MFC-490CW

FAQs & Troubleshooting

FAQs & Troubleshooting

Is there any way to reduce Ink consumption when printing from my computer?

The following ways can help you reduce ink consumption.

- Reducing the print resolution

The following way can help you reduce color ink consumption. 

- Printing the document only with Black ink

 

- Reducing the print resolution
Choosing the lower quality for printing reduces the print resolution. This can help you reduce ink consumption. However please note that the printed result will not be as sharp.


  • For Windows Users:

    1. Open Printing Preference. (Click here to see the details of how to open Printing Preferences.)

    2. Click the Basic tab.

    3. Choose Fast in Quality or Print Quality.

    4. Click Apply => OK.

  • For Mac OS X Users:

    1. Choose Print Settings from the print box.

    2. Click the Basic tab. (This step might be skipped in some models.)

    3. Choose Fast in Quality or Print Quality.

- Printing the document only with Black ink
When you print a black and white document data, if you choose the Color mode and the media type except Plain Paper, the color ink is wasted unnecessarily. Because when your documents include color information even if documents appear in monochrome, the document will be printed in color, and in addition when your documents include gray-colored contents, the document may also be printed in color by color processing reason.

For more information please refer to the Related FAQs at the end of the page.

 

To choose Grayscale and Plain Paper, follow the steps below:

  • For Windows Users:

    1. Open Printing Preference. (Click here to see the details of how to open Printing Preferences.)

    2. Click the Basic tab.

    3. Make sure Plain Paper is chosen in Media Type.

    4. Click the Advanced tab.

    5. Choose Grayscale in Color/Grayscale.

    6. Click Apply => OK.

  • For Mac OS X Users:

    1. Choose Print Settings from the print box.

    2. Make sure Plain Paper is chosen in Media Type.

    3. Click the Advanced tab. (This step might be skipped in some models.)

    4. Choose Grayscale in Color/Grayscale.

If you are not having a print quality problem, do NOT clean the print head.

If your question was not answered, have you checked other FAQs?

Have you checked the manuals?

If you need further assistance, please contact Brother customer service:

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