Nice scanner, must have dvd drive to install all software
Ceridwen "VR", Amazon
10 August 2014
Summary: Nice scanner, but needs a dvd for installation. Note for some newer laptops this might be an issue as they do not have a dvd drive. I thought I would be able to down load all of the needed software and was disappointed to have to use the dvd. Maybe the new model will not have this issue, don't know. But for all of those users with new MacBooks (no dvd drive) I thought I would mention this.
Summary: Pros: - Works out of the box without any additional drivers (Linux). - Small device - Simple design - Fast at lower resolutions Cons: - Canon's current windows software sucks really. I am sorry to say that. But I was expecting something like the old simple CanoScan Scangear. A simple scanner should have also a simple SW user interface. - Respect, how well the setting for the higher resolutions are hidden. - Resolutions higher than 1200dpi are useless.
Conclusion: Pros - Easy to use for average users. Single cord - no need for a power cord or power supply brick. This is a major plus if you're traveling with this scanner, or occasionally need to place it in the middle of a large table to scan large items. Neutral - Not any faster than the 12+ year-old scanner it was replacing.
Excerpt: I got this scanner to replace a 5 year old Canon Lide scanner, which worked well and simply - until it died a month ago. With this new scanner it took over 15 minutes to get to the point where I could start to scan, between the CD installation process with many prompts, plus being sent to the Canon site twice to retreive and then give information.
Conclusion: Horrible software packages. Finding the right way through complicated, over-sophisticated menus to find a simple way to scan a document and save it is a big hassle. After reinstalling my PC I thought it would be a shortcut to download the software, but I still had to download, try, delete a couple of packages. Why does it have to be so time consuming to get going with this scanner???
Summary: I would not recommend this product. The software was very difficult to understand. We needed the help of our son a computer expert to figure it out. We were ready to return item until he helped us out. Once installed and after some use, it was OK. The installation also said "a driver was missing" but that did not hurt ultimate use.
Summary: Don't scan material from a heavy book like a textbook. You'll scratch the inside glass. If you're looking to scan anything with any weight to it they designed this thing to have sharp bits on the scanner head which then scratches the inside of the glass. If you're looking to just scan single sheets or photographs then +1 star.