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Brother MFC-490CW

Brother MFC-490CW
alaScore 81

1077 reviews

May, 2015

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1077 reviews of Brother MFC-490CW. The average rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average rating of 3.8/5 for other Printers for all reviews. People are impressed by the print quality and multifunction. The performance and price also get good views. There are some mixed views about the paper handling and durability.

usability, price, performance, multifunction, print quality

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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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 3.8/5 for other Printers on People really like the design and performance. The multifunction and price also get good opinions, whereas comments are divided on the reliability. There are some critical opinions about the size.

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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

May, 2015

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


alaTest has collected and analyzed 659 user reviews of Brother MFC-490CW from 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 Views about the noise and multifunction are on the whole positive. The performance and price also get good views. Opinions are divided on the durability.

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72% of the reviews on 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)

May, 2015

Expert review by: Justin Yu (

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: Good Gear (

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

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: Jenginerd (

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

Apr, 2011

Consumer review by: johnnie224 (

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

Mar, 2011

Consumer review by: KRKSA (

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

Feb, 2011

Consumer review by: apcdoctor (

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

Jan, 2011

Consumer review by: (

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

Dec, 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