HP Envy 6455e All-in-One Printer Review

Take the HP Envy Pro 6455, which was reviewed here in June 2020, drop the “Pro” and add an “e,” and you have the HP Envy 6455e, an entry-level all-in-one printer priced at $ 179.99. As we’ve seen on the larger, tougher HP OfficeJet Pro 9015e (one of PCMag’s Best of 2021), that lowercase letter at the end of the model number means the 6455e comes with a free six-month subscription to HP Instant Ink’s cartridge replacement program. Like its predecessor, the Envy 6455e prints well, albeit slowly, and is inexpensive to purchase and use, which makes it a sensible solution for families and home offices with relatively low printing and copying requirements – say 100 to 200 pages per month .

Medium volume, high value

At 6.8 x 17 x 14.2 inches (HWD) and weighing 13.6 pounds, the Envy 6455e is exactly the same size and scope as the previous year’s model and slightly smaller than some of its direct competitors like Canon’s Pixma TR7020, Brothers MFC-J805DW and Epson Expression Premium XP-6000 Small-in-One.

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HP Envy 6455e automatic document feeder

You can send multi-page documents to the scanner using a 35-page ADF.

What makes a printer an all-in-one (AIO) is of course the equipment with a scanner, preferably supplemented by an automatic document feeder (ADF), in order to copy or scan several pages without having to put them on the glass plate at once. The 6455e’s 35-page ADF has a higher capacity than many low-end multifunction printers – the Epson XP-6000 doesn’t have one, and the Brother only holds 20 sheets, although the Pixma TR7020 on the HP has a 35-page ADF is equivalent to.

All three of these ADFs use manual duplex printing. After capturing a stack of pages, you must turn the stack over and put it back in the ADF to scan the other pages, a chore that a duplex automatic ADF can avoid.

HP Envy 6455e control panel

The Envy’s high-tech blue and white control panel looks cool, but doesn’t do much; The printer is mainly designed for operation via a smartphone.

Like some other newer HP printers and AIOs, the Envy 6455e has a sleek-looking, ultra-simple control panel (see above). You don’t get a graphical touchscreen or display for previewing photos and other types of documents. Instead, most of the configuration options, both for the printer itself and for simple tasks like making copies or printing from a preferred cloud site, are accessed through HP’s Smart App software. (We’ll look at the Smart App and using the 6455e in general in the next section.)

The paper handling consists of a single 100-sheet tray that can also accommodate up to 10 envelopes or 40 sheets of premium photo paper. The Envy has a maximum monthly print volume of 1,000 pages with a recommended monthly volume of 100 to 400 prints. That is not much.

HP Envy 6455e input tray

The input tray of the HP holds up to 100 sheets.

Of the other machines mentioned here, the Epson also holds 100 sheets plus 20 sheets of photo paper. The Pixma holds up to 200 sheets, the MFC-J805DW 150. The Brother is the only other printer here with a published monthly run – a maximum of 5,000 pages and a recommended 1,500.

Connect using the HP Smart app

As I said earlier, the 6455e is designed to be operated and, most importantly, configured from your phone. The HP Smart app runs on Windows and macOS as well as iOS and Android.

HP Smart App menu options, scan feature, and document source

The HP Smart App allows you to control the printer from your phone or PC.

As for the Envy’s connectivity options, you can connect to a single computer via USB 2.0 or go wireless with 802.11ac Wi-Fi or Bluetooth 4.2. The latter of course enables handheld devices to be connected to the printer without the printer being connected to a local area network (LAN). The printer has no slots for reading documents or photos from a USB stick or flash card.

HP Envy 6455e connections on the back

The connectivity consists of Wi-Fi, USB and Bluetooth 4.2.

In addition to the Smart App, your smartphone or tablet can also connect to Apple AirPrint, Mopria or Chrome OS via WiFi.

Finally, like other inkjet printers from HP (and Canon and Epson), the Envy 6455e supports smart home voice activation through Amazon Alexa and Google Home Assistant, so you can print or do certain other tasks without your couch (or garage, yard) or leaving your kitchen) table or something).

