Comparing HP Envy 5055 and HP OfficeJet 3830

Technical summary

HP Envy 5055 is a $60 wireless injket printer with a built-in scanner and copier.

It supports automatic two-sided printing, borderless printing and prints at the speed of 10.0 ppm (7.0 ppm in color). It's recommended montly page volume is 400 and maximum allowed page volume is 1000.

It can scan custom-sized documents (such as passports) with its flatbed scanner, but it can't scan stacks of paper, because it doesn't have an Automatic Document Feeder. It has an extra perk of converting scans to PDFs.

HP Envy 5055 allows printing via Wi-Fi, a mobile phone/tablet, AirPrint, a USB cable and an Ethernet cable.

HP OfficeJet 3830 is a $100 wireless injket printer with a built-in scanner, copier and fax.

It prints at the speed of 8.5 ppm (6.0 ppm in color). It's recommended montly page volume is 250 and maximum allowed page volume is 1000.

It can scan a stack of up to 35 papers (using Automatic Document Feeder), as well as custom-sized documents (such as passports) with its flatbed scanner. It has an extra perk of converting scans to PDFs.

HP OfficeJet 3830 allows printing via Wi-Fi, a mobile phone/tablet, AirPrint, a USB cable and an Ethernet cable.

Is the price difference of $40 worth it?

