Reviews and Problems with Philips Digital Voice Tracer 625
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bought this and hate it
Amazon Customer "parsifalgaeris", Amazon
5 January 2015
Summary: I bought this for taking notes while traveling and got it just before I left. However, the directions for use are counter-intuitive because they're all in pictogram form. Since I didn't have a computer, I wasn't able to figure out how to do anything beyond the basic recording and playback: couldn't set the date etc.its small and compact to be sure but the buttons are counterintuitive in the organization and difficult to operate one hand, it kept sliding out of mind.
Summary: I like this recorder a lot. I had to download the instruction book - thanks to the reviewer who mentioned it's online - and I needed to spend some time figuring out the commands, but it records really well. I'm a writer so use it when I'm walking to record scenes/ideas or when I'm driving. I did one interview with a painter and her voice came through clear. You'll just have to spend the time learning the machine.
Summary: I find it unimaginable that a high-end digital recorder would come with no instructions--unimaginable. One is left simply trying to figure out this "intuitive recorder". I assume this is one of those cost saving features. The idea being that once you've been suckered into buying it, you'll have no choice but to scour the internet to find out how to work the damn thing; ergo, let's not "waste" money on a manual, let's just hope for the best.
Summary: I use it for a backup recorder. It requires me to relearn how to use it every time. The instructions aren't much help. But it works and I can delete the recording each time if I fool around with it for awhile. I haven't tried the Dragon speech program yet. I am a little leery but plan to try it in the future. I hope it works well.
Summary: Not user friendly and very little documentation, which is written in symbols. Tried to find some online documentation, but to no avail. I've had the product for almost a month and haven't used it yet. My technically astute son tried to help me with it but even he had difficulty. Poor design, poor functionality.
Summary: The Short: Pros: Excellent voice recording quality. Long battery life. Easy to use interface. Large capacity. Cons: Bundled software is somewhat lacking. No lanyard included even though there is a spot for one on the housing. The Long: As a physician I've used a variety of dictation software and recording systems and so far this is my favorite. The Philips Voice Tracer is a small handheld voice recorder that works as advertised and does just what you would want it to do.
The Dutch should stick to tulips and chocolate cause this sucks
John Claude Campbell, III, Amazon
20 July 2011
Summary: I have wasted an entire day so far with this almost one hundred dollar piece ____ (you fill in the blank). And you can talk to anyone about their products EXCEPT electronics which they give you a black hole email address to send your problems to. my WinXP pro system found drivers but even on their utterly BROKEN website (Philips) Obviously written by an 8 year old.
Summary: I was so excited that this recorder claimed to transcribe voice to text, but was higly disappointed. To start with, you have to train "train your Dragon" to your voice by reading a lengthy text they provide w/ the software. I guess "training a Dragon" is only for fairy tales, since this one is not very good at recognizing people's voices for meetings, as there're different people speaking consecutively, if not simutaneously (not to mention background noise from people...
Excerpt: Parfait pour se familiariser avec les fonctions d'un dictaphone par sa simplicité d'utilisation mais la reconnaissance vocale est très moyenne. Il faut aller chercher un modèle plus haut de gamme et donc plus cher pour un résultat plus conforme à ce que l'on attend d'un dictaphone: une transcription écrite fidèle des enregistrements.