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Amazon Price: $199.99 (as of August 16, 2018 6:41 am – Details). Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on the Amazon site at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.

HP Envy 7640 Wireless All-in-One Photo Printer with Mobile Printing, Instant Ink all set (E4W43A).

  • Snap. Print. Enjoy – print photos from your smartphone or tablet in three easy steps and laser-quality documents from your connected-PC with wired and wireless networking options. Print with just a touch from your NFC-enabled mobile device.
  • Save up to 50% on ink with optional HP Instant Ink replacement service – the low-cost way to print everything you need with confidence. Original HP Ink is ordered by your printer and delivered to your door so you’ll always have it.
  • Help your family accomplish more with this full-featured HP ENVY e-all-in-one. Print from your mobile devices, create lab-quality photos and laser-quality documents with ease, and breeze through multipage copy, scan, and fax tasks.
  • Use only Original HP Ink in your HP printer for great results, print after print
  • This HP Printer is compatible with Windows 10 (printer driver update may be required)
  • One-year limited hardware warranty; 24-hour, 7 days a week Web support

 

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Functions Print, Scan, Copy Print, Scan, Copy Print, Scan, Copy Print, Scan, Copy, Fax
Print speed black/color (up to) 9.5 ppm black, 6.8 ppm color 12 ppm black, 8 ppm color 14 ppm black, 9 ppm color 14 ppm black, 9 ppm color
Paper sizes supported (inches) Letter, legal, No. 10 envelope, 3×5, 4×6, 5×7, 8×10 Letter, legal, No. 10 envelope, 3×5, 4×6, 5×7, 8×10 Letter, legal, No. 10 envelope, 3×5, 4×6, 5×7, 8×10 Letter, legal, No. 10 envelope, 3×5, 4×6, 5×7, 8×10
Auto document feeder (pages) 25-sheet
Auto 2-sided printing
Wireless networking 802.11b/g/n 802.11b/g/n 802.11b/g/n 802.11b/g/n
Borderless printing
Display (inches) 2.2 mono touchscreen 2.2 mono touchscreen 2.65 color touchscreen 3.5 color touchscreen
Dimensions (inches) 17.52 x 14.45 x 5.04 17.87 x 16.14 x 6.14 17.87 x 16.14 x 6.34 17.87 x 16.14 x 7.60
Paper tray capacity (input, output) 100 sheets, 25 sheets 125 sheets, 15 sheets photo, 25 sheets 125 sheets, 15 sheets photo, 25 sheets 125 sheets, 15 sheets photo, 25 sheets

Initial impressions are very positive. Setting up the hardware is very straigntforward without using the DVD. Wireless setup is easy provided that youo have your router password and can use the tiny keypad to enter it. My biggest problem was finding the printer’s claim code which gets printed on the ‘congratulations’ sheet which is generated once the hardware setup is complete. You may find you need the claim code when you Register your product.
I replaced my Photosmart series HP with this Envy 7640 after a lengthy period of trying to find a new Photosmart series with the photo-black cartridge feature. Unfortunately I finally found that HP in their ‘wisdom’ no longer sells the photosmart in a consumer version. I have been surprised that this one prints photos very credibly. I do not have a read yet on how many prints I can expect on photos or documents. It is surprising how small the two #62 cartridges are, and I am not feeling positive on how long they will last. The unit comes with what appear to be standard 62 packaged (tri-color & black) inks rather than ‘starter only’ ones. The XL tanks are they same physical size, but maybe there is some magic in the XLs to get more prints out of them.
Disappointments are in the paper tray capacities. There is a separate photo tray embedded in the standard document tray, leaving little capacity for either. I guess that is where a Office Jet would have a capacity difference.
Good features are in the elimination of a power block and the addition of Near Field Communications (NFC) capabilities on top of the Wireless / Air Print features.
My summary / bottom line is that you get a nicely configured ‘home’ photo & text printing solution that cant be beat for the $79 Amazon price.

Update: After a month of use I feel this is every bit as good for printing photos as my Photosmarts have been. Black and white printing is also excellent, and I am still using the included cartridge set – which I am surprised about. The Amazon price makes this an outstanding value. You could literally toss this printer for the price of a set of XL 62 cartridges and buy a new unit with the standard cartridges.

Customer Reviews

Fantastic!

 on November 9, 2014
By Biblique
The HP Envy 7640 is my third HP printer ever and the 2nd wireless printer I’ve installed. The first one I’ve used in my home is the HP Photosmart, which I like also. This model is superior in that it is Apple airprint-enabled and has a document feeder.