It depends on what you need from a Inkjet Printer. We'll break it down for you.
Comparison summary:
Advantages of HP Envy 5055:
  • It is $40 cheaper
  • It supports double-side printing, but HP OfficeJet 3830 does not.
  • It prints faster in black-and-white
  • It prints faster in color
Advantages of HP OfficeJet 3830:
  • It can scan/copy custom-sized documents, but HP Envy 5055 can't.
  • It can scan/copy stacks of documents, but HP Envy 5055 can't.
  • It supports two-sided scanning, but HP Envy 5055 doesn't.
  • It is a little bit quieter.
  • It takes less time to print the first page in black
  • It takes less time to print the first page in color
  • It is energy star qualified, but HP Envy 5055 is not.
Alright, now let's go into details.
10 differences we consider important:
  • HP Envy 5055 supports double-side printing, but HP OfficeJet 3830 does not.
    Automatic duplex printing (also known as two-sided printing) refers to a printer's ability to print on both sides of the paper, without having to manually flip it.
  • HP OfficeJet 3830 can scan/copy custom-sized documents, but HP Envy 5055 can't.
    Flatbed scanners allow scanning documents one by one. Unlike ADF scanners, you can only scan one page at a time. However, flatbed scanners allow you to scan custom-sized documents, like passports, drivers licenses, etc. Flatbed scanners also tend to produce higher quality images.
  • HP OfficeJet 3830 can scan/copy stacks of documents, but HP Envy 5055 can't.
    ADF, or Automatic Document Feeder allows a printer to scan or copy a stack of pages. This feature is so important that even the cheapest printers try to include it. Technically speaking, ADF is not a feature of the printer - it is a feature of the scanner or copier.
  • HP OfficeJet 3830 supports two-sided scanning, but HP Envy 5055 doesn't.
    A two-sided (duplex) ADF scanner allows scanning a stack of documents on both sides.
  • HP OfficeJet 3830 is a little bit quieter.
    When printing, HP Envy 5055 has a loudness of 51 dB (decibels), while HP OfficeJet 3830 measures at 48 dB.
    How loud is that? We made a decibel chart for you to reference.
  • HP Envy 5055 prints faster in black-and-white (10 vs 8.5 PPM)
    In black-and-white, HP Envy 5055 prints at 10 pages per minute (PPM). HP OfficeJet 3830 measures at 8.5 PPM.
    HP Envy 5055 would take about 10:00 to print 100 pages, HP OfficeJet 3830 would take 11:46.
  • HP Envy 5055 prints faster in color (7 vs 6 PPM)
    In color, HP Envy 5055 prints at 7 pages per minute (PPM). HP OfficeJet 3830 measures at 6 PPM.
    HP Envy 5055 would take about 14:17 to print 100 pages, HP OfficeJet 3830 would take 16:40.
  • HP OfficeJet 3830 takes less time to print the first page in black (14s vs 16s)
    This initialization is period is called 'First page out' time; it's 16 seconds for HP Envy 5055 and 14 seconds for HP OfficeJet 3830. This makes HP OfficeJet 3830 2 seconds faster at printing first page in black than HP Envy 5055.
  • HP OfficeJet 3830 takes less time to print the first page in color (17s vs 19s)
    First page out time is 17 seconds for HP OfficeJet 3830 and 19 seconds for HP Envy 5055 (in color). This makes HP OfficeJet 3830 2 seconds faster at printing first page in color than HP Envy 5055.
  • HP OfficeJet 3830 is energy star qualified, but HP Envy 5055 is not.
    Energy Star is a set of standards that aims to reduce energy consumption of various devices. An Energy Star Qualified printer consumes less electricity to operate and is more environmentally friendly.
8 similarities we think are important to mention:
  • Both printers can print over Wi-Fi
    Printing over Wi-Fi is a very common feature, available even in most budget models.
  • Both printers can print from mobile
    In most cases, if a printer supports wireless printing, it also supports Wi-Fi printing.
  • Both printers have a built-in scanner & copier
    Scan and copy technology have a large hardware overlap. If a printer supports scanning, it will likely support copying.
  • Both printers have an LCD status display
    LCD status displays are very useful. Your printer can tell you if ink is low or paper is jammed.
  • Both printers accept touch-screen commands
    Touch-screen displays allow you to interface with a printer much faster, especially scanning and copying.
  • Both printers produce the same quality black prints (1200 x 1200 DPI)
    Both printers have a maximum black DPI of 1200 x 1200. What is DPI? In short: the number of dots a printer "draws" per inch. Higher DPI means a higher quality print. It's not the easiest thing to understand, so if print quality is very important to you, we suggest reading an article on DPI.
    • 600 x 600 is more than enough DPI to print any kind of documents.
    • Higher DPI takes more ink to print, draining your cartridge/toner faster.
    • Whenever you see 'DPI', it's actually referring to the 'maximum DPI'. Your printer will often choose to lower the DPI where possible to conserve ink.
  • Both printers produce the same quality color prints (4800 x 1200 DPI)
    Both printers have a maximum color DPI of 4800 x 1200.
    • Unless you are a professional photographer, 1200 x 600 DPI will be fine for printing photos.
  • Neither printer can combine scans into PDFs.
    This is a very important feature for those who plan to scan a lot of multi-page documents. A printer will combine the pages into a single PDF file. So instead of receiving a dozen pictures, you get one PDF. Going a step further, certain printers use embedded OCR Software (convert image to text) to create searchable PDFs. This way allows you to do computer wizardry with the resulting scan file, such as copy, paste, search, edit, etc.
print Printing
Auto-Duplex Printing Duplex printing refers to the printer’s ability to print on both sides of a sheet of paper, or double-sided. When a printer is auto-duplex capable, it can print double-sided automatically. Manual dupl ... Show more
Yes
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No
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Borderless Printing Border-less printing (aka edgeless printing, bleed printing) is an ability to print without no margins. This is most commonly used to print posters, leaflets and, of course, photographs. Borderless pr ... Show more
Yes
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Yes
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Print Speed - Black Print speed measures how many pages a printer can print in one minute—in pages per minute, or PPM. This is a manufacturer reported number, so keep in mind that it’s in their best interest to report th ... Show more
10 pages per minute
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8.5 pages per minute
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Print Speed - Color
7 pages per minute
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6 pages per minute
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Print Resolution (DPI, Black) DPI (dots-per-inch) is the simplest way to measure quality of print. Dots per inch quite literally means the number of dots of ink in one square inch of print area. Higher DPI means better print quali ... Show more
1200 x 1200
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1200 x 1200
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Print Resolution (DPI, Color) When printing in Color, DPI of 600 is good for simple graphics and DPI of 1200 is good for photos.
4800 x 1200
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4800 x 1200
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Maximum Monthly Page Volume Duty cycle measures the maximum number of pages a device can print per month. It can range from 5,000 pages for low end, personal printers to 100,000 or more for high-tech office printers. If you prin ... Show more
1,000 pages
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1,000 pages
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First Page Out (Black) When printing in black-and-white, how long does it take for printer to print out first page? This number is particularly important when frequently printing small number of pages.
16 seconds
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14 seconds
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First Page Out (Color) When printing in color, how long does it take for printer to print out first page? This number is particularly important when frequently printing small number of pages.
19 seconds
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17 seconds
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scanner Scan, Fax, and Photocopy

The four main functions of printers are: printing, scanning, photocopying, and faxing. Either your device will be print only, print/scan/copy, or an all-in-one printer that does printing, scanning, copying, and faxing. Note that scanning and copying almost always come together, since the hardware for these features overlaps significantly. Generally speaking, all-in-one printers are larger, so those with space constraints may find this to be an inconvenience. Additionally, printers with a fax feature are typically more expensive. It would be wise to only consider this feature if you plan to fax often. If not, you’ll be satisfied with a print/scan/copy device.

