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Get a Wi-Fi multifunction printer for $75 shipped

The Brother MFC-490CW offers everything a home or small office could need, including freedom from cables.

Check out the wide-screen LCD on this wireless MFP.
Fwip-fwip-fwip. That's the sound of my beanie propeller spinning furiously. You see, has the Brother MFC-490CW multifunction printer on sale for $75.24 shipped. Why all the fwipping? Because this baby's wireless.

As regular readers know, I've seen sweet deals on wireless inkjets and lasers and on Ethernet-equipped multifunction printers. But I've never seen such a great price on a wireless MFP.

Built for smallish offices, the Brother MFC-490CW prints, scans, copies, and faxes, all in color. It features an unusually large (3.3-inch) wide-screen LCD, Wi-Fi and Ethernet connectivity, a media-card reader, and a 15-sheet document feeder.

It also has a couple offbeat features I find cool, like the option to scan documents directly to a USB flash drive. I particularly like the four-cartridge ink system, which eliminates the ink waste associated with tri-color cartridges.

I have an older, less wireless Brother MFP I use for making copies, sending faxes, and the like, and to my thinking it's a compact champ. It's rare enough to find a network-ready MFP at a price this low, but wireless? Icing!