Summary: This is a good recorder. It has clarity and is easy to use. the only drawback is the fact that it does not have any way to turn it completely off. The batteries have to be removed or they will go dead.
Easy to use digital recorder with high quality sound
29 August 2009
Summary: I have used several digital recorders over the last few years. This is by far one of the best in its price range. Sound is excellent, however the software that comes with it may or may not be compatablie with Vista or Windows 7. The door that opens to remove the card, get loose after a lot of use, and there is a tendecy to drain batteries quickly, but for high quality sound recording in a small package, well worth the money.
Summary: I want to add my experience with some issues that have been mentioned, in hopes it will be useful to other potential buyers. 1. I had trouble with the control button at first. But I paid attention to how I pushed it, and the result I got, and learned pretty quickly how to use it for consistent results. 2. The directions are understandable, and similar, if not superior, to what you get with other electronic products.
Dazed and confused, frustrated and other things too!
Mc Raftery, Amazon
16 November 2008
Summary: I have many of the frustrations that some of the other reviewers have mentioned. I have been a fan of Sony products for many years, but this particular product is a frustration to me. I also bought it to go with the Dragon Systems speech recognition software that it came bundle with. The joy stick is a nightmare, for me at least. I have trouble getting it to do what I want it to do.
Summary: I hate this device for many reasons. You need to be a computer genius to make this work at all. It takes more time to figure it out than it is worth. I have been trying to use it along with the dragon program for months now and I give up. The recorder has one tiny, tiny button in the middle that does everything or if you aren't good with it it does nothing you ask it to do.
Summary: When I received my order the software enclosed was the recorder edition NOT the preferred edition promised in the spec sheet. Since you can get the recorder for about 200.00 elsewhere the selling point for me was the preferred software. After multiple calls all over the world and getting a whole new shipment of exactly the same wrong thing, Amazon finally saw the light and through a very convulted process was able to satisfy the order.
Summary: This is a great ICD that does a very accurate job of voice to text translation. However, the product does not come with Dragon Naturally Speaking Preferred as described. Instead it comes with a very abbreviated lite version called Naturally Speaking Recorder Edition. You'll have to take advantage of a "special offer" from Nuance, fork over another $30 and reinstall the product to get the benefits of the Preferred edition.
Summary: I am disappointed in this product. This is the only Sony product I ever purchased that was disappointing to me. I have two reasons I have been disappointed with it. The first is I have never found a combination of feature selections that allowed my to satisfactorily record a lecture in a classroom.