The Canon Pixma MP490 all-in-one printer is just under $100 but it can be a really good choice. Just like a lot of other printers which are in the same price range, the Pixma MP490 lacks several advanced features including an automatic duplexer, an ADF ( a document feeder which is automatic ), as well as wireless support. Of course you will pay more if you choose another printer which has those features. So before buying, remember to consider your needs. Are those advanced features really important to you? This Pixma will be a suitable choice if you are looking for a small printer at reasonable price. It is not really fast but it provides good-looking photos.
- This is a color inkjet printer. It is an multifunctional one
- Scanner and copier are built in
- Its color print resolution is up to 4800 x 1200 dpi
- It offers an 1.8 inches LCD
- It supports many kinds of media cards such as: Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick Pro, Memory StickR, SD Memory Card.
Guide Review – Canon Pixma MP490 All-in-One Printer
The Pixma MP490, like the MP480, has more beautiful design than most other multifunctional printers. It is small and has rounded edges. Under the folded cover, you will find an 1.8 inches LCD monitor and some buttons. One more reason that makes its footprint tiny is because the output tray also folds in.
There are many users like the QuickStart feature of the MP490. This feature allows you to quickly access to your printer operations when your printer is on. In addition, the mode Auto Scan helps you save your time since it can recognize which type of original being scanned is. Therefore, you have no need to fumble for the proper settings every time.
If you used to have the MP480, you will find the Pixma MP490 is a lot quieter when it warms up. Still, this printer is not suitable for heavy use, because the duplexing feature which is manual is not very convenient. You know, you have to flip pages yourself as well as reload them after the 1st side has printed out. In addition, this MP490 offers you only 1 paper input tray.
This printer is really good at photo printing. Your 4 x 6 photo can come out in just 1 minute with excellent look. Colors are so sharp and vivid that you may think that this Pixma can be comparable to a lot of dedicated photo printers out there. Given that there’re only 2 ink tanks, this result is pretty impressive.
This Pixma MP490 is not particularly fast. It takes about 29s for a 3 monochrome pages to come out ( 15 seconds for the 1st page ). 20 seconds / page is the average speed when printing a PowerPoint presentation which is large and colourful. In this case, the 1st page comes out in about 38s. Choosing draft mode is a way to shave that time off as well as save your precious ink. Finally, not like other inkjet multifunctional printers which have 5 or 6 ink tanks, the Pixma MP490 just has 2 tanks. So, when they’re empty, you will spend less when replacing them.
- It is small and lightweight
- It gives you great photo prints
- Setting up this printer is easy
- It is not very fast
- It lacks ADF and paper input tray