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New HP LaserJet M236 series brings affordable high-volume printing to SOHOs and SMBs

By Ken Wong - on 16 Aug 2021, 4:55pm

New HP LaserJet M236 series brings affordable high-volume printing to SOHOs and SMBs

The new printers have a rather nice look to them. Image courtesy of HP.

SOHOs and SMBs looking for an affordable high-volume printer usually look at buying a laser printer. The main advantage they’ve always had over their inkjet brethren lie in their speed, precision, and efficiency.

And now, HP is bringing a new LaserJet MFP M236 series into the mix.

HP’s MFPs moniker comes from their ability as a multi-function printer and print, copy, scan, and fax. This time around, HP is bringing us two models, the M236dw and the M236sdw. While the basic specs are the same, the main difference between the two is that the M236sdw has a 40-page ADF.

 

All the same under the hood

For S$30 more, the M236sdw is highly recommended. Image courtesy of Hp.

Below the hood, all is the same between the M236dw and M236sdw. Both print at up to 600 x 600 dpi and have a monthly duty cycle of up to 20,000 pages in black only. The paper tray holds up to 150 sheets of paper.

It supports dual-band Wi-Fi over the 2.4GHz and 5.0GHz frequencies and once connected to the Internet you can also scan and save to the Cloud, via programs like Dropbox or Google Drive. You can also access and print documents and images on your smartphone, from Dropbox and Google Drive, when using the HP Smart app.  

However, HP says that the main feature of the M236 series is its speed, especially in two-sided printing. According to the company, it has a document speed of up to 29ppm in black, and up to 18ipm in duplex in black. In addition, the M236sdw and M236dw can both scan up to 19ppm in black and white, and up to 10ppm in colour. But without an ADF, I don't think the M236dw will be as fast in reality as you'd need to manually replace the pages to be scanned. 

The copy speed for the M236dw is also slightly slower when compared to the M236sdw. In Black, they are 10.3 and 8 seconds respectively.

Depending on the size of the toner cartridge bought, you’ll be able to print from 1,150 to 2,600 pages. The toner that the printer ships with has a capacity of 700 pages.

 

Price and availability

The M236dw lacks the ADF of the M236sdw but is S$30 cheaper. Image courtesy of HP.

The M236dw and M236sdw are priced at S$269 and S$299 respectively. Both are available now from HP’s online store, Challenger retail stores, and Challenger’s online store. Given the small price difference between both models, unless you need to save space (and weight), going for the version with ADF unit seems like a better buy for the long run.

Specs/Model

M236dw

M236sdw

Functions

Print, scan, copy, send mobile fax

Print speed

Black (A4, normal): Up to 29 ppm; Black (A4, duplex): Up to 18 ipm

Print quality

600 x 600 dpi

Paper capacity

150 sheets standard paper tray

Connectivity

Dual-band Wi-Fi with self-reset, Built-in fast Ethernet, Hi-Speed USB

Display

Nil

Nil

Dimensions

368.0 x 298.6 x 241.9mm

418.0 x 308.0 x 294.4mm

Weight

7.6kg

9.5kg

Warranty

One-year warranty

One-year warranty

Price

S$269

S$299 

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