Brother’s MFC-J491DW ($79.99) is an entry-stage, low-extent all-in-one printer designed often for domestic and small-workplace use. Like maximum inkjet fashions in its rate range, together with the Canon Pixma TS3320 Wireless All-in-One, it trades a low rate for a relatively constrained function set, pretty sluggish speeds, and occasional paper-potential and output-extent rankings. On the turn aspect of that, though, you get exact print quality, clean setup, a small footprint, and an automated file feeder (ADF) for sending multipage files to the scanner. That ultimate object is the kicker, a large perk for an under-$a hundred AIO. The MFC-J491DW is an awesome little system for the money, and an amazing match for maximum own circle of relatives rooms and really small places of work that do not print too an awful lot. It’s our most recent Editors’ Choice choose amongst entry-stage AIOs.
Big for Its Class
At 6.eight via way of means of 15.7 via way of means of 13.four inches (HWD) and weighing 18.1 kilos, the MFC-J491DW suits on maximum desktops. Some of its closest competitors, together with the Pixma TS3320, the Pixma TS5320, and the Epson Expression XP-6100 Small-in-One, take in much less table area and weigh some kilos much less. (The TS3320 weighs much less than 1/2 of as an awful lot.) This is partly due to the Brother’s 20-sheet ADF stated withinside the preceding paragraph.
These different machines include handiest flatbed scanners, this means that that you may reproduction or experiment handiest one web page at a time earlier than manually setting the following one at the scanner glass. This could make scanning and copying sluggish going. The MFC-J491DW additionally sports activities a 1.eight-inch colour show for configuring copies, scans, and different features, in addition to tracking consumables. Among the opposite machines stated here, handiest the Epson comes with a colour contact show.
As you may see withinside the photo above, the MFC-J491DW’s pretty small display anchors a near-dizzying array of navigation and function (reproduction, experiment, fax) buttons and standing LEDs, in addition to a range of pad. Granted, this configuration brings maximum of the not unusualplace features to the forefront, however this manipulate panel is a chunk daunting and really an awful lot ultimate-decade.
Like maximum of today’s computing device printers, though, this little AIO additionally comes with an internet interface or portal wherein you may carry out maximum responsibilities to be had at the manipulate panel, together with tracking consumables and producing utilization reports. It’s handy thru an IP cope with from pretty much any computing device PC or hand-held tool browser.
It’s essential to say that whilst its ADF would not do duplexing, the MFC-J491DW’s print engine is auto-duplexing, which means that it is able to print -sided pages mechanically with out your having to turn and reinsert pages. HP’s petite, under-$60 DeskJet 3755 All-in-One would not auto-duplex, for example, nor does Epson’s competing Expression Home XP-430 Small-in-One, nor the formerly stated Canon Pixma TS3320.
Paper coping with includes a unmarried a hundred-sheet tray, and Brother places the printer’s most month-to-month obligation cycle at 2,500 pages, with a advocated month-to-month print extent of 1,000 prints. Canon would not submit extent rankings for its lower-give up client products, however my knowledgeable wager places them at relatively fewer pages for the Pixma TS3320 and approximately similar to (or a bit extra than) the TS5320. (The former’s paper enter potential is handiest 60 pages, whilst the latter has a hundred-sheet trays, one the front and one rear.)
Its primary connectivity includes Wi-Fi or connecting to a unmarried PC thru USB. You additionally get Wi-Fi Direct for connecting your cellphone or pill without delay to the printer with out both being related to a community or router. Other cell connectivity alternatives encompass Google Cloud Print, Apple AirPrint, Brother iPrint&Scan, and Mopria. You additionally get help for a slew of third-celebration cloud sites (amongst them, Google Drive for Business, and OneDrive for Business).
Brother iPrint&Scan is a cross-platform mixture of a motive force and a application app. It’s observed via way of means of a hard and fast of Brother Cloud Apps, which encompass Scan to Word, Scan to Excel, Scan to PowerPoint, Scan to Searchable PDF, and Easy Scan to E-mail.
Testing the MFC-J491DW: Entry-Level Print Speeds
The MFC-J491DW is rated at 12 pages in step with minute (ppm) for monochrome pages and 6ppm for colour pages. I examined it over USB the usage of our trendy Intel Core i5 testbed going for walks Windows 10. (See how we take a look at printers.)
When printing our 12-web page monochrome Microsoft Word textual content file, the MFC-J491DW churned at 13.2ppm. That’s 5.4ppm quicker than the Canon Pixma TS3320, 0.5ppm beforehand of the Pixma TS5320, eight.9ppm faster than the HP DeskJet 3755, and 2.6ppm slower than the Epson XP-6100.
When I mixed the rankings from the Word file take a look at with the ones from printing our colourful Acrobat, Excel, and PowerPoint files containing photographs and photos, the MFC-J491DW’s print velocity plummeted (as maximum entry-stage inkjets’ speeds do) to four.4ppm. That’s similar to the Pixma TS5320, 2.2ppm quicker than the TS3320, 3ppm quicker than the DeskJet 3755, and 2.2ppm slower than the Epson XP-6100.
The MFC-J491DW is not a image printer withinside the equal experience that, say, HP’s Envy Photo or Canon’s Pixma TS fashions are. Since its own circle of relatives-room obligations may also encompass printing the occasional photograph, I clocked it printing distinctly detailed, colourful four-via way of means of-6-inch snapshots. It averaged 32 seconds in step with print, which become on the quick aspect for this group. (The DeskJet 3755 become the slowest, at forty six seconds.)