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HP OfficeJet Pro 9015e Review

A happy meeting of low operating cost with high-quality document performance makes this printer a great pick for home office use
HP OfficeJet Pro 9015e
Credit: HP
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Price:   $290 List | $289.99 at Amazon
Pros:  Multiple connectivity options, straightforward user interface, consistently solid performance
Cons:  Only one paper tray, mediocre photo quality
Manufacturer:   HP
By Alex Hocevar-Smith and Genaveve Bradshaw  ⋅  Jun 15, 2022
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#4 of 10
  • Text Quality - 25% 9.0
  • Operating Cost - 25% 8.0
  • Ease of Use - 20% 8.0
  • Graphics and Photos - 15% 7.0
  • Printing Speed - 15% 8.0

Our Verdict

The HP OfficeJet Pro 9015e performed solidly consistent through all of our testing, continually impressing us with everything we threw at it. From high text quality and speed to decent graphics, low operating costs, and a simple interface, the 9015e is a great all-around printer. While the initial purchase price is certainly a bit more than the most budget-oriented printers in our lineup, its estimated lifetime costs remain pretty low, making it an ideal machine for any home office where your priority is budget and good quality.

Editor's Note: We updated this review for the HP OfficeJet Pro 9015e on June 14, 2022, with additional testing data, a hot take on value, and recommendations for other comparable products.

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Pros Multiple connectivity options, straightforward user interface, consistently solid performanceSturdy, 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 Only one paper tray, mediocre photo qualityLacks 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 happy meeting of low operating cost with high-quality document performance makes this printer a great pick for home office useA 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 OfficeJet Pro 9015e Epson Workforce Pro... Brother MFC-J4335DW Brother HL-L2300D HP DeskJet 4155e
Text Quality (25%)
9.0
8.0
6.0
8.0
7.0
Operating Cost (25%)
8.0
8.0
9.0
8.0
2.0
Ease of Use (20%)
8.0
8.0
8.0
5.0
8.0
Graphics and Photos (15%)
7.0
9.0
7.0
6.0
9.0
Printing Speed (15%)
8.0
9.0
8.0
9.0
7.0
Specs HP OfficeJet Pro 9015e 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, Fax Print, Scan Print, Scan, Copy, Fax Print Print, Scan, Copy, Fax
Resolution (Black) 1200 x 1200 4800 x 2400 Not Available 2400 x 600 1200 x 1200
Resolution (Color) 4800 x 1200 4800 x 2400 1200 × 2400 2400 x 600 4800 x 1200
Supported Paper Sizes Letter, Legal, Government Legal, Executive; Statement, 3" x 5", 4" x 6", 5" x 7", 13 x 18 cm, 8" x 10", 10 x 15 cm, Photo L, Photo 2L, Envelope( #10, Monarch, 5.5 bar), Card (3" x 5", 4" x 6", 5" x 8") 3.5" x 5", 4" x 6", 5" x 7", 8" x 10", Letter, Legal, A4, A6, Half Letter, Executive, User-definable (3.5" — 47.2" L), Oficio 9; 8.5" x 13"; 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", 5" x 7", 8" x 10", No. 10 envelopes
Dimensions (excludes extensions) 17.3" x 13.5" x 10.9" 16.7" x 15.3" x 10.9" 17.1" x 14.2" x 7.1" 14.0" x 14.2" x 7.2" 16.9" x 13.1" x 7.9"
Weight (lbs) 20.4 22.5 19.8 15.0 10.6
Paper Handling Input (sheets) 250 250 150 250 60
Monthly Duty Cycle 25,000 33,000 30,000 10,000 1,000
2-Sided Printing Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes (Manually)
Ink Cost per Ream: B/W $11.25 $28.56 $5.50 $16.66 $66.63
Ink Cost per Ream: Color $45.71 $13.40 $7.83 Not Available $84.95
Estimated Lifetime Cost of Ownership $525 $605 $250 $385 $1,155
Claimed Pages Per Minute 22 25 (Black) / 12 (Color) 20 27 20
Measured Pages per Minute: Single-Sided B/W 15 10 11 22 8
Connectivity 1 USB 2.0; 1 Host USB; 1 Ethernet; 1 Wireless 802.11a/b/g/n; 2 RJ-11 modem ports 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 8, Windows 7, Windows Server, ChromeOS 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, macOS (12), macOS (11), macOS (10.15), macOS (10.14), Windows 11, Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 7 SP1, Windows Server 2019, Windows Server 2016, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2008 Windows Server 2008 R2, MacOS X, Mac OS 10.7.x, Mac OS 10.8.x, Mac OS10.9.x, Windows XP, Windows Home Edition, Windows XP Professional 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

The HP OfficeJet Pro 9015e is a compact inkjet printer that does everything well. It can pump out 15 simplex pages and nine duplex pages per minute, has some of the best text quality that we measured, has a decent picture and graphic quality, and is fairly easy to use. The only real detractors we found were most notable in its graphic printing performance, but even those issues were marginal. The 9015e is a great printer for those looking for something budget-friendly and continuously performs well.

Performance Comparison


HP OfficeJet Pro 9015e printer - the mid-size, budget-friendly 9015e won't hog too much desk space...
The mid-size, budget-friendly 9015e won't hog too much desk space and still manages to compete with the more massive printers in our lineup.
Credit: Laura Casner

Text Quality


The HP OfficeJet Pro 9015e tied for the best text quality of any of the printers that we tested, receiving a stellar score here. We saw consistently great quality black and white text with sharp resolution. Thin texts and all font sizes were clear, crisp, and nearly flawless. We saw no striping or faintness when printing bold, dark lines and borders. Complex, delicate, monochrome patterns had no noticeable errors. The 9015e stood out here with an impressive performance, ranking among the upper echelon of printers in our test lineup.


