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Canon Canoscan Lide 500F

Canon Canoscan Lide 500F
alaScore 80

159 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 159 reviews from magazines and websites.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Scanners the Canon Canoscan Lide 500F is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 80/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 159 reviews)

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Canon CanoScan LiDE 500F


File the Canon CanoScan LiDE 500 ($129.99 direct) under good things in small packages. At 1.3 by 10.9 by 15.5 inches and 4 pounds, it's small enough to qualify as portable. And although the lack of an ADF limits its usefulness for general office...

Good scan quality. Color restore feature revives old photos. Scans directly to PDF format. Built-in stand for vertical setup to take up minimum desk space

Dust- and scratch-removal feature doesn't do much. Film scanning is cumbersome. Can't scan slides. No ADF

The Canon CanoScan LiDE 500 is small and light enough to be portable, yet it offers reasonable scan quality along with an OCR program and the ability to scan directly to PDF format. A nice touch is a built-in stand that gives you the option to set it...

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CanoScan LiDE 500F


The great-looking scanner is a good buy for those folks with limited desktop space, but the scans aren't quite up to the standards set by its more expensive siblings.

Highly flexible design ; powered through USB port ; inexpensive

Modest film-scanning capabilities ; scans are a little dark

At 1.3 inches thick, this silver-colored scanner can easily be mistaken for a 17-inch PowerBook. But beyond looks, the LiDE's clever design allows the lid to bend over backward, literally, so you can scan oversized objects like books and magazines. The...

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Good Deal


New Mac driver on Canon web site. Vertical placement is cool, don't know if it works with my workflow. High resolution makes dust appear easily. Don't place next to an open window while scanning, keep microfiber towel/Viva Paper Towels (soft &...

Great Price, faster than my LiDE 25 (USB 1.0), makes cool, quiet sounds when scanning, compact size, 1 cable design allows putting away (back in box) easy, negative scanner capability, silly buttons are actually useful (when re-programed). OmniPage SE...

NewEgg photo is wrong (Looks more like the LiDE 700F) Mac CanoScan Toolbox X has clunky interface, default scans are JPEG (change settings to a lossless format, like TIFF), installation is weird, but not impossible. Doesn't have holder for slides (but...


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Canon CanoScan LiDE500F


Newegg always provides great price and services. This scanner is very light weight and thin It's worth for money

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Canon Scanner



I really liked the whole stand bit, it will utilize space plus looks good. Plus the quality of the scans were really good for the purposes that I bought it for. The software that came with the scanner although a bit complex was actually very useful

The user interface was a bit complex from your run of the mill scanners but once you get the hang of it you will have no problem

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works in windows XP 64!


overall worth it, a great buy.

fast, no power adapter to worry about, decent quality, compact size, vertical stand, and works in xp64

documentation and the scan quality could be a tiny bit better

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Great Scanner


Scanner was easy to use after a quick setup

Thin, light, fast scans

None so far

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Canon CanoScan LiDE 500F 2400 dpi 48bit USB Interface Flatbed, color and monochrome Scanner


Google 'SANE project' for info on scanning in linux. It appears support for the CanoScan 500F is pending. Many earlier Canon models are already fully supported.

The ability to orient the scanner nearly vertically was what sold me on this model. Scanner was up and running within minutes. Image quality has been terrific thus far

Poor linux support. Unfortunately, Canon continues to irrationally refuse the dissemination of technical information necessary for the development of linux drivers. Also, the USB jack is inexplicably on the same end of the scanner as the quick-action...

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CanoScan Toolbox Flaky on Win2K


With work-arounds for Toolbox, I'm happy with the scanner but annoyed enough to lower my rating by one.

Nice desktop footprint. Hardware as advertised

The CanonScan Tookbox goes into "task not responding" mode often. Works best when started from scanner buttons. Canon tech support couldn't solve. Driver works from other apps just fine

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Great Scanner


I am an adjuster and this unit has held up well thru some heavy daily field work. The software is very practical. The USB2 makes a difference. It is powered by the USB port. I have had other scanners and the software makes the difference for me. Great...

I only have one

Product Specifications

The LiDE 500F combines breath-takingly slender design, outstanding functionality and an ultra-stylish finish. Drawing all the power it needs from a USB 2.0 Hi-Speed connection, the scanner's slim size and integrated stand allow you to operate your scanner in a variety of different ways - even upright. When the scanner is upright, a double hinge lid allows 'drop-in' scanning. With the stand folded away, open the lid completely out to scan oversize objects such as maps or posters. The lid also opens parallel to accept bulky items such as books.

Dimensions & Weight



Compatibility:Mac / PC
Model:LiDE 500F
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon CanoScan


Color Depth:48-bit color
Document Feeder Type:Manual load
Grayscale Depth:16-bit (64K gray levels)
Input Type:Color
Interface Type:Hi-Speed USB
Max H-Optical Resolution:2400dpi
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:4800dpi
Media Feeder Type:Manual load
Supported Document Type:Plain paper / Bulk objects (such as books) / Film
Supported Media Type:Bulk objects (such as books) / Film / Plain paper
Type:Flatbed scanner

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

System Requirements

OS Required:Apple MacOS X 10.2 / Apple MacOS X 10.2.7 or later / Microsoft Windows 2000 / XP / Microsoft Windows 98/ME