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Plustek OpticPro A320 Tabloid Flatbed Scanner

B&H # PLOPA320 Mfr # 261-BBM21-C
In Stock
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You Pay: $464.99
Product Highlights
  • Scan A3 Size Documents
  • 1600 dpi Resolution
  • Fast Scan Time
  • 7 Programmable 1-touch Buttons
  • PC and Mac (with limitations) Compatible
  • Includes Powerful Software

The Plustek OpticPro A320 Flatbed Scanner takes the pain out of large format scanning. It can scan an A3 size (12 x 17") document with resolution as high as 1600 dpi - or scan at 300 dpi in just 11.2 seconds, and with its seven function buttons, scanning is as easy as pressing a single button. What's more, it comes bundled with highly effective image processing and document management software for enhanced versatility - providing for fast and secure PDF conversion, highly accurate optical character recognition (OCR) and easy sharing of files over a network.

The Plustek OpticPro A320 has been specially designed for professionals who require both high quality results coupled with efficiency, making it ideal for prepress, graphic designers, publishing companies, photo organizers, scrapbooking, libraries, schools, and small office/home office (SOHO) users.

Large Format Scanning
The Plustek OpticPro A320 Flatbed Scanner lets users scan large format A3 size documents (305 x 432mm/12 x 17").
Fast Scanning Speed
With a fast scanning speed of 11.2 seconds for an A3 size color document at 300 dpi, you'll be able to digitize your documents quickly and efficiently.
One-touch Buttons
Seven one-touch buttons provide quick access to pre-set functions enabling the user to quickly accomplish tasks like scan, file, copy, OCR, PDF conversion and email. Plus two programmable buttons are available for user specified scan automation.
Powerful Software Bundled
Simple-to-use image processing and document management tools are bundled with the Plustek OpticPro A320 for fast and secure PDF conversion, highly accurate OCR, effective file organization, easy file sharing, and much more.
Ultra Compatible
With the industry standard TWAIN and WindowsR WIA drivers, you can be assured of compatibility with virtually any imaging software.
Scan Quality
Scan Sensor Stagger CCD color image sensor
Optical Resolution 1600 dpi
Hardware Resolution 1600 x 1600 dpi
Interpolated Resolution No
Color Depth 48-bit Internal/24-Bit Output
Scan Modes Color: Input 48-bit; Output 24-bit
Grayscale: Input 16-bit; Output 8-bit
Black & White: 1-bit
Dynamic Range Not Specified by Manufacturer
Scan Area
Reflective Scan Area 12 x 17" (A3)
Transparency Scan Area No
Film Formats Not Applicable
Performance
Preview Speed Not Specified by Manufacturer
Scan Speed 11.2 sec (A3 Size @ 300 dpi)
Batch Scanning No
Automation Scan to OCR/PDF/File
Connectivity
Interface USB 2.0
OS Compatibility Windows 8, Windows 7, Vista, XP, 2000
Mac OS 10.4-10.6, Intel-based Macs only
System & Software Requirements Windows System
  • Pentium IV 2.0 GHz processor
  • 512MB RAM (1GB or higher recommended)
  • 800MB free HDD space (1 GB or larger recommended)
  • Available USB 2.0 Port
  • High Color graphic card (VGA or higher)
  • CD-ROM Driver
Physical
Light Source Cold Cathode Fluorescent Lamp
Front Panel Controls Power, Scan, Copy, File, OCR, E-mail, Custom 1 & 2
Power Requirements 120-240V AC; 50-60 Hz
Dimensions (HxWxD) 24.5 x 15.5 x 5.1" (623 x 400 x 130 mm)
Weight 16.6 lb (7.5 kg)
Plustek OpticPro A320 Tabloid Flatbed Scanner
  • Power Cable
  • AC Adapter
  • USB Cable
  • Setup/Application CD-ROM for Windows (NewSoft Presto! ImageFolio & PageManager, ABBYY FineReader 6.0 Sprint Plus OCR, Plustek DI Capture, DocAction & TWAIN Driver)
  • Quick Guide
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

    by PowerReviews
    PlustekOpticPro A320 Tabloid Flatbed Scanner
     
    4.3

    (based on 18 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (9)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    94%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good resolution (12)
    • Accurate color (11)
    • Easy to set up (10)
    • Excellent software (8)
    • Widely compatible (7)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Photos and graphics (11)
      • Publishing (5)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Frequent user (9), Great graphics (5), Casual user (3)
        • Primary use:
        • Business (11), Personal (6)
        • Computer Platform:
        • PC (7)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Finally a Replacement for the Epson

