I was in the market for a new scanner as my old HP 2400 was not doing a particularly good job. I don't scan all that much so I was looking for something cheap and cheerful, and I'm pleased to say that the Canon LiDE 100 fits the bill nicely.
It is compact and very light, making it extremely portable and easy to store when not in use (I don't keep the scanner permanently connected due to space constraints around my desk). Brilliantly, it takes its power from the USB connection to your PC rather than a huge separate power supply, meaning one less cable and power socket to worry about. If you are planning on using the scanner a lot with a laptop, I imagine it would drain the battery quite a bit.
Set-up was simple, just install the software (included is Canon's Navigator scanning software plus a copy of Arcsoft's PhotoStudio), reboot your PC, plug in the scanner and off you go.
Scanned images look good straight off the bat, and a little tinkering gets great results. Auto cropping is surprisingly accurate, which makes the scanning of photographs less of a chore.
The black colour scheme and low profile make the LiDE 100 quite pleasant to look at (well, for a flatbed scanner anyway). Using the buttons on the front is simple enough, I managed to produce a copy straight from the scanner to my printer just by pressing the relevant button and no other set-up involved.
Speed isn't this machine's strength, and it is slower than other scanners I have used, but having said that it isn't exactly snail's pace so nothing to worry about.
I highly recommend the Canon LiDE 100, it does a great job at a good price. Well worth purchasing if you do an average to low volume of scanning and you don't want your scanner to take up too much room.