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Kyocera ECOSYS P2235dw Printer Review

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Reviewed Feb 15, 2021 at 10:37 am
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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

N/A 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.
N/A 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.
N/A 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.
N/A 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.
N/A 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.
  • N/A Family
  • N/A Small/Home Office
  • N/A Student
  • N/A Black & White
  • N/A Casual Photo
  1. Updated Feb 16, 2021: The 'High Yield Cartridge' was set to 'N/A' instead of 'No.' We corrected the error.
  2. Updated Feb 15, 2021: Review published.
  3. Updated Feb 10, 2021: Early access published.

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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.

Pantum P3012DW

The Pantum P3012DW and the Kyocera ECOSYS P2235dw are both monochrome print-only laser units that are best suited for simple black and white printing. The Kyocera is better overall, with a significantly higher page yield that gives it a much cheaper cost-per-print than the Pantum, and it can print directly from USB flash drives. Also, the Kyocera warms up faster to get the first page out, and its companion app is much easier to use. On the other hand, the Pantum supports Apple AirPrint, making it much easier to use with Apple devices.

Pantum P2502W

The Pantum P2502W and the Kyocera ECOSYS P2235dw are both printer-only laser units that can only print in black and white. The Kyocera printer is better, as it yields significantly more pages at a much cheaper cost-per-print, prints much faster, and supports automatic duplex printing. Also, it has an Ethernet port for a stable network connection, and the printer can print directly from USB flash drives. However, the Kyocera printer's drum unit is separate from the cartridge, so it's an extra part you have to replace. On the other hand, the Pantum supports Apple AirPrint, and its cartridge is much easier to replace, but it has issues handling and printing sheets.

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.

Brother HL-L2370DW [L2350DW]

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.

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 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.

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Test Results

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Design
N/A
Design
Build & Design Quality
Type Printer Only

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 Lock" (Lock cm)
Width Lock" (Lock cm)
Depth Lock" (Lock cm)
Weight
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It's a compact printer, although it's a bit taller than some other small printers, like the Brother HL-L2350DW.

N/A
Design
Display Screen
Display Screen Locked
Display Screen Size
N/A
Touchscreen Locked

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

N/A
Design
Cartridge
Photo Cartridge
Locked
Technology Laser
Number Of Color Cartridges
N/A
Black Cartridge Model
Locked
Color No
Tested Black Page Yield
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SuperTank
No
Estimated Black Page Yield
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Color Cartridge Model
Locked
Tested Color Page Yield
N/A
Estimated Color Page Yield
N/A
Third Party Cartridge
Locked
High Yield Cartridge
Locked
Drum Unit
Locked

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.

N/A
Design
Scanner
Scanner
Locked
Scan Flatbed
Locked
Scan Sheetfed
Locked
Automatic Document Feeder
Locked
Duplex Scanning
Locked
Scan Resolution
N/A
Scan Color Depth
N/A
Flatbed Scan Size
N/A
Fax
Locked
Copy
Locked

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
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Printing
Cost-Per-Print
Black Cartridge Price
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Color Cartridge Price
N/A
Black Only Printing
Lock US$/print
Color Printing
N/A
Photo Printing
N/A
Ink Subscription
Locked

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.

N/A
Printing
Printing Speed
Black Only Text Document
Lock PPM
Color Document
N/A
Photo Printing Time
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First Page Out Time (Black Only)
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Duplex Printing
Locked
Input Tray Capacity
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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.

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Printing
Color Accuracy
Average Color dE
N/A
N/A
Printing
Photo Printing Quality
Borderless Printing
Locked

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") Locked
Legal (8.5" x 14") Locked
Tabloid (11" x 17") Locked
A6 (105mm x 148mm) Locked
A5 (148mm x 210mm) Locked
A4 (210mm x 297mm) Locked
Photo (2" x 3") Locked
Photo (4" x 6") Locked
Photo (5" x 7") Locked
Mobile App And Connectivity
N/A
Mobile App And Connectivity
Connectivity
Ethernet
Locked
USB Input To Computer
Locked
Wireless Yes
Bluetooth
Locked
Wi-Fi via Router
Locked
Wi-Fi Direct
Locked
External Storage Support
Locked
Apple AirPrint
Locked
Mopria Print Service
Locked

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. If you're looking for a monochrome print-only unit but need a model that supports Apple AirPrint, check out the Pantum P3012DW.

N/A
Mobile App And Connectivity
Mobile App For Home Use
Mobile App Locked
App Name Locked
iOS Locked
Android Locked
Photo (JPEG, PNG)
Locked
PDF
Locked
Microsoft Office Files
Locked
Text Files (TXT)
Locked
Webpages (HTML)
Locked

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

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