Pantum M6702DW – Review 2021

The Pantum M6702DW all-in-one printer has a lot in common with the single-function Pantum P3012DW, which we reviewed a few months ago. It comes from the same new Chinese company that has been offering printers since 2010 and which has built up a strong presence in the market for cheap monochrome lasers. The M6702DW delivered almost identical performance in our tests, while adding scan and copy features (but not fax). Pantum’s printers do not have official list prices, but the M6702DW costs $ 179.99 on Amazon at the time of writing ($ 40 more than the P3012DW), making it worth watching from home or from micro-budget micro-office workers.


Easy setup with a choice of connections

As with most black and white laser printers, the physical setup of the Pantum M6702DW is straightforward. Like its siblings, it keeps operating costs down by using separate drum and toner components. Both are sent inside the printer in the same tray that normally holds them. To get started, remove the tray from the printer; remove the toner cartridge and pull out the plastic tab that prevents toner from spilling during shipping; pull a protective sheet off the drum; click the toner cartridge back in place; and replace the tray in the printer.

Weighing 28.3 pounds and measuring 13.8 x 16.3 x 14.4 inches (HWD), the M6702DW is small enough to fit on your desk, but its ample connectivity – including Ethernet, USB, Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi Direct, along with NFC support for mobile devices – let you place it somewhere else in your office. The tiltable control panel is to the left of the flatbed scanner, which is mounted above the printer output bin. A two-line LCD screen and control buttons let you move through the menus, as well as provide copy and scan commands.

Pantum M6702DW control panel

When it comes to printing, Pantum’s paper handling is more than adequate for most home offices or for a personal printer of any size office. The single paper tray can hold 250 sheets of letter- or legal-size paper and is complemented by a single-sided multifunction tray for feeding a single piece of specialty media. The printer also offers automatic duplex printing for printing two-sided documents. For scanning, on the other hand, paper handling is limited to manually loading a sheet at a time of 8.7 x 11.7 inch flatbed. Without an automatic document feeder, it is only suitable for light scanning.

Pantum’s recommended monthly operating cycle for the printer is 750 to 3,500 pages. But as a practical matter, if you regularly print more than about 1,000 pages a month (an average of 50 pages per weekday), refilling a 250-sheet tray can quickly become an unwelcome task.

Also keep in mind that the more you expect to print, the more attention you need to pay to operating costs. M6702DW’s price per. side, using its high-capacity toner cartridge, is 2.8 cents. Compare that to the 0.6 cents for the HP Neverstop Laser MFP 1202w, which is a key reason why HP is our Editors’ Choice award winner for beginner-level monochrome laser AIOs, even given its list price of $ 329.99. Which of the two will cost you less in the long run depends on how many pages you print. (For more on printer operating costs, see our guide to saving money on your next printer. The article focuses on comparing the cost of inkjet printers, but the same approach works for monolayers and is easier to calculate as they have only one toner color.)

Pantum M6702DW left angle

For our print speed and output quality testing, I connected the M6702DW to our Windows 10 Pro test bed over an Ethernet network. Driver installation was exceptionally easy – the one-click setup routine simply asks you to set up a USB, Wi-Fi or wired network connection and then installs without you having to do anything else.


Good speed, good text quality

In our performance test, the Pantum M6702DW was in the best range of cheap monolayers across the board. Rated at 32 pages per minute, it actually delivered 33 ppm when printing pages 2 to 12 in Microsoft Word text documents. For the entire file, including the slower first page, it joined the single-function P3012DW at 24.8 ppm, slightly faster than the $ 249 Canon imageClass MF267dw and $ 199.99 Brother MFC-L2717DWC (24ppm each). All four were slightly faster than the $ 179.99 HP LaserJet MFP M234dwe at 20.8 ppm and far faster than the HP Neverstop MFP 1202w (16.9 ppm).

On our full suite of business documents – the Word file plus a series of PDF, Excel and PowerPoint pages – the M6702DW managed 17 pages per page. minute, which only takes a few seconds longer than the Canon MF267dw and Pantum P3012DW. The other printers mentioned above were significantly slower at 12.6 ppm to 14.2 ppm. It printed our 4 x 6 inch test photos at an average of 9 seconds apiece.

Pantum M6702DW overhead angle

The print quality turned out to be good for text, but less appealing for graphics and photos. Text offered sharp, clean edges and was easy to read in sizes as small as 5 dots for all the fonts we test and which would likely be seen in business documents; some were legible at 4 points. One of two very stylized fonts with strong strokes was legible at 8 points; the other, harder to reproduce well, tended to fill in white spaces between and within characters, making anything less than 10 points difficult to read.

In terms of photos and graphics, they were generally good enough to clearly convey an image, but not suitable for a report going to an important customer or a brochure aimed at potential customers. Graphics lost or broke thin lines, photos showed posteriority, and both showed bands, uneven pile height in solid dark areas, and easily visible scratch patterns.

Pantum M6702DW one-click setup

We do not usually dwell on the scan and copy quality of AIOs intended for office use, because the copy quality depends on both the print quality that we cover elsewhere and the scan quality, which is the same for most business all-in-ones. However, the M6702DW’s scans and copies were below par to claim publicity.

Copied text came out well enough, despite being a little grayer than the originals, but graphics and photos were significantly degraded. In particular, images showed much more loss of shadow details than usual, along with artifacts that were impossible to miss. The problems were entirely due to the scanner, as it was obvious to look at another AIO’s scans of the same originals. If you just need to copy and scan text documents, or can live with copies and scans in low quality graphics and photos, Pantum can satisfy. But do not expect good scans or copies.


Solid enough … if you do not scan much

The poor copying and scanning of the Pantum M6720DW limits its appeal to a relatively narrow niche. If you do not need scanning and copying options at all, the Pantum P3012DW with a single function is a better offer. Or if you want decent scanning and copying features with an automatic document feeder (ADF) for handling multi-page documents, the Canon MF267dw or Brother MFC-L2717DWC can do it better and also deliver faxes.

Pantum M6720DW

The HP LaserJet MFP M234dwe and Neverstop MFP 1202w do not include ADFs, although they do offer faxes, and depending on how many pages you print, their low operating costs can win you over. Even with all these competitors, but if you want an AIO that is small enough to share a desktop with and needs only minimal scanning and copying functionality, the Pantum M6702DW could be a good choice.

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