Summary: Though this unit functions as a digital desktop 2-microphone recorder, I use it for it's ability to record telephone calls automatically. Generally, it works okay as long as you keep a couple of things in mind. First, it takes about 4 to 5 seconds for recording to begin. I can live with that but I wish there was an immediate caching capability that I know is technically possible to incorporate these days.
Quirky, but useful, and reliable in its own quirky way.
Mitchell Regenbogen, Amazon
6 February 2014
Summary: Usually I return products that have issues that show poor design or implementation, but in this case I have grown to like my DAR-101. Make no mistake about it -- there are quirks: the alkaline/rechargeables switch is in a ridiculous location and is unreliable, the rewind function only works properly near the beginning of a recording, there is no one-button record feature, the recorder misses several seconds when it breaks up recordings as per optional settings, the...
Summary: The only thing novices at this need to know is this unit comes expecting analog phone lines when it comes to recording phone calls. If you have a digital phone system then hooking this into that system will not only NOT get you a recording, but it may fry the electronics in this recorder or even the digital phone system. It's a risk. If you don't know if your phone is analog or digital you must make an effort to find out.
Summary: Installed batteries the day I received it (alkalines - make sure you set the battery switch) and the display lit right up when I turned it on. Set the clock and checked other settings, then shut it off. Turned it on two days later to record a meeting, and could hardly see the display. Tried plugging in to A/C in case batteries were bad, but no change. Tried adjusting brightness setting, but it didn't help.
Summary: It's a very complete unit, nice in every aspect, very versatile. The only negative thing is that mine, just record 26 sec in the telephone recording mode, so if the call last more than that, it will be recorded incomplete. I don't know if it's just mine or it happens with all the units.