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Samsung SCX-4300 Multifunction Laser Printer - Samsung SCX-4300 Multifunction Laser Printer

By Simon Williams



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The SCX-4300 is quite a nippy little printer, completing our five-page text document in just 30 seconds, or 10ppm. The text and graphics pages (five of them again) are even quicker at 11.54ppm and when we printed our 20-page document, it took 1:21, increasing the speed again to 14.81ppm. Samsung's claimed top speed is 18ppm, so for a printer maker that’s almost obscenely accurate.

A single page photocopy finished in 11 seconds, so you could get six or so pages per minute from the machine and a 15 x 10cm photo took little more, at 13 seconds. Both these speeds are impressive, particularly for a machine being sold at around £100 - less minus delivery.

Print quality in most areas is good. Although the maximum resolution of the machine is just 600dpi, there's little visible sign of jagged diagonals or curves in text. When you add greyscale graphics, the quality isn't quite so good, with some striping apparent and not many visible grey shades.

This is accentuated in photographic prints which, as well as having a course print matrix, also suffer from obvious micro-banding and lose a lot of detail in darker, shadowed areas. Finally, photocopies of greyscales, particularly those printed by the machine itself, look horrible, as if parts of the surface of the prints have been scrubbed off. We've noticed this with other Samsung all-in-one machines and with some other makes, too, and think it’s a product of the Contact Image Scanner (CIS) scanning technology clashing with the dot patterns in its print matrix, a bit like bad Moire fringes.

The SCX-4300 uses an integrated drum and toner cartridge, capable of printing 2,000 ISO pages. With a typical cost of just under £40, this gives a cost per page of 2.7p including paper costs. This is a fairly typical cost for a mono laser device and for black print from a colour one, too, so you're not paying extra because of the comparatively low purchase price of the all-in-one itself.


This is a good, straightforward multifunction printer which would be very at home in a typical SOHO environment. It's quite quick, produces good text and passable graphics, though copies of graphics, particularly of greyscale shades, can be very patchy. Running costs are reasonable and if your budget is tight this looks like a good way of providing yourself with the main office print, scan and copy functions at reasonable cost.

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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