I've always wanted a voice recorder, but it's only recently that I've found a real need for one. I trust the Sony brand and, despite the fact that there aren't many reviews on here, there are many favourable reviews on Amazon.com for this product. So, given that the price was reasonable, I decided to take the plunge and go for this one...
I'm so pleased I did! This gadget is just terrific! I could have bought a voice recorder for around half this price, but I really wanted one which gave you the option of transferring files to your computer. The SHQ recording is only 22 hours, so I needed the option of transferring files - otherwise I fear this gadget would have become full very quickly!
There are many great features that come with this model - the best of all is the "pause" option, which allows you to pause in the middle of recording and then continue with no obvious "break" in the recording. I'm someone that tends to "erm" and "uh" a lot as I think, so this is a brilliant feature - especially if you do long recordings.
Moreover, the sound quality is superb. However, I strongly advise that you invest in a pair of earphones (normal ones are fine) as you can only appreciate the quality of the sound if you listen via earphones. Without them, I can see how people might find the recordings to be sub-par. If you use earphones, the quality is brilliant - it'll even pick up subtle changes in voice intonation.
The voice recorders' uses are obvious. If you're looking at voice recorders in the first place, then I'll assume that you have a need for one! I keep finding more and more uses for it - here are just a few:
- Record notes from classes and studies on the recorder. Play it back before bed or during long car journeys for painless learning!
- If you're in the middle of a book and come across a word you need to look up there's no need to get up and look it up in the dictionary. Just record the word and its context and look it up at a convenient time later.
- When you put things away record where you're putting them. There's no need to ever "lose" anything again (unless you lose the recorder, of course.)
- Record things people tell you or things you need to do
- Useful for meetings and lectures
- If you are having a moment of inspiration or a great stream of thoughts whilst you work on an essay, book, letter, business idea etc. there's no need to lose the ideas. I keep mine by my bedside just in case.
It really is like having a second memory - a very useful one at that!
Are there any down sides? A few, but not enough for me to lower my rating. The labelling on the voice recorder may be a bit confusing at first. The button labelled "play/stop" is really only used to play your recording. The stop button is a square lower down on the device.
There's also some software which comes with the recorder. It allows you to edit your files on your computer etc. I'm not sure it's something I'd have any need for, personally, but if you are a techno-whiz, you might have fun playing around with it.
It would also have been nice if the recorder had come with a holder. I'd like to take mine out with me - so I'm going to have to buy one.
All of these are only minor things though and do not detract from what is a great little device, which I'm sure I'll use for years to come. It arrived promptly. Great slim design. Excellent service from Amazon as always. Thoroughly recommended.