Brother MFC-290C reviews: Colour Inkjet printer

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+ This printer has no outstanding positive points. - It scores poorly on speed.

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8.3 out of 10 based on 16 reviews.
Brother MFC-290C: A4 Inkjet printer with Scanner function and PictBridge. See full product description

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Ade, Runcorn Frequent home user

Score 6.0/10
Good points:
Reviewer left no comment
Bad points:
when printing one has to go into preferences everytime to produce reverse copies, this is a basic function that should happen all the time without going into preferances,
Overall rating 6.0
Print quality 8.0
Compatibility 7.0
Speed 4.0
Value for money 6.0
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Confirmed purchase: 19 Jan 2010

Terry, Bristol Business user

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Value for money and print quality more than adequate for my needs
Bad points:
Not sure about durability - time will tell!
Overall rating 8.0
Print quality 8.0
Compatibility 8.0
Speed 8.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 12 Oct 2009

LINDA , TIVERTON DEVON UK

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
ink cartridge good value
Bad points:
no bad points my be in time?
Overall rating 9.0
Print quality 8.0
Compatibility 8.0
Speed 6.0
Value for money 6.0
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Confirmed purchase: 12 Oct 2009

John, Algar

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Very easy to setup and operate, whether scanning or copying. I didn't need the fax, although at least I do have that function 'in case', but the ADF (automatic document feeder) is brilliant. Again, I haven't used either the Photo Capture or the USB Port (for camera and/or memory-stick), as I usually use the USB port on my computer for both. The footprint of the MFC-290C is excellent, and changing the inks is a breeze, thanks to the 'ink drawer' being just to the right of the paper tray and easily accessible. Another plus is the ability of the printer to take 'heavier' glossy photo paper, and that ControlCenter3 gives excellent advance notice of the amount of ink left, so that action can be taken well in advance of the ink running out. All-in-all, the MFC-290C is a first-class machine and turns out excellent prints, whether on plain paper or on Brother's own photo paper
Bad points:
I don't know whether this would be deemed a 'Bad' point, but the one item I'm still trying to get used to, is the paper-tray. My previous printer (also a Brother MFC)'s paper-tray was 'open', allowing me to see how much paper was in it at any time, thus allowing me to replenish it when necessary. In the case of the paper-tray used in the MFC-290C, the tray is 'enclosed' which means that once the paper has been loaded, there's no way of seeing how much paper is left, and it's usually only a loud beeping which alerts me to the tray having exhausted its contents. Apart from the paper-tray point, I haven't fond any other 'bad' points.
Overall rating 10.0
Print quality 9.0
Compatibility 10.0
Speed 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 06 Nov 2009

Confirmed purchaser Frequent home user

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Easy to install and use
Bad points:
Sometimes a little slow to print and copy function slow
Overall rating 8.0
Print quality 8.0
Compatibility 9.0
Speed 8.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 06 Jun 2009

Steve, Jersey, Channel Islands Frequent home user

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Have only had this printer multi about six weeks, and have not used it very much yet......It is very simple to use and set up....the print quality is very good and the colour copy quality is excellent.....the fax operation work great with no problems...havn`t used the scan yet,...however if that is as good the rest it will be perfect...!!
Bad points:
None yet.........
Overall rating 10.0
Print quality 9.0
Compatibility 10.0
Speed 8.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 03 Apr 2010

Anthony, Miskin Frequent home user

Score 6.0/10
Good points:
the print quality is good and it was pretty easy to set up on my home network
Bad points:
I have been unable to register the product even with all the relevant information and the helpline has not produced a solution to this and has only asked me to enter information that I have already given - it has not solved the problem and I still have not been able to register the machine
Overall rating 6.0
Print quality 7.0
Compatibility 7.0
Speed 4.0
Value for money 5.0
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Confirmed purchase: 02 Jun 2009

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Product Features

Print technology Inkjet
Extra functions Copier
Extra functions Fax
Extra functions Scanner
Photo printing Dedicated
Connections PictBridge
Maximum paper size A4
Memory card slot Yes
Print colour Colour
Number of colours including black 4
Colour print speed (Pages per minute) 25
Black and white print speed (Pages per minute) 30
Vertical print resolution (Pixels) 1200
Horizontal print resolution (Pixels) 6000
Height in cm 18
Width in cm 39
Depth in cm 37.5
Borderless printing Yes
Postscript No
Release date 2009-01-15

Also known as: MFC290C, MFC-290C

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