Product Type: Olympus Dictaphone
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Olympus VN 2100PC -stylish dictaphone, but not the best value for money
Olympus VN 2100PC
Member Name: Chattystudent
Olympus VN 2100PC
Disadvantages: Memory and PC software
After getting into university my parents brought me this voice recorder to help me with the transition into university, and as you can see from my other reviews, since then I have become a big fan of dictaphones, having got through
/used a rather lot of them.
The device look very sleek, with a glossy black case, and is very compact, fitting into most pockets. It has a decent size LCD screen with all of the main buttons on the front of the device. The dictaphone comes with a detachable feature, which is quite unique. It is fairly strong and can span round to point in a specific direction, which is ideal in lecture theatres to help reduce the background noise. The dictaphone also has both speakers and a headphone socket, making it versatile. The files are all stored in MP3 format, and are downloadable to a computer, helping to save the memory (size is pretty small, but I am don't sure on the exact amount). The dictaphone comes with the software needed to do so. The device also allows you to organise the recording into four files on the device, this was slightly frustrating as I had more than four different lecture modules each week, but provided you check downloading them to the computer this shouldn't cause too many problems. I have never done it his myself but apparently you can remove the microphone and attach a phone pick up line into the socket to record telephone calls. However, this device does not come with the dictaphone. The dictaphones also takes two AAA batteries, which does last a fair amount of time. I tend to have to change it every couple of weeks, just note it can cut off fairly quickly without much warning.
The dictaphone can be brought for the standard price of most dictaphones, £40, however I have seen it sold for as little as £15 on eBay.
The recording quality is fairly decent, amplifying it and making it clearer, but it does seem to also amplify background chatter as it seems to think it is important as it a persons voice, which can be a bit of a problem in a busy lecture theatre or in a public place. Being able to direct the microphone though was really useful and helps to minimise this problem if used effectively. The most annoying thing with this dictaphone was how awkward the software was to install onto a PC. In short, it is not particularly easy for those who are not computer literate, and took me a while to install and learn to use. However, the fact you can download your file to the computer is particularly useful for me as I always like to keep a copy with me lecture notes so I can listen back to them at exam time.
Overall a decent device which helped me through my first year at uni. The main problems is the memory is fairly small and the software for the computer is not very user friendly. Personally, I would recommend buying a different one if your paying full price, but if you pick it up cheaply its a decent dictaphone.
Summary: Would recommend others if your paying full price, but a reasonable product.