The Bottom Line
- Small, lightweight
- Great photo prints
- Easy to set up
- Not so fast
- Lacks automatic document feeder and paper input tray
- Color inkjet all-in-one printer
- Copier and scanner built in
- Color print resolution: 4800 x 1200 dpi
- 1.8" LCD
- Variety of media-card options, including SD Memory Card, Memory StickR, Memory Stick Pro, and Memory Stick Duo
Guide Review - Canon Pixma MP490 All-in-One Printer
For some reason, the MP490 doesn't make the constant loud grinding noise when warming up that the MP480 did. Still, it's not made for heavy use, since the manual duplexing feature (once the first side prints out, you flip the pages yourself and reload them) is less than convenient for anyone who uses that feature often. There's only one paper input tray.
The quality of photo prints was truly excellent. A 4x6 photo printed at normal quality took just under a minute to print, and came out already dry with vivid, sharp colors that I thought were comparable to many dedicated photo printers. That's pretty impressive, given that there are only two ink tanks.
The Pixma MP490 isn't particularly fast. Three black and white pages took about 29 seconds to print, with the first page out in about 15 seconds. A large and colorful PowerPoint presentation averaged about 20 seconds per page, with the first page out in about 38 seconds. You can shave some of that time off (and save precious ink) by switching to draft mode. The Pixma MP490's two ink tanks will be cheaper replacing two tanks when they're empty than the five or six tanks that other inkjet all-in-ones use. I noticed some ink bleed on the monochrome pages when using cheap copy paper.
I like the MP490's QuickStart feature, which provides fast access to printer operations when the printer is on. The Auto Scan Mode is also a time saver--it recognizes the type of original being scanned so you don't have to fumble for the proper settings each time.