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This scanner is TOO good.


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..., face down :-) and press the blue button. Then choose what you want to do with your pretty picture.

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Dave_UK 23.01.2004 06:39

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 23.01.2003 12:01

Nice intro but how does it work ?

KarlHalliwell 11.10.2001 20:59

I'm looking for a scanner. This sounds just the ticket. I'll be checking it out. Thanks.

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Manufacturer's product description

The groundbreaking CanoScan N650U USB flatbed scanner launches a new era in scanning performance, innovation and va...


MPN CSCANN650U, CSN650U, 0770A003AA, F91-4641BX, N650U, 5058907, F91-4631-US1
Type Flatbed scanner - desktop
Interface Type USB


Input Type Colour
Grayscale Depth 14-bit grey, 8-bit (256 grey levels)
Colour Depth 42-bit colour, 24-bit (16.7 million colours)

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This review of Canon CanoScan N650U has been rated:

"very helpful" by (87%):

  1. Dave_UK
  2. dodgykow
  3. sadcrab

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  2. Bigbaz

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  1. WormThatTurned
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