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Brother MFC-5490 CN

alaTest has collected and analyzed 287 reviews of Brother MFC-5490 CN. 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. People are impressed by the design and print quality. The price and performance are also mentioned favorably, but the paper handling and durability get less positive opinions.

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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 81/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Brother MFC-5490 CN


alaTest has collected and analyzed 10 user reviews of Brother MFC-5490 CN from The average user rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Printers on People are impressed by the print quality and noise. The performance and price are also mentioned favorably. Opinions are divided on the reliability, while some have doubts about the multifunction.

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70% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Brother MFC-5490CN Network Ready Colour Inkjet Multifunction Printer with FaxBrother MFC-5490CN Network Ready Colour Inkjet Multifunction Printer with Fax

May, 2018

Consumer review ( review summary for Brother MFC-5490 CN


alaTest has collected and analyzed 1 user review of Brother MFC-5490 CN from The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.7/5 for other Printers on Comments about the size and ink consumption are on the whole positive. The multifunction and reliability are also mentioned favorably. There are some critical comments about the durability. There are mixed views on the performance and usability.

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100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

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

May, 2018

Expert review by : Carrie-Ann Skinner (

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.

Aug, 2009

Expert review by : Trusted Reviews (

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


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

Feb, 2011

Expert review by : Carrie-Ann Skinner (

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.

Aug, 2009

Consumer review (

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...

Jan, 2012

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Good for the Price


Setup with a ink system for about $25, dirt cheap ink

89 ; Ink is cheap, using OEM or buying cheap generic ink ; dead simple networking ; backlight LCD is very easy to read ; Copy printing is very fast ; setting up the fax is easy ; a good printer if you have less than 10 computers on your network

Photo printing is not that good, but that expected, note i am comparing to a Espon 6 color photo printer so Im a little bias

Nov, 2010

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I am liking this printer very much. Especially for $99, I am pleased with the printing speed, dual interface, availability of cheap cartridges, and the fact that several weeks of no printing doesn't clog the cartridges. Coming from a 5 year old All In...

Price, affordable cartridges, both Ethernet and USB, decent printing speed, great scan quality, no catch that I didn't predict / mostly works as I expected

Scanning on the flatbed plus printing is slow. Probably not the best photo-printing printer. Not wireless

May, 2010

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I heart this printer


Got it off the newegg e-blast for 89 bucks = win. Someone complained about routing a wire 8 inches through a lid that was built to lift up?? Give me a break.. You do that 1 time. It takes 10 seconds. This replaced a dying fax and an aging flatbed...

I've had this set up on a Domain for a week and I love it so far. It was super easy to install and share. The scanning is my favorite feature. It goes through a stack of docs and dumps them into your My docs folder very quickly with plenty of...

Nada so far

Mar, 2010

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Good Deal


The price of ink MUST be calculated into your purchase. Brother is one of the few that doesn't smart-chip the cartridges. Check online!! I get mine for under $2 each. How can you complain about sucking ink at that price? Brother inkjets us a small...


Fairly large

Sep, 2009

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DOA - black ink!


A friend of mine has had this same printer for over a year and like me prints in spurts (100 pages one month, none for the next 3 months). He has never once had an issue, prints great just like the day he bought it. It was his feedback and experience...

Great price for a feature packed networked printer. The color printing is excellent quality

The black cartridge that came with it was intermittent printing at best, went to local officemax to buy replacement (figuring cartridge was bad after 7 cleanings & half cartridge worth of ink later). Installed new ink cartridge, now no black printing...

Aug, 2009

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Excellent Mid-Range Printer


Only buy brothers. I have lasers, inkjets and every one has been mint since I bought them. Brother warranty is good also.

Fast, very economical, easy to understand interface, lots of features

none, but if anything, the paper tray could be larger. Then again, you could buy the next model up which has larger tray and more options

Jul, 2009

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.


