Summary: In the grand scheme of things I have not long been out of education and in my profession we aim to continually develop our expertise and knowledge so I still go to seminars and lectures regularly. I have had this Sony M-450 microcassette recorder/dictaphone for over two years now and it is still going strong.
Pros: Simple to use, reliable and very useful
Cons: Tapes will be a drawback for some, not digital
Summary: Intro ------ Everyone has one of those moments every now and again where you cannot remember what your mates said or you can't remember a particularly important bit of information from your lecture. I am one of those people who tends to go to sleep after about 25 minutes of hearing someone talk at me, so 1hr long lectures were starting to become quite unproductive for me.
Summary: I bought the M450 Dictaphone some time ago as I needed to record some lectures and interviews. I had this in the days before digital recording devices were so commonplace. It is a tried and tested piece of technology and the reason why I bought the Sony Dictaphone, is that many years ago as a young teenager, I had another Sony Dictaphone that used micro cassettes.
Pros: Inexpensive, easy to use
Cons: Seems dated today - A digital device would be far better
Summary: This type of dictaphone seems really old-fashioned now, and shows its age in terms of looks, but I think it´s still an excellent dictaphone that does the job brilliantly. If you´re a professional, you probably wouldn´t use this, but for the rest of us, it´s perfect. The product is well-designed, with the tape slotting into the front and all the buttons you need on the side - it´s really easy to control with one hand, and everything can be quickly learnt and mastered.
Pros: Easy to use, decent quality for the cost, cheap.
Excerpt: "I purchased the M 450 dictaphone several years ago, when I regularly attended lectures and needed to keep notes. It was very difficult to takes notes while keeping my attention fixed on what the lecturer was saying next. When I purchased the Dictaphone however, I could take a seat in the lecture room, set the device to record and enjoy the speech without worrying about being track of my notes. This is not the most stylish device in terms of appearance. ...