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Easy to use, but not brilliant, note taker
on 24 March 2014
This is an easy-to-use digital voice recorder, that offers some significant advantages over using your mobile phone, not least the large internal memory (which can be boosted with memory cards) and long battery life. That said, the recording quality, while better than you'd expect from using your mobile phone, isn't particularly brilliant. I have tried dictating short paragraphs for use with Dragon NaturallySpeaking (for which there is a dedicated setting) and the results are mixed, but not unusable. So you won't be using this for anything more than note taking.
It's also worth pointing out that the USB cable is very short. It's obvious that Olympus have it in mind that you'll be using a laptop, but if you are using a desktop PC, the device will be left hanging in the air. Fortunately it is very light, so this isn't too big a problem. The other irritation is that when the device is connected to your PC via USB it cannot be used at all, even if you have 'ejected' it from the PC. This means you cannot save the batteries by running the voice recorder on your PC's power.