Energy Star certified: Yes


Copier resize:25 - 400
Copy speed (normal quality, black, A4):23
Copy speed (normal quality, color, A4):20
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
Maximum copy resolution:1200 x 1200
Maximum number of copies:99
N-in-1 copy function (N=):2, 4
N-in-1 copy function (N=):2, 4
N-in-1 function (N=):2, 4
PC free copying: Yes

Dimensions & Weight



Built-in display:Y
Character display:16
Display number of characters:16
Display number of lines:2

Document & Media Handling

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

Energy Management

AC input frequency:50/60
Input frequency:50/60
Power consumption (off):4
Power consumption (PowerSave):0.7 / 4.5
Power consumption (standby):5.5 / 6
Power consumption (typical):27

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes
EPA Energy Star Compliant: Yes


Auto reduction: Yes
Auto-redialing: Yes
Error Correction Mode (ECM): Yes
Fax broadcasting:156 / 216
Fax dual access: Yes
Fax forwarding: Yes
Fax memory:400
Fax speed dialing (max numbers):100
Fax speed dialing, max numbers:100
Modem Speed:33.6

Fax Machine

Compatibility:Super G3
Max Transmission Speed:33.6Kbps
PC Faxing: Yes


Country Kits:United States
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Brother MFC

Input Capacity

Auto document feeder (ADF) input capacity:50
Standard input capacity:150


Max Supported Memory:40MB
Standard Memory:40MB


Microsoft Certification:Compatible with Windows 7
Vista Certification:Certified for Windows Vista


Ethernet LAN:Y
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Wi-Fi: No

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

Other Features

All-in-One Functions:Copy, Fax, Print, Scan / Copy, Fax, Scan
Color all-in-one functions:Copy, Fax, Print, Scan / Copy, Print, Scan
Compatible operating systems:Windows Vista, XP (32 & 64 bit) Windows 2000,\nLinux;\nMac OS X 10.2.4 en recenter
Dimensions (WxDxH):17.3 x 15.9 x 8.74
Package dimensions (WxDxH):20.7 x 19.3 x 12.8
Scan speed:4.83
Scan speed (black and white drawing):3.44
Technical features:LC1100VALBP

Output Capacity

Standard output capacity:50

Paper Handling

Auto Document Feeder (ADF) media weight:60 - 90
Borderless printing media sizes:4x6, 5x7, A4, A6, Letter / A4, A6
ISO A-series sizes (A0...A9):A4, A5, A6
JIS B-series sizes (B0...B9):B5, B6
Maximum ISO A-series paper size:A4
Maximum print area:Legal (216 x 356 mm)
Maximum print size:Legal (216 x 356 mm)
Media weight (tray 1):64 - 220 g/m2
Photo paper sizes:4x6, 5x7
Standard tray media types:Glossy paper, Photo paper, Plain paper / Glossy paper, Photo paper, Plain paper, Transparencies
Standard tray media weight:64 - 220

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


Built-in processor:RISC
Copying:Colour copying
Digital sender:N
Duplex functions: No
Economical printing: Yes
Faxing:Colour faxing / Mono faxing
Number of print cartridges:4
Print technology:Inkjet
Printing:Colour printing
Processor family:RISC
Processor frequency:192
Scanning:Colour scanning

Ports & interfaces

Direct printing: Yes
PictBridge: Yes
Standard interfaces:USB 2.0
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1


AC input frequency:50/60
Power consumption (average operating):27
Power consumption (off):4
Power consumption (PowerSave):0.7 / 4.5
Power consumption (standby):5.5 / 6


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
Maximum Resolution:1200 x 6000
Print speed (black, normal quality, A4/US Letter):35
Print speed (color, normal quality, A4/US Letter):28


Gray scale levels:256
Image formats supported:BMP, JPG / BMP, JPG, PNG
Maximum scan area:8.5 x 14
Maximum scan resolution:19200 x 19200
Optical scanning resolution:1200 x 2400
Output color depth:24
Output colour depth:24
Scan speed (black):3.44
Scan technology:CIS
Scan to:E-mail, File, Image, OCR, USB / OCR
Scan type:Flatbed & ADF
Scanner Type:Flatbed & ADF


Drivers included: Yes
Linux operating systems supported: Yes
Mac operating systems supported:Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar, Mac OS X 10.3 Panther, Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger
Server operating systems supported:Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 x64, Windows Server 2008
Windows operating systems supported:Windows 2000 Professional, Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Home Premium x64, Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Professional x64, Windows 7 Starter, Windows 7 Starter x64, Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Windows Vista Business x64, Windows Vista Home Basic, Windows Vista Home Basic x64, Windows Vista Home Premium, Windows Vista Ultimate, Windows Vista Ultimate x64, Windows XP Home, Windows XP Home x64, Windows XP Professional x64

Sound Emission

Print noise level:50
Printing noise level:50


Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:CF, MS Pro, SD, SDHC, SDHC, xD / CF, SD, xD
Internal memory:40

System Requirements

Mac compatibility: Yes

Weight & Dimensions

Package weight:0.483 / 30.2
Weight:0.339 / 21.2