Product Type: Canon scanners
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Canon Canoscan LiDE 110
Member Name: Doglovers
Canon Canoscan LiDE 110
Date: 29/11/11, updated on 07/07/13 (91 review reads)
Advantages: Great price, excellent results and easy to use
An excellent scanner well worth the money , easy to use and set up and delivers excellent results . A great buy and I highly recommend this.
Why the Canon
Well I decided to take the plunge and buy a scanner . My experience of scanners hasn't been great. I had one years ago that scanned once and then gave up the ghost , never to work again.
I didn't want to spend a lot of money or spend days researching the topic , so I chose this one on the basis of the ratings on Amazon and the price , a very reasonable £49.99.
I toyed briefly with the idea of buying an all in one wifi printer scanner copier , but on reflection decided that I did not want to waste the ink I have just purchased for my printer and also I am very happy with the printer (also a Canon)
The scanner arrived today and it was up and running within 10 minutes so a very positive start and I managed to do more than one scan!
I am not a technical expert so don't expect lots of technical details, but as someone that has never set up or successfully used a scanner before , I thought that I would share my experience in this review.
If I say that I spent 10 minutes setting this up and 5 of those minutes were spent trying to get the scanner out of the box, you will appreciate just how easy this is to set up and use. I have to say it is very well packed and fits snugly in the box , some might say too snugly , based on my struggle.
The scanner is flatbed , just slightly larger than an A4 piece of paper and very light and slim.
It comes with a USB cable and a CD which has the scanner software and a user manual.
Also a really useful paper Quick Start Guide.
This is a mix of written instructions together with screen shots . It is really user friendly and easy to follow.
I inserted the CD and followed the instructions on screen. These are also printed on the Quick Start Guide , together with screenshots.
The estimated time to load the software was 10 minutes but it actually took less than 3 minutes and this was at the same time that good old Norton decided to do a full system scan.
After loading the software plug the USB cable into your computer .
Double click on the icon that appears on your screen or access this from the Start menu . The programme is called MP Navigator , then off you go.
I found this programme really easy to use and for my first scans just followed the instructions on screen. These are really user friendly and have very large icons/ buttons for the main functions such as SCAN which is also highlighted in Green.
It has an Auto selection that means the software decides what you are trying to scan , but equally you can select this yourself.
This is really easy to use and most people would be able to scan without referring to the manual, even me, but I have looked at it and I found it easy to understand.
What can you can scan
Multiple small documents such as photographs at the same time - as many as fit on the scanner.
Larger documents - you can scan the left and right halves separately and then combine back into one image.
You can scan documents that are twice as large as the scanning plate which is A4 size ( 210X297mm or 8.3"x11.7")
Scanning is simple :
Place the document face down on the glass plate. The manual shows you exactly how to place them on the glass to get the best results and there are markers to show you where to put A4 and B5 size documents
Close the lid
Takes 2 or 3 seconds to scan
Don't lift the lid until the scan has completed , this is shown on screen.
Editing ( Optional)
Once scanned decide what you want to do with the scanned image. This might be nothing but there are functions available if you want to use them.
The Navigator allows you to do the usual editing such as changing the resolution, brightness and tone. Rotate , crop and zoom in on parts of photographs and documents and then preview the results before scanning. Sort of like a print preview.
The manual explains all the editing functions and is really user friendly. It is a mix of text , screen shots and pictures.
Other than rotating the images and cropping I haven't tried all the other editing tools.
You choose whether to :
Save as a document or photograph
Save as PDF file
Send to another application
Send to printer
The documents I scanned are excellent quality .
Some of them were quite old and had faded slightly but the images are very readable.
I also scanned a much loved photograph , so I could include this element in the review and I am really impressed with the results. It was an old colour photogarph of one of my dogs who sadly passed away 10 years ago .
I didn't do anything fancy simply used the auto function and the results are amazing. Totally blown away with how good this is given that the original is slightly yellow , faded and dark in places, but all of that has been corrected and I am thrilled with the results. This photograph is irreplaceble and I now have a beautifully restored version courtesy of this scanner.
I wanted this primarily to scan and copy documents, but I can see that this will also enable me to copy old photographs and improve on the originals, so for that alone it is worth every penny.
This will sit nicely on top of my printer when I am not using it .
It is light and compact , just slightly bigger than an A4 folder. It needs no power source as it takes that from the computer, so you can sit in comfort on the sofa or your bed and scan away.
Simple set up ,easy to use excellent results and a good price.
Summary: Fantastic scanner at a great price
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