      I have been looking for a replacement for my Epson Expression 1640XL scanner for years. I tried the Epson Expression 10000XL and 11000XL scanners and they are a problem because they have a recessed...Read complete review

      I have been looking for a replacement for my Epson Expression 1640XL scanner for years. I tried the Epson Expression 10000XL and 11000XL scanners and they are a problem because they have a recessed glass and a peg sticking up on the top. If you are scanning oversized images you need a flat unobstructed surface. The Plustek Optipro A320 has a flat, unobstructed surface. It scans flawlessly and fast. The color is consistent across the image so stitching is easy. The Twain driver works without a hitch and for those of you who are scanning directly into Photoshop, it doesn't get any easier.
      Before I discovered this scanner, I also ruled out the Contex HD iFlex and the Widetek 25-600. Both of these scanners proved unsuitable for different reasons. The Contex simply didn't work and the Widetek had a recessed glass that prevented acceptable stitching of oversized images.
      The Plustek Optipro A320 will cost you less than $500. Epson's 11000XL runs $2,000 or more and both the Contex and Widetek scanners run around $10,000 each.
      The A320's scanning quality is excellent. The A320 is also light weight and easy to move around. Finally, it is easy to reach someone at Plustek and they go out of their way to be helpful.
      I do fine are reproduction for a living. I have done it for years and I was afraid that I would have to move to a digital camera when my Epson 1640XL finally died. For a host of reasons I did not want to move to a digital camera. Now I don't have to.
      Finding this scanner was a Godsend. I was hesitant to try it because the price was so low compared to all the others, but desperation caused me to try it as a last resort. I will never make that mistake again. The proof is in the image quality, not the scanner price.
      I use Photoshop CS6 running on a Windows 7 64bit platform. I need to produce images that are perfectly focused and color accurate. My customers are artists and they expect the prints I make to look exactly like their originals. I print on an Epson 7900 and I have a NEC PA241W monitor to view my work. To insure color accuracy, I have to profile and calibrate everything I use. I have an x-rite i1 Pro spectrophotometer and I use x-rite's i1 Profiler to profile my monitor, scanner and printer. I use a Hutch target for profiling my scanner.
      The only thing I do with this scanner is scan original art work. The Plustek Optipro A320 is now my scanner of choice. If you do what I do, this is the scanner for you.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Love the Large Area

      This is a great scanner for the price, especially considering it's size. The only problem I found is that it tends to de-saturate colors, and if you try to scan something with texture...Read complete review

      This is a great scanner for the price, especially considering it's size. The only problem I found is that it tends to de-saturate colors, and if you try to scan something with texture (like leaves, or something like that) it tends to over expose and you loose all the texture, unless you put some sort of spacer to hold it about 3/8" off the glass. Once you do that, it picks up the texture very well.

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Finally a Replacement for the Epson

      By Brendan Buschi

      from Milton, DE

      About Me Graphics Professional

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Accurate Color
      • Easy To Set Up
      • Excellent Software
      • Good Bit Depth
      • Good Resolution
      • Widely Compatible

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Fine Art

        Comments about Plustek OpticPro A320 Tabloid Flatbed Scanner:

