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Plustek Smartoffice PS286

Plustek Smartoffice PS286
alaScore 77

23 reviews

Jun, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 23 reviews of Plustek Smartoffice PS286. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Scanners for all reviews.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Scanners the Plustek Smartoffice PS286 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 77/100 = Good quality.

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Plustek SmartOffice PS286 review


Its speed and scan quality are OK, but flimsy build quality and buggy software count against the PS286.

The TWAIN driver is easy to use, but you must manually select simplex or duplex scanning, colour or mono and so on. We received further driver warning messages during a multi-page duplex job, after which we discovered that a side of one sheet failed to...

Consumer review (

Good little scanner for the money


I used $500 canon scanners before these. Saw the price and decided to give them a try. Liked it so much for the price, bought one for home too. Works like a champ. Even saves as pdf.

Very low price for a document style scanner. Works good as long as you scan the calibration sheet first (put it in the scanner in a landscape orientation). Never had a jam or a misfeed and we use several of these at work now. Alignment is as good as...


Nov, 2010

Consumer review (

Great compact scanner


Compare the price and function ; This is quite economic and useful scanner

Scan daily works to PDFs, Do business card management

Sep, 2010

Consumer review (

Functional, but not high-quality for the price


It's functional, if that's all you need, but I think you can get the same quality for much lower price. My advice, pay a little more for a higher quality scanner

It scans... that's about it

I had a lot of trouble when I first got the printer, every time it misfed, the paper was "jammed" and the software would freeze up. I had to reboot my computer everytime. I got a new PC and I rarely have this problem anymore. It doesn't have a catch...

Mar, 2010

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Cant tell anything on this "scanner"


Machine seemed cheaply made.

None, but thankfully I bought it from Newegg

Got it, plugged it in, wont calibrate. , Tried updated drivers, win 7, vista and XP. Plustek's support is below poor. No web based support/troubleshooting. Called (not an 800 number) during business hours , no answer from tech support. Appears that the...

Jan, 2010

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I am using this scanner for a small business that does a moderate to high volume of scanning. It easily keeps up with the workload and is very easy to use.

Good product, very easy to use. Excellent value for price

Cannot reconfigure buttons. Makes it a little inconvenient. Does not do double sided scanning, but has features to take care of that

Mar, 2009

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Plustek SmartOffice PS281 641-BBM31-C 48 bit CIS 600 x 600 dpi (Hardware Resolution) Sheet Fed Scanner - Retail


Great speed on all scanning. Works well with full size document and odd sized items

The only con I have experienced is it's color scanning ability. It does not scan color documents well, they are very washed out. Thankfully, I do need to scan color documents that need good color

Feb, 2009

Consumer review (

Good value


We have 3 of these that we use for scan and print to remote locations. They seem to work as they should. We don't use color as these replaced fax machines

We had to tweak the software settings to get the scan and print feature to work with legal sized documents. The auto feature didn't work for us. It works great out of the box with letter docs

Aug, 2008

Consumer review (

Good value


For Rosewill to striaght up mislead anyone is wrong. IT DOES NOT WORK ON XP 64 BIT!!!!! If you are just using it for 32 bit go right ahead, you cannot beat the price. I have bought other Rosewill stuff with no issues, but in the future I will double...

We have 3 of these that we use for scan and print to remote locations. They seem to work as they should. We don't use color as these replaced fax machines

We had to tweak the software settings to get the scan and print feature to work with legal sized documents. The auto feature didn't work for us. It works great out of the box with letter docs

Aug, 2008

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Good product for the price...


Its a descent product for the price.

Good scan quality. Compatible with TWAIN/WIA

Scanning color documents is very slow. Gray scale and B&W are much faster

Feb, 2008

Product Specifications

The Plustek SmartOffice PS281 offers you a flexible and high-productivity way to efficiently manage all types of documents. From business cards to legal size documents scan, all can be converted to searchable PDF for further content and document management. It is suitable for SMB and organizations to enhance any business processes with paperless, for example hospitals, law firms, CPA firms, financial institutions, education, and local government. This is specially designed to provide maximum utility with minimum effort.


Certification:CB, CE, FCC, UL/cUL, C-Tick / FCC Class B, CE / TWAIN


Built-in display:N / Y
Color of product:Black / Black, Silver / Grey
Scan type:Flatbed Scanner / Sheet-fed scanner
Scanner Type:Flatbed / Sheet-fed

Energy Management

Input Voltage:24
Power supply type:AC

Input Capacity

Auto document feeder (ADF) input capacity:50
Standard input capacity:50

Operational Conditions

Operating relative humidity (H-H):20 - 80
Operating temperature (T-T):5 - 40

Other Features

Dimensions (WxDxH):10.4 x 5.02 x 5.83
Image formats supported:JPG, PNG, TIF
TWAIN compliance interface: Yes

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y
Cables included:USB
Cleaning cloth:Y
Drivers included:Y / Yes
Quick start guide:Y

Paper Handling

Auto Document Feeder (ADF) media weight:50 - 105
ISO A-series sizes (A0...A9):A4 / A4, A5, A6
Legal: Yes
Letter: Yes
Maximum ISO A-series paper size:A3 / A4
Maximum scan area (ADF):8.5 x 50
Maximum scan length:98.4
Maximum scan width:8.66
Minimum scan area (ADF):0.52 x 0.52
Minimum scan area (Auto Document Feeder):0.52 x 0.52
Scanning media types supported:Business Card, Plastic Card / Photo paper, Plain paper, Plastic Card, Recycled paper, Thick paper, Thin paper


Button functions:Down, Scan, Up / Scan
Daily duty cycle (max):1500
Light Source:LED
Scan drivers:TWAIN
Scan file formats:DOC,JPG,PDF,TIFF,XLS / JPG, PDF
Scan to:File, Image
Sensor Type:CIS / CMOS dual CIS

Ports & interfaces

Standard interfaces:USB 2.0


Input Voltage:24
Power consumption (off):0.3
Power consumption (standby):0.5
Power consumption (typical):18
Power supply type:AC / DC


ADF scan speed (b/w, A4):25
ADF scan speed (color, A4):25 / 8
ADF scan speed (colour, A4):25
Black/white scanning color modes:Grayscale, Monochrome
Color scanning: Yes
Duplex scanning:Y
Film scanning: No
Input color depth:48
Input colour depth:48
Maximum scan size:8.5 x 14 / 8.5 x 50 / 8.66 x 14
Optical scanning resolution:600 x 600
Output color depth:24
Output colour depth:24
Output grayscale depth:8
Output monochrome depth:1

System Requirements

Compatible operating systems:Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition (SP1), XP Professional (SP1), 2000 (SP4), Windows Vista compatible / Windows 2000 Professional, or Windows XP Home Edition/XP Professional / Windows XP, 2000, Vista / Windows XP, 2000, Vista, 7
Linux operating systems supported:Y
Mac compatibility: No
Mac operating systems supported:Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite,Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion,Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks
Minimum hard disk space:800
Minimum processor:1 GHz / Pentium IV 2.0 GHz processor (Pentium IV 3.0 GHz processor recommended)
Minimum RAM:1024 / 256
Minimum system requirements:CD-ROM, USB Port, 256 MB RAM, 800 MB free HDD space, High Color graphic card / PC, Pentium III 1G +\nCD-ROM \nUSB\n256MB RAM\n800 MB HDD\nVGA +\n

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:5.02 / 5.04