Summary: I purchased the Olympus WS300 Handheld Digital Voice Recorder to take notes. I'd owned this same recorder before and therefore already knew that it is perfect for taking notes, recording reminders, making grocery lists, etc. It is also great for recording music to listen to later. I especially like the fact that it plugs directly into the USB port of my computer. It also has a USB extension cord which can be used instead.
Summary: This is a wonderful little recorder; I'm a reporter and used to record interviews; they come out quite well. Yesterday I even recorded some speeches that people made at a ceremony outside - dozens of people stood around me and talked, cars passed by and the sound was still great. It's not perfect because sometimes while I pause a clip to write something down, it performs a "system check" and then returns to the beginning of the clip; it's then annoying to have to fast...
Summary: My wife likes it alot. She uses for classes. It has clear sound and it lights up. When you use headphones with it sound even more clear. I like te fact that it is so small too. It could have more recording space but it is what it is. Great little recorder.
Summary: I couldn't open my purchase until it was too late to return it and when I did I discovered the front was all scratched...which wouldn't bother me, but the viewing window is badly scratched....so much so that at certain angles it's hard to see. This is the first refurbished item I have purchased with any problem. I love refurbished items, but this should have been scrapped or else the screen/viewing window should have been replaced or polished, if possible.
Summary: I had a previous Olympus voice recorder and needed an upgraded model for recording meetings. This unit has the sensitivity required for recording large groups without an external microphone (as long as background noise is low). Recording time is excellent and playback quality ranges from fair on LP (long play) mode (maximum recording time) to Excellent on HQ and ST HQ (stereo high quality) mode.
Summary: Purchased for young relative to record lectures in high school. Initial concerns were about whether recorder would be able to pick up lecturer from a distance, and whether the lecture hall ambient noise would make understanding the recording difficult. Those concerns were completely unfounded; the recorder works perfectly in those challenging conditions.
Summary: Olympia makes a good product. This recorder is used in law enforcement and is very easy to conceal. The USB capabilities make it a very user friendly product (no wires to keep track of). Shipping was also lightning FAST. Will be a loyal customer to Overstock.com.