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Vine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
This is a well-made unit apart from, perhaps, the paper guides which feel a little flimsy.
The scanner has 2 modes of operation, selected by a switch on the rear; with the Auto Start switch set to off the scanner operates as a normal Twain scanner, with the switch set to on the scanner appears to the computer as an external drive and the OnTouch Lite software can be installed, useful for installing on any computer. I've shown this in the video.
A CD is supplied and this has the full Ontouch software for a permanent installation.
The scanner is powered by the USB port, the unit requires up to 500mA, which means a USB 2.0 port is needed.
Loading the paper requires care, large pieces of paper sag and it would be useful to have a central support on the feed. The default settings are 200dpi and it scans to pdf but these can be changed, maximum resolution is 600dpi. Double sided paper is automatically scanned.
Scan quality is good and the auto-feeder is precise.
Canon sell an add-on wireless unit, I tried the scanner with the Kingston Mobilite Wireless unit and although it powered the unit and I could see a USB drive I couldn't access it.
Overall a really useful, quality unit.
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VINE VOICEon 14 August 2013
Vine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
This scanner does what it says on the tin - you can quickly scan documents which will run through the document feeder.

From opening the box to scanning my first document was 10 mins. I think it would have been quicker, but I was a little confused about whether I needed to install the computer software or not. There is a manual in the box, which is unusual these days, but it was not entirely clear:

Page 1 = Step 1 - check that everything is in the box
Page 2 = "install the following software necessary for using the scanner from the supplied Setup Disc"
Page 4 = describes the two ways of using the scanner - with the onboard software (CaptureOn Touch Lite) so that "you can scan from a computer that does not have a scanner driver installed" and using the software on the disc (CaptureOn Touch).
Page 5 = Step 2 - Scanning with CaptureOn Touch Lite (the one that does not require the software to be installed.

The conclusion I reached, after installing the software as instructed, was that this was not necessary to use the scanner. I looked at the software and I could not really see a difference - they are both set to use the automatic image settings that the scanner is set up with, but I looked at the advanced settings and they looked the same for both versions of the software. Perhaps I will discover the differences with continued use.

I was pleased with the first scan - I tested it on a bank statement and the scanner automatically scanned both sides without me having to instruct it to do so. That was a very smart feature. The text and images on the scanned document were clear and I was very happy with the result.

Being a portable scanner (it will just about fit in my laptop case with my laptop and it is powered by the USB cable so there are no bulky cables to carry about) there are trade-offs in function. For example, this scanner is only suitable for documents that can physically pass through the scanner - you cannot scan a page from a book or large documents, which you could with a flatbed scanner or roller scanner. As a result, its use could be limited. Similarly, very small items cannot be scanned. I was hoping that I might be able to use the scanner to digitize old family photographs (having carefully tested it first to be happy that it was not going to do any damage to the photographs) but there is a minimum document size of 5x7 cm. A lot of the older photograpsh are much smaller than that.

If you need to scan a lot of A4 documents, this will be a very useful piece of kit - whether you use it at home or when out and about. If you need to scan anything more unusual, you should look very carefully at the specs before choosing this scanner. It may be that a flatbed scanner or a roller style scanner will be more useful for you.
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on 24 June 2014
Perfect for infrequent home use; scanning the credit card bills, etc. Nice compact size and takes power from the USB, so it's nice and easy to keep lying around and plug in to use on demand without faffing with lots of cables. Probably a bit lightweight for regular SOHO use, though it coped fine with my 5 years worth of post scanning backlog. Exactly what you need for going pure digital.

The arms aren't perfect at keeping multi-page documents straight, but they do a good job. Most of the time, scanning is a one button push-to-scan-and-save-to-disk affair. But if it jams (fortunately rare), a minor annoying feature in the canon software means that it starts appending all subsequent pages to the same file. I once ended up with a 40 page monster before I realised what had happened!

