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This is a stylish and robust voice recorder thanks to its metal case. Looking at the exterior it has a micro SD port, headphone jack and all the function buttons you would expect (play/pause/record etc).
It has the ability to recorded in stereo as well as mono. You could also add external microphones to the recorder for added functionality but I have found that some of these pickup mobile telephone interference. Thankfully this was recorder has no such problems on its own.
You can have over 25 hours worth of recording at good-quality and the battery lasts the days. On the subject of the battery, when plugged into a computer to transfer your recordings it also charges the badges at the same time.
The sound format that it records in is .WMV so some people might have to convert to a more standard format if they want to listen to their recordings on another device.
Where it could be improved is in its interface. In today's design orientated market feels a little dated and clunky. Also the bundled software is weak in comparison to the actual product.
While there may be high quality voice recorders out there but for purely recording voice (lectures, interviews and the like) it's well worth the money.
Olympus, very well know for their quality cameras. But very well known for their quality Dictaphones?
Actually yes. I'm a fan of Dictaphones and have owned a few in my time, while most people go through their entire lives without ever owning one.
Both my jobs have required me to use one of these and I couldn't have done either of them without one.
The DM 450 is actually a digital note taker it has 2 gigabyte of built in memory. I know that's not much but it actually takes a lot to fill this up as standard recordings don't take up that much room as it records in MP3. However the memory can be expanded by using a micro SD card (not included). The body of this recorder is a gun metal grey although it's described as silver. It's made of a strong aluminium casing to ensure all my precious recording are safe and sound even if the recorder takes a tumble.
It's around the size of a small remote control or mobile phone. This made it easy for me to carry with at all times and I rarely left it at home. It would slip into my pocket and I'd hardly know it was there. An unusual feature that this Dictaphone had over others that I have owned, is the fact that there was four little rubber feet on the back, this meant that when I would lay this on a table it was very secure and I could work the front controls without the recorder rocking back and forth or sliding around the table.
There are loads of recording modes on this little machine. The mic was very sensitive, not in a bad way, that's exactly what you want with one of these. I wanted one that would pick up every syllable and inclination of what I had to say. I would increase the Mic sensitivity for those times that I would want to record a room full of people rather than just myself taking notes. This can be done by accessing the menu and selecting voice zoom. There is also good noise cancelling technology in this recorder that in particular came in handy when I would have an idea on public transport or in the middle of town where there would be a lot of surrounding noise. Other more simplistic Dictaphones would record that noise and I would then struggle to hear what I had to say. But with this the noise canceling technology would block out all ambient sounds and just pick up what I had to say in very good detail.
There is also a setting that when in a quiet room if I was to pick up the Dictaphone it would start recording at the first sound of my voice. This was the voice activation recording setting and was brilliant when working late at night, this saved battery power as I didn't have to have it running all the time, it would just switch on at the sound of my voice.
Files could be split, moved, edited and renamed all on this device's little screen. There was a great timer record setting, this would mean that I could set the recorder to begin recording at a set time and stop at a set time.
There was also a voice guidance feature, this was where the recorder would talk to me to tell me what was on screen, menus, selection options and so forth. This would be perfect any one with poor eyesight as even people with the best eyesight may struggle to read this screen in a dull room. The battery would last me hours on end and was easily charged by connecting via a USB cable to my PC.
The stop, play and record buttons are situated on the right side of the recorder when viewing the screen side, not the backside with the rubber feet. These buttons are nice and big so you can press them without having to look and see which ones which, you soon learn their layout. The microphone actually looks like a microphone, it's at the very top of the unit and covers the entire top, so when held it feels right to talk into it.
This is a great little feature packed Dictaphone that you WILL use more than you think.
This can be purchased online at :
for £84.99 + shipping.