Product Type: Olympus Dictaphone
Newest Review: ... matrix display, which even though it sounds retro is plenty good enough for what tryout need it for. The screen also has a backlight to ma... more
Olympus DM 550 - fantastic quality, far too expensive
Olympus DM 550
Member Name: Chattystudent
Olympus DM 550
Advantages: Crystal clear recordings
This is my current dictaphone and so far I am really impressed by it. Since going to university I have fallen in love with dictaphone and don't think people give them another credit as they are now viewed as a fairly old school device.
The device comes in a sleek, shiny black case, and is nice and light weight and compact, without being too small. The deuce has a dot matrix display, which even though it sounds retro is plenty good enough for what tryout need it for. The screen also has a backlight to make it easy to see and read in dim light. The device has a headphone socket, a mini USB socket and a Micro SD card slot, so it has plenty of option to transfer the recording onto the computer. (It comes with a cable to connect the dictaphone directly to the computer). The files are stored in the MP3 format. The dictaphone has a large memory of 4GB, bigger than any other dictaphone I have owned. The device is powered by the standard 2 AAA batteries which last a good few weeks. The dictaphone also has a noise cancelling function and allows the file recorded files to be organised into different files.
I brought this device off an ex student for £50 when they left uni, so not sure what the market price is, but for a quick browse it seems rather expensive.
The dictaphone has great quality playback, crustal clear playback, llightweight, durable and stylish. The clarity in the recordings is excellent and the battery life is fairly decent. The device has a huge memory and can easily be connected to the computer to transfer files, either through the cable or an SD card. The device was easy to use, I didn't even use the manual.
A great quality dictaphone, but from what I have seen very expensive and probably not worth the money.
Summary: Great device, not worth the money though.