Advantages Small, cheap, quality.
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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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