January 13, 2019

“More than just a printer”

People who print casually will love the ENVY 5055. And if you do enough printing to justify joining the HP Instant Ink program, which is about 50 pages per month, then you’ll love the ENVY 5055 as well. The ENVY 5055 is incredibly cheap considering the hardware you’re getting, but HP is hoping to make that money back on ink. Replacement ink costs for the 5055 can be steep unless you’re printing infrequently, or able to take advantage of the better prices through their ink savings program.


The ENVY 5055 isn’t fully loaded, it’s more like a device trying to provide all of the basics in good measure. You won’t find an automatic document feeder for set-and-forget faxing. You can’t connect with an Ethernet cable, print from USB, or use SD cards. What essential features are present are extremely well-rounded and easy to use. But if you’re looking for more than the basics, you may want to check out OfficeJet 5225 for a generally higher capacity device.

Like most home printers, the HP ENVY 5055 is built with a modestly low throughput in mind. It has a recommended monthly volume of about 400 sheets, or slightly more than ten pages per day. That throughput is somewhat reflected in the low-profile build of the 5055. It’s clearly been made to fit subtly on a desk without taking up much space.

The touch screen display is a modest 2.2”, but provides all the essential access you need. The monochrome screen is easy to read and use, though you’ll find it responds somewhat slowly between taps. Within you’ll find HP has included 258MB of standard memory, which is useful for loading large print jobs smoothly into the printer. And on the backside of the 5055 you’ll find one USB 2.0 slot, which unfortunately cannot be used for USB printing.



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