Brother MFC-495cw review

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  • Pros

    • Excellent print/photo quality
    • Good features
    • Decent price
  • Cons

    • Average print speeds
    • Output tray

In September of this year, Brother announced the addition of three new inkjet printers to their popular SOHO line of printers including the MFC-495cw, a mid-priced color multi-function center.

Perfect for a home office, the MFC-495cw combines wireless networking functionality with print, scan, copy, photo print, and Super G3 fax capabilities for $129.99.  But will the Brother MFC-495cw perform up to the lofty expectations set for it in the press releases?  Read on to find out!


  • 4-in-1 device: print, scan, copy, Super G3 fax
  • Print speeds: up to 35 ppm in black, 28 ppm in color
  • Print resolution: up to 6000 x 1200 dpi
  • 15 sheet ADF
  • 3.3 inch adjustable LCD
  • Built-in memory card reader with USB
  • Front loading four ink system
  • Paper capacity: 100 sheet cassette, 20 sheet photo tray
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Ethernet, USB
  • Energy Star qualified

The Brother MFC-495cw is compact stylish printer chock full of features.  The outside casing is done in a mix of black and dark gray with the Brother logo on top of the ADF and the MFC-495cw label on the adjustable LCD.

The 15-sheet Automatic Document Feeder is located on top of the scanner for unattended scanning, copying or faxing.  Adjustable paper clamps allow for use of various types of paper.

Below the ADF, you’ll find the flatbed scanner for scanning and copying individual documents, bound items, and thick projects.  Users can scan to computers, e-mail, OCR, media cards, etc. in a variety of formats including JPEG and PDF.  Brother also includes the Auto Crop feature on the MFC-495cw allowing multiple items to be scanned at once but saved as separate files.

The large control panel is centered on the adjustable 3.3 inch widescreen color LCD.  To the left of the LCD is a numerical key pad, on/off button, redial/pause and the hook key.  To the right of the LCD, you’ll find device quick keys, four arrow directional pad, quick start buttons, clear/back, stop/exit, menu, ink and ok keys.

The built-in memory card reader can be found below the control panel.  The MFC-495cw includes a PictBridge/USB slot, a CompactFlash slot, and a SD/MemoryCard/xD slot.

The paper capacity on the MFC-495cw is 120 sheets; a 100 sheet paper cassette and a 20 sheet photo bypass tray.  The two trays are connected and adjustable for different sized media. The paper unit can be found beneath the memory card reader. 

To the right of the paper unit, users will find the front loading four cartridge ink system.  The MFC-495cw uses the LC61 series of innobella ink: black, magenta, yellow and cyan.

The Brother MFC-495cw features wireless networking but for users who prefer a USB or Ethernet connection both ports can found on the inside of the machine.  Lift the top half up to find the two ports.  The telephone ports are found on the back left corner of the MFC-495cw near the attached plug.

There are two other access points on the Brother MFC-495cw; one on top of the machine with the ADF and the second on the back of the printer.



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