Canon CanoScan N650U

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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 04/08/2001 | djfoulkes
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Pro Quality scans, very fast, good price
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"My best scanner yet, by far"

I need good scanning facilities – it is fundamental to the running of my life. I need to scan documents, photos and anything else I can fit under the lid of the scanner. Sadly a short while ago my scanner broke down and so I searched for a new one.

I finally found this scanner for a very good price (around £65 from Jungle I think), and so decided to buy it and see if it would do the job. I was impressed – I bought a Canon branded product, as I know from past experience that with devices such as optical peripherals the branded items are usually the best. I was impressed when I first tried it out.

It is a USB product (although there is a similar product available with a parallel connection), and plugs straight into the PC and is nearly ready to go. The supplied software is very easy and quick to install, and the scanner is ready to use straight away (with just one restart). It comes with photo editing software that is surprisingly good considering it is given away in the package. It also has the standard TWAIN drivers necessary for scans to be made in any application.

The supplied OCR software is OmniPage Pro 9.0. OCR (Optical Character Recognition) is, if you don’t know, a way of recognising the text of a document and allow editing rather than treat it as a graphic. The packaged software, in conjunction with this scanner, has done an excellent job on all the documents I have used it on. It even gets badly printed documents in small print 100% correct. It should be noted that it only works on printed documents, and is hopeless on handwriting.

The drivers supplied with the scanner allow for a very wide range of adjustments to be made at the time of scan. Even though there are very technical adjustments possible (including Colour/Tone Histograms and graphs for accurate colour correction), it is still very simple to use, and very easy just to do a basic scan. There are also many preset adjustments for many types of documents, and also an Auto-Adjust feature, which usually does a pretty good job of adjusting brightness, etc. to make an accurate scan.

The actual quality and speed of scan itself is impressive. The preview is completed very quickly, and the scan time is excellent. I was genuinely impressed the quality of the scans too. It is possible to scan to great enough detail to see the colour separations and pixels on professionally, print-house documents/brochures! This, I decided, was just about enough detail to satisfy me. It also allows for adjustment powerful enough to enhance dull or poor quality originals.

Physically, the scanner is very thin indeed, and has a lid that will cleverly adjust to allow you to scan large or bulky items. It has a button on the front which can be programmed to automatically do a photocopy, fax, email, or image scan. Power is provided through the USB port of the computer so there is no need for any power cables – which is handy as it means I have an extra free socket. One other thing that does interest me is the strange colours the light goes on the scanner head (have a look if you have one) when scanning!

Overall, this is a good quality product at a very reasonable price, and I do recommend that anyone considering buying a new scanner take a look at it. I can’t see that anyone’s scanning needs are more than this provides, unless they are doing professional scanning, or need to scan 35mm/APS film.

Available from PC World, Dixons, Jungle.com, etc.

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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.
  • marsden published 04/08/2001
    I'm looking to get a scanner myself at the moment but i have this dingy old computer that doesnt have the new bsu port. Its good to know that this scanner has two connecting types. Thanks.
  • Connoisseur_Haggler1 published 04/08/2001
    superb review! and not bad price at ~£65 I am looking for a 1200 x1200 dpi scanner with neg scanner so am looking at either Epson 1240photo or HP 5375 something -or any other similiar one's this information will be very useful for scanner basics, excellent opinion!
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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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