Summary: I recently purchased this to aid me with my lectures, but this thing is just too outdated to be useful. There is no external micro sd slot so you are left with the small internal storage of the device, and these audio files cannot be transferred directly to any computer. Not to mention the one I received shuts off whenever it decides to and only one side of any external auxiliary will work!
Tech geeks got a hold of a good product and ruined it
15 September 2013
Summary: I have bought about a dozen of this unit's predecessors over the past ten years. They all worked very well. This one has been redesigned into oblivion. Many functions work in exactly the opposite way from the past for no apparent reason. You cannot switch files from folder to folder without now taking several difficult steps. There is no play light. The buttons are now flush and cannot be felt easily in low light situations. You must now look at it to make it work.
For $2 more buy Olympus Model 142645 - This one is trash
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Amazon
27 July 2013
Summary: Buy the Olympus VN-7000 Digital Voice Recorder 142645 for $2 more, or you may regret it. I have used Olympus digital dictators approximately 50 times a day as my "mechanical memory" for decades. I have owned at least a hundred of them, and always keep a half dozen in stock. I obviously think they are great. But this model is the worst, by far. The first thing you will notice is that it is a cheap piece of plastic.
Summary: This digital voice recorder has literally one half of the features that the Olympus VN-5200 PC has. If you drop it, it's done, you might as well get a new one. It is cheaply made and looks it! It would be okay to give a child just starting kindergarten but, if you need something that you can download with this isn't the item. If you are looking for dependability I would highly recommend the Olympus VN-5200 PC ,avoid the VN-7200 like the plague!
Summary: I wish that it was specified on the product description that there is no way to download the files. If you buy this, make sure you will NEVER want it on a computer or hard drive, because there is no way to get it there. It is not USB accessible and does not have a memory chip to take out. Very inconvenient. I am returning this for one I can actually use.