Product Type: Olympus Dictaphone
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Olympus VN 5500PC - my favourite dictaphone
Olympus VN 5500PC
Member Name: Chattystudent
Olympus VN 5500PC
Date: 30/01/13, updated on 30/01/13 (53 review reads)
Advantages: Good sound quality, light weight and connects to a computer
Disadvantages: Maybe a slightly larger memory
Out of all of the dictaphones I have managed to get through army time at university, this one has to be my favourite. I brought this one in my second year after my first one went first one got miss placed. I was attracted to this device because of the good brand name and it was very compact, lightweight, pleasant appearance and can be connected to a computer.
The dictaphone comes in the standard grey plastic case, as you find with most dictaphones. The front of the device has a small to moderately sized LCD screen, certainly big enough to organise and set up your recordings, and has most of the buttons needed to control the device. On the top there is a headphones socket and a hold button to lock the device. The dictaphone can connect to a computer via a USB port using the cable provided. The back of the device has a battery compartment, which takes 2 AAA batteries. The device has noise reduction features that are designed to enhance the speakers voice. The dictaphone has a 512MB memory.
The product is the typical grey colour with plastic casing and small LCD screen. All the buttons needed to control, organise and playback your recordings are features on the front of the device, with a headphone jack and computer connector on the base and side of the device. Compared to my first cheap dictaphone it is very compact and light, and is powered by 2 AAA batteries. The device also has noise reduction features that enables human voices to be picked up clearly, ideal for a lecture theatre. The memory in this device is not as good as other devices i have had since, the basic memory being of 512MB, but as you can download your recordings onto a computer, it is plenty larger enough for most needs.
I brought mine for about £45 from John Lewis, but obviously this price is now a couple of years out of date.
As mentioned already this is my favourite dictaphone. It was simple to use, light weight, stylish and
Reduced good sound quality, even in a large lecture theatre. The background noise was not completely removed, but provided no else is talking too much close to the device it doesn't really effect the sound quality. The device even made great recording at the back of a large lecture theatre. The battery life of the device was good and lasts for a good 2/3 weeks even when using at lectures every day. The memory size is slightly on the small side, but because you can easily download the files onto the computer it doesn't really cause a problem. I ended up downloading all of my lectures every couple of weeks to keep them organised. The device does allow you to organise your recordings into folders on the device, but I didn't use this feature too much.
I love this dictaphone and would definately buy it again. The memory is a little small, but it never caused me any problems.
Summary: Great dictaphone I would definately buy again.