The Plustek PS286 Plus is absolute perfection in a desktop scanner. Measuring 10.4 by 5.0 inches and weighing about 3.5 pounds its footprint is barely noticeable. With its included carry bag, it proves to be the ultimate in portability as well.
The PS286 Plus’ maximum resolution is 600 dpi. It has a 50-sheet automatic document feeder as well being able to support duplex scanning. It scans business cards as well as thin plastic cards such as medical and dental insurance cards, etc. It comes with guides for such.
It comes fully bundled with several software packages, including; NewSoft Presto! PageManager 7.1, Abbyy FineReader Sprint, Hotcard BizCard Finder 3.0, and Plustek DI Capture. It also comes with Plustek DocAction which will allow you to program the scanner buttons.
The scanner is controllable through the front buttons, which again, you can configure with DocAction. However, the butons are actually preconfigured to the following;
· converting text documents into searchable PDFs
· scanning images to PageManager
· scanning and saving images
· scanning images of text documents to editable text for OCR
· scanning business cards or plastic cards
· scanning directly to print
· scanning to email; scanning to the DI Capture utility
· scanning to an FTP server.
You can toggle between profiles using up and down arrow buttons to the right of the Scan button; the profile number is shown on a one-character LED display. Once you choose a profile, you just touch the Scan button to initiate the scan. There is room to write descriptions of the scan profiles associated with each number on a sticker on the scanner’s front
You can scan from PageManager, which lets you open scanned or saved documents in a variety of programs. You can also start a scan function from a generic scanning app provided it has compatibility with the included TWAIN driver.
Plustek boasts interoperability with both Windows and MacOS. It was installed on both a Windows 8.1 desktop as well as a MacBook Air running OSx Mavericks. Testing was primarily done on the MacBook. One side bar here is that the reviewers Windows 8.1 desktop dual boots with Ubuntu Linux 15.x. It was immediately recognized by Ubuntu, and was easily controlled by the XSane scanning application. So in essence, Plustek has truly superior interoperability.
The PS286 Plus scanned a 30 page B&W document in less than a minute. From start to finish (including pdf creation and saving), it took about 75 seconds. This seems faster than its rating of 25 PPM. Duplex faired in the same speedy fashion. Either way had no distortion and printed as clear as the original.
When that same document was scanned to a searchable PDF format, the PS286 Plus took about 1 minute and 10 seconds longer which included processing time. When scanning duplex with the same page count, it took a total of almost 2 minutes and 50 seconds, which also included processing speed. All of those speeds are manageable for most scanning needs, including that of a small to medium sized business.
In OCR testing using FineReader, the PS286 Plus did very well, with perfect reading of Helvetica, Calibri and Times New Roman, even at the 6 point size. Also, the OCR did a great job with scanning of receipts as long as the print was dark and clear. Again, it depends on the receipts. In scanning business cards and plastic cards, it is estimated to be 85%-90% error free. That translates into less correction for you or your staff.
For its price point, the Plustek SmartOffice PS286 Plus can get the job done for small to medium sized or home offices with perfection. You can learn more at the Plustek Website. You can also get a great deal at Amazon.com