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