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Plustek Smartoffice PS286

Plustek Smartoffice PS286
alaScore 77

23 reviews

Sep, 2016

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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alaTest has collected and analyzed 17 user reviews of Plustek Smartoffice PS286 from The average user rating for this product is 3.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Scanners on

59% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Plustek SmartOffice PS286 Plus Document ScannerPlustek SmartOffice PS286 Plus Document Scanner

Sep, 2016

Expert review by: Tony Hoffman (

Plustek SmartOffice PS286 Plus


The Plustek SmartOffice PS286 Plus is modestly priced for a desktop document scanner, but provides decent speed and a good feature set for a small or home office. This compact scanner lets you select between nine different customizable scanning...

Good price for its capabilities. Scans in duplex. 50-sheet ADF. Multiple scanning methods and destinations. Comes with soft carrying case

Single-character display

The Plustek SmartOffice PS286 Plus offers a good balance between price, speed, and feature set as a desktop scanner for a small office.

Sep, 2012

Expert review by: Robin Morris (

Plustek SmartOffice PS286 Plus review


While standalone flatbed scanners may be increasingly scarce, the sheet-fed (or document) scanning sector continues to introduce new models.

The Plustek SmartOffice PS286 Plus lacks the portability of the Fujitsu, but it is far more functional overall. The TWAIN-compliant drivers are an asset, and the software bundle is well thought out. With a little training, this could be a very...

Feb, 2011

Expert review by: (

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...

Expert review by: Kelvyn Taylor (

Plustek SmartOffice PS286 Plus review


Plustek's new portable desktop ADF scanner, the SmartOffice PS286 Plus, combines versatile and fast duplex document scanning with a small footprint. It's intended for personal or front-desk use, and can scan plastic ID or credit cards.

Handles business cards and plastic cards very well; high daily duty cycle; compact; easy to use; creates searchable PDFs

Software looks old-fashioned; overlapping program functions; scan settings very detailed and not very intuitive

With good paper handling, credit card scanning and a decent software bundle, the SmartOffice PS286 Plus is a good choice for those needing a versatile, compact scanner.

Mar, 2011

Consumer review by: DraconPern (



Fast and doesn't jam. Software has lots of features yet easy to set up. Confirmed to work well with Windows 7. Bought several for the office


Jan, 2014

Consumer review by: Kirby (

tech support makes it a top buy


I would likely not have had as much difficulty with setup if I took the time to really explore the software

The best tech support I ever experienced. Mike and Ed worked me through the setup and made several call-backs while they research my questions and problems. The scanner works well, is easy to maintain and is built well. It has a good daily duty cycle...

The software is not as intuitive as I would have preferred, but that could be me. With Mike and Ed around I was up and running though

Jan, 2011

Consumer review by: N/A (

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 by: N/A (

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 by: Office Wrath (

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

Consumer review by: CharlieIN (

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

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.

Paper Handling

Maximum ISO A-series paper size:A4