Summary: This is a good audio recorder, sometimes a little too good for my purposes (picking up the faintest noises in my house late at night, when I'm recording my podcast, for example), but I assume that to be more "user error" than anything else. The battery life is ridiculously good. I used the hell out of it one day earlier this summer, recording many long interviews in succession, with plenty of battery life left.
Summary: Using Amazon's star system for this review, I'm rating this recorder as "Okay." It's not bad, but it's not great. Perhaps I've just been spoiled by the fine quality of field recorders and voice recorders from Zoom and Olympus. All portable recorders have their quirks, and a little learning curve. Fair enough. I was able to get this Sony up and running with a full understanding of it's functions (and limitations) within minutes after opening the box.
Summary: Great recorder, bought it for Nursing School. Works as advertised. When buying a recorder, look at what it's options are... and figure out what's important to you. I liked that this one has a spot for headphones, can be used with an SD card, and can upload to my computer.
Excerpt: This recorder is what i wanted and them some. I purchased it for college and the best part is that the recording converts into an MP3 file that I can upload into my laptop, so I can listen to any lecture over and over again. This was the best investment I made.
Since she has learning issues we needed something that was simple and easy to use
Wes McAfee, Amazon
14 September 2014
Summary: I bought the recorder for my daughter to record her college seminars. Since she has learning issues we needed something that was simple and easy to use. The basic instructions in the box are minimal, but enough to get started and just record and play back. After going over them with her, she was able to pick up how to work it. The recording is clear and doesn't pick up a lot of background noise. Wish the screen was back lite.