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BrotherMFC-490CW Color Inkjet All-in-One Printer
 
4.5

(based on 12 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (10)
  • Easy to setup (9)
  • Fast print time (7)
  • Reliable (7)
  • Compact (5)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Black & white documents (7)
    • Photos (7)
    • Graphics & charts (6)
    • Professional documents (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Frequent user (7), Heavy duty user (4)
      • Primary use:
      • Personal (10)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Good printer and a great buy

    Bought this printer in May primarily for its wireless capability. Wireless setup with my laptop computer was a breeze. Also, the USB connection setup to my desktop computer was quick and painless.
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    Bought this printer in May primarily for its wireless capability. Wireless setup with my laptop computer was a breeze. Also, the USB connection setup to my desktop computer was quick and painless.

    Replacement cartridges are also MUCH cheaper than for my old, retired HP printer.

    Only complaint is that the scanner lid doesn't seem to be constructed very well. My wife wanted to scan some old typewritten recipes and when she lifted the top, it broke loose from the top right corner mounting. This was the first time it was used, so I would have to say that the construction and/or attachment of the hinges is not very good.

    Otherwise, I am very pleased with the printer. Good print speed and quality.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Great for price

    Very good only two complaints:
    1) I wanted a printer they could print on both sides (duplex) but this doesn't. Unfortunately printer mfrs don't think it's important to put this in the...Read complete review

    Very good only two complaints:
    1) I wanted a printer they could print on both sides (duplex) but this doesn't. Unfortunately printer mfrs don't think it's important to put this in the technical specs. There's no way to know until you buy.
    2) if you talk on the phone on the same line it freezes until you hang up. Pretty annoying.

    Except for that it does the job.

    Reviewed by 12 customers

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    5.0

    Great Service and Great Product

    By Skippy the Copyman

    from PA

    About Me Heavy Duty User

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy Setup
    • Easy To Use
    • Fast Print Time
    • Low Ink Consumption
    • Low price
    • Reliable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Black & white Documents
      • Graphics & Charts
      • Photos
      • Professional Documents

      Comments about Brother MFC-490CW Color Inkjet All-in-One Printer:

      Have had this printer for over a month, easy to set up, and the LCD screen makes navigating through menus and checking ink levels super easy. I would recommend this machine to anyone looking for a nice all in one inkjet which doesn't cost an arm and a leg.

      • Primary use:
      • Business

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      5.0

      Best Buy

      By Esther

      from Newport News, VA

      About Me Heavy Duty User

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Durable construction
      • Easy Setup
      • Easy To Use
      • Fast Print Time
      • Reliable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Black & white Documents
        • Graphics & Charts
        • Photos
        • Professional Documents

        Comments about Brother MFC-490CW Color Inkjet All-in-One Printer:

        This machine is awesome, I have been using it consistently since I bought it about a month ago and it has performed very well. I used the wireless feature, which omitted any need for cable hook ups and allowed for everyone in the house to use the same printer. B&H also had the best price for this all in one printer, fax, copier, and scanner. I have used all the features
        I mentioned and it has responded well in each case.
        I honestly cannot think of anything negative concerning this product, so if you are in the market, this is definitely a great choice.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal

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        5.0

        Easy Setup, excellent quality

        By josephug

        from Homosassa, Fl

        About Me Heavy Duty User

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy Setup
        • Easy To Use
        • Fast Print Time
        • Low Ink Consumption
        • Reliable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Graphics & Charts
          • Professional Documents

          Comments about Brother MFC-490CW Color Inkjet All-in-One Printer:

          If you have a Buffalo router which uses AOSS 1 button setup that makes this printer amazing.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal

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          5.0

          Great value scanner/printer

          By mom E

          from Indiana

          About Me Frequent User

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy Setup
          • Easy To Use
          • Fast Print Time
          • Reliable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Black & white Documents
            • Photos

            Comments about Brother MFC-490CW Color Inkjet All-in-One Printer:

            Use it at home for everyday (light) printing needs. Prints nice quality photos and the scanner is working quite well to digitize old family photos. I would definitely recommend it. Only had it in use for about 1 month, but am pleased so far.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal

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            3.0

            Great for price

            By Michael Bloomberg

            from NYC

            About Me Frequent User

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Prints

            Cons

            • No duplex printing

            Best Uses

            • Black & white Documents
            • Graphics & Charts
            • Photos

            Comments about Brother MFC-490CW Color Inkjet All-in-One Printer:

            Very good only two complaints:
            1) I wanted a printer they could print on both sides (duplex) but this doesn't. Unfortunately printer mfrs don't think it's important to put this in the technical specs. There's no way to know until you buy.
            2) if you talk on the phone on the same line it freezes until you hang up. Pretty annoying.

