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Brother MFC-490CW

Brother MFC-490CW
alaScore 82

1019 reviews

Aug, 2015

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1019 reviews of Brother MFC-490CW. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 3.9/5 for other Printers for all reviews. People are impressed by the noise and multifunction. The performance and price also get good opinions, whereas comments about the paper handling and durability are different.

usability, price, performance, multifunction, noise

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Printers the Brother MFC-490CW is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Brother MFC-490CW

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 35 user reviews of Brother MFC-490CW from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Printers on Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers really like the design and performance. The multifunction and price also get good views, whereas there are some mixed comments about the reliability. Many are critical about the size.

usability, price, multifunction, performance, design

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91% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

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Aug, 2015

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Brother MFC-490CW

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 659 user reviews of Brother MFC-490CW from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.6/5 for other Printers on Amazon.com. Comments about the noise and multifunction are generally positive. The performance and price are also mentioned favorably. There are some mixed comments about the durability.

usability, price, performance, multifunction, noise

72% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Brother MFC-490CW Color Inkjet Wireless All-in-One PrinterBrother MFC-490CW Inkjet Multifunction with Wireless Networking (MFC-490CW)

Aug, 2015

Expert review by: Good Gear Guide.au (goodgearguide.com.au)

The Brother MFC-490CW inkjet multifunction offers both wired and wireless networking for a reasonable price.

 

The Brother MFC-490CW offers good colour accuracy, but it delivers poor print speeds and has issues with text clarity.

Ethernet and Wi-Fi connectivity, good colour accuracy

No automatic duplex, poor print speeds, photo paper tray isn't motorised

Jun, 2010
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Expert review by: Trusted Reviews (trustedreviews.com)

Brother MFC-490CW Wireless All-in-One Inkjet

 

This all-in-one bundles plenty of features into an attractive and affordable package.

Feb, 2011

Expert review by: Jayesh Limaye (techtree.com)

Brother MFC-490CW

 

This WiFi enabled photo MFD is suitable for home as well as for office

Good print quality in normal mode, fast print speeds in fast mode, decent scanner, wide color swivel LCD, Wi-Fi and Ethernet, decent looks, good bundled software

Skewed text prints in the fast mode, reddish hue in photo prints, no FAX, no Wi-Fi on/off button/indicator, a bit expensive

Feb, 2010

Expert review by: Simon Williams (macuser.co.uk)

Brother MFC-490CW

 

It can be quite hard to tell the difference between Brother's all-in-one devices. So many of them have similar designs, with curved tops that get steeper towards the front, where the control panel is located. The grey-and-black MFC-490CW looks a little...

The Brother MFC-490CW has the virtue of packing a lot into a comparatively small footprint device. You've got an automatic document feeder, memory card slots, wireless connection, fax and a convenient widescreen LCD display. What you don't get is fast...

May, 2009

Consumer review by: noknok (newegg.com)

MAKE SURE YOU HAVE INK!

 

My REAL complaint is Brothers attempt to hold your printing queue hostage until you buy more ink. My black cartridge is "empty" so it will not print ANYTHING. Not even faded prints. I removed the cartridge and inspected it, what a surprise, there IS...

Smaller than most All In One Multifunction units, nice design, cool LCD, easy set-up

Will not print once ONE ink cartridge is low, paper tray is weak, hard to adjust and shabby feeling, could hold more paper

Jan, 2010

Consumer review by: None of your Busines (newegg.com)

Brother MFC series MFC-490CW Up to 33 ppm 6000 x 1200 dpi Wireless InkJet MFC / All-In-One Color Printer

 

Very happy with this printer. Haven't had any problems whatsoever. Have left it dormant for a couple of months and didn't have ay problems with the heads being cloged(like with the Epson I had).

Cheap (I got it for $80 in Feb.) ; Prints very fast ; Ink isn't too expensive ; Prints on paper look fantastic ; Photos look pretty good ; WiFi is flawless, and easy to setup

The paper tray is a little annoying, it reminds me of a comercial printer. It does keep the paper safe from little hands though ; Photos could look better

Jan, 2010

Consumer review by: jcohenx (newegg.com)

don't buy it

 

Photo printing quality is poor. The scanner is slow. The printer cable needs to run through the middle of the unit rather than from the rear left-hand corner like the rest of the cables. Initialization is slow.

