Summary: Even with the proprietary cable and the lack of an expansion slot, I still give the unit 5 stars because the quality of recording is incredible. The ease of use with the... cough, cough... proprietary software that comes with the unit is great.
Pros: This is an excellent digital voice recorder. I get great battery life out of the recorder and it is quite rugged. I have used this to record hundreds of hours of information and like the ability to sync with my computer.
Cons: No memory expansion slot. The funky USB cable connection is proprietary and if you lose it (don't!) it will cost you $30 to replace the cable. In my opinion, it should have had an industry standard usb connector so that you could use it with any of your existing cables. I know that this may seem ...
Summary: At first I thought "what did I get myself into". Everything looked complicated. Then I followed the instruction book and found this product simple to operate. The sound quality and features are quite impressive. Then when I was able to download a vocal file to my computer, I was simply amazed.
Pros: Excellent recording quality; convenient that there are many settings and combinations of settings for different environments. Attractive, small; comes with good-quality earbuds. Device's built-in mic is remarkably good considering its size.
Cons: A word about the software that comes with it- I have a MacBook Pro, and the software is a bit outdated for the computer, so I prefer to play the files directly through Windows Media Player. This really isn't a complaint or a con, just a caution for Mac users.
Summary: This was priced higher than I wanted to spend for such a device but now I'm glad I went for it. I've used this thing a million times since I bought it and the notes I've been taking have saved my rear a lot.
Pros: Fast fast fast from turn on to recording. Maybe 2 seconds. To a computer it's seen as a removable drive, no driers needed on XP. Comes with a driver/software CD but have not needed it so far. Light, good button design, lots of options. Comes with a stand and needed USB cable for computer uplink.
Cons: Reading the instructions, all of the, is required for first-timers. Not 'perfect' sound quality, but I only use it for taking notes and the quality has never been a problem. Runs on regular batteries, wish it used a rechargeable cell.
Summary: I have had this recorder for about 2 months now. I use it to record my lecture hall class and it has worked very well for me. I record it at the highest quality so the file size is about 30 MB for an hour lecture.
Summary: I bought it because it's Mac compatible, but I didn't know how darned good it would be. I use it on its highest quality setting, and it picks up everything I want it to, i.e. it makes excellent recordings of all the speeches in a big noisy room, but you don't hear too much of the air conditioner.
Summary: I read lots of reviews and finally bought a DS-2 for mobile sound recording. Man am I impressed. The sound quality is amazing for such a small and inexpensive product. No need for me to repeat all the features everyone else has mentioned.
Summary: And you don't even have to use the highest setting (Stereo HQ) This recorder replaced my Olympus VN-3600 which fell down the sewer. So I had to replace it. This time with a unit that has a USB port. BIG DIFFERENCE I use it to record my church choir researsals.
Summary: I am a performing musician and songwriter. I needed a small device I can take anywhere to record ideas (e.g. song titles, lyric phrases etc.) as well as to use as a scratchpad to capture live music concepts (voice, guitar, piano, keyboards).