Kyocera ECOSYS P2235dw Printer Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8.1
Reviewed Feb 15, 2021 at 10:37 am
Kyocera ECOSYS P2235dw Picture
2.4
Family
6.0
Small/Home Office
6.6
Student
8.4
Black & White
1.5
Casual Photo
Type Printer Only
Technology Laser
Wireless Yes
Color No
SuperTank
No

The Kyocera ECOSYS P2235dw is a simple monochrome laser printer. It's a great option if you only intend to print black and white documents, thanks to its remarkable page yield and exceptionally low cost-per-print. It offers a good number of connectivity options, including Ethernet, USB-to-computer, and Wi-Fi. It also supports Mopria Print Service and printing directly off a USB thumb drive. It's very fast at printing; however, during testing, we discovered that the printing speed is dependent on how close the printer is to the router when printing over Wi-Fi. Unfortunately, it doesn't support Apple AirPrint, and it doesn't have a scanner. Also, it's very difficult to set up since the instructions are complex and incomplete, and the setup requires restarting the printer multiple times.

Our Verdict

2.4 Family

The Kyocera ECOSYS P2235dw is bad for family use. It doesn't have a scanner, it can't print in color, and it produces terrible-looking photos.

Pros
  • Exceptional cost-per-print.
  • Remarkably high page yield.
  • Feels excellently built.
Cons
  • Can't print in color.
  • Terrible photo quality.
  • No Bluetooth or Apple AirPrint support.
  • No scanner.
6.0 Small/Home Office

The Kyocera ECOSYS P2235dw is mediocre for a small or home office. It's a well-built printer that yields an incredible number of pages at a very low cost-per-print, and it offers good connectivity options. Unfortunately, it lacks a scanner, a display screen, and the option to print Microsoft Office files from a mobile device. Also, since it's a monochrome model, you can't print in color.

Pros
  • Exceptional cost-per-print.
  • Remarkably high page yield.
  • Feels excellently built.
Cons
  • Can't print in color.
  • No Bluetooth or Apple AirPrint support.
  • No scanner.
6.6 Student

The Kyocera ECOSYS P2235dw is okay for students. It's a well-built printer that yields an incredible number of pages at a very low cost-per-print. You can print wirelessly via your router or Wi-Fi Direct, but it doesn't support Apple AirPrint or Bluetooth. Unfortunately, it can't print in color, and it lacks a scanner.

Pros
  • Exceptional cost-per-print.
  • Remarkably high page yield.
  • Feels excellently built.
Cons
  • Can't print in color.
  • No Bluetooth or Apple AirPrint support.
  • No scanner.
8.4 Black & White

The Kyocera ECOSYS P2235dw is great for black and white printing. It's a well-built printer that yields an incredible number of pages at a very low cost-per-print. While its first page takes some time to print, subsequent pages are significantly faster. It has an Ethernet port and offers some wireless printing options, but it lacks a scanner and a display screen.

Pros
  • Exceptional cost-per-print.
  • Remarkably high page yield.
  • Feels excellently built.
Cons
  • No Bluetooth or Apple AirPrint support.
1.5 Casual Photo

The Kyocera ECOSYS P2235dw isn't designed for printing photos. It's a monochrome laser model that produces terrible-looking images.

Pros
  • Feels excellently built.
Cons
  • Can't print in color.
  • Terrible photo quality.
  • 2.4 Family
  • 6.0 Small/Home Office
  • 6.6 Student
  • 8.4 Black & White
  • 1.5 Casual Photo
  1. Updated Feb 16, 2021: The 'High Yield Cartridge' was set to 'N/A' instead of 'No.' We corrected the error.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
8.0
Design
Build & Design Quality

The Kyocera ECOSYS P2235dw feels very well-built. Its plastic body feels solid, and it provides good access to the toner cartridge. It has a removable power cord, which makes it easier to replace if ever it breaks. Unfortunately, the toner cartridge is difficult to properly align when replacing it.

Design
Dimensions
Height 10.6" (27.0 cm)
Width 14.8" (37.5 cm)
Depth 15.6" (39.5 cm)
Weight
31.7 lbs (14.4 kg)

It's a compact printer, although it's a bit taller than some other small printers, like the Brother HL-L2350DW.

