Brother MFC-290C

Brother MFC-290C is a Color Inkjet Multifunction Center features Print Speed 30ppm in Black and 25ppm in Color; Max. Printing Size 8.5″ x 14″ (Legal); Print Resolution Up to 6000 x 1200 dpi; 14.4K bps Fax Modem speed; Copy Speed up to 20cpm in Black and up to 18cpm in Color; Optical Scan Resolution 1200 x 2400 dpi; Built-in Media Card Slots, PictBridge Interface and USB Flash Memory Drive. The Brother MFC-290C measures 15.4″ x 14.8″ x 7.1″ (W x D x H) and weighs 17.2 lbs.

Overall Rating: ★★★☆☆ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Brother MFC-290C Reviews

PCWorld reviews the Brother MFC-290C and writes;
“A total of eight different scan presets are available when using the included software, with four of these accessible directly through the device’s control panel. These are all customisable in regards to resolution, format and the application opened upon completion. With an optical 1200×2400 scanning resolution, the Brother MFC-290C has the ability to pick up fine detail in scanned images, though we found some detail was lost as images were under-saturated compared to the source. This doesn’t affect document scanning, but it can mar photos slightly.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

Expertreviews reviews the Brother MFC-290C and writes;
“Copy quality is better than that of most inkjet MFPs, with particularly accurate colours and legible reproduction of even fine 5pt text. However, mono copies of colour graphics were gritty, and copy speeds were rather slow at 30 seconds for a single mono page and 42 seconds for colour. The ADF makes it easy to copy documents of up to 15 pages at once, but it’s also slow. We had to wait almost four minutes for a 10-page mono copy.”
Rating: ★★☆☆☆

User Opinions

Brother MFC-290C User Reviews

Excellent Multi-Function, not for designers or photographers
“BUY IF: You are in need of an inexpensive multi-function this is definitely the choice. The built in fax works great once configured and making copies with the on board functions is a snap. Scanner is good quality that provides a lot of flexibility. The color prints from this machine are about as good as you can expect from a < $70 printer, which in my personal opinion is sub standard for my needs. If you are only worried about black and white and business use, pick this printer up today! " – by Courtny T. Cotten
Rating: ★★★★☆

great for price
“Good product for its price.One great feature is when ink finishes for example the black,that same said cartridge alone has to be changed.There are some other printers that when a particular ink is finished the entire cartidge has to be changed resulting a high expenses to cover.Great for office and home use. “ – by D. Sookoo
Rating: ★★★★☆

A great printer for average use
“The quality of the bw text is fine, and the bw and color photos look good. For me, a very desirable feature is that it is a QUIET printer, without all the clang-bang of every other inkjet printer I have listened to at Office Depot. I do not need FAX, but the scanner and photo capture devices work well and the speed is fast enough. Use a good quality USB cable to avoid any hassle. “ – by Endre B. Gastony
Rating: ★★★★★

Nice Printer for the $$ – not a photo printer
“A nice product. Amazing that I can purchase this for < $60! Great quality too. Just looking at it....felling it.... and watching it work, I am a - maze - ed!!! It copies, scans, prints, and..... faxes? Hey I haven't faxed anything in about 5 years. Nowadays I scan and email, so for me, this option is not needed. Anyway, it does a nice job for your day to day black and white printing. It is quick and it is quiet." – by Metsdada
Rating: ★★★★☆

Good for average home/office prints
“So far so good. Absolutely no paper jams for the past year of use. Very good quality for black prints. Color printing on the other hand, is very dull. Even the black comes out looking gray. “ – by viceversa
Rating: ★★★★☆

Great for common document printing / scanning / faxing
“I bought this all-in-one system on sale for $50 and it is working really well since then. The starter ink cartridge has lasted more than 50 pages and I am still waiting for it to finish up. This is great for regular document printing. scanning and faxing. I wouldn’t expect a machine with this price to produce life-like photos in the first place but it does a decent job.” – by KishoreKishore
Rating: ★★★★☆

