The Bottom Line
- Wireless built in
- Excellent print quality
- Easy to set up
- No duplex printing
- Long print times
- Wireless, color inkjet printer
- Fax, scanner, copier built in
- Can print, scan, and copy up to 11x17
Guide Review - Brother MFC-6490CW All-in-One Printer
Well, almost everything. The obvious missing feature is duplex printing, a lack that I can't quite understand in an office machine. Duplex printing is becoming all but ubiquitous on even low-end inkjet printers; not only is it handy, but it saves a huge amount of paper.
If you can get past that, then there's a lot to like. It offers some features that are great for offices, such as a few security measures. Administrators can log in using a password that allows them to change the printer's settings. Each user can be given specific types of access to the printer, so not everybody, for example, could use the Photo Capture features.
Like the Brother 7840W, this all-in-one has wireless built in. Even better, it's easy to set up. You just need to know the SSID of your wireless network and the password you use to secure your router (you do use a password for security, right?). The printer found my network right away and was printing wirelessly within minutes.
Photos and documents look great, though they take some time coming out depending on how you're connected. I printed a huge PDF file wirelessly, and the first page took more than 40 seconds to emerge, with subsequent pages coming out in less than half that time. When printing while connected via USB, the first page took only 26 seconds and then about 13 seconds per page afterwards.