gapTCO CPP Comparison of Three HP Inkjet AiOs (CISS vs. Cartridge-Based vs. Instant Ink)

The gapTCO tool is an intuitive, graphical user experience designed to allow simple and easy analysis of the Total Cost of Ownership of printer and MFP devices. This month’s installment compares the HP Smart Tank Plus 551, the HP ENVY Photo 6255 AiO on a cartridge-out basis, and the HP ENVY Photo 6255 AiO under the HP Instant Ink subscription program.

At an AMPV of 300 pages, under a five-year length of ownership, and leveraging the manufacturer web site prices for hardware:

The HP Smart Tank Plus 551 is the winning product with the lowest TCO of $460.96, followed by the HP ENVY Photo 6255 AiO – Instant Ink with a TCO of $738.41, and the HP ENVY Photo 6255 AiO with a TCO of $2,420.48.

  • The HP Smart Tank Plus 551 uses continuous ink supply system (CISS) technology to offer high ink yields and low running costs. The HP ENVY Photo 6255 AiO – Instant Ink is calculated using HP’s monthly subscription plan (300 pages at $9.99/month). The HP ENVY Photo 6255 AiO that is not enrolled in the subscription program is calculated on a per-cartridge basis.
  • The HP ENVY Photo 6255 AiO offers the fastest print speeds at 13/8ppm, while the HP Smart Tank Plus 551 provides 11/5ppm print speeds.
  • The HP Smart Tank Plus 551 has manual two-sided printing, while the HP ENVY Photo 6255 AiO is equipped with automatic duplex printing.
  • The standard input capacity of the HP Smart Tank Plus 551 is 20% smaller than the HP ENVY Photo 6255 AiO at 100 sheets (vs. 125 sheets).
  • The footprint of the HP Smart Tank Plus 551 is 10% smaller than the HP ENVY Photo 6255 AiO.
  • The HP Smart Tank Plus 551 leads with its high starter and replacement yields of 6,000 pages black and 8,000 pages color. The cartridge-based HP ENVY Photo 6255 AiO ships with cartridges that yield 185 pages black and 120 pages color, and is compatible with replacement ink supplies that yield 600 pages black and 415 pages color.
  • Usage-Based Black CPPs for this specific printing environment, lowest to highest are as follows:
    • Smart Tank Plus 551: $0.0009
    • ENVY Photo 6255 AiO – Instant Ink: $0.0327
    • ENVY Photo 6255 AiO (Cartridge-Based): $0.0700
  • Usage-Based Color CPPs for this specific printing environment, lowest to highest are as follows:
    • Smart Tank Plus 551: $0.0059
    • ENVY Photo 6255 AiO – Instant Ink: $0.0327
    • ENVY Photo 6255 AiO (Cartridge-Based): $0.1824

 

Product Breakdown

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Lifetime TCO

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Detailed Comparison

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Head-to-Head Comparison

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The gapTCO is a product of market intelligence firm gap intelligence. It is an intuitive, graphical user experience designed to allow simple and easy analysis of the Total Cost of Ownership of printer and MFP devices.
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The gapTCO is a product of market intelligence firm gap intelligence. It is an intuitive, graphical user experience designed to allow simple and easy analysis of the Total Cost of Ownership of printer and MFP devices.