Summary: I am diappointed in the quality of sound and the static that it seems to pick up from the background. Also, the earlier microcassette recorders that I have purchased were made of a more durable metal material as opposed to plastic (?) Nor have I ever paid this much for a recorder before. I had higher expectations for SONY.
Summary: I've bought other units in the past and they were not as good quality. The sound recordings are great. It is very light. It felt a bit cheaply made, but that being said it really has done a great job.
Summary: We use microcassette recorders daily and for the money spent, expect it to perform. We purchased this in January and it failed within three months. It stops mid-recording and is no better than a brick. I would not recommend this product to anyone.
Summary: This recorder is about as good as it gets when it comes to dictating. The recorder is easy to use, has great clarity and, unlike other recorders I have recently purchased (and either threw out or returned broken), it actually operates as it should. I am pleased that one is still able to purchase a quality mini cassette recorder in this world of digital recorders.
Summary: I've owned this Microcassette Recorder (Pearlcorder S831) for 12 years and it's a gift that keeps on giving. Some of my tapes are years old and still I refer to them when I need/want to revisit a past event. Thankfully my wife had the wisdom, now deceased, to insist upon carrying the recorder with us in the auto glove box just in case. The simple act of visiting family or friends on special days shall always be an important part of my cherished memories of her.