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Plustek Smartoffice PS286

Plustek Smartoffice PS286
alaScore 84

47 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 47 reviews from magazines and websites.

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 84/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 47 reviews)

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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

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

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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


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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


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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...


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Great compact scanner


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

Scan daily works to PDFs, Do business card management

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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...

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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...

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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

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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

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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


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.