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Brother MFC-490CW

Brother MFC-490CW
alaScore 82

1031 reviews

Sep, 2015

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1031 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. Reviewers really like the noise and multifunction. The performance and price are also appreciated, but there are mixed views on the paper handling and durability.

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 are impressed by the design and performance. The multifunction and price also get good views. Many are negative about the size, and views are divided on the reliability.

usability, price, multifunction, performance, design

size

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

Sep, 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. Reviewers really like the noise and multifunction. The performance and price are also mentioned favorably, whereas comments are divided on 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)

Sep, 2015

Expert review by: Justin Yu (cnet.com)

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
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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

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: dezzy151 (cnet.com)

"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 (cnet.com)

"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 (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

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