Easy setup

The unit has a built in sensor to detect ink levels in each reservoir but grossly underestimates the amount left. I am frequently told that I am almost out or completely out of one color when there is clearly plenty of color left as shown when I print...

Jan, 2010

Consumer review by: Ash (newegg.com)

Best printer I ever owned

 

I had a two Lexmark printers before this and those are literally paperweights in comparison. Brother is very good value and I strongly recommend this

Works seamlessly in Ubuntu and Windows ; Superb connectivity options - Wifi, ethernet etc ; Auto Document Feeder (can scan all sizes of paper) ; Very reasonable ink pricing ; Long lasting ink ; Decent Quality ; Affordable Pricing ; Decent Software Suite

Scanning quality is average ; Networking can be hard to configure if you are a noob

Oct, 2009

Consumer review by: A Viet Tran (newegg.com)

Paper Muncher

 

I have yet to run out of ink. I'd wait to review until then, but I don't print very often, so it might be a while.

Wireless and Linux drivers ; Can scan to portable media, including USB flash drives and flash cards

Low quality printing, especially in black. The scanner's quality, even on high, is pretty low. The thing also jams every other print job. I have to open the back and remove jammed paper way too often ; Also, the ethernet and USB ports are physically on...

Oct, 2009

Consumer review by: Chucker (newegg.com)

Excellent Office Printer

 

Bought 3 of these. Couple it with a continuous ink system and you're printing all day for pennies.

Easy setup, compatible with continuous ink supply systems, Wireless G or plug into network, prints 4x6 or 8.5x11, great quality, free shipping

None so far...well, the size-adjustment sliders for the paper tray are kinda flimsy, but just don't be a sausagefingers and you prolly wont break it

Sep, 2009

Product Specifications

This compact and stylish color inkjet all-in-one comes with up to 15-page auto document feeder for convenient unattended fax, copy or scan. It also offers the flexibility to share with multiple users using wireless or wired network connection. The user-friendly widescreen 3.3" color LCD display provides help menus and photo enhancement. Also, easily print photos on demand from the media card slots, USB direct or PictBridge interface. You can print rich, vibrant photos on demand at up to 6000 x 1200 dpi. It prints at up to 33ppm black and 27ppm color and includes a high-speed super G3 33.6Kbps fax modem. Plus, with the 4-separate ink cartridges, only replace the cartridge that needs to be replaced.

Copying

Automatic Duplexing: None
Max Copying Resolution B/W:1200 x 1200 dpi
Max Copying Resolution Color:600 x 1200 dpi
Max Copying Speed B/W:22ppm
Max Copying Speed Color:20ppm

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:14.8in
Height:7.1in
Weight:17.9lbs
Width:15.4in

Document & Media Handling

Max Copy Size:Legal (8.5 in x 14 in)
Standard Media Capacity:100sheets

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes
EPA Energy Star Compliant: Yes

Fax Machine

Compatibility:Super G3
Max Transmission Speed:33.6Kbps
PC Faxing: Yes

Header

Manufacturer:Brother
Model:490CW
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Brother MFC

Memory

Standard Memory:40MB

Miscellaneous

Microsoft Certification:Compatible with Windows 7
Vista Certification:Certified for Windows Vista

Office Machine

Copier Type:Digital
Fax Type:Plain paper
Functions:Copier / Fax / Printer / Scanner
Monthly Duty Cycle (max):2500impressions
Printing Output Type:Color
Printing Technology:Ink-jet
Type:Fax / copier / printer / scanner

PC Connectivity

PC Connection:Ethernet 10 Base-T/100 Base-TX / Hi-Speed USB / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g / USB host
PC Connection Availability: Yes

Printing

Max Printing Speed B/W:33ppm
Max Printing Speed B/W (ppm):33ppm
Max Printing Speed Color:27ppm
Max Printing Speed Color (ppm):27ppm
Max Resolution B/W:6000 x 1200 dpi
Max Resolution Color:6000 x 1200 dpi