Buying a multifunction printer is a difficult decision as there are so many products and features to consider before making your final choice. However, there is a reliability factor associated with reputable printer brands that makes them more attractive to consumers. HP is one of the most successful printer manufacturers that continues to create an incredible line of all-in-one printers for home users.
The HP Envy 5055 is one of the few that claims to deliver high-quality prints while maintaining low operating costs. However, such statements are given by all printer manufacturers for each of their products. Therefore, in this HP Envy 5055 printer review, we will do an in-depth analysis of this MFP and objectively evaluate the reality of these claims.
Functions: print, scan, copy
Printing Technique: HP Thermal Inkjet
Print speed: 10 ppm (monochrome), 7 ppm (color)
Double-Sided Printing: Automatic
Standard Paper Size: A4
Display: 2.2-inch monochrome touch screen
Connectivity: USB 2.0, Wi-Fi
HP Envy 5055 Printer Design
Since the HP Envy 5055 All-in-One is designed for home use, it has a compact design and is made entirely of black plastic to make it lighter. Its scanner cover has no loose parts, provides good resistance in use, and is sturdy. The paper tray is also well placed and seems suitable for long-term use. The monochrome touchscreen of this all-in-one enhances the ease of use of this device by providing easy access to most of its functions.
To save space, this printer uses a standard horizontal paper input tray instead of the top-loading option. Therefore, this multifunction printer is equipped with rubber rollers to lift the paper out of the tray, making it difficult to use this printer with media that are difficult to bend. The Envy 5055 is equipped with 258MB of standard memory, which means you can run large print jobs without interruption.
HP Envy 5055 Printer Connectivity options
The HP Envy 5055 MFP offers several connectivity options, allowing you to operate this device from various platforms. HP Wireless Direct is equivalent to Wi-Fi Direct and enables dual-band Wi-Fi connectivity with your PC and other mobile devices. You do not need to connect this printer via a router because it is capable of communicating directly in a wireless way.
Although HP offers its own wireless connectivity app, known as the HP Smart App, this printer supports other third-party apps, such as the Mopria and Apple Airprint. All these apps allow you to print directly from email and attachments. You can also use these applications to send scanned documents as an e-mail attachment. If you want to opt for a wired connection, this printer supports USB 2.0 cable connectivity.
HP Envy 5055 Printer Features
This All-in-One Automatic Document Feeder (ADF) feature is useful when you want to send multiple documents to its scanner. Another important feature is automatic two-way printing, which reduces the time, effort, and cost it takes to print documents and photographs. The maximum throughput of this multifunction printer is maintained at 400 pages per month or less than 15 pages per day, which may seem low, but sufficient for home users.
Most home users prefer print quality overprint speed, but this HP printer offers a decent speed of 10ppm for monochrome prints and 7ppm for color prints. This is an above-average speed for most color printers in this price range. In addition, the copier speed is 8 ppm for black and white and 4 ppm for color. Some of the more useful features of the HP Envy 5055 wireless printer are its ID card copy function and changes in the orientation of the duplex copy.
HP Envy 5055 Printer Display
Although at first glance the appearance of this printer is similar to most other HP All-in-One, its performance differs among its printer lineup. Needless to say, the output print quality meets HP’s quality standards for vivid color photos and crisp text prints.
HP Envy Series printers are primarily designed for good quality photo printing. And the Envy 5055 meets that standard because it can print stunning photos, the quality of which exceeds the standard of photo prints you get with any online service. In addition, this printer can print true borderless photos on various papers such as A4 paper, small legal papers, photo paper, and envelopes.
The maximum resolution for a color print is 4800 × 1200 dpi and for monochrome prints, it is 1200 × 1200 dpi. For copiers, the maximum resolution for monochrome and color documents is 600 × 300 dpi, which is low. Although the print resolution is not impressive, it can provide clear, clear prints for printing text documents. The scanning resolution offered by this machine is 1200 × 1200 dpi using its 8-bit grayscale depth.
HP Envy 5055 Printer Running Costs
This inkjet printer uses a black ink cartridge and a tricolor (cyan, magenta, and yellow) ink cartridge. These cartridges are available in two sizes, a standard and an XL size. The print yield of the XL-format cartridge is approximately 300 pages per cartridge. Considering the cost of the cartridge, it is not a high page yield and maybe a bit expensive for some home users, but you can significantly reduce printing costs by switching to the HP Instant Ink service.
Since this is an HP printer, you can be sure that there will be no hidden maintenance costs and only the running cost will be the cartridge. Just make sure that the cartridge you are using is compatible with the HP Envy 5055 printer model. This printer comes with a one-year HP warranty.
HP Envy 5055 Printer Easy to Use
Setting up this printer is simple and can be done in just 5 minutes. All you have to do is follow the steps stated in the setup guide. The lightweight and compact design of this all-in-one also make it easy for you to set up this device. If you are working in a lower workspace, then this printer is right for you.
Options such as scanning, settings, and copying are displayed on the front touch screen panel of this printer. This makes it easy for users to navigate through the many functions of this all-in-one. The response of this touchscreen is not impressive, but don’t forget that it is a low-cost printer.
- Low initial cost
- Attractive design and durable construction
- Supports multiple media types and sizes
- Lower running costs if you choose HP Instant Inc.
- Compatible with many wireless devices
- Excellent photo print quality
- Running costs are higher if you do not use HP Instant Inc.
- The touch screen is not very responsive
- No sd card or ethernet cable support
The HP Envy 5055 Wireless Printer is intended for home users who require all-in-one for occasional use. This MFP has no top-tier premium features such as SD card support or scan load tray. However, its touch screen design, a wide variety of connectivity options, and high-yield cartridges add a lot of value to this product. In short, the HP Envy 5055 is a low-cost, user-friendly, and rugged inkjet all-in-one that lives up to its claims. Therefore, if it meets your needs, then this printer is definitely worth your money.