Summary: I've owned half-a-dozen microcassette recorders over the years and the S713 is the best one I've used so far. Playback quality is excellent (for voice recording). Very clear. No noticeable tape hiss from the electronic components (which is a real problem with tape recorders in general). The recorder has a big speaker with plenty of volume. In fact, it's so loud that I usually keep it turned down most of the way.
Summary: This little recorder would work well for a lot of purposes, but I needed it for a situation where I couldn't just lay it out in front of the speaker -- nothing clandestine! Just too distracting! Anyway, it was difficult to get a good clear recording in these circumstances. I can't imagine trying to use it to record a lecture, for example, unless you have permission to set it on the lectern and the speaker never wanders off!
Summary: I've had voice mail for years, and continued to re-save many messsages from people I love, some of whom are no longer with us. The news that all these messages would evaporate with a new voicemail system was very distressing, and I didn't want a digital recorder which also could eventually lose what was taped. I bought this recorder and the related accessory that allows one to tape phone conversations, and it did the trick perfectly, or as close to it as one can get.
Summary: The Olympus 141357 is a great little cassette recorder. I am a newspaper journalist and sound quality and sensitivity is important in doing interviews, both in person and by telephone, with the addition of a telephone mic. I'd rate this product as five star.
Summary: ..and the price was right. Unlike a previously owned, Sony, the pause button is comfortable. It uses AA instead of the smaller AAA batteries, but you don't feel any added weight. The plastic-like encasing however suggests that if it is dropped or used a lot over time, the surrounding casing will break. Overall a good buy for the price.
Summary: I bought this unit for taking notes that would be transcribed later, replacing an ancient branded Radio Shack microcassette recorder that has problems with Cue/Review functions but works fine otherwise. After I received the "Pearlcorder," I installed fresh Duracell batteries and tried it out. I found the it recorded easily but the playback was faster than the recording making the speech rapid and higher pitched.
Summary: I am really enjoyng the recorder and it has proved to be very effective. The only thing that I would have preferred is to get the earphone which would really compliment the product. Apart from that, the features are working great, the sound is very good, and I am quite pleased with the purchase. Many thanks for making the product so affordable in this hard economic times.
Summary: The Olympus Pearlcorder S713 micro cassette recorder is a good value for the money. I use it for personal recording. Haven't tried it in meetings so I can't speak to that. It is well-made, has all the basic features, and the controls are easy to use. The sound quality is good once you get used to recording with it. Can easily recommend it to anyone looking for a recorder for a similar purpose.