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By Mike Joubert 10 July 2009

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Whether it’s for a single department in a big company or a SME, if you’re thinking about getting years of old documents digitised or going paperless, the Plustek Smart Office PL2546 is a good way to go.

The PL2546 provides full colour duplex flatbed scanning with an automatic document feeder (ADF). This 50 sheet ADF feeder automates the process of capturing all the data that could actually be useful to the company, as opposed to being useless in boxes in cold storage.

The Smart Office is not limited to normal copy paper though; it can handle a wide range of document types and thicknesses, including: thicker paper documents and plastic cards such as insurance cards, credit cards, ID cards and drivers’ licenses.

When using the flatbed scanner the FL2546 can achieve a scanning resolution of 1200 x 1200 dpi, suitable for high resolution photo scanning. The Smart Office also makes the job of data capture easier via the OCR (optical character recognition) software included. That said, the device is quite bulky and heavy, so it’s best left in one place. From imageTEK on 011-608-1964 for R8999.

PROS
Handles a wide range of document types. Decent OCR software included.
CONS
It is bulky and heavy so mobility is not really an option.
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