Summary: I really like this little recorder. It's quite small, has lots of features like 3 folders, voice activation, hold (so you don't accidentally press a button), unidirectional/omnidirectional recording (record from one direction or all directions), and good control over the files.
Summary: I have had no problems with the USB software under XP (now I did have to download a new driver from the Olympus.com). I use it all the time to capture notes as well as transcibe. Very, very happy.
limited functionality, short duration very good LP mode poor
19 December 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.
Summary: Overall, a good recorder. But for practical purposes this product can really only be used as a 30 min. recorder. The long play mode, which allows for 90 min. of recording time, is really not that great.
Summary: I purchased the Olympus DW-90 over other digital voice recorders because of its ability to download to a PC via USB cable. The package stated that it was compatible with, among other OS, Windows 98. When I attempted to install the included software, it would not install.
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.
Summary: 1. The 90 min recodring is NOT usable as the sound quality is tooo poor. It should have been advertized for only 22 or 33 min recording time. 2. One way download, so onece you download and delete the file from the DW-90, cant get it back on the DW-90!
Summary: Straight off the bat -- the sound quality of the unit's HQ and SP modes are excellent. Just keep in mind that you only get 22 and 33 mins of recording time for each respectively. The 90 minute recording time boasted on the packaging refers to the unit's LP recording time.
Summary: I own an Olympus analog tape recorder (L400) and use that as my dictating machine. I wouldn't trade it for a digital (at least, not yet), but I did need a pocket sized digital recorder that I could use for quick notes. I found it in this device.