- Fair price.
- Attractive design.
- Low running costs with Instant Ink.
- Good overall print quality.
- Exceptionally high cost per page without Instant Ink.
- Bands on gradients and dark backgrounds.
- The wasteful two-cartridge ink system contains all four ink cartridges.
The low-end model in a trio of entry-level all-in-one (AIO) consumer photo printers recently released by HP, the Envy Photo 6255 All-in-One Printer ($129.99) competes directly with those from the Editors. . Choice of Canon Pixma TS9120 wireless inkjet printer and some others from the Pixma TS series. The Envy 6255 is slightly slower, has shorter functions, and photo print quality lags a bit behind the Canon TS9120; On the other hand, when you pair it with HP’s Instant Ink subscription service, you get some of the lowest running costs per page of any consumer-grade photo printer available, making the Envy 6255 a great alternative for households and families looking to print a few hundred photos at low cost.
The Basics Plus
The Envy Photo 6255 ($399.89 at Amazon) is at the bottom of the HP Envy Photo AIO line, behind the next level, the HP Envy Photo 7155 All-in-One Printer, and on top of that the Envy. ($229.99 at HP). The differences between the Envy 6255 and Envy 7155 are minimal; The 7155 has a slightly faster print speed per minute (ppm), a slightly larger touchscreen control panel, and costs $20 more.
As the flagship model of the series, the speed rating of the Envy 7855 is slightly higher than that of its two siblings and comes with some minor office features such as a 50-sheet Automatic Document Feeder (ADF) for sending multi-page documents to the scanner and Ethernet, for a faster wired network connection. Anyway, the Envy 6255 measures 6.3 by 17.9 by 16 inches (HWD) and weighs 14.3 pounds, which is the same as the Envy 7155 ($89.99 at HP). The Envy 7855, on the other hand, is 1.3 inches longer and 3.8 inches longer, and weighs 3.8 pounds more.
While the Envy 6255 is small enough to fit on most home desks, it’s slightly larger than some of its competitors. The Canon Pixma TS6120 Wireless Inkjet All-in-One ($339.98 at Amazon), a cheaper brother to the Canon TS9120 and more comparable to the Envy 6255 in terms of features, weighs the same but is a few inches more tall in size. total. addresses. The comparably priced Brother MFC-J775DW, an office-focused AIO, is closer in size to the Canon TS6120 and TS9120, but weighs a few pounds more.
The Envy 6255’s paper capacity is 140 sheets, divided into a 125-sheet main tray and inside a 15-sheet photo paper tray, so you can quickly close a photo when you need it, without having to empty it and configure that main tray again. The maximum monthly duty cycle is 1,000 pages, with a recommended print volume of 300 to 400 pages. These specifications are also comparable to many competing models. Both the Envy 7155 and 7855 have identical duty cycles. The Canon Pixma TS9120 ($839.34 at Amazon) and TS6120 have a 200-sheet paper input capacity in two trays, one in the front and one in the back. The Brother MFC-J775DW ($129.99 at Staples), on the other hand, only supports 100 sheets at a time.
Connectivity options for the Envy 6255 include dual-band Wi-Fi, connecting to a single PC via USB and Wireless Direct (equivalent to HP’s Wi-Fi Direct), a peer-to-peer protocol to connect the printer to your mobile device . Other mobile connectivity options include HP ePrint for printing emails and attachments, Apple AirPrint, and Mopria.
Copying, scanning to network drives, and other PC-free tasks, as well as configuration changes, are all handled from the Envy 6255’s monochrome capacitive touchscreen. For a color touchscreen, you’ll need to switch to the HP Envy 7155. I should also mention that of these three new Envys. Photo models only the 6255 does not support SD card flash memory for printing from your digital cameras.
HP rates the Envy 6255 at 13ppm for black and white and 8ppm for color pages, which is 2ppm slower than the HP Envy 7855 and 1ppm slower than the Envy 7155 (I tested it via USB from our standard PC equipped with Intel Core i5 Windows 10 Professional.) For the first test, I printed our standard 12-page Microsoft Word text document, in which the Envy 6255 reached 11.2 ppm, or almost 2 ppm slower than its rating, 1.5 ppm less than the HP Envy 7855, and 0.5 ppm slower than the Envy 7155. The Envy 6255 couldn’t reach the Canon TS9120’s 13.2 ppm or the TS6120’s 12.9 ppm, but it managed to get 10 ppm of exceed the Brother MFC-J775DW.
