The Bottom Line
- Wireless networking
- Large color touchscreen
- Great photo prints
- Cumbersome process to use photo-paper feed
- Squeaky printing
- Color inkjet all-in-one printer (fax, scanner, copier built in)
- 802.11 b/g wireless networking built in
- 4.2" color touchscreen
- Built-in answering machine and separate telephone handset
Guide Review - Brother MFC-790CW All-in-One Printer
The Brother MFC-790CW is a compact multifunction printer. It uses four ink tanks with Brother's proprietary Innobella ink, which provides vivid colors and long-lasting prints. In my tests, a 4x6 photo took only about two minutes to print and came out dry, vivid, and very sharp. Perhaps the colors were slightly more muted than I saw with the Epson NX400 but any differences were truly slight.
The printer is fairly compact, and that led to some small issues with the 790. To print using photo paper, you need to readjust the paper-feed tray and load paper into the top of the tray; the instructions in the manual are pretty vague when it comes to this process, which involves squeezing a plastic clip and then sliding the whole top of the tray forward. It's a cumbersome process, and needs to be reversed before using the regular paper tray again.
Since it's a wireless printer, I do all my tests wirelessly, and I understand that it's possible that my print times will be extended as a result. A six-page PDF took 1 minute, 20 seconds to print, with the first page out in 42 seconds (so about 19.6 seconds/page). Color graphic pages averaged 45 seconds per page. It's not slow, but it's certainly not particularly fast. Large fonts didn't show any bleed, but they were also not the sharpest I've seen. And for some reason the printer squeaks a lot.
The 790CW has a 4.2" touchscreen that is very handy, especially when printing photos from an SD card. A handful of photo-editing options can be accessed through the touchscreen.