HP’s OfficeJet 5255 All-in-One is a new entry-level color inkjet designed to print and copy a few hundred pages per month in business usage for offices and home offices and micro businesses. Like the previous models MFC-J805DW INKvestment and the Pixma G6020 MegaTank all-in-one printers reviewed here last summer, the new  OfficeJet 5255 prints well, if not a little slowly. Also like these and a few other competitors, the 5255 delivers reasonable running costs when you take advantage of HP’s Instant Ink subscription program Like so many of today’s entry-level printers and all-in-ones, the new 5255 is a good value with a robust feature set, making it an excellent alternative to the new Pixma G6020 and most other low-volume color all-in-ones we’ve looked at lately.

Small, low-priced AIOs like the new OfficeJet 5255 and its ilk are designed primarily to wake up taken out the occasional print, copy, or scan, go back to sleep, then wake up a few days later and do it all over again in other words, to print and copy no more than a couple of hundred pages each month. Machines designed for such light duty shouldn’t take up much space in your home or small office, either.

The new OfficeJet 5255 measures 7.5 by 17.5 by 14.5 inches (HWD) with its trays closed and weighs a mere 14.4 pounds. That is  almost identical in size to the previous model MFC-J805DW and Canon Pixma G6020 mentioned above. Interestingly, though, at just an inch wider and a few pounds heavier, Canon’s wide-format (tabloid-size, or 11 by 17 inches) Pixma TS9520 takes up about the same amount of desk space, and as you will see coming up, provides a wider range of functionality.

Most of HP’s consumer-grade and business-oriented AIOs have shipped with HP Smart App, a cross-platform combination driver/interface that not only connects the printer to your computing device but supports several value-added features. These include small conveniences such as, say, using your smartphone’s camera to scan documents and photos to a local computer or the cloud, or providing the same interface across the four platforms that Smart App supports: Android, iOS, macOS, and Windows.

Smart App comes with Smart Tasks, a collection of customizable workflow presets that automate repetitive chores such as scanning to your favorite cloud site, scanning to email or local folders on a networked PC or server, or printing remotely. You can edit existing Smart Tasks, or create new ones.

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