Lexmark B2236dw Review

Good: Standard wireless connectivity, lightweight and compact, flexible toner cartridge offerings.
Bad: Ledger-sized paper is not accepted; hard drive is not offered.
Bottom Line: Robust printer designed for small businesses that don't need color output.
Intended Users:
Small workgroups
Speed Black:
Speed Color:
36 ppm
Not applicable
1 GHz
256 MB

Product Overview

The new B2236dw ($159.99) is part of the Lexmark Two Series intended for small businesses, teams or start-ups. It prints at up to 36 ppm and includes a two-line monochrome LCD display panel.

There’s a 1 GHz processor and 256 MB of memory that’s not expandable. First-page-out-time is up to 8 seconds. PCL and PostScript printing language are supported. USB, Ethernet and wireless connectivity are standard. Mobile printing is supported via the Lexmark Mobile Print, Apple AirPrint, Mopria and Google Cloud Print apps.

The printer also weighs 15 pounds, so it’s compact to fit on any desktop.

More details are in our Features section below.

The B2236dw is a robust printer designed for small businesses that don’t need color output.


Paper handling starts with a 250-sheet tray and a single-sheet manual bypass. There’s no additional paper options. The trays can accept paper from envelope-size up to legal-sized (8.5″ x 14″).

Output is a 150-sheet bin. Duplexing is standard. The maximum monthly duty cycle is 30,000 pages, however, Lexmark recommends a monthly page volume range of 250 to 2,500 pages.

As with its older printers and MFPs, the B2236dw uses Lexmark’s Unison Toner. The Unison Toner’s print system has a separate toner, imaging unit and fuser, using a multi-piece architecture design that leads to reduced toner waste and long-life system reliability.

It also prints at up to 1,200 dpi for crisper print quality. And it alerts users when supplies are needed (e.g., low toner warning and number of pages left to print).

Just like it’s done for many years, Lexmark offers its Return Program, which is a loyalty program that provides customers with a free high-yield toner cartridge for every 10 toner cartridges sent back to Lexmark for recycling. It also provides a free imaging kit when needed. Consumable prices under the Return Program tend to be significantly cheaper.

Users have a choice of a 1,200-page cartridge, 3,000-page high-yield aftermarket cartridge, or the 6,000-page extra-high-capacity toner. We don’t have the cartridge prices to calculate the cost per page, but we expect operating costs to be reasonable based on Lexmark’s history of low consumables costs.

Users can also take advantage of other features to help keep printing costs down, such as sleep mode and duplexing.

The B2236dw includes strong security features that’s present on Lexmark’s other printers and MFPs. Some of those features include user authentication, network security, document security, and secure remote management.

Finally, there’s a one-year limited warranty.

  • Automatic Document Feeder?
  • Duplexing?
  • Ethernet Connectivity?
  • Wireless Connectivity?
  • Mobile Printing/Scanning?
  • Finishers?


The B2236dw doesn’t accept ledger-sized paper. Also, there’s no hard drive, even as an option.


Lexmark creates innovative imaging solutions and technologies that help customers worldwide print, secure and manage information with ease, efficiency and unmatched value.

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