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Should You Buy a Plustek Scanner?

Matthew
Updated 15 August 2021
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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 380+ scanners by objectively and impartially analysing over 6,800 user and expert reviews and 60+ 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 $1,999 for the SC8016U which is a 600 x 600 scanner, a scanner that has a misc max scan size and a sheetfed / adf scanner. The average price of a new Plustek scanner is $463.

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. 3 best scanner brand.

Our detailed analysis taking into account all of the above factors found that Plustek is the 3rd best scanner brand out there.

#1
Japan
95%
95%
1,798 reviews
#2
Japan
95%
95%
577 reviews
#3
89%
89%
811 reviews
#4
87%
87%
472 reviews
#5
Japan
86%
86%
1,515 reviews
#6
84%
84%
119 reviews
#7
HP
United States
82%
82%
509 reviews
#8
I.R.I.S.
78%
78%
129 reviews
#9
Iris
77%
77%
280 reviews
#10
Visioneer
76%
76%
74 reviews
#11
Avision
73%
73%
9 reviews
#12
Japan
73%
73%
0 reviews
#13
Adesso
62%
62%
0 reviews
#14
Japan
61%
61%
2 reviews
#15
Veho
58%
58%
0 reviews
#16
Lomography
58%
58%
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 74%.

The average review score for a Plustek scanner is 74%.

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
$531
$0 $100 $200 $300 $400 $500 $600 $700 $800 $900 $17,199
Price Distribution of All Scanners
No. Of Scanners
Average Price
$463
$0 $500 $1,000 $1,500 $2,000 $2,500 $3,000 $3,500 $4,000 $4,500 $13,999
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
15
4 stars
28
3 stars
15
2 stars
1
1 star
0
Plustek logo

User Reviews

5 stars
413
4 stars
149
3 stars
52
2 stars
30
1 star
77
Plustek has a lower proportion of 4 and 5 star expert and user reviews for its scanners than most other brands.

Over 73% of expert reviews and 78% of user reviews for Plustek scanners are 4 stars or higher. This compares to 89% and 80% 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 Kodak HP Iris
PC Mag logo
65%
10 reviews
80%
2 reviews
79%
10 reviews
74%
8 reviews
77%
3 reviews
itpro.co.uk logo
80%
2 reviews
87%
3 reviews
76%
5 reviews
82%
2 reviews
techadvisor.co.uk logo
73%
4 reviews
80%
1 review
80%
1 review
80%
1 review
in.pcmag.com logo
65%
2 reviews
80%
1 review
75%
2 reviews
80%
1 review
gadgetspeak.com logo
84%
1 review
88%
1 review
72%
1 review
61%
3 reviews
Expert Reviews logo
60%
2 reviews
80%
1 review
80%
1 review
80%
1 review
60%
1 review
pcquest.com logo
90%
1 review
80%
2 reviews
80%
1 review
alphr.com logo
50%
1 review
83%
2 reviews
83%
1 review
mrhightech.fr logo
88%
2 reviews
46%
1 review
diskidee.nl logo
85%
2 reviews
70%
1 review
Ephotozine logo
83%
3 reviews
chimerarevo.com logo
74%
1 review
80%
1 review
73%
1 review
bitcity.it logo
82%
3 reviews
chip.com.tr logo
82%
2 reviews
winmagpro.nl logo
90%
2 reviews
pcworld.com.vn logo
100%
1 review
100%
1 review
pcproffesionale.it
70%
1 review
90%
1 review
insidehardware.it logo
90%
2 reviews
macnn.com logo
85%
2 reviews
IT Reviews.com logo
70%
2 reviews
Other Expert Sites
72%
18 reviews
76%
21 reviews
53%
2 reviews
68%
10 reviews
56%
11 reviews
Average
74%
53 reviews
85%
41 reviews
77%
26 reviews
76%
25 reviews
68%
24 reviews

How Many Industry Awards Have Plustek Scanners Received?

After checking thousands of expert review websites we found 9 industry awards for Plustek scanners. This means that Plustek has more awards for its scanners than any other brand. 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 more awards for its scanners than any other brand.

Compare all award winning scanners

Number of Awards Plustek Fujitsu Kodak HP Iris
alphr.com logo
2
1
itpro.co.uk logo
1
2
Ephotozine logo
3
Expert Reviews logo
1
1
1
chip.com.my logo
1
1
whatnext.pl logo
2
toptenreviews.com logo
2
pcfoster.pl logo
2
insidehardware.it logo
2
xtremehardware.com logo
1
winmagpro.nl logo
1
vonguru.fr logo
1
Trusted Reviews logo
1
in4.pl logo
1
benchmark.pl logo
1
in.pcmag.com logo
1
hardwaregeeks.com logo
1
gadgetgear.nl logo
1
frazpc.pl logo
1
bitsandchips.it logo
1
Other Expert Sites
1
Total
9
6
6
4
9

How Reliable Are Plustek Scanners?

We checked over 6,800 reviews to find comments about the reliability of Plustek scanners. 20 of these reviews mention reliability of which 65% were positive. Therefore the majority of Plustek scanner owners and reviewers thought the product was reliable.

