Brother MFC-6490CW Wireless All-in-One Inkjet Printer
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- Multifuction inkjet 4-in-1 network device prints photos and documents, copies, scans, and faxes
- Built-in 802.11b/g wireless and 10/100Mbps wired interface
- Prints at up to 35ppm black and 28ppm color, maximum resolution of 6000 x 1200 dpi
- Prints and copies on up to ledger-size (11 x 17-inch) paper, copies up to 23 cpm
- Measures 21.3 x 12.7 x 19.2-inches (WxHxD), two-year warranty
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Unlike most printers and multi-function devices in this range, the MFC-6490cw prints on up to ledger-size (11 x 17-inch) paper, giving you the versatility to print presentations, signs, reports, photos, and other print-outs that will give you a more dramatic visual impact.
Built-In Wireless and Wired Network Capability
The MFC-6490cw features both a built-in 10/100 Ethernet and 802.11b/g Wireless networking interface. Simply connect it to your router and everyone on the network with wireless capabilities can print, scan, fax, and access the digital camera media cards. With support for WiFi Protected Setup, network security setup is as easy as a push of the button.
Fast, High Quality Printing in Color
The MFC-6490cw offers up to 35ppm black and 28ppm color printing, so you'll never be kept waiting. Featuring a 4-cartridge ink system, the device can print up to a maximum resolution of 6000 x 1200 dpi for outstanding, crisp text and photo quality. Borderless prints are no problem, and the device includes two input trays with a capacity of 150 pages and 250 pages each. The printer has a recommended monthly print volume of up to 2000 pages, and a maximum monthly duty cycle of up to 5,000 printed pages.
Scan, Copy, and Fax
In addition to answering your printing needs, you can also rely on the MFC-6490cw for your black-and-white and color scanning. With an optical resolution of 1200 x 2400 dpi with a 48-bit color depth, you'll get crisp, clear scans of photos, as well as text. Included OCR software for both PC and Macs lets you convert documents into editable text. Scanned documents and images can be exported as graphic files such as TIFF, JPEG, BMP, and PDF.
The fax function has Super G3 capability, which means that you can transmit black-and-white and color faxes at the fastest speed possible (approximately three seconds per page). Out-of-paper reception, auto fax reduction, fax forwarding for black-and-white faxes, and automatic redial are all supported. The fax machine is caller ID and call waiting caller ID ready.
Built-in Media Card Reader for Quick Photo Printing
The MFC-6490cw's PhotoCapture Center has a memory reader for CF, MS, MS Pro, SD, SDHC, xD, xD type M/H, and USB Flash drives, letting you pull photos you've taken and edit them directly on the integrated widescreen 3.3-inch color LCD display. You can crop, auto correct, enhance skin tone, enhance scenery, remove red-eye, and convert to monochrome or sepia, and then print them out.
The Brother MFC-6490cw measure 21.3 x 12.7 x 19.2-inches (WxHxD) and weighs 34 pounds. It is backed by a 2-year warranty.
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Top Customer Reviews
Hubby managed to hook up the 6490 to our home wifi without help, and no, he didn't set our wifi up originally, and no, he doesn't really understand how wifi works. In fact, hubby is visually handicapped! I'd rate ease of installation to wifi as 5 stars. The only glitch we had was that we didn't know we had a firewall, but the install disc talked us though that step too.
So now I'm sitting in bed typing on my Dell 1520 XP and sending to the printer in the other room. I don't know how it goes through ink, but will post back if I have an issue about that or anything else in the future.
Edit added 9-6-08: We just changed the first ink cartridge. I've been printing mainly with black, but also did about 300 very small (2"x3") photos with lots of sky. We managed 700 copies on the first black cartridge as far as I can tell. Cyan is at 50% and magenta and yellow don't really show as being low yet. The machine has been beeping for the last week warning us black was low, but only today did it quit printing due to lack of ink. The last page it did was as good as the first, so I have to wonder exactly how low that ink was when it quit on us. At any rate: we had no wasted prints from low ink and it was nice enough to tell us it had stopped. Can't say that with the HP at work!
Listing the features would be useless since there is already a description of what it does above. So i'll go over the pros and cons.
-Very large scanner. Largest i've seen at an affordable price and common availability.
-LCD screen. Decent resolution and overall the right size.
-Interface. It is very easy to navigate through menus and do what you want.
-Wi-Fi. Truly a god-sent. We have 4 computers at home hooked up to this puppy.
-Large print outs. 11x17. Woo!
-Fast scanning at multiple resolutions.
-Software. The package comes bundled with a picture and scanning software. It is overall very slow and I had to reinstall it a couple times because of how unstable it was. This was however on a mac. It might work fine on windows. But it's not mandatory to have it, and if your serious about your work you use other software anyway.
-Print quality. Not the best in the world i'll admit. Colors aren't as saturated as I would have liked. I don't know if it not being a laser printer has anything to do with it.
-Big and bulky. Consider your home or office space before spending your hard earned cash on this one. It's not a space saver, i'll tell you that much.
-The text on the LCD screen can a times be very small. Not a problem for me, but can sometimes be a problem for older people. (my parents)
-Printing process can take a while over a wi-fi network.Read more ›
this one has a monster 11x17 inch scan surface!
i already was in line to buy at office depot when i saw that it also has wifi! then when i got home i noticed it has memory card readers and color lcd display. it just keeps getting better!
tried out the scanner, quality is great...and FAST! i'm glad this is a Brother too, i've never been impressed with any HP product, and they seem to dominate the industry now :(
so far, i couldn't be happier...and i assume with a 2 year warranty that i should stay happy :-) the only thing i could possibly think of to take it to the next level would be a laser version
If what you really want is a printer to output a lot of text documents for business, etc., you probably still want to look into laser printers. This model's big advantage, however, is that it can both print and scan tabloid-size documents (11x17" or A3). If you want that capability, you won't find a laser model for less than ten times the cost of the MFC-6490CW.
Bear in mind, this printer really is very big. It's almost as big as a heavy-duty office printer. It won't share a desk with your monitor and keyboard comfortably, and if you use a laptop it will loom over you like a monolith -- so make sure you have space for it.
Setup was easy enough, although you may need to be a little savvy to successfully share the printer with several PCs over a network. (I found it was safest to assign a static IP address to the printer and manually configure each PC to search for it at that address, rather than relying on the automatic setup.)
Another reviewer said you can't use wireless and wired networking at the same time. To clarify, the printer will only use one network interface at a time -- if you enable the wireless networking on the printer it will disable the Ethernet and vice versa. But it makes no difference; the point is to use whichever interface is most convenient for you. If you plug the printer directly into the Ethernet port on a wireless router, you WILL still be able to access the printer from wireless devices.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Best printer I have ever purchased. One major feature: it prints and scans 11x17 paper (Great for comic book artist)Published 3 months ago by Doug warner
I don't understand how anyone can give this boat anchor a five star rating. Since new it has printed crooked, or not at all as you can see in my picture. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Sam J. Marsico
Still in service. I will look for another brother when needed.Published 6 months ago by Inksplosive AL
I bought this in 2009 after having a good experience with a smaller Brother MFC. At the time, my job required printing, review/markup, and return of pretty complex engineering... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Tim Blount
I have owned mine for close to six years everything still works I have never had one bit of trouble with mine it has been moved several times to different houses and still works... Read morePublished 10 months ago by P. Gavilanes
I purchased this product in Dec. 2011. I've printed thousands of pages and only had it jam once, and that was because I didn't load the tray correctly. Read morePublished 10 months ago by H. Driscoll