Good audio quality, file format annoyances, micro size has pros and cons
5 July 2007
Summary: Pros--Size, Sound quality, Handy USB design, Cons--Size, Limited file type support, Battery life I've used this product over a year, primarily to record group conversations, persona memos, meetings, and conference calls. On the whole, it is very useful, but it has a few quirks and weak points.
Pros: Works well in the lecture environment. Could use a little better gain and reduced hiss but the quality is good overall. WMA format is completely convenient. Large capacity never leaves me wondering if everything is going to fit .. it always fits.
Cons: Sucks batteries. I've learned that Energizer AAA batteries last about half as long as Duracells in this device. I've had corruption in a couple of recordings then the battery ran low and it didn't save them properly. I think it should figure out that they need saving +before+ the battery runs out.
Summary: I'll begin by saying this recorder is rapidly becoming an invaluable tool for me. I have owned several of digital voice recorders and they have all found their way into the bottom of my junk drawer.
Summary: I sing in a chorus and several of the guys bought one of these mp3 recorders ahead of me. It is very light, very compact, and conveneint to carry. It works well enough on a lanyard, though there is some rushing noise picked up as the device moves across clothing.
Summary: Overall, a worthy unit for basic recording or notes. Be nice if a left handed version were made.
Pros: I was looking for a new, small voice dictation unit for my office and one that was compatible with Dragon NS. It was tough, but the WS-320M made the pick. The size of the unit is amazing, the simplicity of USB docking is great, and the audio quality is better than expected.
Cons: When transcribing, it helps to be able to insert or overwrite, but this unit is not created with the professional in mind, I suppose, and you cannot edit your dictation on the fly like the more advanced DC-3000/4000. Also, the basic function buttons are a bit small.
Olympus DS-2 better mic. WS-320M Ok mic and more memory
Pedro Pereira "Filho", Amazon
2 November 2006
Summary: I own Olympus DS-2 and WS-320M digital voice recorders. I think that DS-2 is much better built, but it only has 64MB of memory which is a pity. Don't get me wrong WS-320M is still an excellent option if you consider it as a whole.
Summary: I use NiMH batteries in mine. It records for about two days worth of classes on each battery (about 6-7 hours). The NiMH batteries are pretty cheap anymore and most people already have a charger so save some money and use rechargables.
Pros: Small, lightweight, excellent sound.
Cons: The settings often reset when changing battery-- have to reset time/date, and (because of preference) turn off the backlight, lower the darkness of the lcd. There is little warning of low battery (regardless of battery type).
Daniel Limbach "Reader, writer, gadget guy", Amazon
7 April 2006
Summary: This is an excellent device for recording interviews. More than good enough for lectures and informal dictation. The recordings are clear (especially at HQ or Stereo HQ). I use it for interviews for a trade magazine. I also use it for recording interviews that I edit into podcasts.
Summary: I am reviewing this recorder from the point of view of the non-technical end user. I am taking a very challenging physiology course with high-speed lectures that pack three hours worth of information into one hour.
A great music player / digital voice recorder combo
Robert Jung "GadgGuy", Amazon
2 December 2005
Summary: My DVR (digital voice recorder) experience has included the Sony ICD-MS515, the Olympus DS-2200 and DS-2. My main use for DVRs is PC archival of lectures and sermons. The new WS-320M appealed to me because of its 1GB of flash memory, small size, WMA codec, and built-in USB connector.