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Plustek OpticBook A300 (271-BBM21-C) 600 x 600dpi USB Large Format Flatbed Scanner

  • 600 x 600dpi
  • USB
  • CCD Image Sensor
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Book scanning has become a growing trend globally, especially in an age where sharing information and making it more accessible to people is an important issue. OpticBook A300 was created based on the concept of book preservation, digitization of content and sharing of the book. OpticBook A300 is a USB 2.0 scanning device that can scan an A3 size page in just 2.4 seconds. OpticBook A300 also creates crisp sharp images of the pages, which can then be made into different formats. It has bundled with highly effective image processing, fast and secure PDF conversion, and highly accurate optical character recognition (OCR) software.

OpticBook A300 scans thick books without unbinding or dismantling them, so it is a perfect solution for digitizing precious and valuable books. From the vertical market perspective, OpticBook A300 is therefore an ideal solution for libraries, schools, graphic designers, publishing companies, hospitals, law firms and even the financial institutions.

  • newegg Designed for Book scanning The plustek OpticBook A300 provides a special edge which will not only protect your books but will also give you a perfectly scanned image.
  • newegg Scan Directly to PDF With the PDF conversion capability, the plustek OpticBook A300 scanner converts scans into PDF files directly!
  • newegg One-touch Buttons The plustek OpticBook A300 comes with several one-touch buttons for scanning convenience.

Learn more about the Plustek 271-BBM21-C


OpticBook A300


Scanner Type
Image Sensor
Scanning Speed
2.48 sec (Color mode, 300dpi, A3)
2.10 sec (Grayscale/ B&W mode, 300dpi, A3)
Resolutions, Optical
600 x 600dpi
Color Depth
Color: 48-bit input, 24-bit output
Grayscale: 16-bit input, 8-bit output
B/W: 1-bit output
Max. Document Size
12" x 17"
USB 2.0
Power Consumption
< 36 W (operation), < 8 W (idle)
Operating Systems Supported
Windows 2000 / XP / Vista / 7 / 8

Physical Spec

24.53" x 15.75" x 5.24"
16.96 lbs.


Hardware Resolution: 600 x 1200 dpi

Book Edge: 2mm

Scanning Area (W x L): Max. 304.8 mm x 431.8 mm (12" x 17"), A3

Daily Duty Scan ( Sheets ): 5,000

Quick Info


  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year

Customer Reviews of the Plustek 271-BBM21-C

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  • Stephen G.
  • 3/22/2013 3:02:01 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsSlow, Overpriced, and 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 rebuffed me. When I asked to speak to a supervisor, I was informed that the 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 unreliable, overpriced 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!

Manufacturer Response:

Sorry you had problems with your A300 and our support group. We have thousands of these scanner being used in commercial environments worldwide. But that said, this is a mechanical device and any sometimes components fail.

If you still have the scanner and would like it repaired, please send me an email at markdruziak >at< plustek [dot] com. We can work something out.

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