Summary: We have bought three of these now, and have had good experiences every time. In each case, we got them for kids going to college to record lectures. Quality does suffer if you are far from the speaker, but otherwise, a good recorder.
Summary: I selected the VN-1800 after looking at many dictating devices on the Internet. I use mine for recording my thoughts and diary entries on the go. It's small enough to fit nicely into my pocket, and the Hold switch never accidentally slides open.
Summary: I originally purchased this recorder to take minutes in meetings. In both HQ and SP modes, the quality of recording is very good for this purpose, assuming use of headphones when transcribing.
OK for personal messages, but don't try to dictate
TLD "TLD", Amazon
15 February 2004
Summary: Although this digital voice recorder's (DVR) customer- and editorial reviews are accurate, they fail to identify one important flaw! With a DVR, (unlike audio microcassette recorders) you can NOT rewind over an erroneous word and rerecord it.
Summary: The new VN1800 from olympus is a very good product! I see it as a next generation compared to my older VN90. The most impressive differences to me are the smaller size and the better sound. There is also a fourth directory and buttons are more intuitive with the jogdial.
Very useful - almost essential once you've tried it
28 September 2003
Summary: This has good, crisp sound at the HQ setting. The full range of the mic shows on a larger speaker if you dub it from the headphone jack. The mic is very sensitive (on high) and is able to pick up sounds near and far without over-amplifying the nearer ones.
Review Voice Recorder VN 1800 & VN 900. Does what I neeed.
Eberhard Veit, Amazon
24 March 2003
Summary: Review for Voice Recorder VN 1800 and VN 900. Pretty good machine, does basically what I need it to do ! Overall good value and functionality for the price. Although this is not the perfect device of my dreams with all the features I would like to see it is a good replacement for my old voice...
Decent unit for short travel notes, but way overpriced
12 March 1989
Summary: I've been carrying this in my purse for at least five or six years. The only useable recording mode is HQ. Sound is scratchy, even then. The buttons are slippery, and it's difficult to use while in traffic, even when at a full stoplight (NEVER use it when driving, unless you want regret, the rest of...