        I have been looking for a replacement for my Epson Expression 1640XL scanner for years. I tried the Epson Expression 10000XL and 11000XL scanners and they are a problem because they have a recessed glass and a peg sticking up on the top. If you are scanning oversized images you need a flat unobstructed surface. The Plustek Optipro A320 has a flat, unobstructed surface. It scans flawlessly and fast. The color is consistent across the image so stitching is easy. The Twain driver works without a hitch and for those of you who are scanning directly into Photoshop, it doesn't get any easier.
        Before I discovered this scanner, I also ruled out the Contex HD iFlex and the Widetek 25-600. Both of these scanners proved unsuitable for different reasons. The Contex simply didn't work and the Widetek had a recessed glass that prevented acceptable stitching of oversized images.
        The Plustek Optipro A320 will cost you less than $500. Epson's 11000XL runs $2,000 or more and both the Contex and Widetek scanners run around $10,000 each.
        The A320's scanning quality is excellent. The A320 is also light weight and easy to move around. Finally, it is easy to reach someone at Plustek and they go out of their way to be helpful.
        I do fine are reproduction for a living. I have done it for years and I was afraid that I would have to move to a digital camera when my Epson 1640XL finally died. For a host of reasons I did not want to move to a digital camera. Now I don't have to.
        Finding this scanner was a Godsend. I was hesitant to try it because the price was so low compared to all the others, but desperation caused me to try it as a last resort. I will never make that mistake again. The proof is in the image quality, not the scanner price.
        I use Photoshop CS6 running on a Windows 7 64bit platform. I need to produce images that are perfectly focused and color accurate. My customers are artists and they expect the prints I make to look exactly like their originals. I print on an Epson 7900 and I have a NEC PA241W monitor to view my work. To insure color accuracy, I have to profile and calibrate everything I use. I have an x-rite i1 Pro spectrophotometer and I use x-rite's i1 Profiler to profile my monitor, scanner and printer. I use a Hutch target for profiling my scanner.
        The only thing I do with this scanner is scan original art work. The Plustek Optipro A320 is now my scanner of choice. If you do what I do, this is the scanner for you.

        • Primary use:
        • Business
        • Computer Platform:
        • PC

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        5.0

        Terrific

        By Duane the camera guy

        from Clyde, NY

        About Me Casual User

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Accurate Color
        • Easy To Set Up
        • Excellent Software

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Photos and Graphics

          Comments about Plustek OpticPro A320 Tabloid Flatbed Scanner:

          It was easy to set up with windows 7. The customizable button controls work perfectly and make it so easy to scan a multiple of similar items. I am using it to digitize my paper goods collection and could not ask for anything better.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal
          • Computer Platform:
          • PC

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          3.0

          Love the Large Area

          By Sample Scanner

          from Houston, TX

          About Me Frequent User

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Set Up
          • Good Resolution
          • Widely Compatible

          Cons

          • Inaccurate Color

          Best Uses

            Comments about Plustek OpticPro A320 Tabloid Flatbed Scanner:

            This is a great scanner for the price, especially considering it's size. The only problem I found is that it tends to de-saturate colors, and if you try to scan something with texture (like leaves, or something like that) it tends to over expose and you loose all the texture, unless you put some sort of spacer to hold it about 3/8" off the glass. Once you do that, it picks up the texture very well.

            • Primary use:
            • Business
            • Computer Platform:
            • PC

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            5.0

            "Great Scanner"

            By Fiber Artist

            from Jacksonville, FL

            About Me Frequent User

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Accurate Color
            • Easy To Set Up
            • Excellent Software
            • Good Resolution
            • Widely Compatible

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Photos and Graphics

              Comments about Plustek OpticPro A320 Tabloid Flatbed Scanner:

              This scanner was purchased to scan 9"x12" art journals for International art exams. Easy to use on any computer in the room. So much better than trying to take photographs of pages.

              • Primary use:
              • Business
              • Computer Platform:
              • Mac

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              4.0

              OpticPro A320 ****A SUPER VALUE

              By Hu

              from Miami Beach, Florida

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Great Picture Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Plustek OpticPro A320 Tabloid Flatbed Scanner:

                  I love this scanner. Set up was easy and fast. The scanning software is easy to navigate and gives you tons of options. My only disappointment was the description stated it was MAC compatible (somewhat). AS I didn't quite understand that description I called B&H customer service and I was assured it was MAC compatible. Turns out it's not! If you have a MAC Don't order this without contacting Plustek first to double check the compatible operating systems. Luckily I have a PC too, so I am super happy regardless.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  A great scanner

                  By sweeper749

                  from Buena park Ca

                  About Me Casual User

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Set Up

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Plustek OpticPro A320 Tabloid Flatbed Scanner:

                      I had a small scanner with my pinnter, but I need a lager one, and this one was just the right size i needed for the lager stuff that i wanted to get scanned

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal
                      • Computer Platform:
                      • PC

