Summary: While this may have great recording capabilities, I returned it immediately because it has NO USB! I read up online and it said you have to get software to download the sound files. No thank you! I'll get one that has USB (my fave is the Olympus WS-801 Voice Recorder).
Summary: This is a cute little Sony recorder, precision made and shaped, with the typical superb Sony materials and manufacturing. There are two good things about the functionality. First, it records with excellent sound quality. Second, you can plug it in with a USB cord so you can see, listen to or save the sound files on your computer. That's the end of the good stuff. The user interface is atrocious.
Great product, TERRIBLE service (until finding out how to contact Sony in the US)
Fish Person, Amazon
21 March 2013
Summary: I purchased this recorder January 2013. Great product, but... The "but" is that in just 2 months of use, many of the markings on the device have worn off or are wearing off, such as the markings on the "enter" button. Figuring this was just an anomaly I called Sony service and was passed along to Customer Relations. The only solution they could offer was that I return the device to them, they would evaluate the problem, and perhaps send a new device.
Summary: The software to manage recorded files has spyware that can give Sony COMPLETE access to anything on your Mac or PC. Its under the guise of "copyright protection" but who uses a low cost recorder to distribute bootleg recordings?
Summary: I have two older Sony's that are great but need replacing. Bought this one to try for dictation and its a bust, can't use it at all. The problem is on playback it cuts off words so you have to rewind every time you restart which is very annoying and wastes a lot of time. Don't buy this one for dictation!