Summary: I needed this to leave an oral track with a refugee who really needs to learn English in order to pass a test. It is wonderful. The recording is very clear; and the how-to-operate simple enough to use and demonstrate, even though I certainly couldn't get that part across with words in English.
Summary: I loved the idea of a simple recorder that isn't complicated and I can make notes on or use as an "order of movement" for my tai chi practice. Sadly, this is very poor. It's easy enough to work. But the quality of the recording is simply awful, garbled and muddled and not understandable. I've tried recording at high volume, at low volume, close up, far away, and any and all combinations.
Summary: (This addl. info. is being added in May 2014.) At least one reviewer had commented that sometimes the playback was garbled. I discovered that in my case it has something to do with my C-RVs electrical system - if I record something while I am driving, the audio is "shattery", but still decipherable.) I have been using the smallest available voice recorders for over 30 years. I started with the Olympus microcassette tape recorder in the late '70s.
Summary: My answer to a comment: This unit will record at least 3 hours non-stop set on "high quality". Olympus still has a page for this model which is pretty old. Here is a link to get the online .pdf instruction manual etc.: [...] If the link didn't print in this comment, just google: [olympus vn-100 digital voice recorder] This machine has served me well for many years. It even has a record level display so that you can adjust it for recordings without distortion.