• Inexpensive; excellent documentation
  • Simple, intuitive control panel


  • Garish skin tones; expensive black ink
  • Poor paper tray design

At A Glance

It's a surprisingly decent machine for the price, but its high black ink costs are the tradeoff.

Manufacturer’s Description

Compact and stylish multifunction photo printer with 1.8 LCD & memory card slots. PIXMA MP490 prides itself on is ease of use so you can conveniently get the photo lab quality you want. The new Auto Photo Fix II software is built right into the machine and automatically corrects your images while easy viewing and editing can be done right on the 1.8 LCD.

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The Specs

Part Number 3745B002
Operating System Compatibility Microsoft Windows XP
General Information
UPC Code 4053162121928
Storage Media
SD card SD Card
Memory stick Memory Stick
Scanner Type Flatbed


PCWorld Test Center (Quality)
Print quality: Text Superior
Print quality: Color photo Very Good
Print quality: Grayscale photo Very Good
Copy quality Superior
PCWorld Test Center (Speed)
Print speed: Text 8.7   ppm
Final Scan Time, 4-by-5-Inch Document, 100 dpi 6.9
Grayscale Glossy Output Quality n/a
One-Page Word Document, 300 dpi Good
Final Scan Time, One-Page Word Document, 300 dpi 7.86
Preview Scan, 4-by-5-Inch Document, 100 dpi 5.7
Two-Page Excel Document (secs) 53.89
Sports Action Shot (secs) 38.93
Line Art Output Quality Fair
4 by 6 Grayscale Photo (secs) 24.29
Tested Color Speed (ppm) 2.3
Overall Scan Quality Good
One-Page Webpage (secs) 27.31
Preview Scan, One-Page Word Document, 300 dpi 5.72
Color Output Quality Good
Ten-Page Word Document (secs) 89.29
300dpi Line Art Image (secs) 15.1
Tested Grayscale Speed (ppm) 2.5
Three-Page Word Document (secs) 35.51
Tested Glossy Photo Speed (ppm) 4.0
Final Scan Time, 2-by-2-Inch Document, 600 dpi 12.77
One-Page Copy (secs) 14.96
One-Page Line Art, Maximum Resolution Good
Preview Scan, 2-by-2-Inch Document, 600 dpi 5.75
4 by 6 Color Photo (secs) 20.95

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