Plustek SmartOffice PS286 review

Simon Handby
4 May 2011
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
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Its speed and scan quality are OK, but flimsy build quality and buggy software count against the PS286.



Adding an automatic document feeder (ADF) to a scanner is a great way to capture multiple documents with a minimum of fuss, but the models we've tested have tended to be expensive. With a reputation for producing affordable products, Plustek has a chance to undercut the competition with its SmartOffice PS286 Plus.

Plustek SmartOffice PS286 closed

Things get off to a fairly good start. The PS286 Plus comes with several spare parts and a software package that includes optical character recognition (OCR), business card and image management applications. Although it's not strictly aimed at use on the road, it's also supplied with a hardwearing if gaudy soft carrying bag.

The PS286 Plus has a flip-up input tray with two sets of adjustable paper guides, and a fold down output tray. The latter feels sturdy but the input tray is made from a flimsy feeling silver plastic. We received a couple of unfriendly warnings when installing the drivers, and weren't able to use the product's configurable quick launch button without a 'no supported application found' error.

Plustek SmartOffice PS286

The TWAIN driver is easy to use, but you must manually select simplex or duplex scanning, colour or mono and so on. We received further driver warning messages during a multi-page duplex job, after which we discovered that a side of one sheet failed to scan and the auto-rotate hadn't worked. Fujitsu's ScanSnap scan manager software is far superior. The PS286 Plus feels too flimsy and its software is too poor for us to recommend it.



Tested Scan Speeds

Full scan area previewN/A
A4 document at 150dpi10s
A4 document at 300dpi16s
6x4in photo at 600dpi17s
6x4in photo at 1200dpiN/A
Single 35mm negative at 2400dpiN/A
Single 35mm negative at max dpiN/A


Scanner technologydocument scanner
Max optical resolution600dpi
Max interpolated resolution1,200dpi
Output bit depth24-bit
Maximum document sizeA4/Letter
Maximum transparency sizeN/A
Film formats acceptedNo
Function buttons3
Scan head locknone
USB poweredno
Supported operating systemsWindows 2000/XP/Vista/7
Software includedBizCard Finder 3, NewSoft Presto! PageManager, Presto! ImageFolio, ABBYY FineReader 6 Sprint Plus


USB cable includedyes
Power consumption standby2W
Power consumption active11W

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