Quite often, computer peripherals date pretty quickly and can become obsolete within a matter of years, if not months. However, this isn't always the case... I've been using my Canon N650U scanner since 2001.
Design and Appearance
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In terms of the N650U's build quality, the beige plastic that makes up the bulk of the body does feel a little flimsy - but then scanners are notorious for being cheaply made pieces of kit. That said, however cheap the device feels, I can confirm that the N650U is much stronger than it appears; having survived not one but two falls from a desk, and a cup of tea spilled onto it - there was even an incident where a dart rebounded from the dartboard onto its top, and even that didn't spell the end for our office-based friend. The scanner's overall appearance isn't something you could describe as beautiful, but it's by no means bad looking.
One of the reasons why I was attracted to the N650U (and no, I don't mean in a sexual way...) was the fact that it was much thinner than many of its rather bulky contemporaries that adorned the shelves of Dixons, Curry's and PC World circa 2000. Another plus point is the fact that it is powered directly by USB connection rather than having to be plugged into the mains - this may be common practice nowadays, but ten years ago most scanners needed an external power source to operate. Other features of note include the 'expansion top' (quite simply, the back hinge is able to lift vertically) so that you can scan chunky books without too much effort.
Price & Availability
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I paid £40 for the scanner when new - and I certainly feel that I've got my money's worth over the time that I've owned it; I wonder if Canon knew that their product would be working as good as new ten years down the line? These days you can get the scanner for around £10 on eBay - and I feel that it would still be a worthy investment considering the product's overall reliability.
Software & Image Quality
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The scanner comes complete with Canon's ScanGear CS-U software, which works on both PC and Mac - it's easy to use, with a 'simple' and an 'advanced' mode that can be selected depending on your level of image editing experience. Before you begin you'll need to install a driver which comes on a CD - if you've bought the scanner second hand and don't have the disk, the driver can be downloaded from the support section of Canon's website. In use, the N650U returns excellent results, demonstrating clear and crisp images with a 600 x 1,200 dpi resolution, and 42-bit colour depth. In the default mode, colour can be a little under saturated, but it's a problem which is easily rectified with a little tinkering. In terms of speed, the scanner is by no means the quickest - although it will do an A4 sheet at 150dpi in around 35 seconds, which I suppose isn't too bad.
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Yes, it's an old scanner, and I can't image many people rushing out to get hold of one nowadays - but I can only speak from my own experience and say that the Canon N650U is a really easy to use and incredibly reliable device which on many levels can compete with the scanners which are produced nowadays - recommended.
This scanner felt great even the first day I bought it - today it feels even better since I have compared it with the new CanoScan N670U. The newest technology doesn't mean that it is the best technology. N650U outperforms N670U in every area. Scans taken with N650U are clearer, brighter, have more details, have less noise, colors are more natural, and so on. CanoScan N650U has no optics. It has LED's (light emitting diodes) placed directly under the glass (inside a scanning head). This technology is called LIDE and is Canon's own. In my opinion this technology works perfect. The only drawback is that you cannot take scans of 3D objects. If you need a scanner for that purpose you better look somewhere else. N650U is really a bargain. It gives you scans as good as it's big brother N1220U but at lower resolution and lower price. Scan quality is really not an issue here. Compared with some other scanners like Epson Perfection 1240 (costs twice+ the N650) scans are almost sharper with N650U but with a tad lower color resolution I think. N650U has the right price and it is perfect for people who want great image quality at low cost. Bravo Canon.
