HP Envy 7155 Review
HP is slowly starting to make a return to becoming the household name for home printers. Which isn’t surprising as their overall quality has noticeably improved over the past couple of years. Even their laptops are rated as some of the best nowadays. So it’s only logical that the people who are happy with their devices, also start looking at their other products. And printers are definitely the most common ones. Well today I’m going to review their latest home printer, the HP Envy 7155!
- Dimension: 45.5×40.9×16.0 cm / 17.9×16.1×6.3″
- Functions: Print, Scan, Copy, Photo, Web
- Features: 2 sided printing
- Printing speed: 14 ppm (black & white), 9 ppm (color)
- Max paper size: 8.5 x 12.2″
- Standard paper size: A4
- 2.65″ color touchscreen
- Connectivity: WiFi, USB type B port, SD card slot, Bluetooth
In The Box
- HP Envy 7155 inkjet printer
- Power cable
- Setup guide
- HP 64 Black Ink cartridge
- HP 64 Tri-Color Ink cartridge
The HP Envy 7155 is one of the nicest looking printers that you can buy. It’s made out of real nice black plastic that simply looks sleek and modern. It fits really well in home offices. The printer has also got a decent size to it. It has a dimension of 45.5×40.9×16.0 cm / 17.9×16.1×6.3″, which is definitely smaller than business grade models. But it’s still one of the bigger printers if you compare it to the home grade models. That said, it’s not that much bigger that it would take noticeably more space. So the size isn’t an issue for me.
The overall build quality is fantastic. I’d say that it’s built as good as it looks! Everything about it feels solid. You can move it around and not feel any bending or squeaky sounds. The same can also be said about the scanner lid. It lifts up smoothly and doesn’t wobble around on the hinges. There is even some resistance to opening it, which again gives me an impression of a strong construction. Even the paper tray slides in and out properly. I always have an issue with those, so I’m glad that its fixed on this printer.
Since the HP Envy 7155 is one of the newest home grade printers, HP has also included a beautiful 2.65″ color touchscreen! It’s much nicer than the monochrome screen that’s on the older models. It works as well as a touchscreen on a phone so I don’t have any problems with it. Overall it’s pretty much like any other modern printer. The only difference is that besides the typical USB type B port, there is also an SD memory card slot! This way you can also print without having a computer connected to the printer. I only wish that they had also included a USB type B to USB 2.0 cable. So if you don’t have one of those, then you’ll need to buy one if you want to use a cable.
Setting It Up
Setting up the printer doesn’t take any skill. HP has made the entire process incredibly easy and stress free. It takes, at the very most, 5 minutes to fully set it up. And absolutely everyone can do it. It even comes with a complete setup guide that takes you through all of stages.
So to get started, you first need to turn on the printer. After that you should take your attention to the touchscreen. Most of the setup is done directly from there. You simply choose your language and from there on the printer tells you exactly what you need to do. They even display all of the visuals. You basically connect the printer to your WiFi network.
After that, you have to go to the HP website, choose your printer and download the drivers. From there you follow the step by step process again. Once the setup is done, your computer will recognize the printer in the wireless network and you are done. But besides that, the HP Envy 7155 has also got Bluetooth. So you can also pair it up with any iOS or Android device. You just need to download the HP Smart app. The app is extremely useful and easy to use. You can print out memes directly from Facebook! Or scan documents and view them straight away from the phone.
And if you want to go oldschool, then there is also an option for connecting the printer to a computer with a physical USB cable. Unfortunately the USB 2.0 to USB type B cable isn’t included. But the setup is the same here as well. Except that you have to connect the printer to a computer first with the cable and then choose USB connection from the driver installation setup. If you run into any problems then you can also check out YouTube for helpful step by step guides.
The HP Envy 7155 is a fantastic printer to own. Simply because you can do everything with it. Not only does it support standard printing, scanning and copying, but it also has a special feature for photos. That’s why the paper tray has two sections. The main section is designed for standard papers. The maximum paper size that it accepts is 8.5 x 12.2″. But the maximum standard paper size is A4. Also the section fits 125 sheets. The other section, the one for photos, accepts 15 sheets. It’s designed for much smaller paper sizes that are mostly used for photos.
In terms of print quality, we are going to look at the two modes separately. For standard printing, the quality is more than decent. It performs really well at keeping the letters and lines crisp and clear. As long as the font size is normal sized (at least 10 pt), you won’t run into any problems in clarity. You only start to see some smudging when you use a really small font size. Like a size 4 pt or smaller. But I don’t really see why anyone would use that. Also this is the case with all inkjet printers. Oh and did I mention that it has an above average print speed of 14 ppm. That’s of course only for black and white documents.
As far as the photo quality goes, it largely depends on the type of paper you use. If you use special photo printing paper then the quality is fantastic. The inkjet printer has incredibly vibrant colors. But it only shines as long as you use premium photo paper. I did also try it out with some plain paper as well and the results were nowhere close. So expect the quality to be as good as the paper you use.
The rest of the features, like Scan and Copy, work just as well as on any printer. What I do want to point out is that you can only scan/copy one paper at a time. It doesn’t have a feed tray for multiple sheets. Which I guess is fine for home users. Unfortunately that’s the case with all home printers. If you want a feed tray then you’ll have to look at business grade models. But other than that, I don’t have any complaints really.
The Envy 7155 includes two ink cartridges. One is a black cartridge and the other is a tri-color cartridge. That basically includes cyan, yellow and magenta colors. These cartridges are normal sized and they will last you a while. Well to be exact, they should be enough to last 165 pages. That’s what HP rates the HP 64 tri-color cartridge. The HP 64 Black is rated at up to 200 pages. This printer does also accept the HP 64XL cartridges as well, which does triple the page amount.
If you are someone that’s looking for a great printer to use at home, then you should definitely check out the HP Envy 7155. It’s a printer that is packed with smart features. You can even pair it up with a phone and print through an app. Plus it has an SD memory card slot, which is always a nice addition. The only downside for me is the lack of a feed tray, but I only miss that when I have to scan a lot of sheets. Which is quite rare. So other than that, it’s a fantastic inkjet printer for every home!