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Brother MFC-490CW

Brother MFC-490CW
alaScore 81

1075 reviews

Oct, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1075 reviews from magazines and websites. Opinions about the design and print quality are on the whole positive. The performance and usability are also mentioned favorably, whereas there are some mixed reviews about the paper handling.

value for money, usability, performance, print quality, design

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 81/100 = Very good quality.

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

 

alaTest has collected and analysed 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 3.8/5 for other Printers on Amazon.co.uk.

usability, value for money, design, print quality, multifunction

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

This summary is based on the products: Brother MFC-490CW Compact Wireless Network Ready Colour Inkjet Multifunction Printer with FaxBrother MFC-490CW Compact Wireless Network Ready Colour Inkjet Multifunction Printer with FaxBrother MFC490CWZU1 MF IJ Printer

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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 3.5/5 for other Printers on Amazon.com.

value for money, usability, performance, print quality, design

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)

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Brother MFC-490CW

 

After giving the Brother MFC-5890CN a not-so-great review, we weren't breaking down doors with excitement over the step-down model. We expected another unstylish device marred by mechanical imperfections and unsuitable for any environment where...

Triple-interface connectivity includes USB, Wi-Fi, and Ethernet LAN; inexpensive; small and stylish.

Taxing print head produces slow-moving prints; suffers the same mechanical errors affecting other Brother printers; photo quality can use improvement.

The Brother MFC-490CW is an improvement over the more expensive MFC-5890CN, but that still doesn't excuse its drudging print speeds and mechanical issues under the hood. Instead of dealing with these headaches, we recommend you look toward the Canon...

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Brother MFC-490CW

 

There are better options on the market than Brother's MFC-490CW multifunction printer, despite it offering accurate colour printing and good network c...

Ethernet and Wi-Fi connectivity, good colour accuracy

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

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

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

 

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

Installation is quite simple - plug the four ink cartridges in and install the support software, from the supplied CD. Brother includes Nuance PaperPort 11SE, which handles input of scanned documents and photos, as well as OCR for extracting editable...

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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

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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...

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Piece of junk

 

Stay away from Brother. Constantly jamming, drinking ink, simply not working, making noise, being slow and printing with poor quality.

Absolutely nothing

Just about everything

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Don't buy this printer!!!!!!!!

 

I will never recommend printer brother to anybody!!!!!!!

Nice design but not worth it

the cartridge don't last, this printer sucks the ink like when I drink a glass a water, a lot of problems with errors and the wireless, I regret paying all the money for this piece of junk

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I will never buy another Brother printer.

 

The printer initially performed as advertised. However, after ~ 1year of use, it suddenly stopped printing black ink. I assumed it was a bad cartridge and bought a new one, but the problem persisted. I followed the manufacturer's trouble shooting tips,...

Inexpensive printer with good functionality when it works

Know issues with loss of ability to print black ink ; Customer service is abysmal

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Uses ink faster than I can drink a beer

 

Bottom like too expensive on inks, its boast of how many pages it can produce on on set of cartridges is rubbish and frankly a blatant termilogical in exactitude.

Fits in my bin ok

This machine manages to use ink when not switched on. Constantly cleaning the heads it takes forever to print. When I first bought it I printed 3 pages in colour and it informed me on next usage that an ink had run out and refused to print further

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A Horrible Machine Not Worth GIVING Away!!

 

This is my first Brother machine. I decided to try something new when my HP broke and I found that it would cost nearly as much to repair it as to buy this new all-in-one ($90 on sale at Office Max). I bought this on impulse without researching the net...

My company paid for this machine. It is not my primary printer

All of cons written by everyone else before me. I have never seen a slower printer that produces so little for the amount of ink it consumes. Brother could give this machine away and still make huge profits just from the ink sales

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