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: 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.
Summary: ~ okay; it's true, it worked fine when i first took it out of the package, installed batteries and used it for several hours that first day while on vacation. I used it perhaps two more times the summer i purchased it (2010), then stowed it in the canvas bag where i keep all my writing materials. I pulled it out just now, installed FRESH batteries - fairly certain that the old ones were kaput after 2 years in storage - and can't get ANY power.
Summary: The reviews I read were mostly OK, but this recorder feels like a toy. A cheap toy! The packaging looked worn, like it was old. I shouldn't have even opened it, but I did, hoping for the best. It was at this point that I held the item and was surprised to find the quality of the item was cheap and flimsy. I even recorded a little bit, hoping that voice quality would make up for the lack of quality construction. This was not the case. I am returning this item immediately.