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Brother MFC-5490 CN

alaTest has collected and analyzed 311 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the design and performance. The value for money and print quality are also mentioned favorably, but many are negative about the noise and paper handling. There are some mixed comments about the size.

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

build quality, paper handling, noise

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Printers the Brother MFC-5490 CN is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 79/100 = Good quality.

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Amazon.co.uk review summary for Brother MFC-5490 CN

 

alaTest has collected and analysed 12 user reviews of Brother MFC-5490 CN from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 3.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Printers on Amazon.co.uk.

usability, print quality, value for money

67% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

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Amazon.com review summary for Brother MFC-5490 CN

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 17 user reviews of Brother MFC-5490 CN from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.5/5 for other Printers on Amazon.com.

usability, value for money, size, multifunction, ink consumption

59% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Brother MFC5490CN All-in-One Inkjet Printer Refurb

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Brother MFC5490CN

 

The Brother MFC5490CN is a four-ink multifunction printer that offers scanning, printing and copying facilities, as well as a fax functionality, makin...

Good features for a home office

Not suited to photo printing, a bit fiddly to install the ink cartridges

While the Brother MFC5490CN offers a number of different functions, it wasn’t particularly user friendly in terms of set-up or suited to photo printing, so for that reason we can’t recommend this printer for anything other than home office use.

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Brother MFC5490CN

 

The Brother MFC5490CN is a four-ink multifunction printer that offers scanning, printing and copying facilities, as well as a fax functionality, making it ideal for the home office.

Good features for a home office

Not suited to photo printing, a bit fiddly to install the ink cartridges

While the Brother MFC5490CN offers a number of different functions, it wasn't particularly user friendly in terms of set-up or suited to photo printing, so for that reason we can't recommend this printer for anything other than home office use.

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Brother MFC-5490CN – Inkjet All-in-One Printer

 

This is an affordable inkjet all-in-one printer from Brother.

Brother provides drivers for Windows and OS X on the accompanying CD and a Linux driver is available for download. As usual with its all-in-ones, the company provides OCR software, and as well as its own scanning support application.

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Brother MFC5490CN review

 

Measuring 440x403x222mm, the Brother MFC5490CN isn't the sleekest looking device we've reviewed, but it does offer a number of different functions. PictBridge connectivity means users can print their digital snaps from the device without the need for a...

While the Brother MFC5490CN offers a number of different functions, it wasn’t particularly user friendly in terms of set-up or suited to photo printing, so for that reason we can’t recommend this printer for anything other than home office use.

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The Brother MFC 5490CN device is solid !

 

The Brother MFC 5490CN device is solid ! Scan, print, fax, large manual page feed tray, USB port for scanning to an external device, Ethernet, & save your scanned documents to a PDF file rather than multiple .jpg images

The volume control when set to low is a bit too loud

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Paper jams straight out of the box, during setup

 

This machine is a dissapointment. My last Brother MFC worked great, so I bought this one. Although I am following the setup instructions to the letter, the machine keeps trying to print a second page, during the print setup, and doesn't feed it...

nothing to like yet, because I cannot get past the initial print setup

Following the setup instructions to the letter, the printer cannot get past the setup phase because it continually jams. The first page comes through but the second page doesn't feed completely and the jam message pops up. Terrible

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Paper jams straight out of the box, during setup

 

This machine is a dissapointment. My last Brother MFC worked great, so I bought this one. Although I am following the setup instructions to the letter, the machine keeps trying to print a second page, during the print setup, and doesn't feed it...

nothing to like yet, because I cannot get past the initial print setup

Following the setup instructions to the letter, the printer cannot get past the setup phase because it continually jams. The first page comes through but the second page doesn't feed completely and the jam message pops up. Terrible

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Corrupt firmware under 300 pages printed.

 

Brother support is useless unless you're one of those people that need to be spoon fed to install software from a CD. If you have any issue with the printer period, you'll be referred to an outside company that you will have to deal with.

Price, prints black and white fast

After less than 300 pages of printing, this printer suddenly has decided even with full ink levels, that it won't print color, and the network configuration page gives me an error 404. I tried downloading the firmware update tool from brother, but...

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OH Brother

 

I use this more for business, I do like the way it is set up, I had one very very very similar to it and it used the same ink, Though I would have preferred getting a different brand I am QUITE content with this one.

Compact Design,Easy To Setup,Easy To Use,Fast Operation,Great Print Quality,Quiet,Reliable

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great

 

easy to use

Easy To Setup,Easy To Use,Great Print Quality

Product Specifications

Offering fast professional quality printing, faxing, copying and scanning the compact MFC-5490CN is the perfect choice for the office. This versatile All-in-One printer offers time saving direct USB printing and scanning features as well as network capability so you can share the machine amongst several users.

Copying

Max Copying Resolution B/W:1200 x 1200 dpi
Max Copying Resolution Color:1200 x 1200 dpi
Max Copying Speed B/W:23ppm
Max Copying Speed Color:20ppm

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:15.9in
Height:8.7in
Weight:20.7lbs
Width:17.3in

Document & Media Handling

Max Copy Size:Legal (8.5 in x 14 in)
Standard Media Capacity:150sheets

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

Country Kits:United States
Manufacturer:Brother
Model:5490CN
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Brother MFC

Memory

Max Supported Memory:40MB
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):4000impressions
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/Ethernet 10 Base-T/100 Base-TX / Hi-Speed USB / USB host
PC Connection Availability: Yes

Printing

Max Printing Speed B/W:35ppm
Max Printing Speed B/W (ppm):35ppm
Max Printing Speed Color:28ppm
Max Printing Speed Color (ppm):28ppm
Max Resolution B/W:6000 x 1200 dpi
Max Resolution Color:6000 x 1200 dpi
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