If you are looking for a printer, you’ve probably come across HP’s all-in-one Envy Inspire 7955e printer. It’s cheap and can print high-quality photos, documents, and other things quickly and in different ways. It’s become a staple of remote work and small offices, but we wanted to see for myself if it really lived up to the hype. we looked at the design details, print performance, special features, and software to see if it’s a good value at the current price. The HP Envy Inspire looks good and works well. It has a soft, off-white body with light beige accents. It will look good in almost any home office. Since it’s an all-in-one printer, it’s taller than one that just prints, but it doesn’t look too big or in the way.
HP Envy Inspire 7955e: Description
It is 18.1 inches by 15.1 inches by 9.2 inches and weighs 18 pounds. It has a 2.7-inch color touchscreen that makes it easy to access different functions without a computer or mobile app. The copy button is the most useful of these. With just one touch, you can start to scan and then print a color copy. HP says that its Envy Inspire 7955e All-in-One Printer, which costs $269.99 and is made for family rooms or home offices, has “first-of-its-kind advanced photo features.”
More specifically, if you sign up for HP’s HP Plus plan, it comes with six months of Instant Ink or cartridge delivery for free. The subscription makes the Inspire 7955e’s operating costs low enough to make up for its high purchase price, which is too high when compared to a number of photo-focused competitors with higher capacities or longer feature lists. Even though it only has two cartridges instead of four, this AIO has a lot going for it if you’re willing to make that tradeoff.
HP Envy Inspire 7955e: Pros and Cons
- 2.7-inch color touchscreen
- Crisp, vivid photo prints
- Useful HP Smart app
- Easy set up
- Tri-color cartridge can cause waste
- Mobile app lacks some features
- No SD Card slot
- Relatively bulky
|Color or Monochrome||Color|
|Connection Type||USB, Wi-Fi|
|Maximum Standard Paper Size||Letter|
|Number of Ink Colors||4|
|Number of Ink Cartridges/Tanks||2|
|Official link||Visit Website|
HP Envy Inspire 7955e: Design
There are two input trays: a cassette that holds 125 sheets and a tray that holds 15 sheets of photo paper in sizes 5 x 5, 4 x 6, and 5 x 7 inches. Custom sizes can’t be put in the photo paper tray, but panoramic paper can be put in through the main input tray. Up to 60 sheets can fit in the output tray. Up to 35 sheets can fit in the ADF. The color touch screen is 2.7 inches and can be used by itself. We liked how it responded to what we typed and how we could swipe through menus. But it’s a bit on the small side. The Canon Pixma TS8320 is about the same price and has a 4.3-inch color touch screen. HP has an app called HP Smart that lets you control the printer from a computer or a mobile device. There are no slots for media cards or USB direct ports that can be used to connect a thumb drive.
This network-focused printer will take up some space, so you’ll need to make room for it. With dimensions of 18.1 x 20.5 x 19.2 inches, the Envy Inspire 7955e is bigger than many inkjets, even some with ink tanks, which are usually bigger than those with ink cartridges. A duplexer, which lets you print on both sides of a page, also tends to make the chassis bigger. But compared to the Inspire 7955e, the Canon G6020 is much smaller. It uses ink tanks and has a duplexer, but it is only 15.9 by 14.6 by 7.7 inches.
You will also need to give this HP some space up and down. The hinges on the scanner lid don’t hold the lid and ADF up, so you’ll need to prop it up at a 90-degree angle if you want to use both hands to put a document on the scanner glass. Even though it’s big, this HP Envy only weighs 17.9 pounds. You don’t have to tell the printer what kind of photo paper is in the second paper tray because the printer already knows. This can be hard to understand at first. The LCD menu shows both the setting for the main paper tray and the setting for the photo paper tray. The photo paper setting is grayed out, though. This tells you that you don’t have to choose the type of paper because it has already been figured out. When you fill up the main tray, you will still need to check the sizes of the plain paper in it.
