We recently took a call from one of our manufacturers regarding printers and toners coming into stock from a new printer manufacturer named Pantum. I must admit that at first I was hesitant and far too many memories of hunting down incredibly rare Tally Genicon cartridges for customers came flooding back. However the more I heard about this company, the more excited I got…
Who are Pantum?
Pantum are a China based manufacturer or printers and cartridges with a refreshing approach to business. This is largely due to their ties to remanufactured and compatible cartridge manufacturers Seine Technology and Ninestar. Pantum have taken the existing ideals of producing affordable and environmental friendly products and applied it to the production of their own robust printers.
What makes them so special?
In my many years of working in the printer industry I have witnessed technology giants like Epson, Panasonic and Kodak producing their own printers with varying levels of success. The only real consistent trait being the high running costs of these printers. So the arrival of printer manufacturer with such strong ties to quality, affordable printer cartridges could be revolutionary for the industry.
Running cost it not Pantums only focus. The printers in their existing range contain a higher percentage of metal and hard rubber components and a longer life printer engine. This is reflected in the monthly duty cycles of their printers boasting 20,000 pages from entry level machine and an impressive 40,000 pages from the high speed printer.
Pantum also have a strong focus on producing an environmentally friendly product that reduces the amount of waste toner by 11% and conserves power as well.
What do you think about them?
One thing that is certain about Pantum is that they mean business. Everything I read on them suggests that they intend to become a globally recognised brand that want to genuinely change printing for both in home and office environments. Their experience in the compatible cartridge industry should serve them well and I hope they are able to gain ground in an industry that has been dominated by big names for as long as I can remember.
In my mind their success is dependant upon one key factor… running cost. If the consumables are available at a price similar to those of remanufactured cartridges for big name printers I believe consumers will be happy to invest in such a Pantum printer. I speak to dozens of people everyday about their ink and toner cartridge needs and the majority of them would love to but the manufacturers own, but the prices demanded genuinely prohibit them from doing so.
If however consumers can buy a printer from an established brand at a subsidised price and run it using a quality remanufactured/compatible cartridges that cost less than the Pantum consumables the future may not be so bright.
When can I get one?
There are a few Pantum printers in the UK and I am lucky enough to have received one this morning for some testing and feedback for them before they go on sale. I will update this post when they are available and I look forward to sharing my findings with you.
What are your thoughts on Pamtum printers? Would you be interested in buying one? Please let us know in the comments below.