65% 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

seems solidly built
Expert Reviews
because it's nicely built
amazon.co.uk
it seems to be a robust piece of equipment
Bhphotovideo.com
feels pretty sturdy
Bestbuy.com

NOT RELIABLE

offering a less robust
PC Mag
documents without damaging any valuable item
Bhphotovideo.com
For example the film holder supplied feels very fragile
amazon.co.uk

What is the Best Mid-Range Plustek Scanner?

Plustek 8200I

$353.04
Overstock
Plustek 8200I
Buy Now
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 85.

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

A fully featured and classic 7200 x 7200 DPI film / slide flat-bed scanner, with a fair price and maximum scan size. It supports colour scanning and has a film scanning.

94
Reviews
7 Reviews
85
Features
Fully-Featured
78
Popularity
Quite Popular
84
Value for Money
Very Good
85
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Purchasers report that Plustek 8200I has good expert reviews and fantastic user reviews with an average overall rating of 85%.

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
UNBOXING: Plustek OpticFilm 8200i Ai Film Scanner
UNBOXING: Plustek OpticFilm 8200i Ai Film Scanner
The Best Slide Scanner - Plustek OpticFilm 8200i Review
The Best Slide Scanner - Plustek OpticFilm 8200i Review
Plustek OpticFilm 8200i SE Review - The Best Slide Scanners in 2021
Plustek OpticFilm 8200i SE Review - The Best Slide Scanners in 2021

The cheapest price that we could find for the 8200I in the US is $353.04 but in total we found only 2 prices for it.

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What is the Best High End Plustek Scanner?

Plustek OpticPro A320E

$549.00
Adorama
Plustek OpticPro A320E
Buy Now
Plustek OpticPro A320E
1600 X
1600
DPI
11.2ppm
ADF SCAN
SPEED (B/W,

If you're looking for a high end Plustek scanner then the Plustek OpticPro A320E takes some beating. It has a Kagoo Score of 85, but is a bit more expensive at $549.

Features We Love:
1600 x 1600 DPI
Supports colour scanning
Duplex scanning
48 input colour depths
Bundled software

The top scoring scanner under $1,000, with a good price. It supports colour scanning and has a duplex scanning. Customers report that it's very good-looking and easy to setup, and to use.

93
Reviews
74 Reviews + 1 Award
85
Features
Fully-Featured
84
Popularity
Quite Popular
82
Value for Money
Very Good
85
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Multiple reviews mentioned that Plustek OpticPro A320E has good expert reviews and great user reviews with an average overall rating of 81%, based on 74 reviews.

toptenreviews.com Silver
Plustek Optic Pro A320L Scanner unboxing | A3 scanner | A3 Flatbed Scanner
Plustek Optic Pro A320L Scanner unboxing | A3 scanner | A3 Flatbed Scanner
Scaner plustek opticpro a320 test scan
Scaner plustek opticpro a320 test scan

The cheapest price that we could find for the OpticPro A320E in the US is $549.00 and in total we found 4 prices for it.

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What is the Ultimate Plustek Scanner?

Plustek SmartOffice SC8016U

$1,999.00
eBay
Plustek SmartOffice SC8016U
Buy Now
Plustek SmartOffice SC8016U
600 X
600
DPI
80ppm
ADF SCAN

For those with an unlimited budget then the Plustek SmartOffice SC8016U is the best Plustek scanner out there. At $1,999 it's not cheap, but is excellent quality and as such we gave it Kagoo Score of 75.

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 fully featured 600 x 600 DPI sheetfed / adf flat-bed scanner. It has a duplex scanning and a multi feed detection and supports colour scanning.

80
Features
Fully-Featured
71
Popularity
Quite Popular
65
Value for Money
Good
75
Kagoo Score
Very Good

The cheapest price that we could find for the SmartOffice SC8016U in the US is $1,999.00 and in total we found 3 prices for it.

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What is the Best Budget Choice Plustek Scanner?

Plustek OpticFilm 8100

$349.00
Adorama
Plustek OpticFilm 8100
Buy Now
Plustek OpticFilm 8100
7200 X
7200
DPI
8ppm
ADF SCAN

At only $349 and with a Kagoo Score of 86 the Plustek OpticFilm 8100 makes a great budget choice.

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

A maximum scan size and award winning 7200 x 7200 DPI film / slide flat-bed scanner, with a reasonable price and a very good spec. It has a duplex scanning and a film scanning and supports colour scanning. Multiple reviews mentioned that it's good for scanning slides, good-looking and very easy to use.

94
Reviews
248 Reviews + 2 Awards
86
Features
Fully-Featured
85
Popularity
Quite Popular
84
Value for Money
Very Good
86
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Customers report that Plustek OpticFilm 8100 has very good expert reviews and good user reviews with 100% of buyers recommending this flat-bed scanner to others.

Ephotozine Recommended
insidehardware.it Gold
Photokina 2012 Interview / Standrundgang bei Plustek mit OpticFilm 120/8100/8200i SE/8200i Ai
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Review Plustek OpticFilm 8100-35mm Negative Film/Slide Scanner with 7200 DPI and 48-bit Output. Bun
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The cheapest price that we could find for the OpticFilm 8100 in the US is $349.00 and in total we found 4 prices 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 Best High End Plustek Scanner?
What is the Ultimate Plustek Scanner?
What is the Best Budget Choice Plustek Scanner?

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