• Wide-format printing and scanning
  • Roomy dual input trays; easy to use


  • Very slow
  • Plain-paper prints look fuzzy and drab

At A Glance

Its wide-format capability is nice, but not its slow performance and variable print quality.

Manufacturer’s Description

MFC-6490CW All-in-One prints, copies, scans and faxes documents up to ledger-size on document glass or through 50-page auto document feeder. Prints 35 black/white pages per minute and 28 color pages per minute with 6000 x 1200 dpi. Built-in wireless and wires interfaces allow you to plug it into your wired or wireless router and share it to print, scan, PC Fax and access to the digital camera media cards or USB flash memory. All-in-One with Call Waiting/Caller ID faxes in color and black/white with 33.6Kbps Super G3 fax modem. Sends a page in 3 seconds. Offers 100 auto dial locations, 256 broadcasting locations, automatic redial, fax/telephone switch, and 480-page fax memory. Flatbed copier generates 23 black/white copies per minute and 20 color copies per minute with 25 to 400 percent copy scaling. All-in-One offers 64MB memory, 48-bit color scanning with 19200 x 19200 dpi, 400-sheet input tray, and wide-screen 3.3 color LCD screen. Weighs 34.4 lb. Energy Star qualified.

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The Specs

Part Number MFC-6490CW
Operating System Compatibility
  • Linux
  • Microsoft Windows XP
General Information
UPC Code 26649062032
Ports and Connections
Wireless connection
  • 802.11b
  • 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 Fair
Print quality: Color photo Superior
Print quality: Grayscale photo Fair
Copy quality Very Good
PCWorld Test Center (Speed)
Print speed: Text 5.7   ppm
300dpi Line Art Image (secs) 19.58
Final Scan Time, One-Page Word Document, 300 dpi 20.41
Two-Page Excel Document (secs) 47.73
Color Output Quality Fair
One-Page Line Art, Maximum Resolution Good
Final Scan Time, 2-by-2-Inch Document, 600 dpi 17.91
4 by 6 Grayscale Photo (secs) 23.33
4 by 6 Color Photo (secs) 23.55
Final Scan Time, 4-by-5-Inch Document, 100 dpi 13.27
Ten-Page Word Document (secs) 136.33
Overall Scan Quality Good
Preview Scan, One-Page Word Document, 300 dpi 13.09
Sports Action Shot (secs) 91.2
Grayscale Glossy Output Quality n/a
One-Page Copy (secs) 28.55
One-Page Webpage (secs) 28.74
Tested Grayscale Speed (ppm) 2.6
Three-Page Word Document (secs) 47.41
Preview Scan, 2-by-2-Inch Document, 600 dpi 14.92
Tested Glossy Photo Speed (ppm) 3.1
One-Page Word Document, 300 dpi Good
Preview Scan, 4-by-5-Inch Document, 100 dpi 14.88
Tested Color Speed (ppm) 2.4
Line Art Output Quality Good

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