Summary: I bought this and paid extra for the FM radio ability.....but it does not work. You may wish to save your money and get the cheaper model. The recorder works fine but did not get what was advertised i.e. FM radio.
Summary: The recorder is designed very well, packs a lot of features, and is easy to use. As an upgrade from the Olympus DM-20, it is amazing. If it worked perfectly, I'd give it 5 stars. But the FM receiver simply stopped working after a little more than three months, and the radio is the reason I chose this model. Olympus has a 12-month warranty for new voice recorders, but only 30 days for reconditioned ones.
Summary: I bought the refurbished WS-803. It came in factory refurb packaging, with all the instructions, rechargeable battery, etc… I was very impressed with this little device. The quality of recording is great. My sole intent was to use this during lectures so I may listen to them later if I had any questions. The built in USB "slide-out" feature is very handy. Also the "lecture" mode really makes a difference in what voice it is focusing on.
Summary: There is nothing better than needing a tool, buying one, and having it work perfect ! I do journalist work and needed a replacement recorder .. purchased this one Refurbished because of the price and the desire to go to a smaller unit with no tape.. this little gem nailed it to the floor … quick, clean, clear, Crisp … easy to use and it does the trick. Great unit and ultra small ….
Summary: WS-803 arrived on time and the unit itself was brand new looking and functioning with no evidence of any prior use. The soft case that is suppose to be included with the recorder was missing from the unsealed box. Watch out for yours! Recorder is very compact and incredibly sensitive when it comes to recording any sound, both intended and unintended. There are large number of adjustment options which will allow you to configure for your specific needs.
Summary: Pro - fairly easy to use except...see cons..., records stuff pretty good, battery can be regular or rechargeable type, small and light weight works as advertised. Con - included battery does not hold charge when not being used. I do not use all the time, have just resorted to recharging but intend to try with regular alkaline battery to see if the unit bleeds off the power or can I count on it being ready to go if it has sat for a week or two?
Summary: I attend several meetings assembles & conventions in the course of a year. Being able to record these has greatly improves my retention of these activity's. Don't skimp go for the 8gb & direct FM recording.