0
Design
Display Screen
Display Screen No
Display Screen Size
N/A
Touchscreen No

It doesn't have a display screen. Instead, it has four physical buttons: Silent mode, Wi-Fi, Start/Print, and Stop/Cancel Print. There are also status lights that indicate what state the printer is in or if there's an error.

Because there's no display screen, setting up the printer is a complicated process. You need to first connect the printer by either plugging it directly into your computer or using Wi-Fi Direct, and then you need to use the web interface to access or modify the Wi-Fi settings. However, the Wi-Fi Direct instructions are incomplete and very hard to follow, and the whole process requires restarting the printer multiple times.

Design
In The Box

  • 1x TK-1152 Black starter toner cartridge
  • 1x drum unit
  • Removable power cord
  • Quick setup guide
  • Installation CD
  • Label sticker

9.0
Design
Cartridge
Photo Cartridge
No
Number Of Color Cartridges
N/A
Black Cartridge Model
Kyocera TK-1152 Black
Tested Black Page Yield
306.00 prints
Estimated Black Page Yield
5814 prints
Color Cartridge Model
No Color Cartridge
Tested Color Page Yield
N/A
Estimated Color Page Yield
N/A
Third Party Cartridge
Yes
High Yield Cartridge
No
Drum Unit
A Separate Unit

The Kyocera ECOSYS P2235dw yields an outstanding number of pages, so you shouldn't need to replace the cartridges often unless you print at very high volumes frequently. However, since the drum unit is separate from the cartridge, it eventually needs to be replaced, which adds an extra cost down the road.

While it accepts third-party toner cartridges, using them may void your warranty.

0
Design
Scanner
Scanner
No
Scan Flatbed
No
Scan Sheetfed
No
Automatic Document Feeder
No
Duplex Scanning
No
Scan Resolution
N/A
Scan Color Depth
N/A
Flatbed Scan Size
N/A
Fax
No
Copy
No

The Kyocera ECOSYS P2235dw doesn't have a scanner. If you need a printer that has one, check out the HP LaserJet MFP M234dw.

Printing
9.9
Printing
Cost-Per-Print
Black Cartridge Price
67.99 US$
Color Cartridge Price
N/A
Black Only Printing
0.012 US$/print
Color Printing
N/A
Photo Printing
N/A
Ink Subscription
No

Thanks to its high page yield, the cost-per-print is remarkably low. However, since the drum unit is separate from the cartridge, it eventually needs to be replaced, which adds an extra cost down the road.

Kyocera doesn't provide the MSRP for their printers or cartridges, and it leaves the price up to its dealers. The toner price we used in our review is from Staples.

8.9
Printing
Printing Speed
Black Only Text Document
34 PPM
Color Document
N/A
Photo Printing Time
9.0 sec
First Page Out Time (Black Only)
12.0 sec
Duplex Printing
Automatic
Input Tray Capacity
250 pages

The Kyocera ECOSYS P2235dw has excellent printing speed. While the first page takes some time to come out, the subsequent pages get much faster. While testing, we discovered that the printing speed is dependent on how close the printer is to the router when printing over Wi-Fi.

0
Printing
Color Accuracy
Average Color dE
N/A
0.6
Printing
Photo Printing Quality
Borderless Printing
No

Since it's a monochrome laser model, it isn't designed for printing photos. There's a lot of graininess and banding present.

These results are based on the actual physical photo and not on the scanned image provided for reference above, which may not represent the printer's photo print quality.

Printing
Printing Size
Letter (8.5" x 11") Yes
Legal (8.5" x 14") Yes
Tabloid (11" x 17") No
A6 (105mm x 148mm) Yes
A5 (148mm x 210mm) Yes
A4 (210mm x 297mm) Yes
Photo (2" x 3") No
Photo (4" x 6") No
Photo (5" x 7") No
Mobile App And Connectivity
7.5
Mobile App And Connectivity
Connectivity
Ethernet
Yes
USB Input To Computer
Yes
Bluetooth
No
Wi-Fi via Router
Yes
Wi-Fi Direct
Yes
External Storage Support
Yes
Apple AirPrint
No
Mopria Print Service
Yes

The Kyocera ECOSYS P2235dw has good connectivity options. It has a USB port at the front for printing off a USB thumb drive. While there's an SD card port at the back of the printer, this is only for saving fonts, macros, and forms for the printer to use.

