To get a networkable, multi-function, Wi-Fi capable printer for less than a $100 that uses separate color ink cartridges is a terrific deal, especially since it works with Macs. I set this up for my wife who appreciates its reasonably small size and (comparatively) light weight. Does lightweight mean not durable? Only time will tell, but since it sits in one place where it won't get banged I'm not worried about the thin case.
I've run this off Mac Leopard and Windows XP with the included drivers. Not the most current operating systems but I wait to upgrade until an OS has been out at least 6 months (forget Vista). No problems with either system. Following the instructions, setup was straight forward. As a network capable printer it should work with most any computer, though you may need some knowledge to set it up for less common or newer systems.
I was pleasantly surprised with the print speed. I had an older Brother printer that was slooooow. I set it to print a dozen pages, walked into the other room to grab something and came back to find the job done. Copying speed, on the other hand, well..., it takes a while. It's okay for occasional copies but I wouldn't consider this an office machine. But at this price, that's to be expected. I haven't used fax in a couple of years so can't comment on that.
Prints are clean. Text is good quality, and mixed graphics and text are better than average on inkjet paper. Photos are decent. I'm quite happy with snapshots on 4x6 paper. Printing an 8x10 on Costco (Fuji) glossy photo paper was equivalent to a supermarket print, usable, but not spectacular. To be fair, Brother doesn't call this a photo printer. Scanning is straightforward and crisp.
The lcd panel is large enough to read easily and ease of operation is about average. Menus walk you through steps, so you shouldn't need to keep a manual by the thing.
Conclusion: It's a good wireless network printer at a great price that does nice scans and is useful for an occasional copy. There's fax capability, too.
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The MFC-495cw is a feature rich all-in-one printer, copier, scanner and fax. The flexible wireless (802.11b/g) or wired (Ethernet) network interface can connect the all-in-one to multiple computers. The widescreen 3.3” color LCD display enables you to edit or enhance your photos and has easy read help menus. Print borderless images and photos at high print resolutions up to 6000x 1200dpi. You can fax / copy / scan unattended; using the auto document feeder. Increase your productivity with fast print speeds up to 35ppm black and 28ppm color*. Additionally, with the 4-catridge ink system, only change the cartridge that needs to be replaced.