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Canon CanoScan N656U USB Flatbed Scanner

by Canon

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  • Flatbed scanner with 600 x 1,200 dpi resolution
  • Metallic finish
  • Expansion top for scanning bulky items
  • 1 cable for USB and power
  • Ultra-slim--just over 1 inch high
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 9.8 x 2 inches ; 3.3 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 5 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00004Y66U
  • Item model number: N656U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 4, 1999

Product Description

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The Canon CanoScan N656U USB flatbed scanner scans as great as it looks. Housed in a high-tech metallic finish, this ultra-slim, 1-inch-high desktop scanner is ready to go anywhere. Simply connect the combined USB and power cable to either a Macintosh or PC, and you're done. Nothing else is required. No separate power cords or transformers.

Push one single button and you can scan photos, articles, or drawings at 600 x 1,200 dpi. With 42-bit color capabilities, this scanner treats you to more than 4 trillion possible colors for sharp and vibrant images.

Canon's exclusive Z-Lid expansion top means you can scan bulky objects such as books and magazines. The Z-Lid has a special expansion hinge so you can lift it vertically, rather than at an angle as with other scanners. The result is that your object can rest completely flat on the surface.

Special software for this scanner, provided by Canon, helps you optimize your photos, manipulate images, and integrate text and graphics into your creations.

The N656U weighs only 3.3 pounds and measures 10.2 by 14.7 by 1.3 inches. It comes with a one-year limited warranty and the Canon Extended Service Plan. --Linda Anderson


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This scanner is very easy to install.
Harry Puppins
The supplied software is not bad, though if you already have a good image editor like PaintShopPro you might want to use that for acquiring and editing your scans.
pm444
The USB power supply is also great for small spaces.
Oscar G.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By pm444 on July 7, 2001
I've been putting off getting a scanner because they seem to be one of the most problematic peripherals that one can attach to a PC. .... I ordered the CanoScan 656, and so far, have been very happy with the results.
First, setup on my 1 Ghz P-III running WinME was fast and easy. The supplied software is not bad, though if you already have a good image editor like PaintShopPro you might want to use that for acquiring and editing your scans. I have had a few unexplained software crashes, but nothing (so far) that would make me dissatisfied with the scanner. If the problems continue, I will switch to PSP or MS Picture It for acquiring my scans, but if you don't have alternate software, be aware that there could be difficulties with what comes in the box.
The USB cable fits the PC fine, but the plug into the scanner is not very secure, so you have to be careful to not let it get inadvertently bumped out of place (I read in a review of a similar Canon scanner that the owner pushed the back of the scanner up against the wall to keep the plug from sliding out). It's great to not have to fool around with the parallel port, and even better to have the scanner powered via the USB connection.
I'm only giving it 4 stars due to the loose plug and the software, but the quality of the scans is excellent, at least for my purposes. My first scan was a small wallet-sized picture, and at output of 200 dpi, I got a great image that I was able to enlarge to 5x7 and looked even sharper than the original. I also have scanned several full-page photos from magazines.... and got a warning from the software that I needed to make an adjustment or I'd get distortion. I ignored the warning and sure enough, got the predicted distortion. Second time, I made the recommended change and got outstanding results.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Startide Rising on January 21, 2001
Although this scanner uses lower-cost CIS instead of CCD sensors, its output quality is very good. Where it lacks a little is in the dynamic colour range; for greyscale and B/W, I cannot tell the difference from consumer-grade CCD units. I like its thinness, and to Canon's credit, the bottom of the scanner is also fairly smooth so that it won't snag on anything when you insert it into your briefcase. Yes, it has a small footprint in addition to being thin. One nitpick I have is that it sometimes draws so much current when it is first connected (large inrush current), that it may turn off the hub because has a large initial current draw (I use Belkin and other brand hubs, and all have the occasional effect). Because of this, I usually plug it into a separate hub of its own, so that if that hub goes down, I can reset it easily without affecting any other USB devices. Only twice so far has the N656U surprised me when it triggered the laptop's USB current protection when I plugged it into the laptop directly without using a powered hub to isolate it from the laptop.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. Vail on January 10, 2001
Setup was a breeze on Windows ME. The USB works flawlessly. I can move it around between the USB port on the back of my PC and my powered hub and it is always recognized and ready to go. It's a pleasure to use. The twain drivers work great from all of the applications I have tried.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bino Family on October 22, 2001
I love it even after a year of use. I did have a few initial problems with software installation but I love the Arcsoft photo studio. I use it for editing my scanned photo's and I am very pleased with the results. I even managed to scan a very old photo (sepia) that my daughter had drawn on. I edited it with the Arcsoft program and you can't tell it was ever damaged. The results are fast and quality. The usb plug in is also a dream come true. I had no more plugs left behind my computer and my strips were full.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bob Zeidler on April 26, 2003
Those looking for an inexpensive but versatile light-duty scanner need look no further than this CanonScan N650U device.

Some time back, I had been looking for just such a scanner for "occasional" use, and comparisons among those available were easily narrowed down to this unit.

The CanonScan 650U is a "universal" (PC/Mac) device using the now-ubiquitous USB interface. The bundled software (on CD-ROM) is easily installed, and provides a great deal of flexibility to how the scanner is used, the image-file formats in which scanned images may be saved, and the color (or gray scale) depth, resolution and sharpness of scanned images. The menu-driven features are largely intuitive for anyone not a total "newbie" to scanners, but the bundled software also includes very detailed and comprehensive documentation (in the form of Adobe Acrobat pdf files).

Results, in the form of scanned (and printable and/or transmittable) images, are superb, with excellent detail and resolution and accurate rendering of tonal and color scales. The design of the cover, with its clever "Z" hinge, permits scanning of pages of fairly thick books, if need be. A button on the front of the scanner, when pressed, will automatically launch the program so that a scan (or a "preview") can be made; alternatively, the program can be launched manually using a desktop alias or shortcut.

The image-manipulation menu allows for a very wide degree of control over how the scanned image can be "finalized." Tonal and color scales and image contrast can be extended or compressed, or distorted for special effects. Sharpness (separate from choice of resolution, in pixels) can be enhanced by degrees, or even thoroughly "customized.
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