Summary: Comments about Olympus VN-5200PC 512MB Digital Voice Recorder: i use it for a 30 minute radio broadcast that i record myself then send it by computer to the radio station each week, quality is great.
Pros: Compact Design, High Quality Sound, Long Battery Life, Reliable
Summary: I bought this to record lectures, and the 1st time out I was pretty happy. I was in a huge lecture with over a thousand people, and it recorded really well. The PC link is awesome, I downloaded the lectures right onto my Mac. It transfers them in WMA format, but a quick internet search yielded a free solution for conversion into iTunes, and from there onto CD. I am very happy with my purchase.
Excerpt: I do recommend reading the instructions though because the instructions provide several good tips to maximizing the effectiveness of the recorder so that background noise is reduced to the lowest levels possible. Although it feels fairly durable, I recommend that a person handle this recorder with care as it is just intended for personal use and not professional, so it might not be as well-built.
Summary: Great for the price. Sound is clear, buttons are responsive and have a good feel to them, and microphone is sensitive. I have a two-year old and I use it to record his babbling. Only problem is that he grows quiet when I put the recorder in front of him. He wants to grab it and play with it.