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Plustek OpticBook 3600 Plus B68-BBM31-C 48bit USB 2.0 Interface Fast Single Pass Scanner

  • CCD Image Sensor
  • 48bit
  • USB 2.0 Interface
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The Plustek OpticBook 3600 plus is a unique scanner catered to anyone who wishes to keep their comic books or even old magazines in pristine condition for financial gain. The special edge of the OpticBook 3600 plus that allows users to easily scan all the way to the book spine is designed to protect the value of your most precious collections. With this innovative technology, you only have to scan your comics once and you can go back and read any back issues on electronic files yet watching the value of your comic books appreciates over time! The OpticBook 3600 plus also has an amazing scanning speed of 9 seconds per page that really shortens the time that need to be scanning a book.

The bundled software properly rotates and saves the page images in PDF format. With the speed and the ability to look after the value of your favorite collections, the OpticBook 3600 Plus is definitely a value added investment that’s worth every penny.

  • newegg OneTouch PDF Creation With PDF conversion capability, the plustek OpticBook 3600 Plus converts scanned documents into searchable PDF files via a simple press of the button.
  • newegg Designed for Book Scanning The plustek OpticBook 3600 Plus provides a special edge which will not only protect your books but will also give you a perfectly scanned image.
  • newegg High-performance Scanning System The plustek OpticBook 3600 Plus features a high-performance optical scanning system with a maximum of up to 24000dpi and 48-bit color reproduction capability for sharp and clear text outputs.

Learn more about the Plustek B68-BBM31-C

Model

Brand
Plustek
Series
OpticBook 3600 Plus
Model
B68-BBM31-C

Spec

Scanner Type
Fast Single Pass
Image Sensor
CCD
Light Source
Cold Cathode
Resolutions, Hardware
1200 dpi
Resolutions, Interpolated
24000 dpi
Color Depth
48bit
Max. Document Size
216 x 297 mm (8.5" x 11.69", A4/ Letter Size)
Interface
USB 2.0

Physical Spec

Dimensions
18" x 11" x 4"

Features

Features
Platform Support: PC & MAC
USB 2.0 high speed connection
Fast scan speed 7 sec. for an A4-size color, grayscale, B/W scan at 300 dpi
Black Image Enhancement Backing to insert between book pages for clearer scans of thin pages
Intellilock lock/unlock mechanism protects the scanner's valuable optical system
Ergonomic desktop design to ease physical strain
Categorizing the scanned images for easy data retrieval
Combining multiple images into one file at the user's option, just like one chapter consisting of several pages
Publish to CD or VCD
User-friendly Book Manager software properly rotates and saves the page images in correct order.

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
1 year limited
Labor
1 year limited

Quick Info

Warranty

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


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  • Daniel B.
  • 8/17/2010 8:38:24 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood scanner, improved software

Pros: Good scanner for books, efficient scanning. Software is now fast and reliable.

Cons: Book scanning is a slow process, scanning a typical book might require 2 hours. Software setup for scanning is very cumbersome. For example, the software defaults to storing the scans in a very strange location, every time I scan, I have to change the location. The scan preview window is a small fraction of the screen, so scans cannot be checked properly during preview.

Other Thoughts: I reviewed the scanner shortly after I first received it from Newegg. The software was then quite buggy. The software crashed frequently, and useful features simply did not work. The software is now much improved. I still avoid scanning more than about 100 pages at a time, then I collect the PDF files together into a single file. Most books I scan are 19th century antiques, this scanner treats them better than any other I know of. The scanner could be improved with simpler and more efficient software, faster scanning, and a design that did not require the book to be opened as far. Many antique books have fragile bindings, even the 90+ degree opening required by this scanner is sometimes a problem.

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  • Warren K.
  • 2/17/2010 8:52:43 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

3 out of 5 eggsGood Book Scanner

Pros: This scanner is designed for scanning books. The software is OK, but only just. The hardware is very good, allowing for the problems noted below. Scan quality is superior.

Cons: The edge scanner doesn't scan right up to the edge. This becomes problematic when scanning books that have narrow margins. Also, I managed apparently to burn out the light source. I do admit heavy use over a period of two years or so, but my HP Scanjet 6300c has scanned way more pages without even a flicker.

Other Thoughts: Overall I like the machine, but given the cost I'd expected longer product life.

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  • Daniel B.
  • 11/25/2009 12:45:46 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsGood hardware, software is trash

Pros: Very good scanner for books, very reasonable price. Can scan hardcover books without damaging the binding or the pages. Good scanning speed.

Cons: The software barely works, and is very buggy. On approximately 10 scans of about 10 pages, the software either crashed or discarded all pages after scanning on approximately 2 of them, apparently randomly. The software update was posted as an RAR file, not a ZIP file, requiring a separate download to obtain a decoder. The updated software deskew function is broken - it takes minutes to run, and badly skews an image, even of a page that was scanned almost without skew and with lined paper (should be easy to deskew)! Check all your settings, the software appears to keep some and lose others each time you restart.

Other Thoughts: Use the scanner buttons to access the scan-to-PDF function most easily, start with the 'preview' button. Make certain to select 'book' on the scanner panel.

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  • P N.
  • 11/11/2009 8:04:52 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent For Scanning Books

Pros: This was the best computer peripheral I have ever bought. Great for making perfect copies of books. The best part is you can do it without stressing or breaking the books binding. It is also very fast.

If memory serves I believe I can scan around 330 pages per hour.

