Summary: The recorder itself is great piece of hardware. It works great, records well, plays back well, supports earphones and mics. As a self-memo (or audio note taker), it is great. I found the packaged Dragon NaturallySpeaking software clunky however. It didn't feel natural to use and is strictly designed to work with only the recorder. If you're expecting the actual Dragon software, do not! This does not work with your computer mic, only the the recorder.
Summary: Product performs well once I learned a little Chinese? The manual is in Chinese 1/2 the prompts are in Chinese this is more a seller thing. The seller did not indicate this item and support information (manual)was in Chinese. My fault should of stuck to the box store.
Summary: No where in the product description does it say that 64-bit OS is not supported. When I tried to install the Digital Voice Editor software, I got an error saying the OS wasn't compatible. Since I had a new Dell sith Vista Home Premium, I thought it would be okay. So, I tried to install the software on my older XP system and it worked. The only disclaimer I could find was an footnote on page 59 of the user's manual and in the ReadMe file.
Summary: I have yet to install/try the Dragon Naturally Speaking software, but the recording device is superb. It has a minimal learning curve, has numerous options, such as reduced or accelerated playback speeds (great for transcription!!!), and has a myriad of volume playback options. Also, it seamlessly downloads recordings with a single click of the accompanying program. Also, it is lightweight, long battery life, and sleek look.
Summary: The package was easy to open, but that is where easy stopped. The directions are not user friendly as I am still trying to figure out how to turn the recorder on. I have yet to actually use the product since it takes four hours to charge the batteries initially and I need a good week to work through the directions to turn it on.
Summary: I use this for meetings and note taking. Documentation is not the best, but once through the learning curve, it works great. Dragon is not the greatest, but it works well once you have figured it out. For those on the road, you can't beat its size.
Summary: I have had this recorder for over a year and use it regularly to dictate my Sunday School lessons. The device is easy to use, and the transcription is not perfect, but is good. I was surprised how good it is. Certainly good enough that I continue to use it regularly. The software was easy enough to install and the use of it is intuitive. Voice recognition software from Nuance is about this expensive or more so and you still have to buy a recorder.
Summary: I bought this product to capture some focus groups I conducted. Despite considerable background noise, the recorder did a great job of picking up all of the participants. Some people spoke very softly, but the device still caught it. I was disappointed that the transcription software is only for a single speaker, and only works after reading a lenghty test passage.
Summary: I read the reviews about software problems but bought this recorder anyway. To my relief the software installed without a hitch, except that the first time I recorded the 15 minutes of text required to activate the Dragon Naturally Speaking software the signal to noise ratio was too low. I recorded again with an external microphone and all went smoothly. (The software told me that the s-to-n level was too low the first time.
Summary: The software vender does not support this product sold in this fashion. I went ahead and upgraded to Dragon 10 ($40 more). I did the training readings under version 9, upgraded to version 10 and my dictations are so garbled as to be non-sense. This product combo is not a quick easy solution for dictating. The voice recorder itself works ok, but don't expect that trained profile to be effective at dictating your thoughts.