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Brother MFC-6490CW

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1103 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviews about the paper handling and print quality are generally positive. The performance and usability are also appreciated, but opinions about the reliability and size are mixed. Some have doubts about the ink consumption and build quality.

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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 83/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon.co.uk review summary for Brother MFC-6490CW

 

alaTest has collected and analysed 35 user reviews of Brother MFC-6490CW from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Printers on Amazon.co.uk.

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66% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Brother MFC-6490CW A3 Multifunction Printer with Scan/Copy/Fax , Network, Wireless and 3.3 inch Colour LCDBrother MFC-6490CW A3 PRINTERBROTHER MFC-6490CW A3 WIFI MULTIFUNCTION

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Amazon.com review summary for Brother MFC-6490CW

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 387 user reviews of Brother MFC-6490CW from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.5/5 for other Printers on Amazon.com.

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80% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Brother MFC-6490CW Wireless All-in-One Inkjet PrinterBrother MFC-6490CW Professional Series Color Inkjet Wireless All-in-One PrinterBrother LC65HYCL High-Yield 3-Pack Ink Cartridge, 900 Page-Yield, Cyan Magenta Yellow

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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.

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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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Brother MFC-6490CW

 

If A4 paper just isn't big enough, then Brother's MFC-6490CW might just be your next multifunction printer. It isn't the best or fastest A3 printer av...

A3 printing and scanning, quick and detailed scans, fast first-page-out times, comprehensive connectivity, low running cost

Slow printing, photo quality isn't great, no automatic duplex or CD/DVD printing

There are better standalone A3 printers available, but Brother's A3 inkjet multifunction has its merits. A low running cost caps off a decent printer.

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Brother MFC-6490CW A3 Multi-Function Printer

 

A3 and A4 printing make Brother's latest MFP a tempting proposition, though it's a shame it can't tell between the two!

For example, the button marked Clear/Back in the navigation button group can’t be used repeatedly to back out of menus to the status screen. Instead, you have to use the Stop/Exit button, which is grouped with the black and colour copy keys - hardly...

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Brother MFC-6490CW review

 

For £299 (it's cheaper if you shop around) the Brother MFC-6490CW gives you features galore. The integrated scanner takes wide-format media, as do the two input trays, which together take a generous 400 sheets of plain paper.

The Brother MFC-6490CW multifunction printer's wide-format capability is nice, but not its slow performance and variable print quality.

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Brother MFC-6490CW review

 

There are plenty of all-in-one printer/scanners around, but what almost all have in common is their A4 size.

A bigger Brother. Affordable oversize printing and scanning.

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Brother MFC-6490CW

 

We have to commend Brother for breaking new ground with the world's first A3 inkjet multifunction. It's not at all perfect but, for those in the market for a large format printer, it may just meet your requirements.

Only multifunction that will print A3 ; Relatively affordable for its feature set ; Acceptable black and white printing

Poor colour prints on plain A4 paper ; Incredibly slow A3 prints ; Huge size

Conclusion We have to commend Brother for breaking new ground with the world's first A3 inkjet multifunction. It's not at all perfect given its only average print quality on certain types of media, and it is incredibly cumbersome, but for those in the...

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