Summary: I got this for an English class, it has a good recording quality and the play volume is good as weel. The batteries last good enough and the buttons are easy to operate. The only thing that surprise me is the price of the recording cassettes.
Summary: The Olympus recorder is a great product. I've had mine for over six years and never a problem. I paid $35.00 and everything it's supposed to do it does. I had it set on voice activated to prove my neighbors were terribly loud at night. It worked, and I got to hear myself snoring. Now exactly what I was after, but it worked. Anyone that rates this with a one or two obviously got a dud.
Summary: I got this to replace a Sony that I had for several years. This kind of machine (microcassette) is getting harder and harder to find. Even though the price was a bit high it was worth it. Works better than my Sony did.