Summary: After my beloved Visioneer scanner died, I purchased the Canon LiDE200. Does a great job on my daily scans, everything grayscale to color photographs. The scanner driver is stable and ties into all the programs that I am using. It gets its power through the USB cord, i.e. you rid yourself of one power supply. The generic software provides basic image editing and processing functionality, but I usually use PhotoShop or Paint Shop Pro for more complex tasks.
Summary: I previously owned a Canon LIDE 80 Scanner. When I upgraded to Windows 7 64bit, the scanner was not compatible with the Operating System. As a result, I had to replace the scanner. I purchased the LIDE 200 scanner and right away noticed the flimsy construction of the scanner. After a short while, the scanner started squeaking at the joints when the lid was opened and closed. I rarely used the scanner (perhaps I scanned 200 images?
Summary: This scanner worked at first. The quality is nice when it does work. Then it did not work most of the time. I kept getting error messages saying that it was not plugged in, even though it was making scanner noises, and of course, was plugged in. So I am recycling it, and getting a scanner that is not a Canon brand.
Summary: During the 15 months that it worked, it worked well. However, it did not hold up to light use (one to three times a week). I used it one day & two days later it stopped working. The buttons did not respond & the software could not communicate with the scanner. I tried reloading the software & with a clean install on a different machine with the same results. Wrote Canon about it, they said sorry.
Summary: This is a wonderful zero hassle scanner. It's very compact (fits with my laptop in my laptop bag), doesn't require a power cord (powers over USB), and scans reasonably quickly. I scan both drawn line art and photos and I've been happy with the output of both though I'm no professional by any means. If you want a simple inexpensive flatbed scanner that scans well and reasonably quickly with no hassle I would recommend buying this one.
Summary: Bought this scanner to replace an older Canon that was dropped and broken. This model is much faster and higher quality than the previous one. The software is a little tricky at first compared to the old version, but once you use it a couple times, it becomes very quick and easy to master.
Summary: I bought this scanner twice (!) for my husband, who travels and does research in libraries and archives. He needed a scanner for documents and occasionally for photos, and this one is small and light and easy to carry and use. After a while, though, the first one developed a horrible screeching noise and eventually refused to complete a scan.