• Inexpensive; touchscreen control panel
  • Wi-Fi connectivity; dedicated photo tray


  • Agonizingly slow text printing

At A Glance

This multifunction packs some interesting features into a small space but is sadly way too slow.

Manufacturer’s Description

MFC-790cw Wireless network color inkjet all-in-one features an easy-to use, intuitive and interactive wide 4.2 LCD Touchscreen. 15-page auto document feeder is perfect for unattended faxing, copying or scanning of multipage documents. Prints 33 black/white pages per minute and 27 color pages per minute with 6000 x 1200 dpi resolution. Faxes documents with high speed Super G3 33.6Kbps fax modem. Multifunction printer offers flexible wireless or wired network connection, direct photo printing on demand from media card slots, USB direct/PictBridge interface, handy built-in digital answering machine with a 29-minute recording time, full-duplex speaker phone and handset.

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The Specs

Part Number MFC-790CW
Operating System Compatibility Microsoft Windows XP
General Information
UPC Code 734646041348
Ports and Connections
Wireless connection Yes
Fax Resolution (dpi) 392 x 203 dpi
Storage Media
Memory stick Memory Stick
SD card SD Card
Scanner Type Flatbed


PCWorld Test Center (Quality)
Print quality: Text Very Good
Print quality: Color photo Superior
Print quality: Grayscale photo Fair
Copy quality Good
PCWorld Test Center (Speed)
Print speed: Text 3.9   ppm
300dpi Line Art Image (secs) 25.08
Final Scan Time, One-Page Word Document, 300 dpi 19.13
Two-Page Excel Document (secs) 48.37
Color Output Quality Fair
One-Page Line Art, Maximum Resolution Good
Final Scan Time, 2-by-2-Inch Document, 600 dpi 15.06
4 by 6 Grayscale Photo (secs) 22.43
4 by 6 Color Photo (secs) 23.64
Final Scan Time, 4-by-5-Inch Document, 100 dpi 11.12
Ten-Page Word Document (secs) 202.58
Sports Action Shot (secs) 87.94
Overall Scan Quality Good
Preview Scan, One-Page Word Document, 300 dpi 11.68
Grayscale Glossy Output Quality n/a
One-Page Copy (secs) 30.49
One-Page Webpage (secs) 29.81
Tested Grayscale Speed (ppm) 2.7
Three-Page Word Document (secs) 61.24
Preview Scan, 2-by-2-Inch Document, 600 dpi 13.66
Tested Glossy Photo Speed (ppm) 0.7
One-Page Word Document, 300 dpi Very Good
Tested Lineart Speed (ppm) 2.4
Preview Scan, 4-by-5-Inch Document, 100 dpi 13.5
Tested Color Speed (ppm) 2.4
Line Art Output Quality Fair

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