Summary: This is my 3rd purchase of this voice recorder over a long period of years, about 9 years. I use it for journaling, notes, for recording events, and for classes. I've had to re-buy them because there seems to be a faulty connection to my multiple laptops over the years. What happened with 2 of them was the software will say that it cannot upload my files or that they already have been uploaded, but they havn't. Then there is nothing I can do but remove it.
Summary: Product was as described and working perfectly! Fast shipping, great customer, will order again! Excellent product, I tried the newer models and was not happy with them. The ICD-SX57 works so well!
This Voice Recorder is user friendly with a wide range of uses and perks!
11 January 2012
Summary: I have 3 of these. I love them! They are perfect for recording lectures and the sound really picks up nicely. I'm able to listen to audio books and edit them where I want to like at each chapter where you cannot do this if you use a plain mp3 player. Converting to other formats is simple and allows the user more control of the files. After editing the file to my liking, I can then turn it back into an mp3 file if I choose to. I love this thing.
Summary: I am a journalist and use the device for recording interviews. The weakness of this device is the Sony proprietary file format.If they would only record in MP3 format you could download, file and play from your computer. Instead I back up on the computer, erase and if later I want to refer back I have to reinstall onto the device to play. It sucks, what were they thinking.
Soney ICD-SX57 Digital Voice Recorder MINUS Dragon Software
Don F. Kaiser, Amazon
20 May 2010
Summary: The recorder works well although noise is a little bit of a problem. The main draw back is that it came without the Dragon software! This was misleading in the advertizement and product discription. On the product package itself it claims compatability with the Dragon software but says its not included and doesn't indicate which version of software it is compatible with. When serveying to buy this product I was mislead trying to compare products and prices.
Summary: I should have known. I read a lot or reviews and this seemed to be the product for me. The description says it supports wav and mp3 formats. Problem is you have to run the software on a PC to get that to happen. The msv file format is not compatible with a Mac. Looks like this is going back.
Lots of functionality in a small package - Good but not perfect
Bob Tobias "Robert Tobias", Amazon
30 November 2009
Summary: Pluses: - Long recording time - Three mic's mean decent stereo capture or directional pickup - You can use rechargable batteries and charge them while they're in the recorder (for example when you connect the recorder to a PC to transfer files). - Decent app for transferring files. Helpful for transcriptions, you can control playback while you are entering text.
Summary: I like this recorder a lot and use it constantly. I think it could be improved if it were just a bit bigger in size so that the buttons could be spaced further apart, but you do get used to it as it is and it is fine. The soft travel case is not so good. After a few weeks of use it falls off and becomes inconvenient. Also, there is a place for a hand strap on the recorder, but it does not come with one.
Summary: From time to time, as I'm going about my day, I realize how technology has helped me the last few years...and thank my lucky stars! I am writing here to say thanks to Sony for making my life, and my students' lives, easier and better with this recorder. I have had the recorder for a couple years now, and rely on it constantly.