Review of Brother’s MFC-J491DW — One Capable Cheap All-in-One Printer
Solid budget inkjet gets you good text printing, and an ADF, for $80
By William Harrel – July 17, 2020
THE BOTTOM LINE
Brother’s budget-priced MFC-J491DW inkjet all-in-one is a strong pick for homes and small offices that need only occasional output but would benefit from a built-in document feeder.
Good output quality overall
20-sheet ADF, unusual in an AIO at this price
Supports borderless printing
Strong cloud and mobile device support
Cost per page is high
No memory device support
Low input and output capacities
Dated-looking control panel
Brother’s MFC-J491DW ($79.99) is an entry-level, low-volume all-in-one printer designed primarily for home and small-office use. Like most inkjet models in its price range, including the Canon Pixma TS3320 Wireless All-in-One, it trades a low price for a somewhat limited feature set, relatively slow speeds, and low paper-capacity and output-volume ratings. On the flip side of that, though, you get good print quality, easy setup, a small footprint, and an automatic document feeder (ADF) for sending multipage documents to the scanner. That last item is the kicker, a huge perk for an under-$100 AIO. The MFC-J491DW is an excellent little machine for the money, and a good fit for most family rooms and very small offices that don’t print too much. It’s our newest Editors’ Choice pick among entry-level AIOs.