- Reasonable purchase price
- Low running costs with Instant Ink
- Good overall print quality
- Strong feature set for price
- Expansive two-cartridge design holds all four ink cartridges
- Exceptionally high cost per page without an Instant Ink subscription
- Slow to print
- No flash memory device port
The HP Envy Pro 6455 All-in-One is an entry-level multifunction printer designed for home office and family use. Like the Pixma TR8520 wireless home office printer from Editors’ Choice, the Envy Pro 6455 prints well, albeit quite slowly, and comes with a robust set of basic features, including an automatic document feeder (ADF) for scanning and copying. multi-page documents. Like the Pixma, the Envy prints attractive photos. However, where HP AIO beats Canon is that, when you opt for HP’s Instant Ink monthly subscription service, the Envy Pro costs much less to run, especially when printing in color. Good print quality, a decent set of features for the price and low running costs make the Envy Pro 6455 a great alternative to our current favorite among the entry-level color AIOs for the home and office.
Small Footprint, Strong Feature Set
As part of a recent launch of two models in the new Envy Pro 6000 series (the current 6455 and an Envy Pro 6055 discussed here shortly), the first is the more robust of the two. While there are some subtle differences, it’s the 6455’s 35-page ADF that makes it more versatile and cost-effective. However, I should point out that this is an ADF for manual two-sided printing, as opposed to the automatic two-sided printing variant which scans and copies two-sided multi-page documents without user intervention.
With manual double-sided print ADFs, of course, you have to flip the originals yourself to capture the other side. It’s not uncommon for AIOs in this price range to not have automatic two-sided printing. From several competing models, including the aforementioned Canon TR8520, Canon’s Pixma TS6320 Wireless All-in-One, Brother’s MFC-J995DW INKvestment Tank All-in-One, and Brother’s Expression Premium XP-7100. Epson (another PCMag favorite), only Epson’s ADF has automatic two-sided printing. The Pixma TS6320 has no ADF at all, and Brother’s can only hold 20 sheets.
Weighing in at 6.8 by 17 by 14.2 inches (HWD) and weighing 13.6 pounds, the Envy Pro 6455 is about average in both size and scope for its class. In other words, HP and its competitors have a small footprint and take up little desk space for what they do.
While we saw HP move in this direction with its Tango and Tango X machines in late 2018, the Envy Pro 6455 is the first AIO I know of without a control panel. You get some feedback, such as when the printer is in different modes such as copy, scan, and print, from a status light illuminating the top of the input and output trays (purple is the setup mode, for example). But the setup is done entirely from your smartphone by scanning a barcode with the handheld device’s camera. After that, all functions, such as printing and copying, are implemented from your mobile device or from a desktop PC using the HP Smart app, which we’ll get to in a moment.
Today, smart voice activation for home use has become common in most inkjet and AIO printers from HP, Canon and Epson. This Envy Pro model is compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Home Assistant, but unfortunately HP’s voice activation support no longer includes standard IFTTT (If This Then That) scripts, which (if supported) allow reasonable voice commands. Microsoft. Cortana and Siri from Apple.
Paper handling consists of a single 100-sheet tray that can also hold 10 envelopes or 40 sheets of premium photo paper. The maximum monthly duty cycle of the printer is 1000 pages, with a recommended monthly volume of up to 100 prints.
Of the machines mentioned so far, the 100-sheet capacity is the smallest, and the Brother MFC-J995DW is next with 101 (the odd number thanks to a single-sheet transfer tray). Both the Canon TR8520 and TS6320 support up to 200 sheets from two sources and the Epson XP-7100 supports up to 120 sheets (100 sheets of plain paper and 20 sheets of premium photo paper). Of the competing models listed here, only Brother has published volume ratings, with a duty cycle and suggested volume five times that of the Envy Pro.
Connectivity and HP Smart App
Like most entry-level AIOs today, HP offers a number of connectivity options, ranging from connecting to a single PC via USB to wireless networking. However, unlike rivals that connect through a variety of apps and drivers, the Envy Pro 6455 connects through the HP Smart app, which provides multiple ways to connect your computing devices, i.e. laptops, tablets, and smartphones, not just to the printer itself. as well as other useful options such as scanning or printing from cloud sites, emails, workflow profiles and more.
