If you can get pass the power switch, this recorder works great.
D. Losada "boogerbrat", Amazon
12 November 2013
Summary: I would give this a five star if it was not for the on/off power switch, I don't know if the one I got is defective or if that is the way they are made. You have to push the power switch down and hold it to turn the recorder on or off, once is on you can push up on it to lock the function, another words, if the recorder is on and you are recording something push up on the power switch to lock it, that way you can't accidentally push another button to another function...
Summary: Works right out of box. Long time Dragon Naturally Speaking user. Got really tired of being tied to computer with headset mike.Bought and sold a wireless mike (too error prone). Decided to try the Philips DVT5000. After finding the Philips and Nuance literature I jumped on board with a 9 minute training dictation. It turned out wonderful. Now I have all the freedom and vlexibility that I hoped for out of Voice to Text applications.
Summary: Well after a weeks use on campus I figured its time for a review! The recorder itself feels sturdy. There is enough weight to tell you its well build. I personally prefer a metal body, but this plastic seems good. The moldings are solid, and the device has very little "creek" when you mess with it, and none if your just handling it normally. The menu system is simple and easy enough to navigate.
Summary: I'm using this for a class in a small room. Works well, but it will pick up background noise with the 3 microphones, like a computer CPU fan. Make sure this recorder is close to what you want to record.
Summary: I use this recorder for meetings and interviews, so that is what this review will be about. When recording highly sensitive, well, anything, you want to make sure you get every word spoken crystal clear. This device does the trick. It also does not drown out voice for ambient noise from air conditioning, etc. The last recorder I had would pick up every ambient noise (and there are a lot in an office building).
Great for lectures, legal proceedings or journalism
J. Ott "John Ott", Amazon
22 April 2013
Summary: The best use cases for this compact recorder, in my opinion, are for recording lectures, legal depositions, notes to self and interviews for transcription. If you want to do field recordings, I recommend something a little more professional (and a lot more expensive) like the Zoom H4n. In my testing, the Philips DTV5000 out-performed the iPhone's built-in microphone in terms of clarity, recording options, and battery life.