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

editors choice horizontal4.0 EXCELLENT

 By William Harrel – July 17, 2020

Brother MFC-J491DW Review at PCMag


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.

MSRP $79.99


  • 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.

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