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: Ok the recorder is great. Easy and intuitive to use, out of the box and working in ten minutes. It could have been working in two minutes, but packaging these days is most definitely not designed for people with poor eyesight or arthritis. Forget the free batteries - send it with a Stanley knife and hammer. The downer to this deal is the "dragon naturally speaking" software.
Summary: Fine for taking notes, but files cannot be transferred to your computer. Information is misleading and it does not come with the ability to buy a connection and use that. Packaging was difficult to open without destroying, so now will have to see if they will accept as return.
Summary: This little voice recorder works okay, but if you are an occasional user, the batteries will be dead every single time you want to use it. You see Sony cheaped out and didn't include a power switch, and its standby current is way too high. A brand new pair of name brand alkaline batteries lasts about 4 days while the unit is supposedly off! I used it for only 20 minutes, then turned it as off as it goes (its screen shows "off" then goes blank).
Summary: I bought this recorder in December 2011, but only used it a few times. I had recorded less than five hours. In March 2012, in the middle of a recording, I noticed that the screen had gone blank. Thinking maybe the batteries had died I replaced them, but no good. It's pretty much a brick. It doesn't work even when plugged in to my computer or to mains electricity via the mini USB port. The Sony warranty does cover replacement for up to a year, but there are two hitches.