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Plustek: Plustek’s Innovative Design Earns Special Outstanding Achievement Award from BLI

Buyers Laboratory Inc. (BLI), the world’s leading independent tester of document imaging products, has honoured Plustek, Inc. with an “Outstanding Achievement” award for its one-of-a-kind approach to “workgroup scanning.” BLI’s “Outstanding Achievement” awards annually acknowledge those that bring products and capabilities to the office imaging market that stand out for their extraordinary ingenuity, usefulness or value.

Plustek Defies Convention

A first for USB-connected scanners, the Plustek SmartOffice PL1530 ( earned an “Outstanding Achievement” award for “Innovation” for its ability to connect to two PCs at one time, redefining the meaning of “workgroup” scanning. Connected on both ends via a simple USB cable, two users can scan from one device with the touch of a button.

“This is the first scanner tested that allows customers to double their scan performance without the hassle, and added cost, of building a network-connected scan centre,” said BLI Test Technician Joe Ellerman. The SmartOffice PL1530 offers dedicated hard keys labelled PC1, Custom, PDF, Scan and PC2. While the three middle keys can be customised by end users, the two PC keys allow the scanner to direct the image to either user’s computer.

This ENERGY STAR-qualified and RoHS-compliant device comes with a variety of scan solutions to help ease the scanning/editing/routing process, including the ability to organise and manage documents using NewSoft Presto! PageManager, OCR image files via ABBYY FineReader, edit and enhance digital documents with the help of Presto! ImageFolio and organise stacks of business cards through Hotcard BizCard Finder.

The SmartOffice PL1530 also features an easy to use scan driver, with all of the main features, including profile selections, on the main screen; a built-in 8.5" x 11.69" flatbed; and faster than average single-page scan speeds. Its versatility makes the Plustek SmartOffice PL1530 best suited for front offices and small workgroups with multiple scanner users.

Media contact:

Christian Harris, HMC
(t) +44 (0)7542 921922

Plustek contact:

Shooping Lin
(t) +44 (0)1952 210280

About Buyers Laboratory

Since 1961, Buyers Lab has been the leading independent office-equipment testing lab and business consumer advocate. In addition to publishing the industry’s most comprehensive and accurate test reports on office document imaging devices, each representing months of exhaustive hands-on testing in BLI’s US and UK laboratories, the company has been the leading source for extensive databases of specifications and pricing on copiers, printers, fax machines and multifunctional products. The company’s databases cover over 13,000 products and have a long-standing reputation for being the industry’s most trustworthy and complete source for global competitive intelligence. They are available to BLI subscribers online via the company’s bliQ competitive information service. This encyclopedic resource also provides quick and easy access to BLI’s First Look Reports, Field Test Reports, Lab Test Reports, Solutions Reports, and BLI-produced articles. For more information about Buyers Laboratory, visit

About Plustek

Respected as one of the world’s leading image solution providers, Plustek manufactures and delivers high quality imaging and security products to buyers worldwide. In business since 1986, Plustek began as an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) for many large companies, creating an innovative array of products including scanners, IP cameras, servers and imaging-related devices. Through a combination of design innovation and strict attention to usability and manufacturing quality, Plustek has grown to become one of the largest image solution providers in the world. From home to back offices, to libraries or paperless offices, Plustek has a tool to get the job done quickly and affordably. For more information on Plustek and its products, visit


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