easy to use, great for kids, various record setting.
4 June 2013
Summary: I bought this for my kids, and they love it. The advantages are you can record many recordings and use it easily. The disadvantage in this particular model was that downloading was not available. For me personally, it is great and we are enjoying the use of it.
Summary: I needed something to take notes with when out inspecting property. It didn't have to record for days, but just enough get me through the day. Two and one half hours works fine. You can record a lot of notes in 2.5 hours. The recorder is small enough to fit in ones shirt pocket therefor easy to carry. The recorder(s), there were two of them were very reasonably priced and I thought my co-worker who is a property manager could use one.
Summary: This is really best used with a 1998 era computer. The provided software does not interface with current systems, nor is it updateable? IBM stopped supporting Viavoice in 2003 when the software was sold to Dragon/Nuance. So don't waste your money, unless you are still using a very old system!!!
Summary: This recorder has been great. I got it for two reasons: one for work -- the dictation software is great (and fun) and has helped me rapidly do a project that used to take weeks! The other reason: to create story CDs for my toddler. I have had friends read her favorites into the recorder, download and convert them, and then burn them onto CDs. Great for bedtime, downtime or driving. She loves it (and it drives the cat nuts!).
Summary: There are some things that are worthwhile in the DS-150. It's small size and light weight is welcome, and it is quite easy to save sound files on my computer in WAV format (my primary criterion for purchase.) However, it's user interface is simply one of the worst I have ever seen. Even after following the steps in the manual, I found myself unable to perform simple operations like setting the time without referring to the manual again.
Summary: I purchased the DS-150 about 4 months ago and have not been satisfied with the product. The recording and playback quality is poor and the voice recognition software accompanied with the product is extremely hard to set-up correctly and use. Save your money and buy a standard tape driven recorder!
Summary: On the whole, I am quite pleased with this recorder. The sound quality is good and it fits comfortably in the palm of your hand. The controls require some attention to operate as they are small and closely spaced. You need to read the manual carefully to understand how the system operates, but once this is done using the recorder seems straightforward enough. The unit I received includes IBM Viavoice Millennium version 7 voice recognition software.