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                      4.0

                      Reasonable Large Format Scanner

                      By Bob D

                      from Trenton ON Canada

                      About Me Frequent User

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • Good Resolution

                      Cons

                      • Poor Software

                      Best Uses

                      • Publishing

                      Comments about Plustek OpticPro A320 Tabloid Flatbed Scanner:

                      This is a good scanner and fast. It installed easily by following the included instructions but that's where the easy part ended. Although there was lots of software included there were no instructions on what did what or how to do anything such as scan a tabloid format document and create a pdf file which was my objective. It was all trial and error with lots of error.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Business
                      • Computer Platform:
                      • PC

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                      4.0

                      Economical large flatbed scanner

                      By wallyt46

                      from new jersey

                      About Me Frequent User

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • Good Resolution
                      • Widely Compatible

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Photos and Graphics

                        Comments about Plustek OpticPro A320 Tabloid Flatbed Scanner:

                        I use the scanner to do optical comparisons and it does a very good job for that. It was priced right and very easy to setup and use.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Personal
                        • Computer Platform:
                        • PC

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                        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        a much better scnner...great for the pri

                        By SIDzCarbonatedMilk

                        from Motown

                        About Me Graphics Professional

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Accurate Color
                        • Easy To Set Up
                        • Excellent Software
                        • Good Bit Depth
                        • Good Resolution
                        • Widely Compatible

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Photos and Graphics
                          • Publishing

                          Comments about Plustek OpticPro A320 Tabloid Flatbed Scanner:

                          I am digitizing the original 11 x 17 board masters of my grphic novel pages. The artwork is finely detailed. One board in particular is probably over 80 years old; i found it stuff in a home over a hundred years old wherein once I resided. The OpticPro A320 even picked up pleasing details in the texture. Again, I was expecting to have to pay much more for such quality.

                          • Primary use:
                          • Business
                          • Computer Platform:
                          • PC

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                          (3 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          1.0

                          Did not work with mac

                          By illikilli

                          from Philadelphia, PA

                          About Me Graphics Professional

                          Verified Reviewer

                          Pros

                            Cons

                            • Difficult Setup

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Plustek OpticPro A320 Tabloid Flatbed Scanner:

                              I could not get this to work with my mac at all. It says it's compatible "with limitations". I was able to download a driver online (the disk that came with it only worked with windows) but I still couldn't get it to scan in color, only in black and white.

                              • Primary use:
                              • Business
                              • Computer Platform:
                              • Mac

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                              (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              OpticPro A320 Tabloid Flatbed Scanner

                              By Shelley, the Graphite Artist

                              from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

                              About Me Graphics Professional

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Accurate Color
                              • Easy To Set Up
                              • Excellent Software
                              • Good Bit Depth
                              • Good Resolution
                              • Widely Compatible

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Large Format Film
                                • Photos and Graphics
                                • Publishing

                                Comments about Plustek OpticPro A320 Tabloid Flatbed Scanner:

                                Being a Graphite Artist that uses larger format paper to illustrate pieces, this scanner is perfect for me. I truly appreciate the fact that all weights of shadow and highlights are captured in the scans. I would have appreciated recieving a manual on how to use the different softwares that came with the scanner though. I would have saved a lot of time at initial setup time, if I could have read about the differences each software provides. But now that I have taken the time to bumble my way through the different formats, it has proven to be a good decision for enhancing my promotion of my business. Thank you again.

                                • Primary use:
                                • Business

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                                (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                LOVE IT!

                                By jenwhite

                                from goshen, IN

                                About Me Frequent User

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Accurate Color
                                • Easy To Set Up
                                • Good Resolution

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Photos and Graphics

                                  Comments about Plustek OpticPro A320 Tabloid Flatbed Scanner:

                                  I use this product to scan and archive 12x12 scrapbook pages.
                                  Pros: fast, easy to use, excellent quality, versatility.
                                  Cons: footprint - but that is to be expected.