Does what I need
“Where else can you get a fax, scan, copy and photo capture for $70. It works fine, easy to set up and use. If you read the instructions carefully you will have no problems. I had a black ink problem with white lines, but I just went to the trouble shooting section of the manual and it tells you how to clean the black ink only. It copies faster than my last model MFC-240. Its also quieter. It also has a sleep mode and is energy efficient. “ – by D. Tutino
Rating: ★★★★☆


Brother MFC-290C Brochure & User Guide

Brother MFC-290C Brochure
Brother MFC-290C User Guide

Features & Specifications

Brother MFC-290C Features

Brother’s MFC-290C is an affordable color inkjet all-in-one that lets you print, copy, scan and fax with ease. An attractive design and compact footprint make it ideal for home and home office environments where space is at a premium. However, its compact size doesn’t mean sacrificing performance or features. It offers a variety of features designed to help enhance the way you work. These include a convenient automatic document feeder, built-in media card slots, a USB Direct / PictBridge interface for direct photo printing and 4 separate ink cartridge system.

The MFC-290C also comes with a range of other useful features, including: up to 30ppm black/25ppm color print speeds, a versatile flatbed design, up to 100 sheet paper capacity and up to 6000×1200▼dpi print resolution. Plus, the MFC-290C offers excellent fax and scanning capabilities.

Fast Printing
Improve productivity with fast print speeds – When getting things printed quickly is critical, the MFC-290C can print at up to 30ppm in black and 25ppm in color*.

Versatile flatbed design
The flatbed design allows you to scan and copy bound documents, non-standard paper sizes or anything too thick for the automatic document feeder.

Up to 100 sheet paper capacity
The larger the paper capacity, the less frequently you need to refill the paper tray.

High quality printing at up to 6000×1200 dpi
The MFC-290C delivers exceptional output at up to 6000 x 1200 dpi resolution. Print professional, borderless photos with droplet size as small as 1.5 picoliter, using True2Life® technology. Smaller droplet size ensures your documents or photos have finer details and more realistic skin tones. Print professional quality photos in your home or office when you want.

The MFC-290C also offers high-resolution scanning up to 19,200 dpi interpolated. Faxes can be sent or received in either black and white or color using the built-in 14.4K bps fax modem. Also, the auto fax / telephone switch feature means you can use your fax and phone on the same line.

Perfectly suited for your home/home office, the MFC-290C fax capabilities don’t require a separate phone line. Faxing, copying and direct printing from media cards, PictBridge-enabled cameras or a USB flash drive don’t even require that your PC be connected. All these features are available whether your computer is on or off, or even in the area. The MFC-290C PhotoCapture Center® is compatible with Compact Flash, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, Secure Digital, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC), xD Picture Card and xD Picture Card TypeM/Type H media cards†. Features available directly from the control panel include photo enhancement, red eye removal, trimming, monochrome / sepia selection, direct scan to media cards, slide shows and photo search by date. The MFC-290C has Energy Star certification and a one year express exchange warranty.

Features / Benefits
* Attractive, space-saving design, ideal for home or home office environments
* Provides print, scan, copy and fax functionality in one compact, low profile machine
* Auto document feeder up to 15 pages allows for unattended fax, copy or scanning
* Print photos on demand directly from media card slots or USB direct / PictBridge interface
* Front loading 4 cartridge ink system lets you change only the color that needs to be replaced. A front loading ink compartment makes it easier to replace ink cartridges.
* Improve productivity with fast 30ppm black / 25ppm color print speeds*
* Fax, copy and photo printing functions available even when your computer is turned off or in another location
* Rich, vibrant photo printing at resolutions of up to 6000 x 1200 dpi

What’s in the Box
MFC-290c, LC61BK Black Starter Ink Cartridge□, LC61C Cyan Starter Ink Cartridge□, LC61M Magenta Starter Ink Cartridge□, LC61Y Yellow Starter Ink Cartridge□, Quick Setup and User’s Guides, telephone line cord, CD-ROMs include all related drivers and software for Windows® and Mac OS®

Resolution are listed vertical by horizontal dpi.
* PPM speed excludes time to complete first page and will vary depending on a variety of factors.
See for details.
† Additional purchase required.
□Actual yield of starter cartridge will be approx. 65% of replacement LC61 series, due to ink system initialization process.

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