Summary: I was scared away from buying this item on Amazon because of the comments on the FM radio reception issues. Not sure if it was a real problem, but did not want to risk the possibility of getting one without a functional radio tuner. Somewhat difficult to find a U.S. seller at the price I wanted to pay for this item, but I did pick it up elsewhere for about the same price.
Summary: I love this recorder. As a writer, I am constantly recording ideas and/or conversations. This unit fits nicely into my pocket so I can take it anywhere. And it's easy to operate in a hurry. I especially like the built in USB connector.
Excerpt: I purchased this recorder to augment meeting notes taken by hand. I've had a chance to use it a few times already and I'm very impressed with it's ability to pick up even the most soft spoken voice levels in large conference rooms. It truly is impressive. The critical key in realizing its ability is to use the included earbuds for play back. The built in speaker is barely usable..
Pros: Compact Design, High Mic Sensitivity, High Sensitivity, Long Battery Life, Reliable
Excerpt: My comments should be taken as being from someone that knows next to nothing about these type of recorders. I bought this recorder to use when interviewing people about genealogy. I wish that I would have been more observant about the size of this recorder, maybe I would have realized that it had to have a very small speaker. I am very disappointed by the sound quality. I own other Sony products and have always been pleased with them.
Excerpt: My old Sony ICD P520 digital recorder became "obsolete" with the replacement of my Windows XP desktop computer, forcing me to search for a new ICD recorder. The old Sony was such a reliable device that going with a brand other than Sony was not an option. The search was made on-line at both retail outlets and the Sony web site, for there are some current ICD recorders out there that believe it or not are incompatible with WIndows 8.
Summary: This recorder is a replacement for another Sony recorder I still use. I needed an upgrade. This item is great, works well, has great sound quality and I always trust Sony for making good products. This recorder, unlike my previous recorder, can be connected to my computer and files transferred that way. Works well. I am very pleased with my purchase.