The HP Deskjet 4155e is a mixed bag. On the one hand, it is quite good in all areas and even surprised us with its excellent photo and graphics printing capabilities. On the other hand, it has an extremely high cost of ownership, and of all the printers we tested, it is one of the most expensive models to own in the long run. It’s also limited by HP’s own ink service, which makes possible workarounds obsolete. All in all, this printer is suitable for those who value a low purchase price and are looking for a high-quality printer for solid photo prints, but don’t use their printer very often.
The HP Deskjet 4155e is a bit of an enigma. It performs very well on most of the criteria we tested, especially photo printing, but its inflated operating costs and general handling issues make it hard to recommend. Keep in mind that this device can’t print duplex documents. The very good photo quality and low purchase price set it apart from the crowd, and if you don’t print very often, it may not be a bad choice.
The HP Deskjet 4155e did quite well in quality, but made some mistakes that resulted in a lower score. In our black-and-white quality test, the 4155e misprinted the first line of some pages, leaving the text pale or missing parts of the letters. Otherwise, text quality was quite good, with sharp, clear character resolution. Had it not been for the printing errors, the 4155e would have scored one point higher in this category, putting it on par with some of the more powerful printers in our lineup.
The HP Deskjet 4155e’s operating costs are pretty insane, earning it the worst score of all the printers we tested. Every 120 pages of black and white printing will cost you $16, or $66.63 per sheet. For color prints, you’ll have to pay $84.95 per sheet. By comparison, the next most expensive printer in our test field costs $20 less per color print.
With ink costs this high, and because you have to replace ink so frequently on the 4155e, the estimated 3-year lifetime cost is a whopping $1,095. If you buy this printer and print an average of 2,500 pages per year, you’ll have to buy the printer again ten times over after three years. The 4155e does quite well overall in this regard, but is limited by its small display. Initial setup is fairly straightforward with the support of a mobile app, and while slow, we found the app and HP’s website quite easy to navigate and helpful.
The 4155e has a tiny display to show ink level, paper load, WiFi status, etc. It makes pleasant noises when print jobs are complete, and replacing ink cartridges is easy. The biggest drawback is the lack of duplex printing. Overall, a strong performance for such an inexpensive device. The 4155e performed surprisingly well in this regard. The high-resolution prints had great texture and color, and the image was easily discernible and sharp.
If you look closely, you can see faint streaking in some areas of the image, but not so much that it detracts from the picture. Business graphics were solid, with good color reproduction, sharp text, and occasional very faint streaks. Overall resolution was very sharp, and color quality was vibrant, again with very faint streaks on darker subjects.