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Brother MFC-490CW – Your Low Cost, All-In-One Printer

The Brother MFC-490CW all in one printer

mfc-490cwCosting $ 130, the all-in-one Brother is a nice printer than its pricier cousin. A 3.3 inch wide-screen LCD for scrolling and light photo editing through menus, high quality prints and low print cost puts Brother MFC-490CW in a same league as HP Office Jet J4680, though its print speeds didn’t match the competition.

Features and Design:

The MFC-490CW makes a nice effort to stand out from other Brother printers. The auto-document feeder of control panel is trimmed in black, glossy finish, next to gray side and matte paneling.

At the center of small multifunction pad, the control panel has silver, shiny plastic buttons making it simpler to maneuver around menus on 3.3 large color LCD screens. The MFC – 490CW installation disk drivers offers the option of adjusting printer quality settings from normal to fast normal, fast or fine. It also offers you the option to install third party application for imaging known as ScanSoft’s Paperport.

The program permits people to edit photos in file-browsing setup just like Apple’s iPhoto, with basic photo editing solutions for auto enhancement, elimination of red eye and erasing of blemishes.

The printer’s fax features, copying and scanning are all adequately performed in conjunction with the fifty sheet ADF, functioning without the computer connection. The scanning options include routing of images to the optical character recognition text translator, e-mail or file folder.


In the text speed and photo benchmarks, the printer suffers the most embarrassing loss, with 2.99 and 0.64 photos per minute respectively. The results are hardly terrible for graphic speed tests – it ended at high page per minute compared to competition.

The Brother MFC-490CW comes at a price range of $ 227.46 to $ 89.95.