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Brother MFC-5490CN Multi-Funtion Printer Review
Posted by Ink Oasis on 1/24/2012 to Inkjet Printer Ink
As you may be aware, the Brother MFC-5490CN is a multi-function inkjet printer. Even though many people are gradually switching away from inkjets, others still prefer them because they are cheaper and less complicated.  Since the Brother MFC-5490CN costs under $150.00 in many stores, it is a favorite with people that need a backup device or something cheap and easy to obtain. It should be noted that most people purchasing Brother products already know that the device will perform as well as others in a similar price range, but is not intended for heavy duty printing.

Brother MFC-5490CN Ink Cartridges Required

    LC61BK (black), LC61C (cyan), LC61M (magenta), LC61Y (yellow). Standard yield printer ink cartridges

 Brother MFC-5490CN - Features

    Print 6000 x 1200 dpi. Never worry about blurry or unclear printing with this resolution.
    Photocopy.  If you have book pages, receipts, or other paper materials, you can easily photocopy them for your needs.
    Fax and PC fax.  Why spend a fortune on web based fax services when you can have a fax machine with your printer?
    Slots for direct reading from memory cards. No matter whether you want to print from a camera or some other device, you do not need to load these files onto your computer before printing them. 

What Users like about the product

    High quality printing
    Fast printing

Derek Y. I bought this printer because of the high dpi rating. I am pleased to say I was not disappointed.  Aside from being cheaper than a laser printer, I also have many other wonderful features to enjoy. 

Neil H. Since I often work from home, I tend to need to print things at the last minute. This printer proved to be ideal, and I am never left waiting for a lifetime each time a page is printing.  Fast, affordable, and fax ready too. I could not ask for more from the Brother MFC-5490CN.

What users don't like about the product

    Does not work well with envelopes
    Not durable

Laura Y. I was happy enough with this printer until I had to print envelopes. Unfortunately, it is a disaster in this department. I lost a whole box of envelopes just trying to make it work. To make matters worse, the manufacturer could not recommend a viable solution for me.

Susan R. Everyone kept telling me that Brother Products do not last long. However, I saw the price on the Brother MFC-5490CN and decided to give it a try. Most people got a month or two out of similar machines. I only got five pages before it smelled like something inside had fired up. Right after that, it stopped working altogether.


Overall, we feel this printer will work well enough for students or others that do not need to print a large number of pages at once.  It is also useful for anyone that wants a fax machine without having to waste extra space, and money, with multiple machines. If you need a low cost reliable color printer, the Brother MFC-5490CN is a good choice.
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