Brother MFC-490CW

Brother MFC-490CW is a Color Inkjet Wireless All-in-One Printer features Maximum Printing Size 8.5″ x 14″ (Legal); Print Speed 33ppm Black, 27ppm Color; Print Resolution Up to 6000 x 1200 dpi; Hi-Speed Super G3 33.6K bps Fax Modem; Copy Speed up to 22cpm Black, up to 20cpm Color; Optical Scan Resolution 1200 x 2400 dpi; Widescreen 3.3″ Color LCD Display; Hi-Speed USB 2.0, Ethernet, Wireless (802.11b/g),PictBridge Interfaces Media Card Slots and USB Flash Memory Drive . The Brother MFC-490CW measures 15.4″ x 14.8″ x 7.1″ (W x D x H) and weighs 17.9 lbs.

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Brother MFC-490CW Reviews

Expertreviews reviews the Brother MFC-490CW and writes;
“The five-page black text and colour graphics document took two minutes 15 seconds, a slightly slower 2.2ppm, but a 10-page plain text copy from the ADF was nearly as fast as a straight print and came in at 2.8ppm. 15 x 10cm photo prints, whether from Mac, memory card or PictBridge camera, averaged about one minute 40 seconds.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Trustedreviews reviews the Brother MFC-490CW and writes;
“Other aspects of photo print are better, with natural colours, smooth gradations in shade and sharp foreground detail. Colour graphics print on plain paper is rather pallid and is much more so when you produce a copy from a printed original. Scan quality is very similar to what you get when you copy. Black text print is reasonable, though not as densely black as from some of the competition.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Reviews.cnet reviews the Brother MFC-490CW and writes;
“After analyzing the MFC-490CW’s outbound prints, we’re satisfied to report that the quality of our snapshots, text prints, and full graphic sheets are substantial improvements over Brother’s previous models. Once again, we’re surprised at these results, since we typically associate more money with better quality (in terms of printers), but in this case, the 490CW presents sharper lines and clearer, more defined letters in the black and color text samples.”
Rating: ★★½☆☆

PCWorld reviews the Brother MFC-490CW and writes;
“The speed of photo printing was better. Using the normal quality setting, a standard 4x6in photo printed in an average of 17.5 seconds, and an A4 photo printed in 42.3 seconds. These speeds are fairly fast, but the end results aren’t as good as some other inkjet printers.”
Rating: ★★½☆☆

User Opinions

Brother MFC-490CW User Reviews

For the price, you can’t beat the MFC-490CW, | Rating: ★★★★★
“The colors on standard paper are good, great for the kid’s homework assignments. As for printing photos, upload them and print them at the drugstore, save yourself lot of money on ink and photo paper. You can’t break even printing photos at home unless you print many more than the normal person on a regular basis..” – by Robert Timm

Great Printer, | Rating: ★★★★★
“First one, and I m very impressed and satisfied. Wireless is so awesome. Printing is good and connectivity and other options are more than sufficient for a home user. You cant beat this product at this price! “ – by Varun Sood

Fast, Quiet, Reliable, Saves Power, Wireless, Ethernet, and looks good!, | Rating: ★★★★★
“This is a good solid printer for those who want to save money on ink and print a lot of documents and pictures. I have looked at HP printers triple in cost and can’t understand why anyone would overlook this printer. I installed the printer on my wireless network with 4 computers including an Apple, IBM, and two other generic custom built computers.” – by Richard Bakerian

Fantastic!!, | Rating: ★★★★★
“We went from a big bulky HP all in one printer to this wonderful printer. I waited two months before I wrote a review. I have printed, faxed, scanned, and used the photo capture feateutres. All work perfectly and so easy. I have also changed the color ink (with generic) once two weeks ago because I had to print a few 8×10 pictures. I love all the features. The wireless setup was a breeze. This is a great home printer. And for the price ($89) you couldn’t beat it!” – by Monica Bowman

Many options for a great price!, | Rating: ★★★★★
“Every function we have used so far works perfectly. The only option we haven’t used yet is sticking a card full of photos in and printing directly – mainly because I like to crop photos, remove red eye, etc. first. The color printouts are amazing and I love the ease of making copies.” – by Single Tech Geek Mom

Best printer I ever had, | Rating: ★★★★★
“It is quiet and gets the job done. Prints fast. Wireless was a snap to setup.
Quality is great. Plus – all of a sudden I have a wireless scanner I can access from any computer in the house. and a copier in case of need. I was concerned before I purchased that with an all in one at this price it would be flimsy, but not so. The printer is solid.”
– by G. Sideman

Pleased overall, | Rating: ★★★★☆
“Print quality is pretty good, though my old HP’s (5 of them)seemed to be a little better but I do not use the high quality mode much. The ink use seems to be much better than my old HP’s. It’s a drag to have to pull out the funky tray every time you want to add paper, but it’s a 10 second deal.” – by James Myhre


Brother MFC-490CW Brochure & User Guide

- Brother MFC-490CW Brochure
- Brother MFC-490CW User Guide

Features & Specifications

Brother MFC-490CW Features

The MFC-490cw is a compact and stylish color inkjet all-in-one comes with up to 15-sheet auto document feeder for convenient unattended fax, copy or scan. It also offers the flexibility to share with multiple users using wireless (802.11b/g) or wired (Ethernet) network connection. The user-friendly Widescreen 3.3″ color LCD display provides help menus and photo enhancement.

Main Features
* 3.3″ Widescreen Color LCD Display. Edit and enhance images and easily read help menus.
* Built-in Wireless & Wired Interfaces. Allows you to share the all-in-one to print, scan, PC Fax and access to your digital camera media cards or USB flash memory.
* Fast Color Printing on Demand. With speeds up to 33ppm black and 27ppm color. ‡
* Unattended Fax, Copy or Scan. Up to 15-sheet auto document feeder.
* High Quality Printing. With droplet sizes as small as 1.5 picoliters and high resolutions up to 6000 x 1200dpi.‡
* Direct Photo Printing. Print photos directly from your digital camera’s media cards, PictBridge-enabled camera, or USB flash memory.‡
* Send and Receive Faxes. Hi-Speed Super G3 33.6K bps fax modem allows black and white or color faxing with or without a PC.
* Brother® iPrint&Scan. Free app download for wireless printing (JPEG images) from and scanning to your Apple® iPhone®, iPad™ or iPod touch® or Android™ smartphones.‡
* 4-Cartridge Ink System. Only change the cartridge that needs to be replaced.
* Energy Star Qualified.

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