It's worth highlighting that while there were some notable issues with text quality throughout our tested lineup, the 9015e had none to the naked eye. Coupled with the rest of what this printer does well--speed, affordability, and ease of use–-we highly recommend it to anyone who needs frequent and reliably good prints.

HP OfficeJet Pro 9015e printer - we saw great monochrome text printing performance from the 9015e.
We saw great monochrome text printing performance from the 9015e.
Credit: Laura Casner

Operating Cost


While the 9015e has a commendable black and white cost per page score ($11.25 per ream), outclassing most of the other printers in our lineup, its color cost per page score isn't the best.


Its color cost per ream comes out to about $45.71, which is pretty dead average compared to the rest of the printers we tested–not terrible, but not great.


If pumping out high-quality color photos and graphics at a lower cost is a priority, you might want to check out some of the other printers in our lineup. Otherwise, if you mostly stick to printing monochrome text, the 9015e is great at producing very high-quality, low-cost prints.


The estimated lifetime cost of the 9015e is among the less expensive in our lineup.


Not the cheapest buy-in of our lineup, the investment — including three years of cartridge replacements — will cost you $525. Though not cheap, it's not bad for a machine that does so much so well.

HP OfficeJet Pro 9015e printer - while hp ink produces great images with this printer, that quality...
While HP ink produces great images with this printer, that quality comes at the price of higher ink replacement costs.
Credit: Laura Casner

Ease of Use


The 9015e struggled a bit during the initial setup but was fairly easy to navigate after everything was up and running. While not the best printer in terms of ease of use, the 9015e performed strongly compared to the rest of our lineup making it still a great buy for the do-it-all package that it provides.


We found that this printer's cartridges were quite finicky to load, and it took us multiple attempts to get them to sit properly. During the initial setup, the printer experienced a jam, but it wasn't hard to fix. The supplementary mobile app was slow but easy to navigate. The interface had some weird quirks where buttons would often activate the wrong controls, but all-in-all the built-in touch display provides helpful setting navigation.


The 9015e includes a hideaway paper drawer and supplementary secondary paper sleeve that you can load with extra paper. We were impressed with this printer's paper capacity and the monthly duty cycle — the number of pages you can print per month without maintenance issues.

HP OfficeJet Pro 9015e printer - though it looks great, the touch display only performs ok. it...
Though it looks great, the touch display only performs OK. It sometimes registered the wrong button presses and wasn't as fluid as others that we tested.
Credit: Laura Casner

Graphics/Photos


The 9015e produces decent photos and graphics, landing a solid score in this metric. The photo prints displayed a great range of colors. Once during testing, the printer jammed without it reporting an error, and the resulting photo had some visible striping; however, a quick reprint provided a rich, errorless photo.


We did notice some faint striping when testing graphic prints, but otherwise, the prints displayed vibrant colors and legible text. The overall resolution was sharp, but we did find some loss of clarity in large blocks of black, with noticeable striping. Color quality was accurate, and, again, the printer displays a great range of rich hues.

HP OfficeJet Pro 9015e printer - we saw very rich, deep color, and a good textural display with the...
We saw very rich, deep color, and a good textural display with the photos printed by the 9015e.
Credit: Laura Casner

The 9015e does a stellar job at photo and graphic prints for the price. More expensive printers in our lineup did expectedly better, but a slew of printers also did a lot worse. We found that the 9015e's performance, along with its other high scores in our other tested metrics, make it a strong contender in our lineup, thus earning itself a Top Pick award.

HP OfficeJet Pro 9015e printer - unfortunately, we found ink cartridge replacement on the 9015e to be...
Unfortunately, we found ink cartridge replacement on the 9015e to be pretty finicky.
Credit: Laura Casner

Printing Speed


As with a few of the other inkjets that we tested, we were impressed with the speed of the 9015e. Pumping out nine simplex pages and 15 duplex pages per minute earned it a strong overall speed score.


It also performed well in our mixed color graphic and text document test, printing nine pages in about 1 minute and 27 seconds. We saw no striping in the images, crisp text, and vibrant colors. Its high-resolution, full-page photo test print took only 24 seconds to produce, and its color quality stood out as exceptional.


We did experience one jam during our speed test, but the printer immediately noticed and sounded an alert. The jam was easy to clear, and, once fixed, the printing resumed flawlessly.

HP OfficeJet Pro 9015e printer - overall, the 9015e is a great mid-size, all-around package for the...
Overall, the 9015e is a great mid-size, all-around package for the home or small office.
Credit: Laura Casner

Should You Buy the HP OfficeJet Pro 9015e?


The HP OfficeJet Pro 9015e will work great for those budget-conscious home offices that print frequently and need those prints to be good quality. While not the best at any one thing, you get a machine that can do anything and do it well for a reasonable price. Unlike some of the other budget printers in our lineup, the 9015e comes closer in performance to some of the best printers we tested.

What Other Printers Should You Consider?


While small offices may find that the 9015e fits their needs, more demanding office environments may want to look at the bigger printers in our lineup. If your printing demands only exist in black and white, the HP LaserJet Pro M428fdw is a speedy laser printer with the ability to crank out prints quickly. But if you're looking for a valuable inkjet printer that produces higher-quality photo prints, the Epson Workforce Pro WF-4820 is a sure bet.

Alex Hocevar-Smith and Genaveve Bradshaw
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