HP laserJet P2035 Review
Not everybody is looking for scalability in a printer. They just want a decent, hard-working machine that can get the job done fairly quickly. A step above consumer-grade printers, the HP LaserJet P2035 is remains an inexpensive laser printer for home and home office use. The monochrome printer offers resolutions up to 600 dpi at speeds reaching 30 ppm.
The 2009 P2035 comes in two different models that cannot be modified: The P2035 comes with USB and Parallel ports for direct connection to a computer and the P2035n has USB and Ethernet for network printing across several computers.
Having half the weight of the P3005 series, the 22-pound, cube-like LaserJet also has a smaller 14.5” x 14.5” footprint for easy placement in any corner or credenza -- just leave enough ventilation space around the vents. Paper trays and toner are all easily accessed from the front, reducing the need of moving the printer for refilling.
The control panel consists of Start and Cancel buttons and six LEDs. The icons next to the LEDs help provide most of the information a user needs to troubleshoot the LaserJet without having to decipher a lot of blinking light codes.
The maximum resolution for the P2035 is a modest 600 x 600 dpi. This resolution is fine for creating sharp text and simple graphic images. HP’s Resolution Enhancement technology helps improve image quality on photographic images. With an instant-on fuser, there are no more long restart times from power save mode. Like all LaserJets, the P2035 comes with a Toner Save mode to conserve on ink.
In less than 8 seconds, this laser starts printing single-sided 8.5” x 11” sheets at 30 pages per minute. A 250-sheet cassette tray supports paperweights from 16# to 32# paper, and sizes ranging from 4” x 6” up to 8.5” x 14”. The P2035’s multi-purpose flip-tray holds up to 50 sheets of papers, cardstock, envelopes, and transparencies.
The P2035’s come with 16MB of fixed memory. This is sufficient for non-networking uses but will be anemic if used as a network printer in a classroom or printing large jobs. The HP PCL5e is the sole printer emulator offered.
Although it’s rated with a monthly duty cycle of 25,000 pages, HP stresses that the number of pages printed per month on the P2035 be limited to 2,500 pages for optimum performance. This is the reason the P2035 is marketed in the UK as a “home/home-office” printer (yet HP targets it in the US for “small and medium businesses”). If you normally wind up going through a couple of reams of paper in a week, you might want to opt for one of HP’s better models.
The 250-sheet paper tray is woefully undersized for business use. For personal and home office use, a 250-sheet tray is sufficient. But it’s typical for even a small office to go through a ream of paper in a single day. Unlike the P3000 LaserJet line, there are no additional paper trays that can be added to expand the P2035’s capacity.
This is a noisy printer. While idling below 30 dB, the printer produces 54 dB of sound printing. To give you an idea of what that means: 60 decibels is the level of typical conversations and 30 decibels is the sound of a quiet night in a desert. The noise while printing is barely discernable sitting in a classroom or a large office area, but printing in a bedroom is another story. There is a “Quiet Mode” setting, but print speed will be cut in half for the sake of getting that quiet.
A lot of people who are familiar with commercial-grade LaserJets are used to the printers having accessible slots to add a network card or more RAM. With the P2035, “what you buy is what you got”. Everything is encased within the printer’s housing.