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Should You Buy a Plustek Scanner?

Matthew
Updated 20 February 2020
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should you buy a Plustek Scanner?

Plustek is one of the most popular scanner brands as well as being well known for its .

If you are wondering how Plustek scanners compare to other brands, our guide below collates all the key info in a single place. We've compared 370+ scanners by objectively and impartially analysing over 4,000 user and expert reviews and 50+ awards from hundreds of different review sites.

Plustek are recognised for their wide selection of mid-range and moderately popular scanners. Their scanners start at $105 for the S410 which is a 600 x 600 scanner, a scanner that has a 216 max scan size and a sheetfed / adf scanner and go up to $2,499 for the SC8016U which is a 600 x 600 scanner, a scanner that has a misc max scan size and an adf scanner. The average price of a new Plustek scanner is $503.

Plustek are recognised for their wide selection of mid-range and moderately popular scanners.

Is Plustek the Best Scanner Brand?

So are Plustek scanners any good? We give every scanner a Kagoo Score by analysing its specs, reviews and prices and comparing this to its competitors. By aggregating this data across all scanners we are able to impartially rank all the scanner brands.

Plustek is ranked the No. 4 best scanner brand.

Our detailed analysis taking into account all of the above factors found that Plustek is the 4th best scanner brand out there.

#1
Japan
95%
95%
1,440 reviews
#2
Japan
94%
94%
556 reviews
#3
Japan
87%
87%
850 reviews
#4
86%
86%
213 reviews
#5
85%
85%
79 reviews
#6
81%
81%
37 reviews
#7
Iris
79%
79%
54 reviews
#8
HP
United States
79%
79%
387 reviews
#9
Visioneer
78%
78%
15 reviews
#10
Japan
73%
73%
0 reviews
#11
Avision
72%
72%
7 reviews
#12
I.R.I.S.
67%
67%
18 reviews
#13
Adesso
61%
61%
0 reviews
#14
Panasonic
Japan
55%
55%
0 reviews
#15
Kenro
51%
51%
0 reviews

Let's look at how Plustek scanners compare to the other scanner brands across each of the key facets that make up the Kagoo Score.

Reviews Value for Money Features Popularity Selection
All scanner Brands
Plustek Scanners

There's a wide selection of Plustek scanners available compared to other scanner brands, with 10 Plustek scanners currently on the market in the US. Plustek also have better reviews than the typical scanner brand, with the average rating of a Plustek scanner being 72%.

The average review score for a Plustek scanner is 72%.

Plustek scanners tend to be cheaper than most other scanner brands however they are still a less popular choice with consumers.

No. Of Scanners
Average Price
$671
$0 $500 $1,000 $1,500 $2,000 $2,500 $3,000 $3,500 $4,000 $4,500 $15,499
Price Distribution of All Scanners
No. Of Scanners
Average Price
$503
$0 $100 $200 $300 $400 $500 $600 $700 $800 $900 $13,099
Price Distribution of Plustek Scanners

What Do the Plustek Scanner Reviews Say?

We've added up all the reviews for every Plustek scanner to work out the average distribution of reviews for Plustek and then compared this to the other scanner brands.

Plustek logo

Expert Reviews

5 stars
10
4 stars
26
3 stars
15
2 stars
1
1 star
0
Plustek logo

User Reviews

5 stars
85
4 stars
30
3 stars
9
2 stars
7
1 star
12
Plustek has a lower proportion of 4 and 5 star expert and user reviews for its scanners than most other brands.

Over 69% of expert reviews and 80% of user reviews for Plustek scanners are 4 stars or higher. This compares to 87% and 85% respectively across all Scanner brands.

In the table below we compare the average review score given to Plustek scanners by some of the most popular technology review sites against their reviews for other scanner brands. The best review score from each review source is highlighted in green.

