Pantum M6702DW review | PCMag

The Pantum M6702DW All-in-One Printer has a lot in common with the single-function Pantum P3012DW that we reviewed a few months ago. It comes from the same emerging Chinese company that has been offering printers since 2010 and that has built a strong presence in the low-cost monochrome laser market. The M6702DW provided nearly identical performance in our testing while adding scan and copy (but no fax) functions. Pantum’s printers don’t have official list prices, but the M6702DW is a thrifty $ 179.99 on Amazon right now ($ 40 more than the print-only P3012DW), which is well worth it. for home workers or micro-offices with micro budgets.


Easy installation, with a choice of connections

As with most monochrome laser printers, the physical setup of the Pantum M6702DW is straightforward. Like its brother, it cuts operating costs by using separate components for the drum and toner. Both are shipped inside the printer, in the same bin that normally holds them. First, you remove the tray from the printer; remove the toner cartridge and remove the plastic tab that prevents toner from spilling out during transportation; removing a protective sheet from the drum; replace the toner cartridge; and put the tray back in the printer.

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Weighing 28.3 pounds and measuring 13.8 x 16.3 x 14.4 inches (HWD), the M6702DW is small enough to sit on your desk, but its many connection options including Ethernet, USB, Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi Direct, plus NFC support for mobile devices – lets you put it elsewhere in your office. The tiltable control panel is located to the left of the flatbed scanner, which is mounted on the printer’s output tray. A two-line LCD display and control buttons let you navigate menus, as well as give copy and scan commands.

Pantum M6702DW control panel

When it comes to printing, the Pantum’s paper handling is more than adequate for most home offices or for a personal printer in an office of any size. The insulated paper tray holds 250 sheets of letter or legal size paper and is supplemented with a single page multi-purpose tray for occasional feeding of specialty media. The printer also offers automatic two-sided printing for printing two-sided documents. For scanning, on the other hand, paper handling is limited to manually loading one sheet at a time onto the 8.7 x 11.7 inch platen. Without automatic document feeder, it is only suitable for light scanning.

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Pantum’s recommended monthly printer duty cycle is 750 to 3,500 pages. But in practice, if you regularly print more than about 1,000 pages per month (on average 50 pages per business day), filling a 250-sheet tray can quickly become an unwanted chore.

Also, keep in mind that the more you plan to print, the more you need to pay attention to operating costs. The cost per page of the M6702DW, using its high capacity toner cartridge, is 2.8 cents. Compare that to 0.6 cents for the HP Neverstop Laser MFP 1202w, which is one of the main reasons the HP is the Editor’s Choice award winner for entry-level monochrome laser all-in-ones. , even considering its list price of $ 329.99. Which of the two will cost you less in the long run depends on the number of pages you print. (For more on printer operating costs, see our guide to saving money on your next printer. The article focuses on the cost comparison for inkjets, but the same approach works for monochrome lasers and is easier to calculate because they only have one color of toner.)

Pantum M6702DW left corner

For our print speed and output quality tests, I connected the M6702DW to our Windows 10 Pro benchmark via an Ethernet network. Driver installation was exceptionally easy – the one-click install routine simply asks you to specify a USB, Wi-Fi, or wired network connection, then installs without you having to do anything. other.


Good speed, good text quality

In our performance tests, the Pantum M6702DW was in the top tier of low-cost mono lasers across the board. Rated at 32 pages per minute, it actually delivered 33 ppm when printing pages 2-12 of the Microsoft Word text document. For the entire file, including the slower first page, it’s tied to the single-function P3012DW at 24.8 ppm, significantly faster than the Canon imageClass MF267dw at $ 249 and the Brother MFC-L2717DWC at 199.99 $ (24 ppm each). All four were a bit faster than the $ 179.99 HP LaserJet MFP M234dwe at 20.8 ppm, and much faster than the HP Neverstop MFP 1202w (16.9 ppm).

On our full suite of business documents (the Word file as well as a variety of PDF, Excel and PowerPoint pages), the M6702DW handled 17 ppm, taking a few seconds longer than the Canon MF267dw and Pantum P3012DW. The other printers mentioned above were considerably slower at 12.6 ppm to 14.2 ppm. He printed our 4 x 6 inch test photos in an average of 9 seconds each.

Pantum M6702DW ceiling angle

Print quality was found to be good for text but less attractive for graphics and photos. The text offered crisp, crisp edges and was easily readable at sizes as small as 5 points for all the fonts we tested that would likely be visible in business documents; some were readable at 4 points. One of the two highly stylized fonts with thick lines was readable at 8 points; the other, more difficult to render well, tended to fill in the white spaces between and within characters, making it difficult to read anything less than 10 points.

As for photos and graphics, they were generally good enough to clearly convey an image, but not suitable for a report intended for a large client or a brochure for potential clients. Graphics lost or broken fine lines, photos showed posterization, and both showed banding, uneven stack height in dark areas, and easily visible dithering patterns.

One-click configuration of the Pantum M6702DW

We usually don’t dwell on the scan and copy quality for all-in-ones intended for office use, as copy quality depends on both print quality, which we cover elsewhere, and on scan quality, which is similar for most professional all-in-ones. However, the scans and copies of the M6702DW were far enough below par to warrant a mention.

The copied text came out fairly well, although a bit grayer than the originals, but the graphics and photos were significantly degraded. The photos in particular showed a lot more loss of shadow detail than usual, as well as some artifacts that were impossible to miss. The problems were entirely due to the scanner, as was evident from looking at scans from another AIO of the same originals. If you just need to copy and scan text documents, or if you can live with poor quality copies and scans of graphics and photos, the Pantum may have you covered. But don’t expect good scans or copies.


Pretty solid … if you don’t scan a lot

The poor copying and scanning of the Pantum M6720DW limits its appeal to a relatively narrow niche. If you don’t need scanning and copying functions at all, the single-function Pantum P3012DW is a better bet. Or, if you want decent scan and copy functions with an automatic document feeder (ADF) to handle multi-page documents, the Canon MF267dw or Brother MFC-L2717DWC do it better and also provide faxing.

Pantum M6720DW

The HP LaserJet M234dwe and Neverstop MFP 1202w MFPs do not include an ADF, although they do offer faxing and depending on how many pages you print, their low running costs might please you. Even with all of these competition, however, if you want an AIO small enough to share a desktop and only need minimal scan and copy functionality, the Pantum M6702DW might be a good choice.

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