Outstanding Achievement

Plustek Earns BLI "Outstanding Achievement" Award

Summer 2013

Plustek Earns BLI “Outstanding Achievement” Award

July 15, 2013 – Hackensack (NJ) – Buyers Laboratory LLC, the world’s leading independent tester of document imaging products, has given an “Outstanding Achievement” award to Plustek for its exceptional technological achievements for its faster speeds and overall feature set for a lower than average price when compared with competitive scanners tested. BLI’s “Outstanding Achievement” awards acknowledge products and technologies in the document imaging market that stand out for their extraordinary ingenuity, usefulness or value.

Winner of a Summer 2013 BLI “Outstanding Achievement” award in the scanner category is:

Plustek SmartOffice PS456U
“Outstanding Achievement in Value”

Affordable Ingenuity
The Plustek SmartOffice PS456U raised the bar for the A4 scanner group by offering rated speeds of up to 80 ppm (160 ipm) in black-and-white mode (45 ppm/90 ipm in color mode)—the fastest black-and-white speeds of any A4 scanner tested to date. It also features above average rated roller life, above average tested OCR accuracy and virtually no speed slowdown in black-and-white mode when increasing the resolution. The unit’s bundled scan utility allows users to create up to nine customizable profiles for frequently used operations, and provides scanning to searchable PDF format.

But what’s most impressive is its suggested retail price, which is currently closer to the price range for units offering just a third of the PS456U’s black-and-white speed capabilities. Although the PS456U doesn’t have much in the way of competition, its suggested price is about 43 percent lower than the average of comparable A4 scanners within 20 ppm of its rated speed.

“The Plustek SmartOffice PS456U offers lightning-fast black-and-white scanning at a significantly lower price, but without compromising quality,” said Lisa Reider, BLI’s senior product editor for scanners. “We are proud to give Plustek this award for offering such an affordable and comprehensive product offering that helps make high-speed scanning more accessible.”

“Plustek is honored to be among the winners of the ‘Outstanding Achievement’ awards from Buyers Lab,” said Mark Druziak, director of Marketing and Business Development for Plustek. “It is amazing to be recognized by such a prestigious organization, particularly in the category of ‘Value’ for our SmartOffice PS456U scanner, as Plustek prides itself on making the best products possible at a reasonable price.”

The unit’s 100-sheet document feeder handles business cards, checks and longer than average-size documents (up to 98.4"). The PS456U comes with a variety of software programs to help streamline the capture process, including HotCard BizCard Finder for business card scanning, ABBYY FineReader Sprint Plus for document conversions, Plustek DI Capture for document management and Plustek DI Express, which provides additional Asian OCR languages.

Stay tuned for upcoming Buyers Lab “Pick” and “Outstanding Achievement” award announcements in the following categories:
July 16: Solutions
July 17: A3 MFPs and Digital Duplicators
July 18: Printers and Printer MFPs
July 19: Outstanding Achievement Awards

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