Average Review Score Plustek Fujitsu HP Xerox Canon
PC Mag logo
64%
13 reviews
80%
2 reviews
71%
7 reviews
76%
8 reviews
78%
5 reviews
itpro.co.uk logo
80%
1 review
80%
1 review
82%
2 reviews
90%
2 reviews
techadvisor.co.uk logo
73%
4 reviews
80%
1 review
80%
1 review
alphr.com logo
50%
1 review
83%
1 review
83%
2 reviews
itproportal.com logo
70%
2 reviews
75%
2 reviews
Expert Reviews logo
40%
1 review
80%
1 review
80%
1 review
100%
1 review
digitalfoto.dk logo
85%
1 review
79%
2 reviews
about.com logo
70%
1 review
80%
1 review
70%
1 review
bitcity.it logo
82%
3 reviews
Trusted Reviews logo
90%
1 review
90%
1 review
70%
1 review
toptenreviews.com logo
88%
2 reviews
63%
1 review
Ephotozine logo
83%
3 reviews
gadgetspeak.com logo
84%
1 review
88%
1 review
72%
1 review
techmagnifier.com logo
65%
2 reviews
60%
1 review
mymac.com logo
90%
2 reviews
IT Reviews.com logo
80%
1 review
100%
1 review
mrhightech.fr logo
88%
2 reviews
insidehardware.it logo
90%
2 reviews
digitalfotoforalla.se logo
85%
1 review
83%
1 review
in.pcmag.com logo
60%
1 review
70%
1 review
Other Expert Sites
67%
10 reviews
79%
19 reviews
63%
6 reviews
92%
7 reviews
Average
72%
46 reviews
84%
31 reviews
75%
23 reviews
72%
19 reviews
82%
18 reviews

How Many Industry Awards Have Plustek Scanners Received?

After checking thousands of expert review websites we found 8 industry awards for Plustek scanners. The table below compares the number of awards received by Plustek to other popular scanner brands. The largest number of awards provided by each review source is highlighted in green.

Plustek has won 8 awards for its scanners.

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Number of Awards Plustek Fujitsu HP Xerox Canon
PC Mag logo
1
1
3
3
Ephotozine logo
3
alphr.com logo
1
1
chip.com.my logo
1
1
Expert Reviews logo
1
1
Trusted Reviews logo
1
1
toptenreviews.com logo
2
insidehardware.it logo
2
uk.hardware.info logo
1
techadvisor.co.uk logo
1
IT Reviews.com logo
1
itproportal.com logo
1
itpro.co.uk logo
1
bitsandchips.it logo
1
hardwaregeeks.com logo
1
gadgetgear.nl logo
1
computeractive.co.uk logo
1
Total
8
6
4
9
5

How Reliable Are Plustek Scanners?

We checked over 4,000 reviews to find comments about the reliability of Plustek scanners. 56% of reviews that mention reliability were positive. Therefore the majority of Plustek scanner owners and reviewers thought the product was reliable.

56% of reviewers think Plustek scanners are reliable.

So, most people think that Plustek scanners are good quality. Now let's take a look at some of the reviews for Plustek scanners that mention reliability:

RELIABLE

robust - great design
amazon.co.uk
it's pretty reliable
Bhphotovideo.com

NOT RELIABLE

offering a less robust
PC Mag
Not built for commercial use
Bhphotovideo.com
Will do good for someone who doesn't have a bulk to scan as it's not heavy duty
amazon.co.uk

What is the Best Mid-Range Plustek Scanner?

Plustek 8200I

$353.04
Overstock
Plustek 8200I
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Plustek 8200I
7200 X
7200
DPI
8ppm
ADF SCAN

A great mid range choice, priced at $353.04 is the Plustek 8200I, which has a Kagoo Score of 82.

Features We Love:
Supports colour scanning
Film / slidemm max scan size (36.8x25.4mm)
Film scanning
7200 x 7200 DPI
Bundled software

A classic and fully featured 7200 x 7200 DPI film / slide scanner, with a cheap price and maximum scan size. It supports colour scanning and has a film scanning. Our review analysis indicates that it's good for scanning film.

