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Samsung SCX-4300 Multifunction Laser Printer
  • Samsung SCX-4300 Multifunction Laser Printer
  • Samsung SCX-4300 Multifunction Laser Printer
  • Samsung SCX-4300 Multifunction Laser Printer
  • Samsung SCX-4300 Multifunction Laser Printer
  • Samsung SCX-4300 Multifunction Laser Printer
  • Samsung SCX-4300 Multifunction Laser Printer
  • SCX-4300 Laser Multifunction Printer - MonochromeDesktop (Copier, Scanner, Printer - 19 ppm Mono - 600 x 600 dpi - 8 MB - 250 sheets Input Capacity - USB)


Our Score:


We reviewed the Samsung SCX 4500 in all its sleek, black glossiness a few months back, but knock just 200 off the model number and £100 off the asking price and you have the SCX-4300. This is also a mono, laser-based all-in-one printer, decked out in black plastic, but it has a much more conventional design and in some ways a more practical approach to what is needed.

The SCX-4300 has a neat footprint for an office all-in-one machine, a little wider than a typical personal laser printer, but with very similar depth and height. The sides of the machine flare slightly at the top to accommodate the A4 scanner mechanism which, unlike the SCX-4500’s, sits across the laser engine from left to right, rather than from front to back.

The control panel consists of a two line by 16 character LCD display, which has no backlight but is still easy to read under normal ambient light. The eight control buttons work well with the display and the menu system for the devices major settings is easy to navigate.

Directly beneath the control panel is a slot for emerging pages and there's a small pull-out end stop, though pages don't normally fall onto the desk even if you don't extend this. At the bottom of the front panel is a 250-sheet feed tray, over double the capacity of the SCX-4500, and a single sheet multi-purpose slot for special media.

Although the scanner section lifts up and is supported by a spring-loaded prop, it only lifts just enough to get your hand in, in case there's a paper jam. It would be more convenient if it swung up to the vertical, as with most all-in-ones. At the back are sockets for power and USB, the only data connection to this machine.

The front panel of the machine hinges down to provide access to the integrated toner and drum cartridge, which slides in from the front. This is quite a tight fit and takes a bit of wiggling to get into place. Samsung provides a ‘starter’ cartridge with the SCX-4300, good for only 1,000 ISO pages, half the normal capacity. Given the asking price of the printer, though, this is perhaps excusable.

The software supplied with the machine is Samsung's standard coupling of its SmarThru 4 and Dr. Printer utilities. The first deals with scanning, copying and printing, as well as sharing images, while the second is a diagnostic website. The driver itself handles watermarks, overlays and various print quality settings, laid out in a logical and easy-to-navigate panel.

Don Johnson

August 20, 2008, 4:25 am

The feature table mentions an optional external ethernet adapter. I cannot find this item on the Samsung website. Do you have a part no. or other any information on where this adapter can be purchased.


February 3, 2009, 5:29 am

external ethernet adapter costs more than the printer !



May 12, 2009, 11:35 pm

Can this machine scan colour photos and save to a hard drive? Or only black and white documents and photos?


December 23, 2009, 2:01 am

Very quick and reliable little machine. Does the trick for copying.

Omar Henriquez

July 12, 2010, 7:53 pm

Beware if you are Mac user, Samsung does not support apple computers

I don’t normally write many reviews, but today I felt compelled to do it because some customers may benefit from my advice.

I purchased the Samsung SCX-4300 all in one printer, but I soon realized that I was not able to use the device as a scanner in my Macbook Pro. I went to samsung web age, downloaded driver for MAC OS, installed it, but the Smarthru application does not open after the reboot. I then spoke with one Samsung representative via chat support, he said that I should install windows in my mac in order to use the printer, therefore I purchased parallels desktop, I bought windows 7, and installed them. I installed the samsung smarthru exe file (samsung software) in windows 7 in my mac, but despite this, smarthru "did not find the device" I called samsung, they told me to call pcworld, the place where I bought the mac, I went to PC world, but they did not have enough knowledge to handle my query, therefore I called Apple care and they tried my mac which is able to recognize other all in one printer devices.

Apple care told me to call Samsung. I called Samsung and they stated that there is nothing that samsung can do because "samsung does not support Mac OS" They also clearly stated that in order for them to provide me with support my computer should be Windows OS based! I escalated the issue and one Samsung “expert” called me and stated that in order for the scan to be recognized I had to buy and install a graphic converter. I did so, the scan is finally recognized but there is no availability of basic functions, such as the OCR. Therefore if I want to be able to scan choosing OCR option, I need to buy more software! At the moment I am stuck with an expensive, unusable, big item occupying space at home.

I have not received positive feedback from the company where I purchased the product (printware). I know that if I had purchased the printer in amazon, they would have refunded the money or changed the printer for a suitable one.

If you are windows user, fine. But if you are MAC OS user, you may want to consider buying a printer that supports MAC computers.


August 19, 2010, 12:47 pm

This Printer is suported by MAC OS - 10.6.4. I bought this printer yesterday and hooked it up to my iMAC via the USB port, in System Preferences, Printers and Faxes, the Printer appeared straight away in true MAC fashion. I did not even have to instal the printer software that came in the package.

Scanning also works fine in Image capture and Preview. The only tricky bit is if you are trying to hook it into the USB port of the Airport Extreme, all you have to do is to switch the Airport on and off and it will sense the printer!! No problems there.

Scanning seems to only work when it is directly connected to the MAC..not through the router but that's cool!

So I can confirm that this is working on a MAC...here is the apple statement for it:


Also you can go to the samsung website for the drivers if you need it:


I think this printer works great for what it costs!!

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