When I combined the results of printing the above 12-page Word document with those of printing our more complex PowerPoint, Excel, and Acrobat files containing color graphics and photos, the printing speed was significantly reduced. Here, the Envy 6255 printed at 3.4 ppm, which is a fraction of a ppm behind the HP Envy 7155 and 7855, and just over a page behind the Canon TS9120, Canon TS6120 and Brother MFC-J775DW. managed 4.6ppm in this part of our testing).
Since the Envy 6255 calls itself a “photo” printer, it should matter how well it prints photos, right? Most consumer photo printers like this produce 4-by-6-inch snapshots in 15-50 seconds, with a few exceptions on both sides. Our Envy test unit produced our two highly detailed, colorful snapshots in 42 seconds, which were the second to last after the HP Envy 7155, but all of these AIOs came in well under 60 seconds.
Not The Best, But Quite Good
Like its Envy 7155 and 7855 siblings, the Envy 6255 prints beautiful text and better-than-average graphics and photos, compared to what you’d expect from an entry-level inkjet AIO. Text came out sharp, clean and legible for most point sizes, down to about 8 points or so, and decorative fonts that were slightly larger, making it acceptable for most types of business production, family, and students.
Business charts and diagrams, as well as PowerPoint brochures, also looked good, except the printer had problems reproducing gradients and dark fills. I saw some noticeable streaks in some places and others where the color accuracy was not the best. Overall, though, the graphics output was good.
As I’ve noted in other HP Envy Photo AIO reviews, these four ink machines (cyan, magenta, yellow, and black) produce attractive photos (they’ll look even better if you use the premium HP photo paper designed to work with these printer), there is a lot of competition in this part of the printer market, including several five- and six-ink models. These additional colors provide a wider color gamut (range) and greater detail, producing more vibrant and accurate colored images.
Some of Canon’s Pixma TS-series AIOs, such as the TS9120 and TS6120, are five- and six-ink machines (those two are six-ink), as well as several of Epson’s Expression Premium and Expression Photo lines, such as the five- Ink Expression Premium ET-7700 EcoTank All-in-One Supertank Printer ($929.00 at Amazon).
Impressive Running Costs
A disadvantage of many of the AIOs mentioned in the previous section is that they cost a lot per page to use. In fact, excessive operating costs have often been one of the main reasons why these otherwise excellent little printers have forgotten to get our nod from publishers, although it’s not the only reason. With HP’s Envy line and most other consumer goods printers and AIOs, you have two ways to buy ink: the conventional method of buying ink when needed, when it’s running out (or approaching), then for the Envy 6255 It will cost you a whopping 6 cents for a monochrome page and 16 cents for color prints.
That’s higher than all the printers mentioned here so far. Since both the Canon TS9120 and TS6120 (and some of the other TS-series models) use five and six inks, and there’s no way of knowing when the extra inks are deployed or how much ink they’re releasing, it’s difficult to generate exact cost per page (CPP). Suffice it to say that based on the ink usage information Canon has provided me, the CPPs, while a bit high, are still a few cents lower than the Envy 6255.
The Brother MFC-J775DW, one of Brother’s INKvestment models where you pay more upfront for the printer for cheaper ink cartridges, per page, offers 1 cent CPP for monochrome pages and just under 5 cents for colour. Another cheap alternative is the ET-7700 from Epson. Although it costs significantly more than the Envy 6255, this and all other EcoTank models (you know, the ones you fill with bottles) offer a CPP of just under 1 cent for black-and-white and color pages.
Which brings us back to HP’s Instant Ink subscription program, where the printer itself tracks the number of pages it prints and orders new HP cartridges when it’s time to replace existing ones. Actually designed for small users of about 50 to 300 or 400 pages, the program offers three levels of service, with 300 pages per month at a rate of 3.5 cents per page. The big advantage here, however, is that it’s 3.5 cents for each page, whether it’s a monochrome page with very little ink coverage, or an 8.5 by 11-inch photo with 100 percent ink coverage.
A few years ago, your options for buying a consumer-grade photo printer were slim, usually requiring you to pay fees for high-quality ink and learn to live with it. Today, however, the options are endless, and the breakdown goes something like this: for the best photo quality, choose the Canon TS9120 or any of Canon’s six-ink Pixmas, as well as their five-ink models. such as Epson’s five-ink . and the six-ink models, they print photos pretty well too. For high volume photo printing and high quality document pages with the best running costs, the Epson ET-7700 (or the Epson Expression Premium ET-7750 ($1,249.00 at Amazon) if you need large format images. ) excellent choices. But if your main needs are printing a few hundred photos and attractive document pages at a low running cost, the Envy Photo 6255 does it and does it well.