Scanning Does this printer include a scanner?
Yes
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Yes
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Automatic Document Feeder (ADF) The automatic document feeder, or ADF, is a tray that automatically feeds paper into the printer usually for scanning, copying, and sometimes faxing (if the printer has the fax feature). Once a job is ... Show more
No
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Yes
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ADF Capacity Maximum number of pages that can fit into ADF tray for scanning/copying
N/ANo ADF Scanner
35 pages
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Flatbed Scanner
Yes
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Yes
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Scan Resolution Measured in DPI (dots per inch). Higher resolution means better scan quality.
1200 x 1200
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1200 x 1200
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Scan to PDF Does this printer allow combining multiple scanned pages into a PDF?
Yes
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Yes
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Photocopying Can this printer be used as a photocopier?
Yes
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Yes
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Copy Speed (Black) Measured in Pages per Minute
8 PPM
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7 PPM
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Copy Speed (Color) Measured in Pages per Minute (PPM).
4 PPM
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3.5 PPM
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Copy Resolution (Black)
600 x 300
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600 x 300
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Copy Resolution (Color)
600 x 300
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600 x 300
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Max number of Copies When using the copier function, what is the maximum number of copies that the printer allows you to set in one go?
50 pages
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50 pages
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Faxing Does this printer include the ability to send/receive faxes?
No
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Yes
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Color Fax Does the printer allow sending/receiving faxes in color?
N/Ano fax
Yes
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Fax Transmission Speed How long does the printer take to send 1 page over fax?
N/Ano fax
4 seconds
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Fax Memory If printer runs out of pages or ink, it will hold received fax messages in memory. This number indicates how many pages printer can hold.
N/Ano fax
99 pages
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wifi_tethering Connectivity

Network printers can be wired or wireless. A printer with a wired network connection uses an Ethernet cord that connects directly to your router. A wireless printer connects to your home or office Wi-Fi network. Any computer also connected to your network can use your printer, whether it’s wired or wireless. You will have to install software, or printer drivers, on the computer before you can print. Also, there is a setup process for the printer to get it on the network. If your printer is not wireless, you’ll need to connect it directly to your computer via USB cable, which is not ideal if you have multiple users that need the printer simultaneously.

Outside of Wi-Fi, there are a number of ways a device can connect to a printer. If the printer is not wireless, you’ll have to connect to your printer via USB cable. Some people prefer using the wired connection because it allows for faster data transfers and quicker printing. Depending on the speed of your Wi-Fi and how strong the signal is, it can take time for the document to send from computer to printer over the network. Using a wired connection eliminates this issue. Other connections you may have are: Ethernet for wired connection to your network; Airprint or Google Cloud Print for quick direct printing over the cloud/internet; USB hard drive or memory card to print directly from storage devices; or PictBridge to print directly from cameras.

Can Print Over Wi-Fi
Yes
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Yes
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Can Connect with an Ethernet Cable Ethernet cable is that long cable you plug in your router.
No
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Can connect with a USB cable
Yes
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Yes
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Can Print from Mobile You may also be able to print directly from your smartphone or tablet through features like AirPrint and Google Cloud Print, or from a brand-specific mobile app like Brother’s iPrint&Scan app. If you ... Show more
Yes
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Yes
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Supports AirPrint AirPrint allows you to print directly from certain Apple devices, such as an iPhone/iPad.
Yes
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Yes
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Supports HP ePrint Certain HP printers support a useful function called "ePrint" - it allows the user to send an email directly to the printer. This makes printing easier.
Yes
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Yes
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Wifi Direct Wi-Fi direct allows your Wi-Fi-enabled devices, such as your smartphone, computer, or tablet, to connect to your printer without using a wireless router or network. You can connect to your printer dir ... Show more
Yes
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Yes
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PictBridge If photos are one of your main print jobs, you may have a camera that is PictBridge compliant. PictBridge is built-in software that allows you to print directly from your camera. The camera is connect ... Show more
No
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video_label LCD

Printers with an LCD screen/display give you the option to control some settings directly on the printer, such as a one-touch print, scan, copy, or fax. You may also be able to adjust print quality, preview the print job, and/or view connection settings. Some screens are programmed to offer setup instructions for easy installation. For those who are not particularly tech savvy, this could be helpful.

