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Old Apr 13th, 2007, 10:06 PM   #1
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Samsung SCX-4200 with Mac?

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I'm looking for a reasonably priced monochrome laser printer with a scan/copy capability. Something that isn't too big.

Without doing extensive research, I thought a Samsung SCX-4200 might be good. Less than $200, pretty good reviews, not big and ugly.

I wonder if anyone has one and can provide some first hand experience how well it works on a Mac with OS 10.4.8. A few different rcent reviews by Mac users claim that the scanning doesn't work and you need some expensive TWAIN driver software like photoshop (costs more than the printer). I don't really understand that. I have a Brother all-in-one inkjet which works just great with OS X Image Capture which is TWAIN compliant - so why wouldn't the SCX-4200 work with that as well?

Any other suggestions for a laser with scanning capability?
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Old Apr 14th, 2007, 07:31 AM   #2
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Why not try inexpensive scanning software like Vuescan at VueScan Scanning Software
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Old Apr 14th, 2007, 09:15 AM   #3
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From this review.. it looks like it works just fine. Review.

Once the software is installed, you can just use Apple's Image Capture or Preview to scan documents.. it's all I ever use. You can open up Preview and select "Import Image." Works great.
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Old Apr 14th, 2007, 04:11 PM   #4
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... and you need some expensive TWAIN driver software like photoshop (costs more than the printer). I don't really understand that. ...

Any other suggestions for a laser with scanning capability?
BTW, unless you need 48 bit color or CMYK separations (Offset printing) Photoshop is overkill. PhotoShop Elements can usually be found for under $100 and does just about anything the home user could want. For monochrome use even this would be overkill. The built in apps should be more than adequate.
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Old Apr 14th, 2007, 04:26 PM   #5
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There are a few user reports like this one on the net that make me nervous as to scanning capability with the Mac.
Samsung SCX-4200 Ratings. Multifunction Devices User Opinions.

Then when you read the comments, some mac users agree and others disagree with what is required for scanning.
Was Image Capture and Preview only introduced in OS 10.4? Maybe that explains the difference in opinion.

My needs for scanning (and copying) are very basic - nothing along the lines of 48 bit color or CMYK separations at all.

I guess the trick is to buy somewhere where you can take the unit back for a full refund.
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Hey krs

I have an SCX 4200 sitting right here. Works fine with image capture. No issues at all, although I notice you mention 10.4.8: we are on .9, but I doubt if that will make a difference.

OS X does not come with print drivers for this machine, so you will need to install those.

I got it from Best Buy about a month ago for $149.00.

The review you linked to is sort of odd. I didn't try any of the scan software as I just use image capture. Then the reviewer mentions that the toner save function does not work with OS X...well, the machine has a wee LCD and bunch of buttons and you can set that function there. In any case, more formal reviews have noted that the function only saves by printing lower quality. We are still on the starter cartridge after about 400 pages, some of them heavy with graphics.
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Old Apr 15th, 2007, 12:23 AM   #7
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Hey Peloa -

Great! That's exactlky what I was looking for, someone who actually had this unit and ran it with OS X.
Image capture would be fine - I use that now with a Brother all-in-one and it beats the scanning software that came with the Brother unit.

I see you printed some graphics. Did they come out well?
A lot of my printing will be my son's own compositions.....as in music scores; inkjets don't do too well with those.
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I am pleasantly surprised at the quality. I was expecting much less. My wife teaches and she prints graphics with it, some quite detailed. No issues. It's really impressive how these things have come down in price.

If you have a notebook Mac, you could download the drivers and cruise to a store and print a page or two. But really, I am pleased. Take it home and try it, checking out the return policies first......
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