HP ENVY 6455e All-in-One Printer
The HP ENVY 6455e is average for families. Its document print quality is average, and its restricted colour spectrum makes photographs muted and lacking in clarity. The scanner has a high scan resolution but struggles to capture finer details, making it unsuitable for photo digitization. Unfortunately, ink cartridges run out quickly, so replacing them regularly might be pricey if you print a lot. Fortunately, it has a good connection and works with HP’s feature-rich software, making it easy to connect to the printer and get things done.
HP ENVY 6455e Specification
|Color or Monochrome||Color|
|Connection||Bluetooth, USB, Wi-Fi|
|Maximum Standard Paper Size||Legal|
|Number of Ink Colors||4|
|Number of Ink Cartridges/Tanks||2|
|Monthly Duty Cycle (Maximum)||1,000 pages per month|
|Scanner Optical Resolution||6000 x 1200 pixels per inch|
- HP Instant Ink saves money.
- Overall, print quality is good.
- Nice features for pricing.
- Page costs are significant without instant ink.
- Ink-wasting two-cartridge design
The HP ENVY 6458e’s plastic shell feels robust, and its power cable is detachable for quick replacement. The input tray features width sliders for different paper sizes, and the output tray has a tuckable extension. A picture tray and detachable input tray aren’t available. Because of its poor dampening mechanism, the scanner bed can smash down harshly if not guided carefully. The HP ENVY 6458e is maintenance-intensive. The printheads of most inkjet printers can clog after lengthy periods of inactivity. The built-in printhead alignment and cleaning chores help fix printhead difficulties. Printing typically requires frequent cartridge replacements because they don’t last long. Since the paper tray holds just 100 sheets, you’ll need to reload it regularly. The bottom tray sheet roller sits under the printer, making it difficult to access if a paper jam occurs.
The HP Envy Pro 6458e lacks a display. Instead, it displays Wi-Fi connection and document copying status symbols. Monochrome, Colour, Information, Cancel, and Resume buttons are touch-sensitive. A status light on the right side of the display indicates low paper, an open paper tray, or an open scanner bay. An indicator light above the output tray changes colour based on printer status. The HP Smart app lets you modify LED light brightness but not turn it off, which might be bothersome in a dark environment. When a document prints, the printer switches on or off, or the paper tray is opened, the printer delivers auditory feedback.
Moderate Volume, High Value
The Envy 6455e is the same size and girth as last year’s model and somewhat smaller than Canon’s Pixma TR7020, Brother’s MFC-J805DW, and Epson’s Expression Premium XP-6000 Small-in-One at 6.8 by 17 by 14.2 inches (HWD) and 13.6 pounds. Of course, a printer with a scanner, ideally one with an automated document feeder (ADF), can copy or scan several pages without having to set them on the glass one at a time.
The 6455e’s 35-page ADF is larger than that of several low-end multifunction printers, such as the Epson XP-6000 and Brother’s 20-sheet ADF. The Pixma TR7020 equals the HP. All three ADFs are manual-duplexing, so you must flip and return a stack of page sides to scan the other sides. An auto-duplexing ADF eliminates this step.
The HP Smart mobile app is great. It enables you to print, copy, and scan from the app using your smartphone’s camera or printer. You can check ink levels, adjust your subscription, and do maintenance. The app’s maximum scanning resolution is 300 DPI. Private Pickup is an app option; however, the HP ENVY 6400e series doesn’t support it.
Printing and scanning on Windows requires drivers and HP Smart software. MacOS users may print without drivers, but to scan and access all printer capabilities, they must use the HP Smart software. Scan and print on Chrome OS without drivers or software. The HP Smart app from the Google Play Store lets you utilise the printer’s functionality like an Android device.
Connecting using the HP Smart App
- Like I stated, the 6455e is meant to be operated and configured from your phone.
- Windows, macOS, iOS, and Android support the HP Smart App.
- The Envy may connect to one computer through USB 2.0, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, or Bluetooth 4.2.
- Finally, portable devices may connect to the printer without a local area network.
- The printer cannot read USB thumb drives or flash cards’ photographs or documents.
- Besides the Smart App, your smartphone or tablet may connect over Wi-Fi using Apple AirPrint, Mopria, or Chrome OS. Finally, like other HP (and Canon and Epson) inkjets, the Envy 6455e supports Amazon Alexa and Google Home Assistant voice activation, letting you print or do other activities from your sofa.
Test of the Envy 6455e: Slow Life
Envy 6455e prints 7 monochrome pages per minute (ppm), compared to 10 for Envy Pro 6455. I performed our benchmarks from our Intel Core i5 Windows 10 Pro testbed via USB. First, I timed the 64-bit printing of our 12-page Microsoft Word document. It averaged 6.9 ppm over multiple runs, barely shy of its rating and 5.2 ppm slower than its predecessor. Brother MFC-J805DW achieved 10.1 ppm and Epson XP-6000 13.3 ppm.
Then I timed the HP as it processed our colourful and complicated business test documents. They include Adobe Acrobat PDFs with elaborate colour graphics and fonts of various sizes and colours, Microsoft Excel spreadsheets with charts and graphs, and Microsoft PowerPoint slides with charts and other beautiful visuals.
The 6455e concluded at 2.6 ppm, down from last year’s 3.8 ppm. The other printers were much quicker. I timed the Envy while it printed two vibrant, detailed 4-by-6-inch photos to end testing. The 6455e took 48 seconds per photo, which is typical for this type of inkjet. The Brother AIO took the longest snapshots at 1 minute and 4 seconds.