Pros: Supposed to interact with voice recognition but did not get to test out that feature since I couldn't get the device recognized by Win 7 64-bit....see Cons.
Cons: This particular model DOES NOT get recognized by the Sony Software for any 64-bit operating system INCLUDING Windows 7 64-bit Home, Professional, or Ultimate. It is a bulky design that feels too large for what these devices should be.
Fairly Well Made Recorder BUT Digital File Format is USELESS
21 May 2007
Summary: I have used Sony dictation recorders for several years. This recorder was my last purchase. Subsequent to purchasing the recorder, we switched to MacBook Pros. Unfortunately, the file format (MSV) used by Sony will only play well with PC based computers.
durable, high sensitivity, excellent sound quality
ergo superabo, Amazon
19 May 2007
Summary: I made my ICD-BM1 provide yeoman's service over a period of one and a half years. It was used to record conversations for about 10 hours every day over that time. I used four rechargeable AAA batteries and a few as well as one .
Best Dictation recorder, of several I have used over many years
Practical Evaluator, Amazon
11 May 2007
Summary: Pros: sound quality, small file size, small recorder size Cons: no compact dictation headset offered by Sony, omnidirectional internal mic, battery door easily broken and if broken, recorder loses power and ongoing function in a flash I have used this recorder for several years.
Summary: I researched the available choices for digital voice recorders for quite some time before settling on this one. It turns out the Sony ICD-BMx series is the only professional level "dictating" recorder available from Sony (discounting their DAT models).
Summary: I bought a Sony ICD-MX20 digital voice recorder a week ago. I was surprised that Sony does not provide downloads of the associated software named "Digital Voice Editor". Sony Customer Service staff told me that if you lost the CD that came with the box, you had to buy a new one.
Summary: RIPPED OFF BY SONY Just purchased this for my daughter at college. It records for less than a hour with the included 32MB card. ALL HIGHER CAPACITY CARDS ARE INCOMATIBLE AND ALL COMPATIBLE CARDS ARE OUT OF PRODUCTION.
Summary: The transaction went fine. The product is comparatively far over priced. I was almost "drummed out" of an organization where I am the secretary, for spending that much on this item. We have a competitor's product for half the price, that rivals this Sony ICD-BM1 Recorder. Don't buy it!
Great Quality Recordings - but completely incompatible with macs
R. Chang, Amazon
19 April 2007
Summary: What's annoying about this solid recorder is that Sony hasn't elected to make it compatible with mac. It records in a proprietary format which you can't convert out of (or even play) in mac, and it's not exactly easy to convert out of the msw format in windows either (requiring multiple different...