Generation Green is Canon's environmental initiative. This program encompasses eligible Scanners, PIXMA Inkjet Printers and imageCLASS laser printers. Generation Green is designed to provide business partners, customers and consumers a way to learn about the environmentally-friendly approach that Canon is taking to design many of its current and future products and solutions; for example, possible cost savings through energy efficiency. The MP490 has the following Generation Green characteristics:
4 in 1, 2 in 1 Printing - This option allows users to place multiple pages on 1 page, saving up to 75% of your paper supply.
Quick Start - The energy efficient Quick Start feature makes it easy to start up your printer in a matter of seconds, making it more convenient to keep the printer off, thus reducing energy consumption.
ENERGY STAR - Qualified products are 25% more efficient than conventional models. By using less energy, these products reduce greenhouse gas emissions and saves energy as well as money.
RoHS Compliance - RoHS is a directive from the European Union that restricts the use of hazardous materials found in electronic products. This product contains no cadmium, mercury, lead, hexavalent chromium, Polybrominated Biphenyls (PBB), or Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDE).
Hardware Recycling Program - Canon is committed to the world community and the belief that we are building a better world for future generations. We want to work with our customers to help ensure appropriate recycling of products to help improve the environment and our local communities.
Refurbishing Program - The Canon U.S.A., Inc. refurbishing facility manages all waste stream processes for Canon products, so Canon has full control over recovery and salvage for Canon products, not third-party vendors.
Won't do ANYTHING unless both ink levels are good
OK, this has been a great printer/scanner, but has one SERIOUS bug.
If you have ANY ink level low then you can't do anything at all!!!
Why, oh, why must I have a good color ink cartridge to print in black and white?
Why, oh, why must I have a good color ink cartridge to scan???
I am trying to copy a black and white document but now I must go out a buy a new color cartridge!!! Why!!!
I also need to scan some documents, but can't.
I would have rated this 5* across the board, but this bug pulls it to a 1*.
Cannon, don't FORCE me to buy ink when I don't need it!!!
Won't buy Cannon again.
March 24, 2013
If you like buying ink...
This printer is wasteful and very expensive to operate. Would recommend something else - different manufacturer maybe.
February 16, 2013
Stuck using Canon Ink only...
Average printer... kind of slow when you need something printed fast. My main beef with my MP490 is the manufacturing set up which prevents me from refilling the ink cartridge with my own ink. I have a high quality set of inks that i use to refill empty cartridges but cant use it because Canon wont allow it. What ever happened to the days when a printer was just that... a printer? Canon uses their printers as revenue raisers to get the buyer to buy their ink.... and ONLY their ink. How would we feel if Ford Motor insisted on buying only Ford parts or their cars wouldn't operate? If you want to fill your own cartridges, dont buy anything made by Canon. Otherwise its average quality printer.
December 16, 2012
Always Says Out of Paper
Frequequently have problems getting it to print. Seems like it always happens right in the crunch. Refuses to print. Says out of paper. Have to redownload driver multiple times.
January 27, 2012
Resolution may vary based on printer driver setting. Color ink droplets can be placed with a horizontal pitch of 1/4800 of an inch at minimum.
Compatible memory cards include SD™ Memory Card, SDHC™, MultiMediaCard®, MultiMediaCard® Plus, CompactFlash® Card, Microdrive®, Memory Stick®, Memory Stick PRO™, Memory Stick Duo™ and Memory Stick PRO Duo™. The following can be used with the addition of a special adapter sold separately: miniSD™ Card, miniSDHC™, microSD™ Card, microSDHC™, RS-MMC™, Memory Stick Micro, xD-Picture Card®, xD-Picture Card® (Type M), and xD-Picture Card® (Type H).
Based on accelerated testing by Canon in dark storage under controlled temperature, humidity and gas conditions, simulating storage in an album with plastic sleeves. Canon cannot guarantee the longevity of prints; results may vary depending on printed image, drying time, display/storage conditions and environmental factors. See www.usa.canon.com/chromalife100plus for details.
Supported paper types for borderless printing are as follows: Photo Paper Pro Platinum, Photo Paper Pro II, Photo Paper Plus Glossy II, Photo Paper Plus Semi-gloss, Photo Paper Glossy and Matte Photo Paper
Print speed measured as soon as first page begins to feed into printer. Copy speed is measured after the first page is ejected. Output speed will vary depending upon a number of factors. See our www.usa.canon.com/printspeed for additional details.
ISO/IEC 24734, 24735 define the default print and copy speed measurement methods. Print speeds are the averages of ESAT in Office Category Test for the default simplex mode, ISO/IEC 24734, excluding time to print the first set. Copy speed is the average of FCOT, ISO/IEC 24735 Annex D. ADF copy speed is the average of ESAT in General Performance Test for the default simplex mode, ISO/IEC 24735, excluding time to copy the first set. See our www.usa.canon.com/ipm for additional details.
System requirements vary by application.
Compatible with Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 in Windows Vista or XP. Not included on installation CD. Requires Internet connection during installation.