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Brother MFC-6490CW

alaTest has collected and analyzed 835 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the paper handling and performance. The print quality and usability also get good views, but some have doubts about the ink consumption and build quality. Opinions about the connectivity and reliability are mixed.

value for money, usability, print quality, performance, paper handling

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Printers the Brother MFC-6490CW is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Brother MFC-6490cw All-In-One Printer

 

Brother's color inkjet multifunction printer (MFP), the MFC-6490CW, adds wide-format printing capability to an already long list of functions. Unfortunately, extremely slow performance is the tradeoff.

Wide-format printing and scanning ; Roomy dual input trays; easy to use

Very slow ; Plain-paper prints look fuzzy and drab

Its wide-format capability is nice, but not its slow performance and variable print quality.

Editor's Choice!

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Brother MFC-6490cw

 

Most small offices could make good use, at least occasionally, of an all-in-one (AIO) that prints and scans tabloid size (11 by 17 inches). There's only one reason why almost all stay with models limited to letter and legal size: price. Tabloid-size...

Prints and scans at up to tabloid size (11 by 17 inches). Ample paper capacity. Automatic document feeder

Slow. No duplex option

The Brother MFC-6490CW more than makes up for its slow speed by bringing tabloid-size printing and scanning to small offices on tight budgets.

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Tabloid-sized MFP with fax

 

Reviews say the Brother MFC-6490CW is a slowpoke, but it offers one advantage over most other inexpensive multifunction inkjet printers: it can scan and print tabloid-size pages up to 11 inches by 17 inches (legal size is 8.5 inches by 14 inches)....

Prints tabloid-size pages, 50-page automatic document feeder, includes fax, two paper trays, wired, wireless networking

Slow, no duplex printing, no automatic page-size detection, color oversaturated

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Brother MFC 6490 CW All in One Wireless Printer

 

Bright Hub reviews the Brother MFC 6490 CW, an inexpensive 11” x 17” AIO printer, taking a look at its strengths and weaknesses. It does a good job scanning large prints, and quality monochrome printing on ledger paper. It is also the only machine it...

The Brother MFC 6490 CW does a very good job of scanning, which was our main purpose for the purchase. It has the ability to produce quality black and white graphics on 11 x 17 paper - great for Auto CAD programs and other people who need large...

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Brother MFC-6490CW

 

The MFC-6490CW is designed for small offices interested in a loaded inkjet all-in-one and after putting Brother's latest to the test, we found it delivers in spades

The only area in which the Brother didn't blow our socks off was with regards to performance. Printing our 20-page monochrome and colour documents in normal quality, the 6490CW managed speeds of 4.2ppm and 3.1ppm respectively. Moving to our more...

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don't buy it.

 

I have found nothing good about the machine

I installed a MFC 6490CW for the first use today and after troubleshooting it, cleaning and replacing the ink, called customer service. After their diagnositcs, they determined the black ink print head was damaged and offered a reurbished machine as repla

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Good large scanner for the money

 

I bought this in a hurry for a huge storyboard project. Bought a new iMac and had to replace two even cheaper Mustek A3 scanners which both ran like molasses and sounded like jackhammers. Found a refurb Brother MFC-6490 with rebate at Staples.com for...

I use this primarily for scanning. Works well with a Mac & Photoshop. In PS, I just use the "Acquire"/Brother TWAIN" menu and up comes the info. You can also scan from the printer, but for some reason it only seems to work for the 8.5x11 dimensions

Paper trays are very flimsy as others have reported. No manual feed so I can't use certain papers. Does NOT scan full glass area OR corners, so large items must be guessed when placing

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Good large scanner for the money

 

I bought this in a hurry for a huge storyboard project. Bought a new iMac and had to replace two even cheaper Mustek A3 scanners which both ran like molasses and sounded like jackhammers. Found a refurb Brother MFC-6490 with rebate at Staples.com for...

I use this primarily for scanning. Works well with a Mac & Photoshop. In PS, I just use the "Acquire"/Brother TWAIN" menu and up comes the info. You can also scan from the printer, but for some reason it only seems to work for the 8.5x11 dimensions

Paper trays are very flimsy as others have reported. No manual feed so I can't use certain papers. Does NOT scan full glass area OR corners, so large items must be guessed when placing

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Brother MFC-6490cw All-In-One Printer

 

Excellent machine. It has given excellent service in two years of many scans and prints in spite of its flimsy appearing construction. Has been just about bulletproof!

Scans & prints up to 11x17." Easy to change ink tanks of reasonable capacity. Two paper feed trays. Good looking output. Minimal paper jams. Easy network setup. Very economical to purchase and operate

None significant

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Most user UNfriendly printer I've ever used

 

Use to scan/copy architectural drawings very difficult. Machine is good, though flimsy, but operation is difficult. Very confusing, non-user friendly operation. Always having to shift from two screens on computer, to shifting info on the printer, and...

Cost OK, will do 11x17, wireless

Absurdly awkward to operate. Always having to go from computer to printer when scanning. Black raised lip on scanbed crushes oversized items being scanned. Size info on that lip black on black, under lid, impossible to see. Just as an example

Product Specifications

The Professional Series MFC-6490CW color inkjet All-in-One is perfect for creating impressive everyday business documents such as reports, presentations, spreadsheets, proposals and more! Plus, it offers the ultimate in versatility with up to ledger (11"x17") size print / copy / scan / fax. Making the everyday business documents more impactful and the fine details easier to read. Other powerful features include: wireless networking, large up to 150 sheet paper capacity and up to 50 sheet automatic document feeder.

Copying

Automatic Duplexing: None
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:19.2in/5.7in
Height:0.5in/12.7in
Weight:34.4lbs/4.9oz
Width:21.3in

Document & Media Handling

Max Copy Size:Ledger/A3 (11.7 in x 17 in)
Standard Media Capacity:400sheets

Fax Machine

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

Header

Compatibility:PC
Country Kits:United States
Manufacturer:Brother/Hewlett-Packard
Model:6490CW
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Brother MFC/HP

Memory

Standard Memory:64MB

Miscellaneous

Bay Compatibility:Upgrade Bay
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):5000impressions
Printing Output Type:Color
Printing Technology:Ink-jet
Type:Fax / copier / printer / scanner

PC Connectivity

PC Connection:Ethernet 10 Base-T / Hi-Speed USB / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g / 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

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage

Type:Hard drive

Storage Hard Drive

Capacity:250GB
Hard Drive Type:Removable hard drive
Interface:Serial ATA-300
Interface Type:Serial ATA-300
Spindle Speed:5400rpm