Product Type: Canon scanners
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Not What I'd Hoped For
Canon Canoscan LiDE 110
Member Name: Ellis53
Canon Canoscan LiDE 110
Advantages: Good price, simple to install
Disadvantages: Limited performance and complicated user guide
I'd hoped for a simple-to-operate scanner with state-of-the-art OCR to pull documents into Word. Instead, this has confusing terminology with limited scan features. I'll divide this review into Installation, Documentation, Operation and Performance.
On the Quick Start sheet you're told to insert the installation disk first. This installs the usual suspects, help files and a driver, both of which are updated automatically once the usb is connected if the computer has internet access. The scanner works from usb alone; it doesn't need a separate power source, which is good.
There is a fair amount of paperwork in the box, most of which you can immediately recycle. It covers basic instructions in half a million languages. There is also the Quick Start Sheet mentioned above, but the main documentation is in the on-screen Help loaded from disk. I had issues with this. I read through it carefully and at the end had little idea what to do. The technical writing wasn't clear and the authors have given peculiarly odd names to the Scanner processes. Even the Main Menu is called Canon Solution Menu EX. Why not "Lide 110 Main Menu"? Then there's the MP Navigator EX with Scan Gear which is overly complicated driver settings. Maybe I'm a dinosaur, but I like things simple and easy to understand... and this isn't.
There are four buttons on the front of the scanner and these speak my language. I haven't tried them all yet, but they are pdf, copy, autoscan and email, so you could probably get away without reading the manual and just press the buttons to get what you want... but not quite. At some point you have to use the on-screen menus and these are not straightforward. There are three pop-up buttons on the right of the screen called the Desktop Accessory, the Main Screen and numerous submenus, some of which show alarming warnings with complex settings. I found these menus intimidating.
My main use of scanning is to bring documents into Word where they can be edited, and as far as I can see, the Lide 110 doesn't do this. It has basic OCR to bring documents into Notepad, but hey, that's primitive. My previous scanner was a Benq with Mira Scan software which was far better than this. You can bring scanned images into your chosen graphics software, but the file formats are limited to a few basic types. The scan itself is okay, neither spectacularly fast nor slow, quiet nor noisy, just okay.
I'm disappointed. Maybe in time I'll get used to the operation and revise my view, but first impressions count and they weren't positive. Perhaps "Canon can", but in this case they didn't.
Summary: Definitely room for improvement
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