HP Smart Tank Wireless 455 Printer Review

There are lots of different choices out there when you’re trying to find the right printer for your needs. Nowadays, inktank printers are becoming more and more popular amongst users, with people being attracted to their low printing costs.

The Epson Ecotank range has been the king of this range of printers for a while. So, it only makes sense that HP would release a competitor to this range, coming in the form of the HP Smart Tank. One of the better options from this range of printers is the HP Smart Tank Wireless 455.

So, just how good is this printer and is it a competitor to Epson, or should you stick with their models? Let’s look at it in a bit of a closer detail.

HP Smart Tank Wireless 455 Review

The Smart Tank 455 is a genuine competitor to the Ecotank series, as it rivals the Epson range in terms of both printing costs and quality too. The biggest obstacle for most people will be the price, which may exclude some who are looking for something more budget friendly.

There’s a lot more to say about this printer – let’s look at it in more depth to find out more about it.

Overview

The HP Smart Tank 455 is one of the mid-range models released by HP, with their intention of being one of the go-to brands when it comes to ink tank printers. Whilst it’s still being sold in the UK, it has been discontinued in Australia, where it proved unsuccessful. If you still want an inktank printer, then check out our full inktank guide.

Connectivity

The printer itself is designed to be fully compatible with Wifi, as well as other printing methods like via Apple Airprint too. Although the connectivity of the printer itself is supposedly extremely good, there does seem to be a lot of people online who have come across wifi connecting issues with this model. So, make sure you do your research before purchasing.

Printing Costs

The main reason that you’ll want to consider a Smart Tank product is that they’re very, very good on ink prices. Therefore, you’re going to save a ton of cash on printing costs over the years that you own this product.

With most cheaper printers, you can end up spending more on printing cartridges per year than you did on the printer itself. This is where models like the Smart Tank 455 come into play, as instead of using cartridges, they actually use refillable tanks instead.

The printer comes with full tanks when you order it, so unless you print an insane amount every day, then it should be more than enough to get you through your first year. And moving on from there, your printing costs will be significantly lower than if you went for a cartridge printer.

Design

This is a well designed printer, with reducing ink costs as it’s core focus, and we can tell this from the start. Although printing costs are down, so are printing times, and it can take a long while to print, especially in colour.

It comes with 4 ink bottle, which should be enough to get you started. It has a 100 sheet input tray for you to insert your paper, and a 30 sheet output tray. Plus, it can produce 9 copies at once too.

Pros

As you’d expect, the main advantage of opting for this printer is that the printing costs are so much lower than the competition. if you print at a high volume, it’s worth checking out.
As well as being relatively cheap to print, it also prints to a pretty good standard too. You would expect this from a premium printer, though.
The software that HP use, like their HP app, is very easy for you to use and print with, making it great for those who wan to print via mobile.

Cons

This printer takes absolutely ages to print – it can get through 15 pages per minute in black which is fine, but coloured pages are more like 8 ppm, which is pretty slow.
#As well as being a slow printer it’s also very slow at scanning too. So in short – don’t opt for this printer if you’re often in a rush to get stuff done!
Another area where they could improve this model is in the display screen, which could be a bit easier to navigate.

Conclusion

All in all, I do like the HP Smart Tank range and the 455 is not a bad printer by any means. However, I’m not sure that it does enough to take the crown off the EcoTank series, which probably still makes the better inktank printer out of the two brands. If you’d like to stick with HP, then it might be worth checking this model out.

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