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Item#: N82E16828113343

1 out of 5 eggs Pretty terrible in terms of hardware 04/23/2009

This review is from: Brother MFC-5490CN Up to 35 ppm 6000 x 1200 dpi Color Inkjet All-in-One Printer with Networking

Pros:

If you just want to print on letter size paper and never do anything else, this is probably going to be just fine for you. My dissatisfaction comes from the clunky and downright unfriendly hardware and terrible paper handling.

Cons:

To connect the device to your computer/network via USB or Ethernet, you have to lift up the entire scanner glass assembly to get to this crazy in-the-guts-of-the-machine port area to snake your cables through and plug in. I never though that external USB and RJ45 connectors were a feature, but after using this thing I'll never take them for granted again.

It never successfully networked with my apple network.

This Brother machine, though, couldn't handle them at all. It would slip, snag, snarl and jam every 10th sleeve. The output was difficult to access (reach your hand into the cavity of the machine to get it) and when it did finally print a sleeve, the rollers obviously slipped, because the text was fuzzy. It was as if the sleeves were sliding around under the ink nozzles. Every sleeve that made it through was also severely wrinkled.

Also, beware that this machine ships with "starter" ink cartridges.

Other Thoughts:

Bad design (hidden USB/RJ45), bad performance (not handling my print jobs at all), and anti-consumer tactics (starter ink cartridges!) make me sure that this is the last device from Brother that I purchase.

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  • Mark T.
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