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Canon CanoScan N650U

The groundbreaking CanoScan N650U USB flatbed scanner launches a new era in scanning performance, innovation and value - giving you the power to do so...

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Review of "Canon CanoScan N650U"

published 17/07/2001 | one47
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Pro Small, cheap, quality.
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"This scanner is TOO good."

OK, so first the obvious - The 'U' in N650U means 'USB', so unless you know you have a USB port on your computer, don't go here. I have a family member who would like to steal my new scanner, but he can't :-)

I read Ciao, and I read DooYoo looking for advice on a good scanner, and both sites pointed me at the Canon N650U. Not because it is the absolute best, but because it is:

a) Sensibly priced. It can be had for between £50 and £70 depending on where its bought, and what discount vouchers you have in your sweaty palm this week.

b) Better than a home user is ever likely to need. 1200x600 doesn't sound like much these days, but it is all you are ever likely to need unless you plan on doing photo-editing at a professional level.

c) Pretty quick. With my old parallel scanner, I could go and make a cuppa while I waited for the preview scan. Now I just wait a few seconds.

d) Very good quality. When I first scanned some photos I was most upset about the white dots all over the end result. I looked at the original, which was spotless... There was some almost-invisible dust on the scanner glass, and these tiny specks were being picked up like I've never seen!

e) Comes with some very nice software. Usually I will install drivers and ignore the rest. With this selection, I installed most of it. The scanner has a front-button which integrates with one supplied app. to allow quick copying, faxing, saving, editing in a chosen application, or a couple of user-customisable choices. The Photo-Editing applications are not insultingly simple (for simple, read incapable) as you might expect. I am using OmniPage Pro (for OCR) and a combination of PhotoStudio 2000 (Supplied) and PaintShop Pro 7 (Not supplied) with a great deal of success.

f) Small. This beast is barely bigger that a sheet of A4, and is only 1.5" thick! That's tiny... I don't know what to do with all of the extra space.

The installation of this scanner is a breeze. Plug in the one supplied cable at both ends. Turn on. Put in CD... Same 'ol same 'ol...

To scan, put the book or photo under the lid...

...no, face down :-) and press the blue button. Then choose what you want to do with your pretty picture.

Excellent!

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  • Dave_UK published 23/01/2004
    Good Op, thanks for the info :) I have an excellent Canon i850 printer (which I have reviewed on Ciao) and I have been looking for a decent Canon scanner to partner with it. Cheers, Dave.
  • WormThatTurned published 23/01/2003
    Nice intro but how does it work ?
  • KarlHalliwell published 11/10/2001
    I'm looking for a scanner. This sounds just the ticket. I'll be checking it out. Thanks.
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Product Information : Canon CanoScan N650U

Manufacturer's product description

The groundbreaking CanoScan N650U USB flatbed scanner launches a new era in scanning performance, innovation and value - giving you the power to do so much more, for so much less. At just over 2,5 cm high, the N650U scanner is one of the thinnest flatbed scanners in the world. It's also one of the easiest to set up and use. Connect with just a single USB cable to any compatible Mac or PC - no power cord or bulky transformers are necessary. Just plug it in to your computer and scan photos, graphics, copy and more at a remarkable 600 x 1200 dpi for crisp, clear images. Plus, 42-bit resolution gives you over four trillion possible colors for richer, more robust scans. It even has an external programmable button for fast, one-touch scanning. Canon's exclusive Z-Lid Expansion Top will change the way you scan bulky items, such as books and magazines. Many other scanner covers lift only at an angle and become uneven and awkward when scanning anything that isn't completely flat. The N650U scanner includes a special expansion hinge that lifts up to one 2,5 cm vertically allowing the lid to lie flat, creating the space needed for bulky items.

Product Details

Product Description: Canon CanoScan N650U - flatbed scanner

Device Type: Flatbed scanner - desktop

Interface Type: USB

Scan Element Type: Contact Image Sensor (CIS), Contact Image Sensor

Light Source: RGB LED array

Max Supported Document Size: ANSI A (Letter) (216 x 279 mm), 216 x 297 mm

Input Type: Colour

Grayscale / Color Depth: 14-bit grey / 42-bit colour, 8-bit (256 grey levels) / 24-bit (16.7 million colours)

Optical Resolution: 600 dpi x 1200 dpi

Interpolated Resolution: 9600 dpi x 9600 dpi

Max Document Size: 216 mm x 297 mm

Supported Document Type: Plain paper, bulk objects (such as books)

Document Feeder Type: Manual load

System Requirements: Microsoft Windows 98, Apple MacOS 8.5 or later, Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional, Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition

Dimensions (WxDxH): 25.7 cm x 37.3 cm x 3.3 cm, 25.6 cm x 37.3 cm x 3.4 cm, 25.6 cm x 37.3 cm x 3.3 cm

Weight: 1.4 kg, 1.5 kg

Manufacturer Warranty: 1 year warranty

Data Transfer Rate: 12 MBps

Scan Speed: 112 sec / page (colour)

Localisation: English / United States

General

MPN: CSCANN650U, CSN650U, 0770A003AA, F91-4641BX, N650U, 5058907, F91-4631-US1

Type: Flatbed scanner - desktop

Interface Type: USB

Max Supported Document Size: ANSI A (Letter) (216 x 279 mm), 216 x 297 mm

Enclosure Colour: White

Localisation: English / United States

Scanner

Input Type: Colour

Grayscale Depth: 14-bit grey, 8-bit (256 grey levels)

Colour Depth: 42-bit colour, 24-bit (16.7 million colours)

Optical Resolution: 600 dpi x 1200 dpi

Interpolated Resolution: 9600 dpi x 9600 dpi

Scan Mode: Single-pass

Scan Element Type: Contact Image Sensor (CIS), Contact Image Sensor

Bulb / Light Source Type: RGB LED array

Compliant Standards: TWAIN

Scan Speed: 112 sec / page (colour)

Data Transfer Rate: 12 MBps

Media Handling

Max Document Size: 216 mm x 297 mm

Supported Document Type: Plain paper, bulk objects (such as books)

Document Feeder Type: Manual load

Expansion / Connectivity

Connections: 1 x USB - 4 PIN USB Type A, 1 x USB - 4 PIN USB Type B

Miscellaneous

Cables Included: 1 x serial cable, 1 x USB cable

Compliant Standards: Plug and Play

Power

Power Device: External power adapter, Internal power supply

Power Consumption Operational ( Standby ): 2.5 Watt ( 12.5 mW )

Software / System Requirements

Software Included: Drivers & Utilities, Caere Omnipage, ScanGear Toolbox CS, ArcSoft PhotoStudio 2000

OS Required: Microsoft Windows 98, Apple MacOS 8.5 or later, Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional, Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition

Additional Requirements: CD-ROM, SVGA monitor

Peripheral / Interface Devices: SVGA monitor, USB port

Min RAM Size: 32 MB

Dimensions & Weight

Width: 25.7 cm, 25.6 cm

Depth: 37.3 cm

Height: 3.3 cm, 3.4 cm

Weight: 1.4 kg, 1.5 kg

Manufacturer Warranty

Service & Support: 1 year warranty

Service & Support Details: Limited warranty - parts and labour - 1 year - carry-in, Limited warranty - 1 year

Environmental Parameters

Min Operating Temperature: 5 °C

Max Operating Temperature: 35 °C, 30 °C

Humidity Range Operating: 10 - 90%

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