Summary: Love this little recorder, but, like many others, I lost the software CD. After learning on the web that the software download was no longer available, I started scouring for some place to find it. Murphy then took over and I went with the option that was right in front of me! I did a search on the European Olympus site: [...] And download the british version of the software (eng_98_Me_2000_XP.zip). Works like a charm! Hope it helps.
Summary: I had one just like it that just got worn out. I am very busy at work and need 1.5 hours of brain time at the tip of my fingers. I am a manager and constantly give direction, delegate, and follow up on my associates. I would carry a pad of paper with me to make notes and leave it lying somewhere and forget where I put it. Being on the go in a busy retail environment has its challenges for memory. This has solved all those problems. PLUS......
Summary: I like this voice recorder. I just wanted something for my purse, so I could take a voice memo for myself, or record nature sounds like birds. It's a nice little recorder for that. But it keeps getting turned on by things in my purse, which runs the batteries down. I wish I could find a hard shell case for it, to prevent that from happening.
Summary: I was actually pleasantly surprised at the sound quality this unit gives, considering that there is no way to attach an external microphone. If you look on the Olympus website, you'll see that the DW90 has a sampling frequency of 22 kHz in HQ mode. That's better than the norm of 8 to 16 kHz that many others use (although not as good as something like the DM10 or new DS-2, which record at CD quality 44.1 kHz).
Summary: I purchased this thinking that I was getting a recorder that would actually hold 90 minutes of audio. Unfortunately that capacity is only available for "LP" mode which is highly distorted. HQ and SP modes record very well, but only plan on getting 20-30 minutes of use out of it before the memory is full. The PC connection was not automatic, despite the instruction manual comments that no additional software was required.
Summary: I've been using this recorder for about 5 months now, and I love it now just as much as I did when I first purchased it. One thing that I like very much about the design is that the Erase button is extremely hard to accidentally push (and that, twice) - which shows someone was thinking when they designed it. The software installed perfectly, and works perfectly.
limited functionality, short duration very good LP mode poor
8 September 2003
Summary: Bought this model to record science lecture notes, but the advertized 90 minute recording capability is only in LP mode. In LP mode, the playback is completely illegible. In HQ mode, the sound is superb, but you only get 22 minutes of recording. I will return this and continue looking. Should have read the reviews here first, it would have saved me time but I was out on errands and stopped in at a local superstore to buy one.