Summary: First the good points: the scanner does actually work, and doesn't cost much. The negatives, however, are many. The driver is slow, performing a length recalibration before every scan. There isn't a WIA driver available, only TWAIN, so stuff like the Windows 'scan now' context menu item just don't work. The provided 'Scan Toolbox' software is ugly, slow, and horrible to use if you're scanning more than a few documents. The front panel buttons break easily.
Summary: I have a problem with the first scan, other then that, when it scans it does a beautiful job.. Maybe it is just me.. Slim design and the variety of functions is the reason I bought it.. So I highly recommend it...
Summary: I got a great deal on this scanner so I couldn't pass it up. I did initially have some installation issues in windows XP that took some time to get straightened out. The scanner produces nice scans and is very fast via the USB 2.0 connection. But over the last few months I've devoloped a weird haze on the underside of the glass and Canon seems less than enthusiastic about fixing or replacing it.
Summary: The buttons on the front of the scanner don't work as advertised, so I have to go in through the software to initiate a scan. Scans are slow but good enough quality. You're better off spending a little more money for a quality product.
Summary: I must confirm with the other reviewers that the adjusting the lamp for every scan is a little annoying, but the multi-photo feature does save time in the scanning process. It's a great deal for 50 dollars.
Summary: The scanner arrived while I was at home and my non-tech savvy girlfriend setup it within a few minutes. The software that comes with the D1250U2 is pretty much all you need to start scanning images ASAP. I must have scanned 75+ items in the first night with no problems, the 5-10 second initialization delay for each scan didnt seem to keep me from being productive. Every image looks clear and identically colorful to it's original.
Summary: If you're looking for real high quality scans, look elsewhere and expect to pay for it. This scanner works just fine. Especially, for the low price. I'm not sure why people have "bitched about not getting a good scan"...Maybe they don't read the instructions that come with the scanner or don't know how to adjust the scan with the software it comes with.....Maybe they don't even calibrate their monitor correctly..
Summary: I bought this scanner due to its low price and the many reviews that gave it it high marks for its scanned images. Canon also offers the D1250U2F model which allows you to scan film and slides. Since I mainly wanted a scanner to scan documents (not photos) and since I have a computer with a USB 2.0 port, I chose the D1250U2 model instead. I've had it a couple weeks and am very happy with the quality of the scans.