Disclosure: The reviewer was not paid to provide this review. The reviewer was sent the machine at no cost for the purpose of reviewing the product. Though the company was originally supposed to take the unit back after the review, they opted to let the review keep the unit.
Ever since I purchased my first laser printer, I was sold on it. I swore off inkjets for good…and pretty much ended my relationship with color printouts as well. Color laser printers are still not cost effective in my book. Refills are quite expensive and frankly, I just don’t print color that often.
That said, there is a time and place for color presentation.
Recently, I was contacted by Brother to give the MFC 6490-CW a spin (here after, “6490CW” – official specs page here). My knee jerk reaction was that it was an inkjet and I was not going to like it. I agreed to check it. You know what? It ain’t bad…not bad at all.
Here’s the breakdown:
1. It’s a multifunction – scanning, printing, copying.
You can scan on the platen glass or run a stack through the sheetfeeder. Both the glass and the sheetfeeder appear to be high quality construction. No complaints whatsoever.
Copying is a breeze and fast. From powering on to finished copy, I had a beautiful page in 34 seconds flat. That’s faster than our leased (ugh) copier at the office on a completely cold start. If the machine is on, 23 seconds is all you need to get your first copy out.
This is a video of a color print which took about 47 seconds, again from a COLD start.
Now printing…printing is sweet. Beautiful precision, sharp fonts and well rendered images aside, this thing is WiFi ready! It took me about 2 minutes to get it “talking” to our Linksys router and voila!, I was printing from my laptop. (There was a bit of setup to add the printer to my laptop as well, but again, it was dead simple and I didn’t even have to refer to the manual.)