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The Brother MFC-6490CW is a business-class inkjet-based all-in-one machine with scan, copy, print, and fax capabilities.

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The only low-cost MFC printer capable of doing tabloid printing and scanning.

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wonderful value and lots of options

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Also the CISS ink system solves the cost problem, as does alternative brand glossy papers when using the programmed print settings.

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Have numerous fixes for photo print quality and speed and ink problems. Suspect most of the 'cons' published so far result from a relatively cursory use and exploration of the device. Have found that the quality issues are solveable, and new ink technologies can solve virtually all of the reported problems.

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Further good stuff about the 6490: using Linux and wireless networking printer works perfectly without needing to load any drivers.

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Menu system needs to be fully explored with some test printing done to see all possible results.

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speed depends on job, high quality images take (& need) a long time.

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print quality "not good enough for a résumé"

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Poor paper handling; auto tray selection does not allow use of alternate size paper

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dull-colored prints

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  • Only 3 words are allowed.


The Brother MFC-6490CW is a business-class inkjet-based all-in-one machine with scan, copy, print, and fax capabilities.  The biggest feature is the ledger-sized (11x17") flatbed platen, for versatile scanning, copying, and faxing.  Wireless networking is supported, at the 802.11b/g standard.  Large capacity is another big feature here, with dual print trays capable of holding a combined 400 letter-sized pages, as well as a 50-page automatic document feeder.  Print speeds are fast, ranging up to 35 pages per minute, with a maximum colour print resolution of 6000x1200 dpi.  Direct photo printing is supported, using PictBridge-compatible USB devices and flash-memory card slots, and a wide-screen 3.3" LCD colour viewscreen is included for on-machine editing.  Printing uses a four-cartridge ink system, with one black cartridge and individual ink cartridges.  High-yield cartridges are also available.


  • Print Speeds:  35ppm black, 28ppm colour
  • Colour Print Resolution:  6000x1200 dpi
  • Wireless 802.11b/g Networking
  • Ledger-Sized Platen
  • Dual Print-Trays (400 page capacity)
  • 50-Page Automatic Document Feeder
  • Connectivity:  USB 2.0, PictBridge USB, Flash Memory Card Slots
  • 3.3" LCD Viewscreen
  • 33.6 Kbps Faxmodem
  • 480-page Fax Memory
  • Replacement Cartridges:  LC61BK Black (450pgs), LC61C Cyan (325pgs), LC61M Magenta (325pgs), LC61Y Yellow (325pgs), LC65BK High-Yield Black (900pgs), LC65C High-Yield Cyan (700pgs), LC65M High-Yield Magenta (700pgs), LC65Y High-Yield Yellow (700pgs)
  • Warranty:  Two Year Limited Exchang

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12/13/2011 10:13

It can not print out a quality photo. It comes out wet, smudgy, and grainy. There is poor color and excessive back ink. Brother's photo paper is 5 times more expensive than their competitors. Photos acctually look better on plain paper.

02/23/2010 07:42

Manufacture support sucks. I called at 8:45 pm EDT and reached a recording that they closed at 9:00 pm - what gives. I went to their web page - where it says "contact us" you cannot - you just get an undending list of irrelevant FAQs.

02/23/2010 07:42

Manufacturer support is very very slow and unsatisfactory. After 4 hours on the phone, with numerous times being put on hold so they could get further information about my problem, I was finally at 4:58 pm told they were passing me on up the line to another level of tech support, and oh yeah, that department closed at 5:00 pm. I'm rethinking their claim that this is a multifunction machine.

04/04/2009 02:04

Inexpensive, reliable, all-round, really satisfied with tabloid scanning, printing and faxing - mike wee

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