            Except for that it does the job.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal

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            5.0

            MFC 490CW - Great WiFi Printer

            By Major Tom

            from Chicago Western Suburbs

            About Me Heavy Duty User

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy Setup
            • Easy To Use
            • Reliable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Network Accessable

              Comments about Brother MFC-490CW Color Inkjet All-in-One Printer:

              We needed a WiFi printer in one of our offices with 3 PCs & 2 Laptops - this printer fit right in - we've tried the HP unit but within a month it fell off the network - and HP TS states: "They can not guarantee their printers will work under all network conditions...." To date, at all of our locations we have NEVER had a network related (or other) problem with ANY Brother Printer!!!!

              • Primary use:
              • Business

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              5.0

              Too good for home office

              By Sanju

              from Connecticut

              About Me Frequent User

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact Design
              • Easy Setup
              • Easy To Use

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Black & white Documents
                • Photos

                Comments about Brother MFC-490CW Color Inkjet All-in-One Printer:

                I use this product mostly for taking printouts and now and then photo prints.I simply loved the features available....ink catridge is also not soo expensive...wireless feature is too good...would like to buy more brother brands...

                • Primary use:
                • Personal

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                4.0

                Good printer and a great buy

                By Option speculator

                from Hutchinson, KS

                About Me Frequent User

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy Setup
                • Easy To Use
                • Low Ink Consumption

                Cons

                • Flimsy Construction

                Best Uses

                • Black & white Documents
                • Graphics & Charts

                Comments about Brother MFC-490CW Color Inkjet All-in-One Printer:

                Bought this printer in May primarily for its wireless capability. Wireless setup with my laptop computer was a breeze. Also, the USB connection setup to my desktop computer was quick and painless.

                Replacement cartridges are also MUCH cheaper than for my old, retired HP printer.

                Only complaint is that the scanner lid doesn't seem to be constructed very well. My wife wanted to scan some old typewritten recipes and when she lifted the top, it broke loose from the top right corner mounting. This was the first time it was used, so I would have to say that the construction and/or attachment of the hinges is not very good.

                Otherwise, I am very pleased with the printer. Good print speed and quality.

                • Primary use:
                • Personal

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                4.0

                Good deal for the Money

                By Bob V.

                from New York NY

                About Me Frequent User

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact Design
                • Easy Setup
                • Easy To Use
                • Fast Print Time

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Photos

                  Comments about Brother MFC-490CW Color Inkjet All-in-One Printer:

                  I use the MFC-490 as a copier, fax machine and photo printer.

                  The picture quality is great.
                  The setup was rather easy.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal

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                  4.0

                  The WIFI connection is great!

                  By Photo Runner

                  from Walled Lake, MI

                  About Me Infrequent User

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact Design
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fast Print Time

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Brother MFC-490CW Color Inkjet All-in-One Printer:

                      The primary reasons I chose this printer are 1. WIFI capability [...] I have not and will not use this printer for heavy use, but it seems to be a design that would efficiently handle it. Mostly have used it for scanning - this function works great, very good detail and easy to use. Very compact machine as well, would fit nicely in a closet or any other wireless location you want to hide it.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal

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                      5.0

                      Great Printer

                      By chas

                      from Michigan

                      About Me Frequent User

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact Design
                      • Easy Setup
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Fast Print Time
                      • Reliable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Black & white Documents
                        • Graphics & Charts
                        • Photos

                        Comments about Brother MFC-490CW Color Inkjet All-in-One Printer:

                        Found wireless network in seconds. Prints sweet pictures. The LCD screen is great to work with. Ink cartridges are cheap.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Personal

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                        4.0

                        True wireless printer for household

                        By bsate

                        from Providence, UT

                        About Me Frequent User

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Fast Operation
                        • Great Print Quality
                        • Reliable

                        Cons

                        • Hard Setup

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Brother MFC-490CW Color Inkjet All-in-One Printer:

                          Having 3 laptops in the house, we wanted a true wireless solution and a printer that met all of our printing needs. We can copy, fax, scan,print our photos, and it meets our regular printing needs from anywhere in our 3,000 square foot, 3 level home.

                          We replaced a printer, so the difference was astounding. It prints so much faster than what we are used to.

                          It was a little difficult for us to set up at first. We had it set up on one laptop, tried to do another and had to reset the first laptop with help from a friend.

                          Overall, we really enjoy this printer and were pleasantly surprised.

                          • Primary use:
                          • Personal

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