Sony ICD-PX312 - Digital voice recorder - flash 2 GB - MP3 - black
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The Sony ICDPX312 Digital Dictation Device is an entry level PC-linked Digital Dictation Device with a large LCD display and user-friendly buttons for ease of use. It has 2GB of built in memory as well as a Memory Card slot providing unlimited storage options. Achieve optimum recording sound whatever the environment with the Scene Select function whilst the Noise Cut Pro effectively reduces ambient noise leaving a clear recording. Supplied with 2 x AA batteries it is the perfect, easy to use, affordable product for students and business people alike.
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Great battery life, i have been using this recorder everyday and have recorded over 15 hours of lectures and the battery level still reads full.
Very cheap for those on a tight budget
USB connectivity for storing your recorded files on your computer or laptop. (I would suggest renaming the folders on the recording device before recording classes as it is quite annoying having to organise them later. If you rename the folders to the names of your module/ class title it is much easier to operate and find the files when you are playing them back. You do this using the sony sound organizer software supplied with it and by pluggin the device into your laptop. Five folders are on the device and you can rename them to what ever you want. This means when you go to record a class you can pick which folder you want the file to be saved into)
Comes with built in noise cut which basically removes unwanted background noise for clearer playback. This can be turned on and off with a switch on the side of the device. Also comes with several recording modes, for example lecture, meeting, voice notes etc which sets the device up for different environments.
Very easy to operate.
Built-in speaker could be better, however it does have an earphone slot.
Sony organizer software which comes with the product could have been better designed. For example I can't seem to organize the files into folders when they are put onto my laptop. That is why i suggested to rename your folders on the device to your module names so that they are already in the folders you want before you upload them on your computer. This is a minor crticism and should not put you off buying this.
Sound quility could be better but you can't really ask for much more at this price. Don't get me wrong it does the job quite well and I am pleased with it.
Overall I give this dictaphone 4 starts out of 5 as it does the job very well and at this price you can't really ask for much more.
This product is an absolute god send! It has an easy to use interface and the instuctions give you all the information you need. My main reason for choosing this dictaphone over the other types is the fact I could put the recordings on my laptop for future reference for revision.
The recordings are really clear. I had a friend sat next to me coughing during my recording and I could still hear the lecturer speaking clear when she was stood at approx 7 feet away without a microphone. As the recordings are in mp3 format, it also means I can put the recordings on my ipod to listen to in my own time and as a more portable mode of transporting instead of taking my laptop with me.
The product also allows you to select what type of thing your recording i.e. lecture, interview etc. The device also has a 2gb micro sd card which can easily be upgraded to hold more recordings if required, however 2gb gets you a lot of time and as I put my recordings on my pc I don't need anymore.
Any student who like me is not quick at note-taking, misses stuff whilst writing or is usually half asleep or even none of the above.... This product is amazing and well worth the money!
As the product description states it is an "entry level" device, but it is fair to say that it is loaded with quite a few useful functions, ie 2GB of built in memory as well as a Memory Card slot, incorporated MP3 and many more features. (See the description for yourself).
I particularly like the file system. Just connect to a PC / laptop etc and open up the files. From there it's quite simple to re-arrange and re-name files exactly as you would normally on your PC.
The microphone is exceptionally responsive and easily picks up voices from across a room. I found that the clarity of the playback is quite good using plug in earphones or when played back on a PC/ Music player system, but on the downside the built in speaker quality is quite tinny and poor.
I personally found that the dimensions of the recorder are clumsy. It should have been made shorter and wider, more like a mobile phone. This would also have made it possible to have a larger display screen, as it certainly is not "a large LCD display" as described in the product info.
However, all in all we get what we pay for so at this price(£36.56 at the time of writing this review), it represents fair value for money..................... But my advice is if you want high quality playback from a voice recorder (from it's own speaker), you really need to up your game and look at paying a lot more money for a higher quality device.
** At this price you will never get the same quality playback that was achieved with the old cassette type recorders **
I've got so much material from all sorts of conversations I've recorded, both on the phone and when out and about, I don't suppose I'll ever have time to use it all.
Only gripe being the side, slide on-off button, can take a while, whilst holding once slid across, to turn the thing on.
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Very good battery life too.
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