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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful.
Very Good Scanner -- Works with Vista
So far, I'm pretty pleased with this CanoScan LiDE 600F scanner. After my old Epson 1200U scanner died, I started researching scanners again. I was somewhat depressed when I noticed that most of scanners sold these days are huge. Luckily, this scanner counters that trend. It's got a nice, small footprint and, best of all, doesn't need a separate power connection. Plus, Canon's web site has Vista drivers (as of this writing, version 12.1.2, released June 2007). Since I'm using my own applications instead of what comes with the scanner, all I had to do was download those drivers, install them, then plug the scanner into a USB port. Everything works fine (not the buttons, I haven't set those up yet). Some observations:
- I don't know why, maybe the scanner does some kind of automatic processing on the scans, but the scans I'm getting seem crisper and clearer (at the same resolution/color settings) than did those from my Epson.
- The driver is very good at finding the area I want scanned and automatically cropping it. I haven't had to adjust the crop area yet. With the Epson, I always had to adjust it.
- The speed is pretty much a draw. The physical scan (movement of the scanning bar up and down the platen) takes slighly more time than the Epson, but the transfer of control and data back to my calling program is faster.
- The sound isn't loud, but it has a rougher tone to it than the Epson.
- The only real negative I can find directly attributed to the scanner is the magnetic "latch" on the cover. In theory, it seems like a good way to keep the cover closed (especially when the scanner is in its space-saving, upright mode). But, in practice, the magnets just make it hard to open the lid. If there were more of a lip available for grabbing the lid, it might not be as bothersome. But, as is, I wish I could remove those magnets.
I do have one other problem with the scanner. But, I'm not sure if it's caused by my scanning software (Acrobat 7.0.9) or by the driver. Every time I tell Acrobat to go to the scanner and get a document, the scanner defaults back to Black & White mode. No matter what I do, I can't get it to stick across sessions in Grayscale mode. I'm going to have to try installing Canon's Vista Toolbox software and set up the buttons. Maybe I'll be able to do Grayscale scans from one of them. But, I'd much prefer working from within my application and calling the scanner instead of working within the scanner and calling the application.
Ignoring the difficulty I'm having with default settings (since that could be my fault), I rate this scanner at a Very Good four stars out of five. If I could get rid of those lid magnets, it would probably be very close to a five star scanner.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
I was quite disappointed as it otherwise appeared to be the perfect solution ...
By D. Levine
Beware, there are no drivers for Mac OS10.9 or 10.10. I was quite disappointed as it otherwise appeared to be the perfect solution for my very compact workspace, with the fold-up option for storage. Cute, but a cute dinosaur, at least in the Mac world.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful. See all 68 customer reviews...
LiDE 600F makes portable scanning easy
By Barbara Brookin
I purchased the LiDE 600F specifically to travel with me for use with my laptop. Both fit - tightly - in my large laptop bag, meaning the scanner doesn't increase the amount of luggage I must carry. I'm a genealogist, and my primary use is to scan photos, negatives, and documents when doing research.
The 600F scans images and 35 mm negatives very well. I use the OS X operating system on my laptop and had no difficulty setting up or using either the software or hardware. The lack of a separate power supply and cord for the scanner is appreciated. Cords and power supplies are a pain to pack and unravel.
The warnings on in the enclosed operating manual make the scanner sound fragile, but it's held up well to date. My only complaint is that there is no included option to scan negatives for types of film other than 35 mm. My family was apparently big into the old 110 stuff, and I have a professionally done negative that is as large as the resulting photo. I'm going to have to search for/create a method of scanning these. However, this scanner has met and exceeded my expectations for the price.