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Brother MFC-490CW

alaTest has collected and analyzed 389 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the multifunction and design. The performance and usability are also appreciated. Many are critical about the size and paper handling. Comments are divided on the print quality.

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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.

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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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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

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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

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FOR ALL WHO DIDNT BOTHER TO CONTACT COMPANY

 

Brother has recall on this issue and is fixing it... for those of you who didnt take the time to contact the company...

It prints great, and I feel relatively fast

I also, had the problem with the black ink... But I researched it and I contacted Brother and they had it sent immediately to a repair shop and they are paying for it... I spoke to person in repair shop and evidently this is a problem with this model

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What a scam! Steer clear of this one!

 

I've owned various printers in the past. I've never had one consume as much ink as the MFC-490CW in such a short period of time. I felt like smashing it to pieces after having just spent $40+ on ink and then after only 3 printed pages and numerous...

Configuration was simple. It scanned over 500 documents and stored on my PC flawlessly. Print speed and quality are both decent. Software easy to find and works good. Wireless connectivity is a great thing to have

l've spent a FORTUNE on INK! The print head gets clogged very quickly when not used daily. It takes countless cleaning cycles to resolve - and eats up a ton of ink. $$$ Refuses to print if even 1 cartridge is empty. What a scam! Never again

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Avoid this thing at all costs!!! Zero stars!!!!

 

If you are ok with spending $100+ for a throw away printer/scanner that may last you a few months or more, go for it. I will be avoiding this entire brand line like the plagues myself. Absolute piece of junk. I only use a printer spariningly. By this I...

Nice looking paper weight?? It works ok as a scanner. That is all I can say positive. Hope you dont need to actually print anything with it

Everything. Quickly degrading print quality. Worst printer I have ever owned. About $250 spent total/50 pages printed=About $5 a page...not so cost effective

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
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