I bought my Canoscan n650u at a computer fair in london, the price was £45 at the time but has gone up recently. But even at the more expensive prices this is a good middle-of-the range scanner. For the first time user, or maybe someone who isn't all that good with computers, this scanner shuold be OK. The scanner plugs into the USB port which should make it easy to install, but unlike normal USB devices, it does require the computer to be rebooted before you can use it. Installing the drivers should be easy too. I say should, my scanner was in fact broken when I bought it, BUT canon sent out an engineer and replaced the broken parts. Well, part. When I first opened the scanner, I thought it was a joke. The scanner is around 3 inches larger than US Letter size (roughly A4+3 inches) and very light. When you look inside, there is nothing there! Literally there is a worm thread (a spiral like object) and a pcb. It looked like there was nothing there. It seems that because of this minimalist attitude, the scanner is quite fragile. So unless you plan to use the scanner as a table-top football field, then this scanner will be OK. It comes with a USB cable, a couple of driver CDs and a good manual. However, the professionals might miss an auto-sheet feed, and a transparency converter. It does not come with a power supply unit however, it doesn't need one. This is great for me, I already have to use 9 sockets for my computer associated equipment. A word of warning. The scanner requires 500mA from the USB port. If you use an expansion card USB port (according to the manual) it may not work, and the manual suggests that you use a powered external hub. This does mean that you need another power supply, but I am sure that there are others like me, that now have 3 items which require 500mA and so will happily fork out for such an item, to allow the use of a great scanner.
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!
I love my scanner so much I had to spend 2 hours writing a review on it. I'm sure it's worth spending that long writing about your pride and joy. Gone are the days when a flatbed scanner would consume a massive chunk of desk space. Witness Canon's CanoScan N650U, which barely exceeds the dimensions of a legal-size sheet of paper and stands a mere 1.3 inches high. What's more, it draws power from its USB interface, so there's no bulky power adapter. All told, the CanoScan series scanners can almost be categorized as "portable" flatbeds. A quick-start guide walks you through the initial connection to a PC or a Macintosh, the installation of the CanoScan software, and your first scan. It also lists scan-resolution suggestions and extensive tech-support contact information. This is, however, the only printed documentation that's included--the rest is electronic. Canon commendably supplies online guides for all the bundled software, including third-party apps. There's also a helpful troubleshooting guide. The push of a button on the CanoScan's front edge launches ArcSoft PhotoStudio 2000--though you have to select it from a pop-up menu each time--and Canon's streamlined, uncomplicated ScanGear acquisition driver. ScanGear accommodates novice and experienced users by offering simple and advanced modes, the latter providing manual control over everything from dimensions to gamma settings. In either mode, ScanGear can invert colors to create a negative, flip and rotate images, and automatically adjust the various tones. What it doesn't do is remember cropping settings from one session to the next--a minor annoyance if you need to do multiple scans of the same photo or document. An auto-crop button is supposed to find an image's borders for you, but when we tested the feature on photos with lighter backgrounds, it would sometimes miss the edges and crop too close to the subject. In terms of scan quality, the CanoScan proved an average performer, at least relative to other flatbeds in its class. Subjectively speaking, it did a respectable job with color reproduction, showing moderately saturated colors and relatively accurate skin tones. It did exhibit some slight misregistration problems--nothing that should stop you from buying the scanner, but important to consider if you need very sharp scans. Also, keep in mind that the N650U's software produces gaps in the individual color channels. They're not obviously seen in the final images, but may result in visible posterizing if you perform a lot of retouching on the images. However, if speed is what you're looking for, you'll be pleased to know that the N650U performs near the top of its class. The CanoScan makes a fair amount of noise during preview and low-resolution scans, or anytime the scan head moves quickly. Ironically, it's virtually silent during high-resolution scans, when the sensor moves slowly. Plus, it requires practically no warm-up time before the first scan. We particularly liked the CanoScan's double-hinged lid, which allows for the scanning of books and other large originals but doesn't come off like other flatbed lids we've encountered. In addition to PhotoStudio 2000, a capable image-manipulation program, Canon supplies ArcSoft PhotoBase, which lets you create photo albums and turn them into slideshows. OmniPage Pro 9.0 adeptly handles OCR chores, while Canon's own ScanGear Toolbox provides one-click destinations (e-mail, printer, fax, and so on) for your scans. It's unfortunate that these tools aren't tied together as a single cohesive suite. However, they provide virtually all the functionality one could want from a scanner.
