo printing abilities.
Credit: Laura Casner

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.

Printing Speed


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.

Value


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 compact, sleek, initially inexpensive printer for...
The 6055e is a compact, sleek, initially inexpensive printer for those small home office settings where you don't need to print very often.
Credit: Laura Casner

Conclusion


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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