Summary: It is a ridiculous device...I am surprised at Sony. It is difficult to use and much of it is not intuitive. But that's not the REAL problem...the problem is the way it saves files: in the .mvs format. Well, OK, at least the software that is included ("Digital Voice Editor") will SURELY allow me to convert to .mp3 or .wav format so I can send the audio files via emails, and anybody can play it on their computer, right? WRONG! What crap..
Summary: The Sony ICD-MX20 is a great tool for professionals who must record, review, and be able to slow and speed up the playback. Makes it great for writing up interviews, and for transcriptionists to control speeds for a hard copy. On screen control, and document access at same time makes for quicker and quality work.
Summary: I used this only one time before its little brain became unstable and I lost recordings. Then in trying to trouble shoot, I discovered commands were disappearing from the menu. I spent hours trying to get to the bottom and went through tech support which did not give me any advice that I had not tried through the package insert. Sony wanted $89 to exchange or repair. Way too expensive for a single use item and a huge waste of time. Shop for a different recorder.
Summary: I purchased this recorder specifically for working with Dragon 11 Voice Recognition software. I use it as a home inspector to record notes in the field for transcription back at the office (opposed to writing and then typing them up). I have been using it for about three weeks now and it works like a champ. I am very pleased with the results, particuarly after reading some of the negative reviews.
Summary: I use this with Dragon Naturally Speaking as it got high marks with their testing. It is very light and compact and works well. Mine was stolen after a year's use and I decided to upgrade, but after a lot of research I ultimately just bought another ICD-MX20 as it really met all my needs without any drama.
Summary: I have had this recorder for four years now. I have had the opportunity to use it frequently lately due to my interview-based research. Based on my experience: PROS * Sleek design * Lightweight * EXCELLENT sound recording * Good display screen * Great memory capacity * Easy navigation CONS * AWFUL, I repeat, AWFUL battery life - I keep the hold button on when not in use, yet a set of two new AAA batteries are completely drained after less than eight hours (so, about...
Summary: Don't buy this, the Navigation/control button in the center is extremely fragile and the device will be useless. The button operates like a joystick but also most of the functions of the device have to be manipulated through this tiny button. It is cumbersome to operate and not well made. I am very gentle with electronics (been building my own pc's for over 20 years) but I bought it online without "test driving" it.
Won't Sync with Naturally Speaking if You Have Vista
Giuseppe A. Ippolito, Amazon
23 August 2009
Summary: The recorder itself is excellent. Just be aware, though, that a compatibility problem with Vista will prevent you from training a user profile for the recorder in Naturally Speaking 10: [...] There is a work-around for now. Hopefully, the problem will be resolved fully before long -- maybe just in time for a new round of problems under Windows 7.