Cons: The only con is the bug in the software that it comes with. Once you scan past about 100 pages it will crash the program. Not a deal killer.

Other Thoughts: Software bug work around: Like a previous reviewer said, close the program at 100 pages and reopen it.

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  • Bret W.
  • 8/27/2009 2:52:12 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Does exactly what it is advertised to do - quickly scanned my books. After the initial lamp warmup, I could scan 311 pages per hour - much higher than any other scanner. Each scan takes about 8 seconds.

Cons: Software is very confusing. I opted to get Acrobat pro instead of the included PDF software.

Other Thoughts: I scanned a textbook. The best method for me was to make all the pictures in .tif format, and put every image in a folder. Then use acrobat to merge all the images into a single PDF file.

The pdf file, after the quick optimization from acrobat, was only about 300mb for a 1000-page book

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  • Jason V.
  • 1/19/2009 6:03:14 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWorks for most books

Pros: Takes about 30 minutes to scan a 200-page book (depends on how quickly you turn the book and flip pages). No more shadows on the scans. Does not destroy the book.

Unlike most USB scanners I've used to scan books, this one is extremely fast - about 8 seconds per page. If scanning a book using the “text scan” button, it will scan pages as sequentially numbered images. This is good in case the program crashes or freezes. You can assemble the images in Acrobat. The one button scan allows you to concentrate on scanning. Works fine with Acrobat, but the 1-button scan and then combining in Acrobat is more efficient (see other thoughts).

Cheaper on Newegg than anywhere else. Same price here buys the OpticBook 3600 (NOT plus) on other sites. About 1/5 the cost of a camera-based book 'scanner'. Shipping was on time. NewEgg probably has the quickest shipping of any online retailer.

Cons: Known issues with VIA chipset. Did not work on my desktop. I have a feeling this is because of TWAIN and nothing else. It works fine on my laptop.

ABBY FineReader is version 5.0 - they're up to version 11. I've yet to figure out the OCR I guess. From what I see, if you scan to OCR, you can only scan to .doc, .txt or .rtf - but not OCR .pdf. ABBY doesn't do a good job on OCR. Too many errors for non-standard font or foreign languages. Acrobat is superior.

Software is buggy in general. The Digibook software only allows for 107 scans before freezing. Hitting the 'transfer' button crashes the program almost every time. If the program crashes or freezes, you lose your scan dimensions. You have to learn to work around this issue. (See other thoughts)

Claiming the rebate prevents you from being able to return the item to Newegg.

Get a comfortable cushion for your chair! ^o^

Other Thoughts: I scan about 100 images and then close the Digibook program. I then use Acrobat and create a PDF from multiple files, save the PDF, then delete the scanned images (If you do it this way, your settings - i.e. scan area - is saved.) I repeat the process and end up with book parts. I then create a new PDF from multiple files and select the PDF parts I made. After that, I run OCR in Acrobat and save the entire book. It's a little more time consuming, but it works out well.

Although it didn't work on my desktop, it actually works out better as I can work on my desktop while my laptop runs the OCR on the assembled PDF.

When scanning, leaving the lid up and covering the 'free' area of the scanning glass with a piece of thick paper keeps you from blinding yourself.

Maybe the other features work well. I wouldn’t know as I purchased this only for books. Soon my reference library will be portable.

Can't think of anything else at the moment.

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  • TAMARA Y.
  • 12/22/2008 9:52:59 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPerfect for books

Pros: Fast scanning. You don't have to tear and break your books. Very fast in b/w mode. NO PROMLEMS AT ALL! Never any shutdowns or lamp waiting - maybe I'm the lucky one who just has the lucky scanner. 5 books 1200-1340 pages each in 1 day - no questions!! Better then regular.

Cons: Not yet.

Other Thoughts: Buy it if you need books scanning - for any other purposes - think twice - it a good scanner but for this price you can get from 3 to 5 regular ones (not pro but good enough for every day usage). This is specific device which can do the regular jobs.

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  • Robert B.
  • 12/18/2008 5:16:20 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsNot Ready for Showtime

Pros: Excellent assortment of software. Ideal for scanning books when working.

Cons: Scans were interrupted with repeated shutdowns. Lamp continually attempted to "warmup" for two or three minutes during scanning process. Software very buggy despite latest downloads of drivers etc.. Customer service was patient but never got the unit to work smoothly.

Other Thoughts: Plustek makes the only "edge" scanner for books. Unfortunately I spent a huge amount of time trying to get the thing to work with no success.

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  • Eddie I.
  • 4/30/2008 6:42:52 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat for scanning books

Pros: Works as advertised. This is Not a photo scanner, it is probably also not designed to scan whole books. But, to scan a few pages, sections, or chapters it works great. Also works great for periodicals and journals. Very happy with my purchase.

Cons: The software is a little finiky, and not as userfriendly as others, and I have also lost a few scans. But if you take a little time to learn its pecularities, its works.

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  • hekmat b.
  • 2/11/2008 4:21:02 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent for textbook thievery

Pros: This scanner is quick, fairly quiet and does a great job of scanning textbooks straight to PDF. I had the pleasure of buying a $200 book that was not very different from prior editions but the publisher chose to gouge the students anyway.
I was able to scan the 400 pages I needed in about 2 hours.
It would've been quicker but I was getting distracted.

Cons: The PlusTek software UI's are straight out of 1994, but they work.

Other Thoughts: First off, the newegg price blows away the evil competitor I bought mine from. Due to lack of inventory and a quickly approaching textbook return deadline at school I had to purchase this at any price.

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