Summary: Only weakness I see is the speaker. It's just too weak needing more volumne range. Other than that this is an awesome digital recorder, small, light weight great battery life, easy to down load files etc. I'd buy it again but to get a 5 star rating they need to upgrade the speaker.
Summary: The built-in uSb connection saves time no fumbling with cables. windows XP sees the recorder as another drive with files very easy to transfer recordings. Choice of quality Levels is great - lower quality for lengthy lectures, Higher quality for language courses. Keeping track of files is also easy. many audio editing programs available to take out long silences BUT.
Summary: I bought this recorder to use as a audio journal and to jot down ideas for future writing projects. The folder function makes it easy to divide up these ideas and retrieve them. I am pleased with the sound quality as I don't expect it to be recording studio quality. It does the job for me. I do agree with others about the issues with noise from handling, the small switches (I often have to put my glasses on to see the switches!), and the sudden battery popping out bit.
Summary: This unit will give you more than 4 hours of stereo (or double that in mono) "HQ" recording in Windows Media format and allows you to transfer files by dragging and dropping in Windows, without having to install and use the shockingly primitive software used by SONY and others for their recorders. I love this. The HQ sound is excellent for recording voice memos or class lectures. Tends to be treble-heavy.
Summary: The WS200S it's a good product. The quality of the sound it's great. The stereo feature impact in the perception of the sound. It had small buttons for record, play, stop and control volume. It's slacks the feature to sincronize de time from the PC. You need to update manually.
Summary: As an Apple Mac user, I just needed a digital recorder that worked! I took a gamble with this one and the Mac (10.4 Tiger) recognises it right out of the box, no cables or drivers required! Recordings are made in Windows Media (WMA) format which I convert to MP3 using an app called ffmpegX (get it from versiontracker.com) and it works perfectly. This product really starts to shine when you use an external stereo microphone - the quality is amazing.
Summary: The WS-200S is the best digital recorder that I was able to find for the purpose of college classroom recording. I tried a Sony digital recorder (and I can not recall the model) but was disappointed by the frequency response and by the excessively tight compression. The WS-200S has excellent frequency response and clear audio compression. If Olympus were to ask me what could be done to improve the product, I would tell them: 1. file naming could be more descriptive (i.e.
Summary: I own and use a WS-100, WS-200S and WS-320M. I record voice conversations and meetings which often equires the use of two at a time. The main reason for this is the unit's battery. The bottom of the WS-100 and 200S easily slips out allowing the battery to fall out (not good) and while the WS-320M doesn't have this problem, keeping the battery cover on can be a challenge (I use a rubber band).