Summary: I have owned three Lanier Microcassette Recorders over the past thirty years. It was everything they advertised it to be. When I went to buy one this time they were no longer being made. They were replaced by this Sony BM-575. It isn't half the recorder that the Lanier was.
Summary: I essentially dictate for a living. I have, literally, a pile of broken/dysfunctional recorders by my desk. After having lost a number of dictations on cheap machines, I purchased the BM-575. First, the transcriptionist was very happy.
Summary: I used this recorder for years for transcription to microcassettes for business purposes. I found this to be more reliable and is a more compact size than the usual plastic recorder. Easy to slip in your pocket on the go. Uses 2 AAA batteries.