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Plustek OptiCard 821

Plustek OptiCard 821
alaAverage 3.2

6 reviews

Dec, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 6 reviews of Plustek OptiCard 821. The average rating for this product is 3.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews.

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Expert review by : Ryan McLaughlin (

Review: Plustek OptiCard 821 Scanner


Every time I go to a trade show or other event I always come away with stacks of business cards. Trying to manage all those cards can be quite a task. Having a Business card scanner can really make managing contacts a lot easier. Plustek recently...

Oct, 2007

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Could be Better


I've downloaded drivers from their site and going to give that a try and hope it fixes the problems.

Easy setup on XP Gives good options for scaling down scanned images

Hit or miss when trying to install drivers on win 7 most of the time miss. Constantly have to unplug and replug device to get windows to see.

Apr, 2013

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Plustek OptiCard 821 Portable Photo/ID card/ Business Card Scanner


rang into customer service to sort through software usage... hope to hear soon.

easy software load

but no clear instructions on actual use. And why 4 different software programs when I just want a rolodex of the cards? not intuitive

Feb, 2008

Consumer review (



rang into customer service to sort through software usage... hope to hear soon.

easy software load

but no clear instructions on actual use. And why 4 different software programs when I just want a rolodex of the cards? not intuitive

Feb, 2008

Consumer review (



We just needed a little scanner for scanning applicants driver's licenses. This little scanner does the trick nicely.

Product Specifications

The Plustek OptiCard 821, a palm-size mobile A6 scanner, is packed with more advanced functions. Aside from scanning photo documents and business cards, it also scans all types of checks, as well as plastic embossed cards such as insurance cards, membership cards, social security cards and credit cards. The OptiCard 821 is bundled with the BCR (Business Card Reader) which provides automatic recognition of company name, job title, person's name, address, telephone and fax number as shown on the pre-scanned business cards. Users then have the flexibility of saving the files to Excel or sending the files to Outlook for further categorization. Of course, any further change or addition of information can be arranged directly through the BCR software. Beside the business card management, the OptiCard 821 features a scanning area of 105mm x 148mm and supports a maximum of 500mm through TWAIN. Based on the bundled image-processing software, the OptiCard 821 is able to process multi-image such as the conversion of photographs to digital image in terms of providing users the options to save, edit, print or recover the integrity of the original images. The combination of OptiCard 821 and image-processing software generates all-around and sophisticated functions of image editing, categorizing and searching.


Certification:CE, FCC, RoHS, WEEE


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

Dimensions & Weight


Energy Management

Power consumption (typical):2.5


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Plustek OptiCard


Microsoft Certification:Works with Windows Vista
Vista Certification:Works with Windows Vista

Other Features

Dimensions (WxDxH):6.87 x 2.38 x 1.52

Paper Handling

ISO A-series sizes (A0...A9):A6
Scanning media types supported:Business Card, Photo paper, Plastic Card


Scan drivers:TWAIN
Sensor Type:CIS

Ports & interfaces

Standard interfaces:USB 2.0


Power consumption (typical):2.5


Color Depth:48-bit color
Form Factor:Portable
Grayscale Depth:16-bit (64K gray levels)
Input Type:Color
Interface Type:Hi-Speed USB
Max H-Optical Resolution:600dpi
Max Supported Document Size:A6 (4.13 in x 5.83 in)
Max Supported Media Size:A6 (4.13 in x 5.83 in)
Type:Sheetfed scanner


Color scanning: Yes
Duplex scanning: No
Enhanced scan resolution:1200 x 1200
Film scanning: No
Flatbed scan speed (b/w, A4):7
Gray scale levels:16
Input color depth:48
Input colour depth:48
Maximum scan size:4.13 x 5.83
Optical scanning resolution:600 x 600
Output color depth:48
Output colour depth:48

System Requirements

Compatible operating systems:Microsoft Windows XP, Me, 98, 2000 / Windows XP/Me/2000/98
Mac compatibility: No
Minimum hard disk space:300 / 350 / 80 / 800
Minimum processor:Pentium 166 MHz / Pentium III 1GHz
Minimum RAM:128 / 256 / 64
Minimum system requirements:CD-ROM/DVD-ROM / CD-ROM\nUSB 2.0
OS Required:Microsoft Windows 2000 / Microsoft Windows 98 / Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition / Microsoft Windows XP/Microsoft Windows 98 / Microsoft Windows 2000 / Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition / Microsoft Windows XP
USB required: Yes
Windows operating systems supported:Windows 2000, Windows 7 Home Basic, Windows Vista Home Basic, Windows XP Home

Weight & Dimensions

Weight:6.7 / 6.84