Pros

  • Inexpensive; excellent documentation
  • Simple, intuitive control panel

Cons

  • 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.

Manufacturer’s Website

http://www.cusa.canon.com

The Specs

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

Performance

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