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Canon CanoScan Lide 20

Canon CanoScan Lide 20
alaScore 76

143 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 143 reviews from magazines and websites.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Scanners the Canon CanoScan Lide 20 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 76/100 = Good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 143 reviews)

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Canon CanoScan LiDE 20 600 x 600dpi 48bit USB Interface Flatbed Scanner


Replaced a Epson with it Great littel scanner & easy to use as pie all in all best bang for the buck love it :)

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Maybe i'm out of luck?


Just got this item today and tried to scan some pix but very disappointed. Perhaps I'm out of luck getting a broken scanner. This is the message I received when trying to scan a pix: "Release the lock switch, detach the USB cable and reconnect....

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awesome deal


got this to replace old scanner and to hook up to my motherlaws computer because old one would'nt work anymore. orderedd on the 6th got it today dang new egg thats fast. nice software package and no power cable to plug in.


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Canon CanoScan LiDE 20 600 x 600dpi 48bit USB Interface Flatbed Scanner


I did some research before buying, and this scanner was the Consumer Reports best buy! And let me tell you, it was for a good reason. Now this here, folks, is a bang for your buck item. It's a little slow, but I'm not complaining. The use of the USB...

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Great Product, Great Price


Picked this up for unde rxx after Tax&Shipping, Thanks NewEgg. Super fast delivery! Awesome product right out of the box, scans quickly and easily, the programs are not like the usual crap software that scanners use. This is a Great Buy!

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Excellent scanner


Great scanner with CanoScan Toolbox software. Lets you scan documents in pdf, jpg, bmp and tiff formats with multiple settings. You can also save multiple pages under one pdf file.

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Great Scanner at a great Price


incredible price, ease of use


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Linux Users: This one works!


This scanner is compatible with Linux. It "just works" through SANE, no special drivers needed.

It's only 600x600 though quality is as good as many with higher resolution. USB powered.

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Canon CanoScan LiDE 20


great value, good product, awesome price. software that comes with it is good. comsumer reports rated a best buy. never any problems had for 2 year through 2 moves across country. recommend to anyone

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Canon CanoScan LiDE 20 Flatbed Scanner


The Canon LiDE 20 is a slim (just 1.4") and inexpensive USB 2.0 scanner. I got it a couple years ago and it is still going strong. It looks nice and does not require separate power cable. The power is provided ...

Low price, high scan speed and quality, bundled software, compact size, no power cable

Requires powered USB hub (at least on some computers), no film scanning


Product Specifications

The CanoScan LiDE 20 USB flatbed scanner is one of the world's most compact flatbeds - still, it offers big performance and big savings. Just over an inch high, it packs in all the features you need to scan images, copy documents or e-mail your favorite photos. All with true "one-touch" operation. The LiDE 20 scanner is so intuitive and easy to use, first-time users can get expert results in remarkable color resolution up to 600 x 1200 dpi and up to 48-bit depth with over 281 trillion possible colors. To scan, just place the photo on the platen and push the "scan" button - that's it. "Copy" and "e-mail" functions are just as simple. Set up and operation is made even easier with just one cable for power and USB - no extra AC adapter needed. Scan multiple photos at once with the push of a button. "Multi-Scan mode" is automatically activated and scans all the pictures in a single pass, preparing a separate image file for each. It will even adjust any slightly misaligned photos. Scanning multi-pages into a PDF file is just as easy. Innovative software even allows you to save your images directly to CDs as easily as scan, click and burn. The LiDE 20 scanner is small but can tackle the big jobs. The exclusive Z-Lid expansion top lifts 1" high and stays flat for scanning books and magazines. Most other scanner covers lift only at an angle, often resulting in poor scans. Canon integrated QARE 2.0 (Quality Automatic Retouching and Enhancement) technology is designed to help perfect every scan by automatically removing much of the dirt and scratches from images, helping you to look like a pro.

Dimensions & Weight



Compatibility:Mac / PC
Country Kits:United States
Model:LiDE 20
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon CanoScan


Color Depth:48-bit color
Document Feeder Type:Manual load
Form Factor:Desktop
Grayscale Depth:16-bit (64K gray levels)
Input Type:Color
Interface Type:Hi-Speed USB
Max H-Optical Resolution:600dpi
Max Supported Document Size:8.5 in x 11.7 in
Max Supported Media Size:8.5 in x 11.7 in
Max V-Optical Resolution:1200dpi
Media Feeder Type:Manual load
Supported Document Type:Plain paper / Bulk objects (such as books)
Supported Media Type:Bulk objects (such as books) / Plain paper
Type:Flatbed scanner

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

System Requirements

OS Required:Apple MacOS 9.0 or later / Apple MacOS 9.x / Apple MacOS X 10.1 or later / Microsoft Windows 98/ME/2000 / Microsoft Windows XP