Product Type: Sony Dictaphone
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Sony Dictaphone ICD BX800
Sony ICD BX800
Member Name: BRoyJenkins
Sony ICD BX800
Advantages: Easy to use, large memory for recordings, good quality recordings
Disadvantages: Can't upload recordings to a computer
As a writer and a student, I find it really annoying whenever I have ideas and don't have a way to get them out quickly enough without forgetting them shortly after. It was starting to become annoying so I wanted to invest in a dictaphone.
I can't say I was an expert in dictaphones beforehand, but I did some research and found this model - Sony has always been reliable for me. There are cheaper models - I can't say I've used them to rate them - but there's always the possibility that cheaper means poorer quality, and £40 seems a good price for what you get.
The ICD BX800's memory storage is great; you get around 500 hours of very good sound quality recording. The recordings in playback are exceptionally clear, which is obviously the most important thing for a Dictaphone. You can play them back through the speaker or through headphones.
As I said, I'm no expert but I found the Dictaphone very easy to use. The buttons are clear and simple - you can skip through old recordings very easily. There are some additional functions but all I've ever used it for is simple recording and playback, and any novice can figure out how to do that with ease.
You can't upload recordings to a computer but it hasn't been a big problem for me; I only use the Dictaphone for recording rough ideas/notes to be written up later more formally, so I don't really need to keep the recordings stored on my laptop for later. Plus, I doubt many people will go over 500 hours of rough recordings before they need more space. If you are one of those people, you'll need a Dictaphone with USB connection capabilities. If there are any disadvantages, this is the only one, but it's never been an issue for me.
Summary: Great quality recordings and a huge amount of memory
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