This is one of the thinnest scanners I have ever used, it is only 1.3 inches thick by 10.1 inches wide and 14.7 inches in length. It weighs 3.1 pounds and comes with a five-foot cable. The five-foot USB cable is for the computer connection and power. (No AC plug in.) It is a Flatbed, color and monochrome scanner made for the PC and the Macintosh computers. It is a 600 by 1,200 dpi (Dots Per Inch) scanner that can with software go up to 9600 x 9600 dpi. It is a 42-bit (over four trillion colors) color and 14-bit grayscale scanner. It is easy to use, just plug the USB cable into a USB port and Windows will recognize it and then just follow the on screen instructions for your software installation. Requirements Macintosh - Mac OS 8.5 or later, Book, iMac, You will need a G3 or G4 processor. PC - Windows 98, Windows 2000 and ME You will need a Pentium 133MHz processor or higher. (The Windows ME needs a Pentium 150MHz processor or higher) PC & Macintosh 32MB RAM with 64MB recommended A USB port and a CD-ROM or DVD-ROM for software installation. A color monitor and display card with at least 800 x 600 resolution. Software They include ArcSoft PhotoStudio an easy to use photo editing application, this is a very nice program that even has Red-Eye Removal for maximum enhancements. There is also ArcSoft PhotoBase. Then there is ScanGear Toolbox a program that works with the scanner's start button to scan images, copy, attach images to e-mail messages or faxes. You also get CanoScan Toolbox to performing repetitive scanner functions with one touch of the start button with image edits and organizing an album of scanned images. Overall Here is a nice slim scanner for under $99 that is USB ready and easy to use. With this scanner you can also scan thicker objects like a book with their Z-Lid Expansion Top that lifts up
one inch vertically to accommodate thicker things to scan. The lid is light in weight and seems a little flimsy. There is a button that you can program on the front of it to make it a one touch scanner. The pictures scanned come out crystal clear and take from about 30 seconds to over one minute to scan, depending on you settings. Scanning in Grayscale also left them crystal clear. I scanned a text document and it looked pretty good with out using the OCR program to correct it, not perfect, but pretty good. Cannon includes enough software for everything you need to enhance you photos to making greeting cards. I really like this scanner, I highly recommend the CanoScan 650U
When I built my new computer I installed Windows ME and one casualty of this was my old scanner which being old and cheap was no longer supported on the manufacturers web site. So I approached replacing the scanner with some trepidation as I saw a number of horror stories regarding compatibility with ME. After reading positive reviews, postings in news groups and visiting various stores I decided to go for the Canoscan N650U and in my opinion it is certainly one of the best scanners around for the home or small business user. The scanner combines sleek slim supermodel looks with excellent performance and a price tag that is far to low for a product of this quality, The price at most Internet retailers is around £65 and the high street price is currently only around £69. The N650u is much smaller than the other scanners that I looked at, and also lightweight making it very portable. The double hinged z lid makes scanning books and magazines easier. The Canoscan was easy to install and I encountered no problems at all, it comes with clear simple instructions in a well laid out manual for Macintosh and Windows, and includes an alternative method for installation on Windows ME systems. It is very simple to use and the software supplied is good. Caere Omni page pro 9.0 OCR software has performed excellently Arcsoft Photobase is an image database Arcsoft Photostudio 2000 is a good image editor I prefer Paintshop pro for image editing but it again is easy to set up the scanner to scan direct into your favourite package at the touch of one button. There is no option for a film scanner adapter, but a film scanner is built into the N650u’s bigger brother the D660 Which is priced around £100 So in conclusion if you are looking for a quality brand name USB scanner at a low price, with a tiny footprint that performs as good as it looks, buy this one!
The new Canoscan N650U is in my opinion the best value for money you can get on the market today. Option wise this A4 scanner offers 42 bit colour at optical resolutions upto 600x1200dpi via USB port (meaning you can connect it to your laptop). It is superlight at only 1.5kg and also uses the new LIDE system (LED Indirect Exposure) technology instead of the usual lamp. Unlike other cheap scanner on the market, the 650U enables you to scan quite chunky books with apparent ease. I got this scanner for £75 off the internet, including shipping costs. I've talked to different people, and seen different retailers advertising this product and £75 seems to be just about the consensus price. If you can get it cheaper thats great, but dont pay any more for it! From the compact size of the box and its easy carry handle to the moment you actually install the scanner and get it fully operational, everything is as easy as pie....no hassles whatsoever. You open the box, attach the USB port to your laptop, install the software and your ready to go. Make sure you unlock the scanner by fliping it on its side and releasing the switch on the back. If you are the kind of person who wouldnt read the manual until you actually have a problem (which most of us are), this is something you are more likely going to miss. For the price, The Cannon 650U comes with a very good bundle of software (very similar to same range of scanners on the market). Nothing too flashy but everything you need to get the job done. One press on the front 'Launch' button on the scanner allows you to bring up a menu prompting you for which scanner program you would like to run. Quite a useful feature if your about to scan your entire photo Album!! Again, if you are a professional and are looking to do very demanding things, then this isnt the scanner for you. But if this is just for personal use or limited business use then its just the thing you need!!