First, though, there’s the standard connectivity interfaces, including, as mentioned, USB, Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi Direct, although the latter is controlled via the smart app, as well as the ability to use your handheld device’s camera to scan. . documents directly to the AIO or on a local drive or your favorite cloud site. Typically, on several other HP machines, the Smart App also handles Optical Character Recognition (OCR) routines that allow you to scan text documents and then convert them to searchable PDF, Microsoft Word, or any other format that allows you to directly edit scanned text. , but that feature is not available with Envy AIO.
When Speed Is Not Required
One drawback to many of these entry-level machines is that they are not racehorses. HP estimates the Envy Pro 6455 at 10 pages per minute (ppm) for black and white and 7 ppm for color. That’s about 5ppm slower than the two Canon Pixmas and the Epson and 2ppm behind the Brother. I tested HP over a USB connection on our standard Intel Core i5 benchmark with Windows 10 Pro (see how we test printers).
When printing our standard 12-page Microsoft Word text document, the Envy Pro 6455 achieved an average speed of 11.2 ppm, or just above the 10 ppm rating. That score fell short of all the other AIOs listed here, except the Brother (10.5ppm), with the Epson XP-7100 leading the way at 15ppm and the Pixmas each at around 12ppm.
Then I registered the Envy because it produced our collection of complex color Adobe Acrobat PDF files, Excel spreadsheets and tables and charts, and PowerPoint brochures with colorful business graphics and fonts in various shapes and sizes. I then combined these results with those of printing the text file to get an uninspiring average speed of 3.8ppm.
Finally, I completed my testing by timing the Envy Pro while printing our 4-by-6-inch highly detailed, brightly colored test snapshots. Here, the 6645 averaged about 30 seconds per image, about what you’d expect from a family AIO.
Print speeds can be monotonous, but I have no complaints about the output quality of the Envy Pro 6455. Text came out clear and legible, even at small sizes of 6 to 8 points. The commercial images he printed showed some almost imperceptible streaks and other slight defects in the ink distribution. I doubt you’ll notice them unless you scroll through the docs for trouble.
Also, as with most of the brand’s Envy printers, photos were accurately colored with good detail, although not with the flawless prints I normally see on five- and six-ink photocentric machines like the Canon Pixma TR8520 and Epson Expression Premium .XP. -7100. Still, for the most part, the Envy Pro 6455 will do your family photos justice.
Instant Ink to the Rescue
When you subscribe to the top tier ($10 per month) of HP’s Instant Ink program, the Envy Pro 6455 will cost you about 3.5 cents per black and white or color page. Only the Brother MFC-J995DW, one of that company’s INKvestment Tank models, comes close (0.9 cents per page for black and white, 4.7 cents for color). Both Canon and Epson cost between 3 and 4 cents per monochrome page and over 15 cents per color page.
Note that HP’s 3.5 cents is a flat rate that covers all types of printed pages, even photos up to 8.5 by 11 inches, i.e. pages with 100% ink coverage that can easily cost between 50 cents and a dollar per print. cost. many competing machines. For example, if you plan to print and copy 200 to 300 pages or color photos each month, the 6455 is a good choice.
Almost the Envy of Its Peers
The HP Envy Pro 6455 is an excellent AIO for the home and family, especially when paired with Instant Ink, but its diminutive controls, relatively small capacity, and lack of a few other conveniences mean it’s within easy reach of a few inputs. robust. All-in-one level, including Canon Pixma TR8520 and Epson Expression Premium XP-7100. If you’re printing more than a few hundred pages a month, you can always choose one of Epson or Canon’s EcoTank or Mega Tank bulk ink models, which print black and white and color pages for less than a cent each. (But, of course, it costs about two and a half times more to buy for the printer.) Otherwise, the Envy Pro 6455 is a good choice for moderate printing and copying needs.