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Should You Buy a Plustek Scanner?

Updated 31 December 2019 by Matthew
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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 4,200 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 $466.

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%
1,470 reviews
#2
Japan
95%
95%
584 reviews
#3
Japan
87%
87%
851 reviews
#4
86%
86%
213 reviews
#5
85%
85%
79 reviews
#6
83%
83%
37 reviews
#7
HP
United States
82%
82%
387 reviews
#8
Iris
81%
81%
70 reviews
#9
Visioneer
80%
80%
15 reviews
#10
I.R.I.S.
72%
72%
2 reviews
#11
Japan
72%
72%
0 reviews
#12
Avision
71%
71%
7 reviews
#13
Adesso
61%
61%
0 reviews
#14
Lomography
57%
57%
0 reviews
#15
Kenro
52%
52%
0 reviews
#16
Panasonic
Japan
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
$647
$0 $100 $200 $300 $400 $500 $600 $700 $800 $900 $3,799
Price Distribution of All Scanners
No. Of Scanners
Average Price
$466
$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
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 scanner brands.

Over 69% of expert reviews and 80% of user reviews for Plustek scanners are 4 stars or higher. This compares to 87% and 86% respectively across all Scanner brands.

Looking at just the expert reviews, 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 Fujitsu Plustek HP Iris Xerox
PC Mag logo
77%
3 reviews
64%
13 reviews
71%
7 reviews
80%
1 review
76%
8 reviews
techadvisor.co.uk logo
80%
2 reviews
73%
4 reviews
80%
1 review
80%
1 review
itpro.co.uk logo
80%
2 reviews
80%
1 review
82%
2 reviews
90%
2 reviews
gadgetspeak.com logo
88%
1 review
84%
1 review
72%
1 review
61%
3 reviews
alphr.com logo
83%
2 reviews
50%
1 review
83%
2 reviews
itproportal.com logo
70%
2 reviews
75%
2 reviews
Expert Reviews logo
80%
1 review
40%
1 review
80%
1 review
60%
1 review
chimerarevo.com logo
80%
1 review
74%
1 review
73%
1 review
techmagnifier.com logo
65%
2 reviews
60%
1 review
Ephotozine logo
83%
3 reviews
bitcity.it logo
82%
3 reviews
everyeye.it logo
75%
1 review
73%
2 reviews
toptenreviews.com logo
88%
2 reviews
63%
1 review
pcmagazine.ru logo
80%
2 reviews
in.pcmag.com logo
60%
1 review
70%
1 review
insidehardware.it logo
90%
2 reviews
pcproffesionale.it
90%
1 review
70%
1 review
diskidee.nl logo
85%
2 reviews
IT Reviews.com logo
80%
1 review
100%
1 review
chip.com.tr logo
82%
2 reviews
Other Expert Sites
79%
30 reviews
65%
8 reviews
69%
9 reviews
54%
10 reviews
45%
1 review
Average
82%
47 reviews
72%
46 reviews
73%
23 reviews
70%
21 reviews
75%
19 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 given to 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.

Compare all award winning scanners

Number of Awards Fujitsu Plustek HP Iris Xerox
PC Mag logo
1
1
1
3
alphr.com logo
2
1
chip.com.my logo
1
1
1
Ephotozine logo
3
whatnext.pl logo
2
Trusted Reviews logo
1
1
toptenreviews.com logo
2
in4.pl logo
2
insidehardware.it logo
2
pcfoster.pl logo
2
xtremehardware.com logo
1
vonguru.fr logo
1
techadvisor.co.uk logo
1
IT Reviews.com logo
1
itproportal.com logo
1
itpro.co.uk logo
1
benchmark.pl logo
1
hardwaregeeks.com logo
1
gadgetgear.nl logo
1
frazpc.pl logo
1
Other Expert Sites
1
1
Total
7
8
4
11
9

How Reliable Are Plustek Scanners?

We checked over 4,200 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
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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 83.

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

Owners report that this scanner isgood for scanning film. It's a classic and fully featured 7200 x 7200 DPI film / slide scanner, with a fair price and maximum scan size. It supports colour scanning and has a film scanning.

93
Reviews
8 Reviews
84
Features
Fully-Featured
78
Popularity
Quite Popular
81
Value for Money
Very Good
83
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Multiple reviews mentioned that Plustek 8200I has good expert reviews and terrific 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 Best High End Plustek Scanner?

Plustek OpticPro A320L

$515.00
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Plustek OpticPro A320L
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Plustek OpticPro A320L
1600 X
1600
DPI
304.8MM MAX
SCAN SIZE
11.2ppm
ADF SCAN
SPEED (B/W,

If you're looking for a high end Plustek scanner then the Plustek OpticPro A320L takes some beating. It has a Kagoo Score of 81, but is a bit more expensive at $515.

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

An award winning and fully featured 1600 x 1600 DPI flatbed scanner, with an affordable price. Our review analysis indicates that it has a very good scan quality and it's very good-looking, and easy to setup.

92
Reviews
62 Reviews + 1 Award
83
Features
Fully-Featured
74
Popularity
Quite Popular
79
Value for Money
Very Good
81
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Multiple reviews mentioned that Plustek OpticPro A320L has good expert reviews and very good user reviews with an average overall rating of 82%, based on 62 reviews.

toptenreviews.com Silver
Scaner plustek opticpro a320 test scan
Scaner plustek opticpro a320 test scan

The cheapest price that we could find for the OpticPro A320L in the US is $515.00 but in total we found only 2 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 flat-bed 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 82 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 good price. It supports colour scanning and has an A4 / us lettermm maximum scan size. Multiple reviews mentioned that it has an outstanding scan quality and it's really easy to use, and to setup.

94
Reviews
56 Reviews + 1 Award
84
Features
Fully-Featured
82
Value for Money
Very Good
82
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Multiple reviews mentioned that Plustek Z300 has good expert reviews and brilliant 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
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Plustek Photo Scanner ephoto Z300 2019 review
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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 Best High End Plustek Scanner?
What is the Ultimate Plustek Scanner?
What is the Best Budget Choice Plustek Scanner?

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