My Trust scanner was bulky, and fairly reliable, but came to the end of its life! I decided I wanted a new slim line one. I scanned the Internet and finally decided on, the canon N65OU. It was attractive, easily installed, and easy to use, and best of all a decent price. I bought my Scanner at dabs.com, and paid around £64.00 for it. It was delivered the very next day, and in an excellent order. According to the instruction all I needed to do was plug it into my USB and follow the on screen instructions! I plugged the scanner in, and waited for the on screen instructions. They never came up! 'Argh! Scanner problem' I thought, so contacted the canon help line. The chap who answered the phone was really polite, and in no way made me feel inadequate, (as a lot of the help lines do seem to). He guided me through what he thought might have been the problem, and came the realisation that my USB was in fact not enabled. He advised me to contact my pc maker, who would guide me through my Bios and enable the USB. I did, and sure enough it worked, the on screen instructions were there! The set up was easy, just a click or two and all was done. It took just a few minutes. I couldn't wait to test the scanner so I scanned in some images, and sure enough they appeared, in excellent clarity. You get a selection of software including: Abode acrobat 4.0, Arcsoft photo suite 2000, and scan gear. Another good feature of this scanner is it has no power lead, which means no plug to find a socket for! It scanned an A4 size (its maximum size) in about a minute. All in all an excellent buy! System requirement are: Windows 98, 2000 pro, or ME IBM PC/AT compatible, USB port, CD drive 800 x 600 pixels Pentium 133 MHz or higher 32 MB RAM (though 64 MB is recommended)
I picked up the latest Canon Scanner for a mere ATS1690 (ca GBP75) and have been very impressed by its capabilities. Surprisingly, even though it offers better quality scanning (42 bit vs 36 bit) than the N630U it is still cheaper that its predecessor over here (only by 10 pounds!). This scanner is excellent, not least because as a USB device, it can be used on Macs or PCs. However you do need a newish operating system to operate the scanner (in order to support the USB port), namely Mac OS 8.5 or later on Win 98. The installation was a synch, as it is a Plug and Play USB scanner, and as a result doesn't require a power supply either. This helps to ease the general cabling mess that seems to happen otherwise. The drivers were very easy to install, and for someone starting out with a computer, the bundled software offers an easy way of getting started. The Scanner is bundled with Canon's Scangear Toolbox, Photostudio 2000 and Photobase, Caere Omnipage Pro (OCR software) as well as Acrobat Reader 4.0. There are electronic manuals which offer instant help and the installation booklet is easy to use and you can be up and running in a matter of minutes. The start button on the front of the scanner, can be configured to allow near "one-touch scanning" so that it automatically launches your graphics package. I have found it to run seamlessly with Photoshop 6.0 and have been impressed with the results that I had gained from it. The scanning interface is easy to use, and allows you to get what you want quickly, and there are a wide number of options, as well as further possibilities to customise settings. The results are very good indeed, and the A4 preview mode takes a mere 15 seconds, and the scanner is quick. The start button on the front can be configured to open up your existing graphics package, and if you are scanning from books, the lid accomodates even quite hefty books. The scanner is also
very small, being only just bigger than A4, and only 1 1/2 inches deep. Instead of the conventional scanner lamp, the scanner has a an array of LEDs which also help to keep the power consumption to a minimum. For a home scanner I would say that although you can pick up products for cheaper, the 75 pounds you spend on this scanner is definitely money well spent.