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Brother MFC-490CW Color Inkjet Wireless All-in-One Printer

2.7 out of 5 stars 279 customer reviews
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  • Flexible wireless (802.11b/g) or wired (Ethernet) network connection
  • Wide 3.3" color LCD provides easy help menus and photo enhancement
  • Unattended fax, copy or scan; up to 15-page auto document feeder
  • Direct photo printing from media card slots, USB direct/PictBridge Interface
  • Fast speed printing up to 33ppm black and 27ppm color
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Technical Details

  • wireless
  • color
  • photo

Product Description

Unattended fax, copy or scan with up to 15-page auto document feeder. Flexibility to share with multiple users with wireless (802.11b/g) or wired (Ethernet) network connection. Wide 3.3" color LCD provides easy help menus and photo enhancement. Direct photo printing from media card slots or USB direct/PictBridge Interface. Print rich, vibrant photos on demand at up to 6000 x 1200 dpi. Fast print speeds at up to 33ppm black/27ppm color and high speed Super G3 33.6Kbps fax modem. 4-ink cartridge system ¿ replace only the cartridge that needs to be replaced. Other features include standard paper tray for up to 100 sheets and convenient photo bypass tray for up to 20 sheets 4"x6" glossy paper.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 10 x 18.3 x 18.1 inches
Item Weight 22 pounds
Shipping Weight 21.2 pounds
Domestic Shipping Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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Item model number MFC-490cw
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2.7 out of 5 stars 279 customer reviews

2.7 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #510 in Electronics > Computers & Accessories > Printers > Inkjet Printers
Date first available at Amazon.com August 22, 2003

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By Arun Baheti on January 2, 2009
I was skeptical of Brother printers, but after having a miserable experience with HP trying to get a 6380 to work (two broken units delivered; two units returned; 4 hours on phone with tech support), I broadened my search and found consistently good reviews of this printer. I live in a mixed household (Windows and Mac), which also eliminated many competitors. Finding it on sale tipped the scales.

Out of the box, the printer is compact, has a low profile, and is a bit sleeker looking than the competitors. Overall workmanship is solid.

Only exception is the paper tray which feels a bit flimsy, but nothing that would deter me. There is also no easy way to feed envelopes or letterhead without pulling out the papertray -- and to run envelopes, you need to remove regular paper since the bypass tray is only for photo paper.

Fax machine is a nice feature to have and, thankfully, it does not come with a phone handset attachment which would just take up space for no reason.

Per the manual, the printer can NOT handle both wireless and wired USB/network connection at the same time. Not a problem for me at all as the unit will only be used via wireless.

It is energy star rated and defaults to putting itself to sleep after a period of non-use. Startup out of sleep is very fast when you send a wireless document. I tend to unplug my power strip when I won't be using the computer for a while and was afraid that the settings would wipe, but when I plugged it back in the printer sprang back to life with all wireless configurations intact.

Set up was pretty simple. Following the quick start instructions went fine. Found my wireless router, connected, printed test page, no problem.
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I've only had this for about 2 weeks but so far I love it.
I cannot say how durable or reliable it will be but here's what I can say:
1) it worked great right out of the box and was not difficult to hook up
2) it prints much faster than my Canon Pixma
3) the scanning software is easier to use than my Canon Pixma
4) it has a fax which - again - worked the first time, very easy
5) it SEEMS to use less ink than the Canon or the Epson I had before that (you do have to buy 4 ink cartridges not just one, but you can buy only the one you need, you don't have to buy all at once)
6) You can turn it off and when you call for it by clicking PRINT on a document or photo, it turns itself on - very nice! (and it comes on quickly)

This may or may not be a downside: the manual is very thick and there are lots of options. I haven't even felt like going through them all and I figure I may never do so unless I need something to work a certain way that does not, as it is, out of the box. I did have to set a few things on the menu, like turning off the ringer of the fax, but that was easy.

My ONE complaint is that the scan screen is smaller than the pixma, so if you have a document or picture larger than about 11x14 (not sure the exact size - see the specs) then it won't work for you. The Pixma had a larger screen.

All in all, if this thing gives me 2 years of good service I will be satisfied.

So far, I would give it a hearty recommendation.
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Just bought the Brother MFC-490cw to replace my dead Lexmark X83. Simply stated, this is an awesome all-in-one printer! Setup was quick and easy. The printer found my wireless router in seconds. Loaded the proper drivers in the various laptops and BAM! we were printing without wires!

The print quality for both text and color images is very good. the 3.3" color screen is a very nice feature. Having true CMYK print cartridges (meaning 4 different cartridges) means you only have to replace the color that is empty. It also has slots for memory cards and flash drives so that you can fax/scan straight to those when you don't have a PC handy. All things considered, I couldn't be happier with this printer. At $79.99 it was a steal of a deal!! Wi-Fi printing, the only way to print!!!!

Update: We've used this printer quite a bit since we purchased it, both for my daughter's many high school homework, reports, photos, etc., and for my writing and editing work. This printer is AMAZING. It takes every wireless job with ease and speed. It prints edge to edge if needed, and it's use of the CMYK print cartridges is excellent. I really can't believe I was able to get such a great all-in-one machine for under 80 bucks!! If you haven't looked closely at this printer, you should. I've seen $200+ printers that weren't nearly this good. IT ROCKS!!!
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I liked many things about this unit, but unfortunately, I can only give it two stars (I would give it 2.5 if possible).

- Small footprint
- Electrical cord built into printer; no annoying separate transformer
- Easy setup
- Good features

- Washed out print
- Inaccurate color
- Paper loading tray is a bit awkward
- The manual says you must use up an ink cartridge within 6 months of installation

The printer has nice features and is easy to set up. If you want an inexpensive wireless multifunction, it is a great device. But if you are wanting a high quality print, it's probably not the printer for you. The print looks washed-out and the color is inaccurate. I did notice that if you set the quality to "Fine", the text is more pleasing; however, I suspect that much more ink is used. In short, its features are comparable to or better than the competitors, but the print quality relatively poor.
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