Plustek A300 OpticBook Large Format and Book Scanner

Plustek A300 OpticBook Large Format and Book Scanner

Plustek A300 OpticBook Large Format and Book Scanner

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  • Ideal Solution for Book Scanning
  • High Speed Scans
  • High Quality Output
  • One-Touch Button Control Panel
  • Book Edge Elimination
  • Scan Management Software
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Plustek A300 overview

  • 1Description

The Plustek OpticBook A300 is a large-format scanner that is ideal for scanning book pages and other large documents. It is equipped with function buttons designed to make the scanning experience more convenient and efficient. The A300 creates crisp, sharp images of the pages which can then be converted into other formats using the included software bundle.

Users no longer have to avoid damaging book bindings by pressing it flat or cutting pages in order to achieve a clean scan edge. The OpticBook scans thick books without unbinding or dismantling them, making it an ideal scanning tool for students, libraries, schools, graphic designers and any other work groups in need of scanning large original documents.

Book and Large Format Scanning
The OpticBook A300 can scan books, and A3-sized documents, up to 12 x 17".
High Quality, High Speed
This scanner can scan an A3-sized page in just 2.4 seconds at 300dpi.
Scan Text Close to Book Spine
The OpticBook is designed with a perfect 2mm book-edge design, so that pages do not have to be separated from their bindings and images appear with a crisp, sharp edge.
One-Touch Controls
The buttons on scanner's panel perform Book Pavilion, Preview, Color Scan, Grayscale Scan and Text Scan functions. The settings for each button on the scanner's panel are configured through Book Pavilion. Book Pavilion offers you quick access to the most frequently-used scanning functions. They are especially useful when you need to repeatedly scan with the same settings and send images to the same destination.
Productivity Software
With the included Plustek Book Pavilion software, scans preview in less than 2 seconds and images can be saved into a variety of formats such as BMP, JPG or TIFF. This software will automatically rotate page images as consecutive pages are scanned, maintaining book layout and page sequence. The OpticBook A300 also comes with highly effective image processing and document management software including PDF conversion and highly accurate OCR (Optical Character Recognition).
UPC: 783064354158
In the Box
Plustek A300 OpticBook Large Format and Book Scanner
  • USB Cable
  • Power Cable
  • AC Adapter
  • Quick Guide
  • Setup/Sofware CD-Rom
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    Plustek A300 specs

    Maximum dpi Resolution 600 dpi
    Simplex Speed 20 ppm (Color)
    30 ppm (Grayscale)
    Maximum Document Width 12" / 30.5 cm
    Maximum Document Length 17" / 43.2 cm
    Color Depth 24-Bit (External)
    48-Bit (Internal)
    Grayscale Bit-Depth 16-Bit (Internal)
    Document Feeding Flatbed
    Connectivity USB 2.0
    Operating System Compatibility Windows
    Light Source CCFL
    Drivers TWAIN
    Maximum Power Consumption 36 W
    AC Input Power 120 VAC, 60 Hz
    Dimensions 24.5 x 15.8 x 5.2" / 623.0 x 400.0 x 133.0 mm
    Weight 16.96 lb / 7.7 kg
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    Package Weight 27.5 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 31.5 x 23.0 x 11.0"

    Plustek A300 reviews

    A300 OpticBook Large Format and Book Scanner is rated 3.4 out of 5 by 7.
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Slow, Overpriced, & Unreliable Pros: This scanner, like the Opticbook 3600 Plus I owned before it, functioned for 13 months, just long enough for the one-year warranty to expire. Then the CIS module (i.e., the light source) failed.Cons: I had heard Plustek's customer service is poor and my personal experience confirmed this. First, a Plustek representative attempted to charge me $400 to replace the scanner light source, a component that costs less than $200. When I requested the name of the third-party manufacturer of the light source so that I could order it directly, the Plustek representative refused to share this information and rebuffed me. When I asked to speak with a supervisor, I was informed that the Plustek General Manager was too busy to speak with me. So I threw the Plustek OpticBook A300 in the garbage and opted for a smarter, affordable book scanning solution. Other Thoughts: I advise everyone reading this review not to make my mistake: do not waste your time or money on this or other overpriced, unreliable Plustek scanners. I have since assembled a DIY book scanner based on Daniel Reetz's Open Hardware specifications. The DIY book scanner far, far outperforms the Plustek Opticbook A300 and does so for a small fraction of A300's price. Google it!
    Date published: 2013-03-23
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice peice -- high price but worth it Very Fast -- Good Quality -- Software that shipped with it was old went to Plustek Site and had to dig around for English version of software (North American version was in Chinese)
    Date published: 2010-06-09
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from A300 Works Well! A300 is an excellent scanner for ebooks. I have an ebook reader and want my physical books on them. I use my A300 and it is fast and worth the money. If you use the scanner with the bundled book pavilion the black edges in the middle of the book just disappear.
    Date published: 2010-05-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very fast scanner, excellent quality Very good to scan books and large documents. Very fast, 2-3 seconds for a full A3 page. Unfortunately works only under Windows, but works fine with VirtualBox on a Mac.
    Date published: 2011-08-29
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Broekn out of the gas Really needed this scanner and paid more to get it from B&H to be sure I could get project done - bad circuit board out of the box. Hate to write a bad review as I have generally had good experiences with B&H
    Date published: 2016-11-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Book Scanner I have the smaller version 3600Plus, and am so pleased that I bought the A300. Not disappointed one bit. The best book scanner ever. ...
    Date published: 2011-03-27
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Great Scanner For Libraries and Museums I'm a digital archivist for a major western museum. This is the second A300 we have owned, having basically used the first one to destruction through major use. There is one more A300 in use in a different department. We have found the unit to be well built and the software is fairly intuitive, although I usually use it in a manual mode and don't use the single button functions hardly at all. OpticBook is the only company making a flatbed scanner with the outside edge of the housing butt up against the platen. This allows book pages to be scanned deep into the gutter without stressing the spine of the book, a most desirable consideration in our work here at the museum, where many of the books and documents in our collections are in a delicate condition. There are also occasional documents that are larger than the platen, so it's a nice design feature that the cover lifts off and does not obstruct laying large objects on the scanner surface. The large documents can be scanned in sections and then stitched using post-processing software. I hope that in the future, OpticBook will produce a similar scanner with a larger platen. I only gave the A300 four out of five stars because I would like the scanner to have higher resolution than 1200 dpi, but that's just my own opinion. It's a very rare occasion that I need to scan something at higher than 600 dpi. Library of Congress standards for digital archiving recommend 300 dpi and we always use 400 dpi. This scanner meets our needs quite nicely. Also, B&H had the best price available online!
    Date published: 2016-12-22
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