92
Reviews
8 Reviews
83
Features
Fully-Featured
78
Popularity
Quite Popular
80
Value for Money
Very Good
82
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Multiple reviews mentioned that Plustek 8200I has good expert reviews and fantastic user reviews with an average overall rating of 81%.

Plustek OpticFilm Scanner 8200i Ai Negative Film Scanner Review
Plustek OpticFilm Scanner 8200i Ai Negative Film Scanner Review
Test Scanner Plustek 8200i
Test Scanner Plustek 8200i
Plustek 8200i (ft. Silverfast SE) - Film scanner - Review and Quick-Start Guide
Plustek 8200i (ft. Silverfast SE) - Film scanner - Review and Quick-Start Guide
Plustek OpticFilm 8200i Diascanner Test
Plustek OpticFilm 8200i Diascanner Test

The cheapest price that we could find for the 8200I in the US is $353.04 and in total we found 3 prices for it.

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What is the Ultimate Plustek Scanner?

Plustek SC8016U

$2,499.00
Overstock
Plustek SC8016U
Buy Now
Plustek SC8016U
600 X
600
DPI
80ppm
ADF SCAN

For those with an unlimited budget then the Plustek SC8016U is the best Plustek scanner out there. At $2,499 it's not cheap, but is excellent quality and as such we gave it Kagoo Score of 70.

Features We Love:
Supports colour scanning
Duplex scanning
Multi feed detection
48 input colour depths
Big auto document feeder (ADF) input capacity (100 sheets)

A classic and good spec 600 x 600 DPI sheetfed / adf scanner. It has a duplex scanning and a multi feed detection and supports colour scanning.

81
Reviews
1 Review
78
Features
Good Features
60
Value for Money
Good
70
Kagoo Score
Very Good

Our review analysis indicates that Plustek SC8016U has ok expert reviews with an average expert rating of 70%.

The cheapest price that we could find for the SC8016U in the US is $2,499.00 but in total we found only 2 prices for it.

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What is the Best Budget Choice Plustek Scanner?

Plustek Z300

$199.00
Adorama
Plustek Z300
Buy Now
Plustek Z300
600 X
600
DPI

At only $199 and with a Kagoo Score of 80 the Plustek Z300 makes a great budget choice.

Features We Love:
Supports colour scanning
A4 / us lettermm max scan size (215.9x297.18mm)
48 input colour depths

A fully featured and award winning 600 x 600 DPI sheetfed / adf flat-bed scanner, with a fair price. It supports colour scanning and has an A4 / us lettermm maximum scan size. Owners report that it has an outstanding scan quality and it's really easy to use, and to setup.

92
Reviews
56 Reviews + 1 Award
82
Features
Fully-Featured
81
Value for Money
Very Good
80
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Multiple reviews mentioned that Plustek Z300 has good expert reviews and outstanding user reviews with an average overall rating of 82%, based on 56 reviews.

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Plustek ePhoto Z300 Photo Scanner Setup
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Unboxing Plustek Skaner ePhoto Z300
Plustek Photo Scanner ephoto Z300 2019 review
Plustek Photo Scanner ephoto Z300 2019 review
Plustek Photo Scanner ? ephoto Z300 ? Best Reviewed Picture Scanner
Plustek Photo Scanner ? ephoto Z300 ? Best Reviewed Picture Scanner

The cheapest price that we could find for the Z300 in the US is $199.00 but in total we found only 1 price for it.

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In This Guide
Should You Buy a Plustek Scanner?
Is Plustek the Best Scanner Brand?
What Do the Plustek Scanner Reviews Say?
How Many Industry Awards Have Plustek Scanners Received?
How Reliable Are Plustek Scanners?
What is the Best Mid-Range Plustek Scanner?
What is the Ultimate Plustek Scanner?
What is the Best Budget Choice Plustek Scanner?

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