My pro tip; if you use a mac, try using Hazel for automated OCR detection for moving and renaming files as they get scanned. I have it set up so that regular post (credit card bills, utility bills, bank statements etc) get renamed and moved to the right directory. Means I literally put the document in the scanner, push the button, and end up with a properly named file in the right directory, without having to touch my laptop.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 19 August 2013
Vine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
If your scanning requirements are of a quite straightforward variety then this bit of equipment is going to be right up your street.
It couldn't be much easier to operate -
Switch the auto start switch on the back of the unit to 'ON'.
Plug it into an available USB port on your computer
Open the front flap
Double click on the software icon when it appears on the desktop.
Now, pull out the guide arms and insert something to scan - paper or thin card will go through as it's a flatbed scanner. The scan will run and then you will be prompted to name and select a storage place for your scans.
I found that embroidery was a scan too far for this model, so don't try that at home!
You can also opt to go to manual control and select the dpi of the scan, the output size and whether to scan one or both sides of the document.
It will scan a number of sheets using the 'continuous scanning' mode, but I prefer to do each sheet by hand.
If you want to use the scanner with your own software you will need to load the software that comes on disc with the scanner or download from the Canon website. This will make it visible to your system.
This is a very good piece of kit; simple to use and efficient at what it does. It is quiet and does not need a power supply, as power comes through the USB cable. It will scan documents with ease, and will even give a passable scan of a photograph when the manual controls are used. I have attached a photo scan to the product page to give an idea - this scan is from a "proper" photo (chemicals not digital) in auto mode. The original image is 7" by 5".
It's not perfect, and it can't compete with "proper" scanners, but for the money, and to say it is a portable device, I think it will take some beating.
It even comes with a small drawstring bag to protect it when carrying about in bag or briefcase.
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on 30 April 2013
I purchased the product to scan a few documents on a weekly basis. The scanner worked perfectly after downloading the software for the Mac platform from Canon, and literally within ten minutes of un-boxing I could scan and save to directly to my Mac Mini or email to my cloud account. It is cleverly constructed and although the little paper guide arms look flimsy, they are actually quite robust and stiff enough to ensure that input papers run through the scanner straight and true. It is small enough to be left on the office desk all day, but light enough to be removed every afternoon if necessary. A bonus is the single-pass dual-sided scanning. Definitely recommended for home user.
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Vine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
As soon as the box arrived I could see that this scanner was very compact and very light. In fact I started to wonder whether it would be up to the job at all. Initial thoughts on removing the scanner from the box were that it appeared to be quite sturdy - which you would expect from a manufacturer such as Canon. It claims that you can use it out of the box and that you don't require drivers. Very useful if you have to use it with different laptops for example. So does that work? There is no power lead - this scanner is powered through the USB cable. Once plugged in a dialogue box opens asking you if you want to launch the software - it's built in to the scanner and so you don't have to download any drivers - nice touch!

The instructions regarding a switch on the back are important - so don't simply plug it in and expect it to work without reading them! The software that comes with the scanner will scan and save documents as pdf, TIFF, JPEG, PPTX or BMP. Quite useful I tried to use it with OmniPage and found that there were a few steps I had to go though to get the software to recognise the scanner. This could easily have been due to OmniPage rather than the scanner. However a top tip - if things don't seem to be installing simply unplug and plug back in and it loads rather nicely!

This is a colour scanner and the images are very clear and crisp. One feature I found by accident is that it detects whether there is text or pictures on either side of the paper fed in and will scan both sides at once - excellent.

There are, however, a couple of downsides. The scanner has fold out guides so that the paper can be fed through the scanner and remain straight. These are extremely fiddly and you need to be careful when feeding single sheets through as it is quite tricky ensuring that the paper is under the lip of the guide and is flat. A further point about the guides is that they appear to be quite flimsy. Time will tell how long these will last. They are adjustable though and so make scanning any size document (up to about A4) relatively easy.

A further point is that the scanner won't cope with 4 or 5 sheets of reasonably thick paper (such as utility bills) these had to be fed through individually. Lighter weight paper such as printed A4 documents could easily be batched and fed through in bulk. Not a deal breaker by any means but useful to know.

The scanner comes packaged in a drawstring bag which is useful for protecting the scanner whilst on the move.

Up to now I have been using a flatbed scanner to scan documents - this small scanner has made it much easier for me to scan documents and has provided me with a much more productive work flow!
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on 22 January 2015
Some paper is a bit noisy when feeding through with a strange 'squeaking' sound, it's not an overly offensive sound but initially unexpected - read somewhere it may be to do with the way it prevents multiple pages feeding at once, but it seems to be getting quieter, and is also mentioned in the manual. It has a selector on the back which, when enabled, has a portable version of the scanning software built in. Full-featured, too - I only installed the full software on my PC to see if it was any different.

Decent scans, compact unit and fast enough for general use and archival of documents. If you're considering it, don't let this odd noise dissuade you, it's a good piece of kit.
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Canon's P-208 scanner is USB-powered, good for limited home use and also portable as it's quite lightweight and compact.

Single-side and duplex scanning in colour are offered via a rather flimsy document feeder with small fold-out arms, and although scanning is quite slow it's acceptable for the limited-volume use intended by the designers (fastest my P-208 has scanned is 8x pages/minute for simple monochrome documents). For its size and for the price, scan quality is very good. Document saving in various formats including pdf are offered, and the scanned docs may be sent to different destinations such as desktop, folders, printer, or straight to email.

Installable software on a CD is included, but I've used it with a notebook where the software was not installed and it still worked, though possibly some of the functionality options may have been absent.

Overall: OK as a home scanner for low-volume use, and lightweight enough to use on the move. It would be rather slow for heavy duty use or large volumes of pages, but it's not designed for that.
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on 25 March 2014
Very good quality scans. Duplex possible. Extremely easy to use software.
Easily create multi-page PDF files.
Feed the paper through straight can be a challenge sometimes but not as bad as I would expect for the size.
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on 3 March 2015
Does what it says on the tin very good product and seems very solid
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