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HP Envy 6055 All-in-One review

Despite being an all-in-one, the HP Envy 6055 is still a top choice for a photo printer – it's just one that does more

HP Envy 6055 All-in-One review
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Our Verdict

The HP Envy 6055 All-in-One is an affordable printer that's got lots of features and offers decent quality photo prints, plus it's easy ot use.

For

  • Very easy to use
  • Affordable
  • Decent photo prints

Against

  • Not dedicated photo printer quality
  • Not as fast as HP claims

The HP Envy 6055 All-in-One is a printer that makes it into our best photo printers list despite it also being an all rounder with scanner onboard too. That's thanks to its decent abilities in all areas, despite a relatively low price.

The body is plastic, as you'd expect, but this feels solid and the power cable is removable making it replaceable, unlike on some printers. The whole unit measures up at 5.1 x 17.1 x 14.2 inches and weighs in at a respectable light 11.5 pounds.

The form factor is a nicely compact a shape with very few parts protruding meaning it can fit into even small office spaces easily. Just be sure to leave enough headroom to get that scanner lid up if you're going to use it.

On the front is a selection of lit touch button controls, five in total. That's it. No screen, so expect to work via the app. While that could be a negative for some, it does mean this is very minimal which makes it super easy to setup and use.

HP Envy 6055 All-in-One review: Print quality

The HP Envy 6055 All-in-One might not be as fast at printing as HP claims but it still does a good rate for the price. That means you can expect a good six pages per minute in black and white or four per minute in color. For photo printing specifically you're looking at around a minute for a 4 x 6 inch color photo.

HP Envy 6055 All-in-One

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The color accuracy of the HP Envy 6055 is very impressive, offering punchy, bright and well defined range. Each color is clear, with plenty of detail which makes it great for photo printing – or at least very good for an all-in-one.

What the HP Envy 6055 falls down on is tone, which can be a little on the flat side. Similar can be said for the black which lacks a depth that some other photo printers are capable of offering. For the very eagle eyed there is a little banding in the grayscale but for most people this won't be noticed. 

HP Envy 6055 All-in-One review: Features

The HP app is one of the great features here as it makes setup super simple. From the one-page instructions, yup only a single page, you can scan the QR code directly. This gets you the app which will take you through setup for ink, paper and Wi-Fi. In total you're looking at about 10 minutes to be setup and ready to print. Impressive. 

The scanner is, of course, another big feature worth mentioning. Since this is on our best photo printers list, that scanner makes it stand out against the dedicated photo printers which sometimes don't come with that feature. The max copying speeds is eight pages per minutes in black and white or four pages per minute in color, but with a 300 x 300 dpi resolution.

HP Envy 6055 All-in-One

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The HP Envy 6055 offers a 1200 x 1200 dpi black and white resolution but a very respectable 4800 x 1200 resolution for color prints. This all comes from a four ink color cartridge and a separate black cartridge. Yup, only two to change in total making it easy to replace. Although not ideal if you use one color a lot more than others and find you're changing the color cartridge for just that one color while wasting the others.

The max printing size is A4/letter size and the input tray can hold up to 100 sheets while the output tray will get full at 25 sheets. This also takes envelopes, cards, glossy paper, plain paper, photo paper and more.

HP Envy 6055 All-in-One review: Price and warranty

This is a very affordable printer for what you get. Not only will the HP Envy 6055 print, at speed, in mono or color but it will also offer respectable photo prints as well as scanning and copying.

HP Envy 6055 All-in-One

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You get a one year limited warranty from HP which covers you for any fault. This won't cover damage caused by the user.

Ink cartridges are expensive, relatively. Black cartridges are $15.99 while color are $16.99. That works out at 0.124 dollars per black and white page, 0.261 dollars for color, or 0.629 dollars for photos.

HP does offer an ink subscription service, in fact it pushes this on your during setup. This could mean saving money depending on how much you use.

Should you buy the HP Envy 6055 All-in-One?

The HP Envy 6055 All-in-One is a great printer for anyone that wants to print photos but also could make use of the scanner and copier features. It's also ideal for anyone that wants a printer that's easy to setup and use without too many extras.

However, if you want a display on your printer, demand the highest quality for photos and don't want to pay above the average on ink then you may want to look at a dedicated photo printer option instead.