In this post, I mentioned that I had bought a new scanner and I just noticed a recent post by Sally Jacobs on using a portable scanner whereby she mentioned that I was singing the praises of the Canon LIDE scanner.
I really did like that scanner. It was perfect for my needs. However, I had to return it because when using it on my laptop computer, when I scanned anything larger than a 5x7, a portion of the scanned image was darker than the rest of it. They gave me a replacement, same model, and it did even worse than the first one - two sections of the image were darker than the rest. Staples didn't give me any hassles over returning the scanners and apologized profusely for the problems.
It may not have been the scanner. Could two of them have been malfuntioning? It might have been my laptop, which does not have USB-2 available, only USB. Since the Canon LIDE does not have a separate power supply it draws its power from the USB port in the computer and USB probably does not provide as much power as a USB-2 port. The specifications stated it would work with USB but that it would be much slower though it didn't say anything about the quality of the scans. I didn't install the scanner on my desktop computer, which doesn't have USB-2 either, to see if it would work because I bought the scanner specifically for its portability.
Anyone know of a small, portable, scanner that has an external power supply? In case it matters, the laptop was not running on battery power. And no, although I'd love to, I'm not yet prepared to get a new laptop!