Easy Printer to use well worth the Purchase price

 on March 9, 2016
By C. C.
I have been using this printer some time it has extremely user friendly, from Faxing to Double sided printing or Scanning or copying documents individually one at a time or using the automatic sheet feeder… one thing that I found very useful was the software that gives this printer the ability to generate PDF Files, another feature that I like is to go inactive and after 2 hours to power itself down… When this printer first powered up it is ready to use almost instantaneously…. The instruction screen is large and the pictures show what are the available functions and leads you step by step and provides the options of the function that are to be performed… One of biggest problems with most printers is clearing paper jams with this printer it is EXTREMELY EASY AND USER FRIENDLY it is done from the top no need to move the printer to get behind it to open the paper jam door another great printer feature is the lead through to change ink cartridges

Great Printer for the money. Amazon has the best price by far

 on April 21, 2016
By Mark P
I tend to purchase HP printers. When I was still working this was the brand that we always used and had good luck in the work place. When I needed a new one this time I started looking and came across the 7640 Envy. This actually was more printer than I needed but it had a large paper tray, it will accept 8.5″ x 14″. It does a good job with the copy function and is very fast. It does have a Automatic Document feeder but does say not to scan pictures using the feeder. The printer can also be set up to have it’s own email address so you can print from anywhere with your tablet or smart phone. This feature does have security and you can set it up so on certain people have access. In my humble opinion this is a great printer for the money. Amazon has the best price that I have seen. I am not sure about the software that comes with the unit as I run Linux. The printer does not say that it will function with Linux but I had no problem setting it up. HPLIP setup was easy.

Worst Printer I’ve Ever Purchased

 on April 18, 2016
By Maranda McGeary
This printer has never worked properly since I got it. Says paper tray empty and cannot communicate with printer however it has paper in the tray and is connected to the wireless network. I have tried to use HP Forums online (no actual phone number to speak with a human being) and still to no avail. I have reset the printer, uninstalled and reinstalled 100+ times (without exaggeration) and still, nothing works. The printer doesn’t even make the sound like it’s trying to feed the paper into the rollers to print. I work from home and this has prevented me from being able to complete projects thus losing both time and money dealing with these issues constantly. The return window on the printer was only 2 weeks after the purchase date so now I’m left with a printer that doesn’t work and no way to fix it and no way to contact seller (AMAZON) about repairing the printer.

Well, I guess as the price of printers has …

 on April 29, 2017
By Fred Hargis
Well, I guess as the price of printers has plunged so has the quality. I got this and we’ve had it 3 months, probably printed less than 10 pages. Last week I tried using it and got a “phototray blocked” message (we’ve never used the phototray, if it matters). Searching the net I found this to be a not-uncommon problem and none of the suggestions solved it for me. I called HP and they walked me through what I had already tried and then offered to send a replacement…should be here in the next several days. If I can edit this review later I’ll update it with how that does, but it’s disappointing to have this happen so soon and be so apparently common.

Usually always a good experience with HP printers…not this time

 on September 30, 2017
By ply472
I bought this printer a little over a year ago. Worked well at first, then one day it wouldn’t stay powered on. Since then, nothing but issues with it staying connected, staying powered up, printing anything when it is connected and powered up. Uninstalled everything, reinstalled everything 3 or 4x, installed on another computer, connected with a USB cable, nothing. This printer sucks. The latest was no paper in the tray but the tray was full and it had just printed 3 sheets. That signed it’s death warrant.

Save your Money and time – just buy an Epson Workforce

 on April 9, 2017
By Laryssa C.
I hate this printer. Bought it 4 months ago and wish I could return it. I have always used Epson printers – last one I owned was a Workforce 635.

you get a nicely configured ‘home’ photo & text printing solution that cant be beat

 on November 26, 2016
By petera
Initial impressions are very positive. Setting up the hardware is very straigntforward without using the DVD. Wireless setup is easy provided that youo have your router password and can use the tiny keypad to enter it. My biggest problem was finding the printer’s claim code which gets printed on the ‘congratulations’ sheet which is generated once the hardware setup is complete. You may find you need the claim code when you Register your product.

i love it

 on November 3, 2017
By BABRAM
Excellent ,i had multiple all in one printers .This is the best and i use generic ink cartridges which works perfect.This printer is fast .I am thinking about buying another one for my home.

Wouldn’t buy this model!

 on September 8, 2016
By Cynthia M.
the problem with this computer is its inability to stay connected wirelessly. Have a brand new laptop, followed every instruction to the detail and it continues to have the same problem. Went to HP support and EVERY article says the same thing “follow this link” NO HELP! Ended up like every else, using the USB. Do Not Buy this printer. BUY the HP Pro 8600 premium Pro if they still offer it. NO PROBLEMS with this one!!