                                  • Primary use:
                                  • Business

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                                  (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  4.0

                                  Satisfactory large format scanner

                                  By TAP

                                  from Duke, Missouri

                                  About Me Frequent User

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Accurate Color
                                  • Nicely designed lid

                                  Cons

                                  • No documentation for Mac
                                  • Not fast but okay
                                  • Poor Software

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Plustek OpticPro A320 Tabloid Flatbed Scanner:

                                    I was looking for a scanner that could scan tabloid size newspaper. This was the one I could afford and it does a satisfactory optical job. It is also the only Plustek scanner that offers a Mac OS driver. The interface is clunky and there is no documentation if you are a Mac user. It takes 26 seconds to scan a 10x14 page. My current project calls for scanning more than 1200 newspaper pages so faster wouldn't hurt but it's acceptable. The lid opens like a book and is on vertical pins, a nice feature for thick documents/books. I'm glad I found this for the money.

                                    • Primary use:
                                    • Personal

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                                    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    Easy To Use And Great Quality OPTICPRO

                                    By Paper Queen

                                    from Sarasota, Florida

                                    About Me Casual User

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy Setup
                                    • Excellent Software
                                    • Good Resolution

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Photos and Graphics
                                      • Publishing

                                      Comments about Plustek OpticPro A320 Tabloid Flatbed Scanner:

                                      I found this scanner to be so easy to use, set up was simple and within minutes I was scanning. It is light weight and has many options. This scanner does not batch but for my purpose it wasnt necessary. You will get a "true" 12 x 17 scanner area and for the money it is a great deal. [...]

                                      • Primary use:
                                      • Personal

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                                      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                       
                                      5.0

                                      Perfect!

                                      By Office Manager

                                      from Birmingham, AL

                                      About Me Frequent User

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Accurate Color
                                      • Easy Setup
                                      • Excellent Software
                                      • Good Bit Depth
                                      • Good Resolution
                                      • Widely Compatible
                                      • Works on Network

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Large Format Film
                                        • Photos and Graphics
                                        • Publishing

                                        Comments about Plustek OpticPro A320 Tabloid Flatbed Scanner:

                                        I had a scansnap, but couldn't correctly scan larger documents. This scanner was exactly what i was looking for to scan old bluprints and the quality of the scans look great. I would recommend this scanner for any office. It's Perfect!

                                        • Primary use:
                                        • Business

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                                        (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                                         
                                        5.0

                                        FAST PERFORMANCE REALLY NICE!

                                        By Prairie Jim

                                        from Bismarck ND

                                        About Me Frequent User

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Accurate Color
                                        • Easy Setup
                                        • Good Bit Depth
                                        • Good Resolution

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Photos and Graphics

                                          Comments about Plustek OpticPro A320 Tabloid Flatbed Scanner:

                                          This PLUSTEK OpticPro A320 scanner is a great value. The speed that it scans is a pleasant surprise; and the fact that it has such a large scanning area is terrific!

                                          Granted, much of what a person scans are smaller documents or photos, where a standard scanner does the job. But when you get a larger photo or item, like an 11x14 portrait, or a LIFE magazine where you want the whole page copied, this will do the job. The quality is superb; and I was hesitant at first, as I hadn't even heard of this brand before. But I am glad I bought the product; and for under $500 it is a great value.

                                          Jim Stock/Bismarck, ND

                                          • Primary use:
                                          • Personal

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                                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                           
                                          4.0

                                          Great scanner for the price

                                          By dallasgardens

                                          from dallas, texas

                                          About Me Graphics Professional

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Accurate Color
                                          • Easy Setup
                                          • Excellent Software
                                          • Good Resolution

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Photos and Graphics

                                            Comments about Plustek OpticPro A320 Tabloid Flatbed Scanner:

                                            We do a lot of black& white scans of landscape drawings--have been sending larger ones out, so this A3 size scanner is saving us a lot of time/money since we can do it in-house. Images much sharper than our tired old Epson, which has given up the ghost after years of abuse...push buttons on top great for our less technical staff too.

                                            • Primary use:
                                            • Business

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                                            4.0

                                            Solid inexpensive machine for small off.

                                            By RW park guy

                                            from Wyoming

                                            About Me Frequent User

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Accurate Color
                                            • Easy Setup

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Photos and Graphics

                                              Comments about Plustek OpticPro A320 Tabloid Flatbed Scanner:

                                              For scanning larger images quite useful, Price good and allows smaller offices to have this technology.

                                              • Primary use:
                                              • Business

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