Testing the Envy 6455e: Living on the Slow Lane

While the Envy Pro 6455’s print speed was rated at 10 black and white pages per minute (ppm), the Envy 6455e is rated slower at 7 pages per minute. I ran our benchmarks over a USB cable from our Intel Core i5-based Windows 10 Pro testbed. First, I clocked the 6455e while it was printing our 12-page Microsoft Word text document. Over several runs it averaged 6.9 ppm, just below its value and 5.2 ppm slower than its predecessor. The Brother MFC-J805DW achieved 10.1 ppm and the Epson XP-6000 13.3 ppm.

Next, I timed the HP while it flipped through our collection of colorful and complex business test documents. They are made up of Adobe Acrobat PDFs, which are made up of intricate color graphics and fonts of varying sizes and colors; Microsoft Excel spreadsheets and accompanying charts and graphs; and finally Microsoft PowerPoint handouts, which also shine with charts and other kinds of colorful graphics. The 6455e finished the job at a nondescript 2.6 ppm, down from 3.8 ppm on the previous year’s model. All of the other printers mentioned here were significantly faster.

I finished the test by clocking the Envy while it printed two colorful, detailed 4 by 6 inch snapshots. The 6455e produced the photos in an average of 48 seconds apiece, which is normal for this class of inkjet. The Brother AIO was the slowest in the test group and took 1 minute and 4 seconds per snapshot.

When it comes to output quality, HP has been in the printer business for a long time, and it’s been a while since any of this Silicon Valley company’s products produced anything other than good-looking content. The Envy 6455e is anything but an exception: Even with smaller sizes (approx. 6 to 8 points) the text was crisp, elegant and easy to read. Business graphics were printed with few, barely noticeable streaks and other slight ink smear that you probably wouldn’t notice if you didn’t carefully examine your documents for problems.

Photos have also been correctly colored, with good details. For the most part, the Envy will do justice to your family’s snapshots, although its two-cartridge (black and tri-color) design lags behind the richness you would see from a photo-centric printer with five or six ink cartridges, such as the Canon Pixma TS8320 or the Epson Expression Premium XP-7100. If you have a lot of photos to print, a two-cartridge inkjet printer is a poor choice.

If you took the Envy 6455e off the shelf, took it home, loaded it with paper and ink, and then got it up and running, you’d be spending a ton of money – based on cost per page (CPP) anyway – money in short. Buying the two ink cartridges (one large black and the other for cyan, magenta, and yellow) at retail stores would cost you about 9.8 cents per black and white page and 20.2 cents per color page. Thats expensive!

Fortunately, the 6455e comes with HP + (also known as HP Plus), which offers a two-year warranty upon registration and six months of free HP Instant Ink service, which will reduce your first-half operating costs to practically zero. Year you own the printer. If you continue to use Instant Ink after the six months are up, you have several plans to choose from, including one that lets you print up to 300 pages per month for $ 11.99 and another that delivers up to 700 pages for $ 24.99. (See our analysis of HP’s ink programs and our ink-saving strategy guide.)

These are divided into 4 cents or 3.6 cents per page – and that applies to every page, from a text document with double line spacing with only a little black ink to a borderless photo with 8.5 x 11 inches with 100% Color coverage.

Of the other AIOs mentioned here, it’s hard to find one that prints color pages.any a kind of color page – for 3.6 cents each. The Brother MFC-J805DW, one of the company’s INKvestment tank models, prints black pages for just under a cent each and color pages for just under a nickel. Meanwhile, the XP-6000 from Epson produces black pages for just under 5 cents and color pages for just over 18 cents. In general, to meet the low cost of ownership of HP Instant Ink, you need a more expensive, high-volume ink printer with ink tanks that are refilled from bottles instead of cartridges.

As you like it, for very easy tasks

The HP Envy 6455e enables you and your family to copy or print a few hundred documents and / or photos for six months at a time for the price of the printer. After that, your Instant Ink monthly fee will depend on the subscription you choose, from 99 cents for a meager 15 pages per month to the aforementioned $ 24.99 for 700. (You can transfer unused pages for future use and up to Save 900 pages with the $ 11.99 plan and up to 2,100 with the $ 24.99 plan.)

HP Envy 6455e

The Instant Ink scheme helps reduce the inherent high cost of using a black-plus-tricolor inkjet printer, which requires you to throw away a cartridge with some of the two remaining colors of ink once the third color runs out. And the 6455e delivers admirable, if not entirely perfect, print quality, albeit slowly. Thanks to Instant Ink, the Envy 6455e is a sensible solution for family rooms and home offices with very little printing and copying requirements.

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