Summary: It has all the features you might need for dictation and transcription, including voice recognition applications. The Voice Activation feature is a little tricky. The 30 second pre-record feature is a great addition to the feature set. I recommend this product for professionals who need good quality output.
Summary: I previously owned a Olympus WS-801 which costs significantly less. This recorder does produce better recordings with less background noise than the Olympus. However, there are two major issues with the playback: 1) Playback speed only has 3 levels: slow, normal, and fast. My Olympus could do any of a tenth of a recording playback speed, so for instance I could play back at 1.3x, which was fast enough for me to take notes but not too fast.
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...