8.0
Mobile App And Connectivity
Mobile App For Home Use
Mobile App Yes
App Name KYOCERA Print
iOS Yes
Android Yes
Photo (JPEG, PNG)
Yes
PDF
Yes
Microsoft Office Files
No
Text Files (TXT)
Yes
Webpages (HTML)
Yes

It's compatible with the KYOCERA Print app, which lets you print PDFs, TXT files, and HTML files directly from your mobile device.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Kyocera ECOSYS P2235dw has a variant called the Kyocera ECOSYS P2235dn, which is almost identical except you can't print via Wi-Fi. You can see the label of our unit here.

Compared To Other Printers

The Kyocera ECOSYS P2235dw is similar to other monochrome laser printers. While they're terrible at printing photos, they excel at printing black and white documents thanks to their very high page yields and low cost-per-prints. Out of all the laser printers we've tested, this one has one of the lowest cost-per-print we've seen. Unfortunately, it doesn't support Apple AirPrint. For other options, check out our recommendations for the best black and white printers, the best printers for small businesses, and the best laser printers.

Brother HL-L2350DW

The Kyocera ECOSYS P2235dw and the Brother HL-L2350DW are both monochrome laser printers. The Kyocera has a significantly higher page yield, a much lower cost-per-print, and it prints somewhat faster. Also, it has an Ethernet port and supports printing off a USB thumb drive. On the other hand, the Brother supports Apple AirPrint, and there are higher-yield versions of its toner available if you want to increase its yield, but we didn't test them.

Lexmark B2236dw

The Kyocera ECOSYS P2235dw and the Lexmark B2236dw are both monochrome laser printers. The Lexmark prints faster, and its first page takes less time to come out. It supports Apple AirPrint, and it has a display screen. There are also higher-yield versions of its toner available if you want to increase its yield, but we didn't test them. On the other hand, the Kyocera yields significantly more pages at a lower cost-per-print, and it supports printing off a USB thumb drive.

Brother HL-L2370DW

The Kyocera ECOSYS P2235dw and the Brother HL-L2370DW are both monochrome laser printers. The Kyocera yields many more pages at a lower cost-per-print, and it supports printing off a USB thumb drive. On the other hand, the Brother prints a bit faster, and it supports Apple AirPrint. Also, there are higher-yield versions of its toner available if you want to increase its yield, but we didn't test them.

Brother MFC-J995DW

The Brother MFC-J995DW is overall better than the Kyocera ECOSYS P2235dw, but the Kyocera is an excellent choice if you only intend on printing in black and white. While the Kyocera's cost-per-print for black documents is slightly higher, it has a much higher page yield and it prints significantly faster. On the other hand, the Brother can print in color and produces impressive-looking photos. It also has a flatbed scanner and a sheetfed scanner, and you can print Microsoft Office files from its mobile app.

Xerox B210/DNI

The Kyocera ECOSYS P2235dw and the Xerox B210/DNI are both monochrome laser printers, but the Kyocera is slightly better overall. It yields significantly more pages at a much lower cost-per-print, and its mobile app lets you print PDFs and TXT files from your mobile device. It also supports printing off a USB thumb drive. Unfortunately, unlike the Xerox, it doesn't support Apple AirPrint, and there aren't higher-yield versions of its toner available.

HP LaserJet MFP M234dw

The Kyocera ECOSYS P2235dw is better than the HP LaserJet MFP M234dw for black and white printing. The Kyocera has a significantly higher black page yield and lower cost-per-print. However, you have to replace the drum unit separately, whereas the HP's is built into the cartridge. The Kyocera prints a lot faster, and it has a larger input tray so that you don't have to reload paper as often during a big print job. The HP might be a better choice for some because it has a scanner and supports AirPrint, which the Kyocera doesn't.

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