Visit our Business Solutions website >>

Brother MFC-490CW

alaTest has collected and analyzed 439 reviews of Brother MFC-490CW. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Printers for all reviews. Views about the noise and multifunction are on the whole positive. The performance and price also get good feedback. Views about the durability and reliability are mixed. Some have doubts about the paper handling.

usability, price, performance, multifunction, noise

paper handling

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 83/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 439 reviews)

Expert Reviews  

User Reviews  

Showing 181 review(s)

Expert Reviews User Reviews


Below is a list of reviews for this or similar products. If you think this grouping is wrong please click here to flag.
Read more on our FAQ’s page.
Showing 1 - 49 of 181 Show Reviews: in English | in other languages (257)

Consumer review by: ( review summary for Brother MFC-490CW


alaTest has collected and analyzed 35 user reviews of Brother MFC-490CW from 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 Reviewers really like the design and performance. The multifunction and price are also appreciated. There are some mixed comments about the reliability. Many are negative about the size.

usability, price, multifunction, performance, design


91% of the reviews on 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

Nov, 2015

Consumer review by: ( review summary for Brother MFC-490CW


alaTest has collected and analyzed 4 user reviews of Brother MFC-490CW from The average user rating for this product is 2.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.7/5 for other Printers on People really like the noise and multifunction. The performance and price also get good comments, whereas there are some mixed comments about the durability.

usability, price, performance, multifunction, noise

50% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Brother MFC-490CW Inkjet Multifunction with Wireless Networking (MFC-490CW)

Nov, 2015

Expert review by: Justin Yu (

Brother MFC-490CW review: 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...

Jul, 2009

Expert review by: James Hutchinson (

Brother MFC-490CW


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

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.

Feb, 2009

Expert review by: Trusted Reviews (

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 (

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 (

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: dezzy151 (

"Dont buy this piece of crap!"


Bought this used from ebay. Seller said it was checked and printed. $50...ok. Sooo, I get the printer, cannot print b/c 2 ink cart. are out. Go buy Brother's ink...another $22 Replaced ink, printer wont print, cleaned carts. aligned, will only print a...

wireless EZ setup

Everything else!

Apr, 2012

Consumer review by: reward70 (

"Use minimal, paper-jam maximal."


Too may working parts which jammed repeatedly; this machine lasted for approximately 20 or so prints (A4 pages) and then seemingly gave up the ghost, which would have been fine, if I'd been typing creepy stories!

Whilst working, scanner worked well and the black ink print was fine

Mechanically flawed.

Feb, 2012

Consumer review by: noknok (



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 (

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 (

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

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.


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


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


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Brother MFC


Standard Memory:40MB


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


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