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Canon Canoscan N1220U

Canon Canoscan N1220U
alaScore 75

123 reviews

Jul, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 123 reviews of Canon Canoscan N1220U. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Scanners for all reviews.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Scanners the Canon Canoscan N1220U is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 75/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 29 user reviews of Canon Canoscan N1220U from The average user rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Scanners on

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This summary is based on the products: Canon CanoScan N1220U ScannerCanon CanoScan N1220U Scanner

Jul, 2018

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Canon CanoScan N1220U


This remarkably thin 3.3-pound model packs plenty of power, scanning at a top resolution of 1200 by 2400 dpi.

The slim CanoScan N1220U is a good choice for anyone who has little desk space or who wants a compact scanner that can travel. However, if you need a scanner that you can upgrade to handle transparencies or lots of documents, you'll have to look...

Oct, 2000

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Canon CanoScan N1220U


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Canon CanoScan N1220U


The 42-bit, 1,200-by-1,200 DPI Canon CanoScan N1220U (AU$299) commands attention for its slim, stylish design. The unit is unbeatable for scanning in tight, confined places and can even scan on its side via a plastic stand that holds the scanner upright.

Sep, 2001

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Canon - CanoScan N1220U


Out of all the scanners on review here, this is the most aesthetically appealing of the bunch. Its sleekly designed, silver on grey lines just scream "luxury" at you. If this were a car it would ...

Jul, 2001

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Multi-colored pixels splattered all my scans


Easy to setup / light weight / nice software bundle.

Poor scanning quality.

Mar, 2006

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Scanner rocks...


Small and powerful.


Dec, 2005

Consumer review (

Curvaceous. Slim-Fast. Scanner. Canon 1220U.


Space Saving Design, Fast, Easy to Use.


Aug, 2003

Consumer review (

Great little scanner, although somewhat slow


I've had this scanner for 3 years now, and have been very pleased with it. The image quality is excellent. I like how small and light the scanner is- it takes up no space on my desk (you can even store it sideways). I've used it for web publishing,...

small and lightweight. Excellent picture quality. Multi-function button is very useful.

Slow scan speed for high quality imaging.

Apr, 2003

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An outstanding scanner


We purchased this scanner after being tired of the poor accuracy of color reproduction of an older non-name brand model. We frequently scan in photos of our daughter and print them on photo paper for relatives, and of course we wanted our little girl...

Excellent color reproduction, high image quality

Won't accommodate legal paper for copying

Nov, 2002

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Compact CanoScan1220


UPDATE- 10 Dec 07 - Just hooked up the old CanoScan to the new Acer Laptop with Vista home basic. I had to manually extract the drivers (Vista kept giving me errors about needing some device overwrite permission), pointed the program file where to look...

Small footprint

Still none after 7yrs

Oct, 2002

Product Specifications

Impressive. Spectacular. Remarkable. There are many ways to describe this truly affordable scanner that delivers outstanding, scans. And when you consider the CanoScan 1220U numerous innovations that make scanning fast and easy, you'll agree-this is one amazing machine. The 1220U scanner is just over one inch high and uses a single USB cable for power and connection to any compatible Mac or PC. With the simple push of its external scan button, you get superb 42-bit scanning with the color depth and brilliance of more than four trillion possible colors. And its high-tech, metallic champagne finish makes this performance scanner look incredible wherever you put it. Canon's exclusive Z-Lid Expansion Top will change the way you scan bulky items, such as books and magazines. Many other scanner covers lift only at an angle and become uneven and awkward when scanning anything that isn't completely flat. The 1220U scanner cover includes a special expansion hinge that lifts up to one inch vertically and lies flat to create the space needed for bulky items.

Dimensions & Weight



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


Color Depth:42-bit color
Document Feeder Type:Manual load
Form Factor:Desktop
Grayscale Depth:14-bit gray
Input Type:Color
Interface Type:USB
Interface Type (2nd): None
Max H-Optical Resolution:1200dpi
Max Supported Document Size:8.5 in x 11.7 in/Letter A Size (8.5 in x 11 in)
Max Supported Media Size:8.5 in x 11.7 in/Letter A Size (8.5 in x 11 in)
Max V-Optical Resolution:2400dpi
Media Feeder Type:Manual load
Supported Document Type:Plain paper/Plain paper / Bulk objects (such as books)
Supported Media Type:Bulk objects (such as books) / Plain paper/Plain paper
Type:Flatbed scanner

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

System Requirements

OS Required:Apple MacOS 8.5 or later / Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional / Microsoft Windows 98 / Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition / Microsoft Windows XP