LCD Screen Display Does the printer have an LCD display screen to preview the print job and settings?
Yes
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Yes
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Colored Display
Yes
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No
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LCD Screen Size If the printer has an LCD screen, what is the size of that screen?
2.2 inches
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2.2 inches
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Touch Screen Commands Does the printer feature a touch screen for easy command input?
Yes
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Yes
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Software Platform
Memory Capacity Internal memory, storage, or memory capacity in a printer will all mean the same thing—the amount of print data the printer can store in the print queue. When you send multiple documents to the printe ... Show more
256 MB
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512 MB
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Memory Capacity - Maximum
256 MB
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512 MB
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Physical Features
Weight

12 lbs
 
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12 lbs
 
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Dimensions
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Noise Level How loud a printer can be is measured in the standard sound unit called decibels, or dB. The higher the dB rating, the louder the machine is. Also, the closer you are to the machine, the louder it wil ... Show more
51 dB
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48 dB
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Paper
Supported Paper Sizes Not all printers can handle all sizes of paper. If you plan to print photos, envelopes, labels, or other variations from the typical 8.5x11" letter paper, you’ll need a printer that has settings to su ... Show more
  • A4
  • A5
  • B5
  • DL
  • C6
  • A6
  • Simplex: 3 x 5 to 8.5 x 14 in
  • Duplex: 3 x 5.5 to 8.5 x 12.2 in
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  • Letter
  • Legal
  • 4 x 6 in
  • 5 x 7 in
  • 8 x 10 in
  • No. 10 envelopes
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Number of Trays How many paper trays does the printer have?
1
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1
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Paper Tray Capacity Paper tray capacity indicates the maximum number of sheets of paper that fit in the tray or document feeder. The main tray will likely hold the most paper; the printer may also have one or more backup ... Show more
100 sheets
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60 sheets
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Output Paper Tray Capacity Number of pages that fit in printer's output tray.
25 pages
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25 pages
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Other Info
Details
  • LIMITED TIME OFFER: 4 MONTHS OF INK FREE, when you sign up HP Instant Ink service during printer setup; offer ends 1/11/2020
  • Save up to 50% with HP's Ink delivery service; purchase includes a $5 digital code, follow directions once you receive emailed... Read more
  • Limited time offer: 4 months of ink free, when you sign up HP instant ink service during printer setup; offer ends 1/11/2020
  • Main functions of this HP color inkjet photo printer: copy, scan, fax, wireless printing, AirPrint, touchscreen, instant Ink r... Read more
Brand
HP
HP
Power Consumption For the energy conscious, or those looking to cut down their power bill, the amount of power your printer consumes may be a concern to you. At different stages, such as in standby mode, while actively ... Show more
  • Up to 14 watts (Printing)
  • 3.75 watts (Ready)
  • 0.89 watts (Sleep)
  • 0.11 watts (Off)
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  • 1.17 watts sleep mode
  • 2.83 watts standby mode
  • 10 watts operation mode
  • 0.1 watts Off
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Energy Star Qualified Energy Star is a set of standards that aims to reduce energy consumption of various devices. If a device is Energy Star qualified, it will consumer less energy to operate and is more environmentally f ... Show more
Yes
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Yes
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Release Date
1 Apr 2018
12 Oct 2015
Warranty
1-Year Warranty
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1-Year Limited Warranty
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Black
Black
Popularity 0-100 scale indicating how frequently people buy the product online. Recalculated daily.
97 / 100
Rank: #8 out of 186.
99 / 100
Rank: #2 out of 186.
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Key features
  • Functions as a printer, copier, and scanner.
  • Monthly duty cycle up to 1000 pages
  • Print speed in color up to 7 ppm
  • Mobile Printing Capability

HP Envy 5055 is a very popular and one of the cheapest options. It's in the top 3 bestselling inkjet printers and has dozens of popular alternatives in the same price range, such as HP Envy Photo 6255 or HP DeskJet 2622 .

HP Envy 5055 was released last year in April. There are a lot of newer inkjet printers on the market. Show newer Inkjet Printers

HP Envy 5055 is $115.11 less expensive than an average inkjet printer ($175).

Key features
  • Can copy, scan & fax
  • Wireless printing
  • AirPrint
  • Touchscreen
  • Instant Ink enabled
  • Mobile printing
  • Optional quiet mode

HP OfficeJet 3830 is a very popular and one of the cheaper options. It has dozens of popular alternatives in the same price range, such as HP Envy 7155 or Hp Envy Photo 7155 .

HP OfficeJet 3830 was released in 2015. There are a lot of newer inkjet printers on the market. Show newer Inkjet Printers

HP OfficeJet 3830 is $75.11 less expensive than an average inkjet printer ($175).

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