HP Envy Inspire 7955e: Setup
The HP Envy Inspire 7955e was easy to set up. All we had to do was plug it in, and the touchscreen guided me through the rest of the process. After we put in the two ink cartridges and put paper in the tray, we were ready to go. You can sign up for HP+ during setup, which works with the HP Smart printing app. If you agree, you can try HP Instant Ink for free for the first six months. This service makes sure that you get new ink or toner cartridges before you run out. After the trial period for HP Instant Ink is over, these plans start at $0.99 per month (for an estimated 15 pages of ink use) and go all the way up to $24.99 (for 700 pages). This recurring fee might not be good for the average household, but it could be great for small businesses and college students. Or both, if you got ’em.
As was already said, buying HP+ will add an extra year to the warranty. HP Smart lets you see at a glance how much ink you have left, scan documents while you’re on the go, and print bright color photos from almost anywhere. When HP+ is turned on, this app becomes more powerful (the white ribbon at the top of the screen turns orange), letting you print, scan, and fax from your phone in a variety of creative ways.
HP Envy Inspire 7955e: Features
The HP Envy Inspire 7955e has a wide range of features, such as the ability to print on both sides of a page. The printer also has a 2.7-inch touchscreen with full color. There is one paper tray that can hold up to 125 sheets of letter- or legal-size paper. There is also a smaller tray that holds 15 sheets of photo paper or envelopes.With this printer, you can use regular 20-pound multipurpose paper, but if you want to print on both sides, you’ll need to use thicker paper so the ink doesn’t bleed through. As for the photocopier and scanner, the printer has a resolution of up to 1200 dpi and can store scanned files in JPG, BMP, TIFF, PDF, and PNG formats. Up to 600 dots per inch (dpi) can be copied.
The printer, a power cord, an HP 64 Black Ink cartridge, and an HP 64 Tri-Color Ink cartridge are all in the box. If you don’t want your Windows PC or Mac to print wirelessly, you’ll need to buy a USB cable separately. The HP Smart mobile app gives you the most control over your printer when you print wirelessly from your phone or tablet. Without the app, the printer works with Apple AirPrint (for Mac, iPhone, or iPad) or Bluetooth wireless printing from an Android-based mobile device. The printer doesn’t have a slot for a memory card or a USB port, which would let you print directly from other devices.
HP Envy Inspire 7955e: Print Speed
The HP Envy Inspire 7955e can handle day-to-day home office tasks with standard printing paper in its (slightly small) 125-sheet input tray. At the printer’s default settings and after it was fully warmed up, it printed my 5-page black-and-white text document in 27.8 seconds, which is 10.9 pages per minute. This is a little slower than the OfficeJet Pro 9015e, which is designed to print faster (13.4 ppm as tested). It took 46.7 seconds, or 6.4 pages per minute, to print my 5-page document with a mix of text and color graphics.
Using the duplexer to make two-sided black-and-white prints, the HP Envy Inspire 7955e managed 5.8 ppm, which is almost half as fast as the OfficeJet Pro 9015e’s 10 ppm. In Enhanced Quiet Mode, it printed out the same test document in 1 minute and 39.1 seconds, which is 3.5 ppm. Even though that is a lot slower, I could definitely hear the lower decibel level as my document slowly moved through, and the Envy Inspire 7955e’s chunky machines didn’t sound nearly as harsh. That will definitely impress your clients (like the sleeping baby).
For a fair price, the HP Envy Inspire 7955e has a lot of features and a good performance. With its photo paper tray, automatic document feeder (ADF), and duplexer, this all-in-one is a useful tool for both home and office use. With fast printing and copying, as well as high image quality everywhere, you don’t have to choose between speed and quality. The big chassis, on the other hand, might not fit in a small space.
A subscription plan for ink is needed to keep ink costs down. Some features, like printing PDFs, only work in the HP ecosystem or need an online account. If this reliance on the internet and focus on the network sounds more like a benefit than a drawback, the Inspire 7955e will likely meet your needs.
The 7955e only has the last two, plus the ability to print from a mobile device using the HP Smart App, Apple AirPrint, Mopria, and Chrome OS. It can also connect to your phone or tablet with Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) so that you can set up your printer from there.
As you might expect, the HP Envy Inspire 7955e has a wide range of features, such as the ability to print on both sides of a page. The printer also has a 2.7-inch touchscreen with full color. There is one paper tray that can hold up to 125 sheets of letter- or legal-size paper.