Product Type: Olympus Dictaphone
Newest Review: ... of this digital record is pretty small when you compare it against other digital records. It fits perfectly into my jean pocket, making... more
Great digital recorder
Olympus VN 7600
Member Name: moulazaros
Olympus VN 7600
Advantages: good recording with olympus TP7 telephone pickup and also, any other recording at near distance.
Disadvantages: after purchased 3months and a half, display functions are out of order,the problem was, it doesn't s
I've been very happy with my Olympus VN-7600 PC so far, and this is after 3 or 4 months of use. I use it almost entirely for notes and reminders to myself, so my files are generally short messages where I'm speaking into the recorder. I haven't used it for lectures or other more distant sources, but based on the background sounds my unit has picked up the sensitivity seems like it would be fine for those purposes.
The best thing about this model is the layout of the control buttons, which is identical for two previous models with lower internal memory (the VN6200PC and VN5200PC). With the exception of the "hold" switch on the left side of the recorder, all of the buttons are on the front. The primary 3 buttons, "record", "stop", and "play" are nice and large and very easy to operate by feel with my thumb while holding the recorder in one hand. This is especially nice for driving, even after dark. If a great thought occurs to me (like "remember to feed the cat before leaving tomorrow morning") while I'm driving at night I can easily operate the recorder strictly by feel. My father, who has some dexterity problems with his fingers, tells me he also finds the controls quite easy to use on his VN5200PC, and he has had problems with some other makes and models of pocket recorders.
Transferring files back and forth between the recorder and computer isn't something I do often, but I've performed the operation enough times to be able to say it's very easy. In Windows Explorer the recorder simply shows up as another external drive/storage device when you connect it via the supplied USB cable. The cable is only about 6 inches long, which might be a problem for some computer USB port locations, but for my computer that cable length is convenient and keeps things uncluttered in front of the computer.
Since I use my recorder for lots of short messages I don't really have a feel for battery life, as far as how many hours one gets from the 2 AA batteries, but I haven't yet replaced the original batteries and the power indicator on the display still shows 2 of 3 bars. It's a non-issue for me.
Two things I'd like to be a little different-- there is just a bit of a delay when starting to record after the button is pushed. For lectures and longer recordings it wouldn't be a problem at all, but my use for lots of short recordings which are often made without looking at the recorder (so I don't notice when the light has gone on) has caused me to miss the first word or two a couple times. I've trained myself not to start blabbing right away at the same time I'm pressing the record button.
The second inconvenience is that it takes 3 separate button pushes to erase each message on the recorder, but I suppose if it only took 1 or 2 pushes I'd be complaining that it was too easy to accidentally erase a message. Also, people whose use consists of fewer but longer recordings than I generate would find the process less intrusive. In any event, it doesn't by any means offset all the good features of the recorder.
Summary: Bottom line, I really like this recorder and if I lost it I'd immediately replace it with the same m