HP ENVY Photo 7855 All-In-One Printer 2020 Review.
The HP ENVY Photo 7855 is a great family printer. It offers plenty of connection options that busy households are sure to love, and its photo printing quality is great. It has a flatbed scanner for old photos and small books, and its scan resolution is quite high
A great feature of the ENVY series is black-only mode, which the HP ENVY Photo 7855 also features.
The HP ENVY series uses a dual cartridge system with a print head built into the cartridge, as opposed to most photo printers using five or more cartridges and a dedicated print head.
Because the print head is in the cartridge, there is no damage to the printer to not have a cartridge inserted. So, the HP ENVY Photo 7855 is capable of printing just black with no color cartridge inserted.
Style and Substance
A handsome printer, the The Envy 7855 is matte black with glossy-black highlights. It measures 7.6 by 17.9 by 19.8 inches (HWD) with trays extended, and weighs 17 pounds. A 3.5-inch color touch screen is set in the tilt-up front panel.
Paper capacity is 125 sheets, plus a 15-sheet photo tray. It has an auto-duplexer for two-sided printing. The 35-sheet automatic document feeder (ADF) allows you to scan, copy, or fax multipage documents up to legal size.
Unlike many similarly priced inkjet all-in-ones, the 7855 can’t automatically scan two-sided documents, although many photo-centric all-in-one
Print Speed and Ink Options
In the text (Word) portion of our our business applications suite, we clocked the Envy 7855 at 12.7 pages per minute (ppm), which is reasonably close to its 15ppm rated speed for printing in black.
It printed our full suite, which includes the Word document as well as more graphics-intensive files, at a 4.6ppm rate.
We can’t directly compare it with the previous-generation HP Envy 7640 ($139.99 at Amazon) , which we tested using our old protocol.
Knowing that photocentric inkjets aren’t generally known for their speed, however, the 7855 turned in a respectable performance.
Best for Photos
Output quality was a mixed bag, with average text, graphics a tad below par, and slightly above-average photos.
Text should be fine for any business use except for ones like desktop publishing applications that use very small fonts.
Graphics should be good enough for schoolwork or general business use, although I’d draw the line at formal reports or handouts going to people you need to impress.
Many illustrations showed banding, a regular pattern of faint striations. Backgrounds weren’t as dark as we’d like to see them.
Photo quality was a touch above par. Colors were well saturated, vivid, and punchy—although in a couple of prints they crossed the line into oversaturation, almost to the point of garishness.
Understated and Improved
There was a time in which HP’s Envy all-in-one printers, which were introduced in 2010, were all about style—at the expense of features and performance. The 7855 is still stylish, though in a tasteful, understated way.
Its speed, feature set, and photo quality have improved since we last tested an Envy printer (the 7640).
Its overall output quality falls short of the Canon TS9020 as well as the Editors’ Choice Canon TS8020.
It does have two features the two Canons lack, an ADF and fax capabilities, but the 7855 has barely half the paper capacity of those two models.
- Fast text and photo printing
- Fast multipage copying using an automated document feeder
- Dedicated photo paper tray
- Slow to print color graphics
- Ink costs are above average, without a subscription
- No physical function buttons
Copy and Scan Speed
Copies of a one-page text document arrived at a roughly average speed of 15.7 seconds. Use of the ADF, however, set the Envy 7855 apart from other models.
It made single-sided text copies at a rapid 7.2 ppm, compared with 4.4 ppm on the Brother MFC-J985DW and 3.4 ppm on the Epson WF-2760.
Adding the duplexer to the mix did not change the Envy 7855’s substantially better performance.
While both the HP OfficeJet 4650 and the Epson WF-2760 made the same two-sided copy of a five-page text document at 2.7 ppm, the Envy 7855 did so at a brisk 4.3 ppm.
Setup and Startup Time
Setup is easy. You just remove a few pieces of tape, take out some cardboard in the ink tanks and you’re about ready
After turning on the unit, you select a language and country on the touch screen, where you’ll receive instructions to go to 123.hp.com to download the software.
The Envy 7855 is a little slow to get up and running, taking 44 seconds to start up. Once it’s up and running, however, it quickly wakes from sleep when you touch the screen.
The Wi-Fi setup is easily performed from the touch screen. Using the setup wizard, you can use WPS mode and put the 7855 on your network by pressing the WPS button on your wireless router.
HP offers its Smart software suite for printing and scanning. You can add the fax driver, if you choose.
You can perform all these functions, including copying, from the touch screen as well. Features of the HP Connected platform include cloud storage, sharing and tracking your print history.
Using the HP Smart app for iOS or Android, you can print documents and photos from a smartphone or tablet. The app is simple to set up.
Included in the main screen are options to print photos, scan to email, print documents and print Facebook photos.