Summary: Works as expected and then some. With the mic level all the way up the sensitivity is slightly beyond my range of hearing. It feels very light in the hands almost giving the impression its build quality may be cheap but it seems very solid after handling it for a couple hours.
Summary: I bought this to replace my Canon Rebel T3i built-in microphone (as we all know, the Canon DSLR's don't have the best microphones). The difference is night and day. Significantly less background hiss, much more manual controls to dial in the exact sound desired.
Summary: I love this recorder. It's already been very helpful for my songwriting and even makes me sound like I can sing! Once you read the manual and play with it, it's remarkably good. At first I was thrown by the poor sound quality of the playback in the room, but that's only a preview.