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I borrowed this device off a friend when my dictaphone got broken. Ever since starting university I have always had a dictaphone with me as its sometimes fairly hard to keep up with the pace of lectures and keep my concentration up all the way through the lecture. However, it can be used for so many jobs, such as journalism, writing, experimentation, as well as in general life to record any ideas or thoughts.
The dictaphone is the standard hand size device, and is black in colour. Personally I think it makes it look quite ugly, grey/silver is much nicer, but it's not all about appearance. It has a 2GB memory, which his equivalent to approximately 500 hours of recording, about a years worth of lectures for me. All of files, which are stored as MP3 files, can be downloaded onto a computer via an USB drive. It has a basic LCD screen. The device also has voice operated recording, which starts and stops recording automatically when you start speaking and this does also work in a lecture theatre, provided there isn't too much background chatter. It also has quite a unique function which lets you overwrite a recording where you may have changed your mind or made a mistake, which can be particularly useful when preparing speaking/presentations etc. The dictaphone also has pitch control, though I am not sure how much difference this made to the recording.
This product can be brought for about £30-£35, depending on where you shop.
The dictaphone produced fairly decent quality recordings, even at the back of a large lecture theatre, without picking up and focusing on background noise. Some of the addition features, particularly voice starts and stop function was particularly useful as there are usually breaks within the lecture and I could just leave the device running. It was easy to control and use, with large buttons and a clear display. I didn't even need to read a manual to know how to do all of the basic functions.
This dictaphone is certainly a good quality device, with some great additional features. It's cheaper than buying some devices that cant connect to the computer. For me the downside is its appearance as i think the bad makes it look quite old fashioned and ugly. However, apart from appearance I would certainly recommend this dictaphone.
I think one of the problems that most students have is when going from small lessons to lectures at universities is that the pace can be too fast to keep up. I usually print out the lecture slides before each lecture so that I can annotate and follow what the lecturer is saying. However, even then, the amount of material they cover in each lecture is quite a lot and sometimes, I find myself thinking what I have written when I go over the lectures at home. Therefore, my solution was to get a dictaphone and record the lectures just in the case I miss something.
There are varities of brands and styles available on the market for dictaphones. I decided to purchase the Sony ICD-PX829 digital voice recorder because sony is one of the trusted brands and, despite being a little bit on the expensive side, the quality is trustworthy and reliable. The dictaphone is retailed for around £45.00 online and maybe less, and can cost more in highstreet shops like Currys. I bought mine from amazon for about £45.00 which I think is a reasonable price for a dictaphone.
The design is very nice and lightweight. It comes in black and the buttons are very easy to use. It has a LCD display screen which shows clearly the functions and settings. One of the features I like about this dictaphone is that you can change the sensitivity settings depending on where and when you are recording. My lectures tend to be quite so I usually leave my dictaphone on high sensitivity setting, and it is easier to listen back to the recordings.
The performance of this product is very satisfactory. It's very user friendly. Another feature I like about this dictaphone is that I can store the recordings on my laptop and free up the internal storage space on the dictaphone. The internal memory is 2 GB and it can store more than 500 hours of voice recordings. However, being able to transfer files between the dictaphone and laptop makes it so easy for me share the recordings with my friends, and also they serve as back ups in case I accidentally delete the files on the dictaphone.
Overall, I am glad that I bought this dictaphone because it has helped me a lot with my studies. However, I do try and stay alert/awake during lectures and use the voice recordings as a back-up source. I'm pleased with the quality I get for my money and it's well worth the buy.
Thank you for reading. :) x
I purchased this for recording lectures at university, so I was looking for a high quality bit of kit that wasn't heavily effected by background noise (a busy lecture theatre full of students). This cost me around £60 about 6 months ago.
A mentioned I only really use this for recording lectures so I have not gone into the full depths of it's capabilities, but for simple recording and playback I have been very pleased. Even with quite high levels of noise it can pick up good quality sound and the playback is simple and good quality. The screen displays the recordings in order of date so you can work out what you're listening to. Outside is where this device lets me down a little, with some wind it gets very distorted but there is an input for an external mic so perhaps an attachment could alleviate this problem. It has a 2GB flash drive which means it wont be effected by movement during use, like a physical disk drive. Sony says that you can record up to 535 hours of voice audio which is high, I haven't even used half my capacity in a year of lectures.
The unit connects to PC or MAC via USB so you can back up all of your data and edit it or upload it to the internet if you like, but be careful about copyright etc.
I find the size a brilliant upside, its fits in your pocket like a phone so depending on what you need it for you can just pull it out and start recording in a matter of about 15 second (including turning on).
It is well built so it has taken my many drops and bashes. As far as the reliability of the device itself I have had only a couple of minor latency problems, that is to say it has skipped a couple of times during recording causes some sound to be missed but this is a rare occurrence and may very well be down to 'user negligence'.
This is a very good dictaphone that has a good range of features whilst still managing to be simple to operate. It has a great capacity and is very well built and portable.
This is a cracking little gadget perfect!
I got one on a whim as I was wanting to capture some conversations and be able to listen to them again to observe our language patterns. I could have spent a lot less money, but reading previous reviews on other websites, the impression I got was that it was better to spend a bit more on a better quality product.
This model cost me £45 and is definitely good value for money. I cant say that I have used every function possible on it, but the basics are very simple to operate....particularly when you're in one of those moments where you need to just switch it on and start recording something spare of the moment. The playback function is very simple - everything is stored in the order it was recorded and you just scroll through to the particular recording. The clarity of the recording, depending on the background ambience, is quite astounding.
Inside, you could stand up to 10 metres away and, providing the volume is turned up high, you'll be able to hear everything. That said (and perhaps I have not quite figured out the functions), it is harder to pick up speech if you are outside and the surroundings are quite noisy.
The other great function is the ability to transfer the recording to a permanent place on your PC or Laptop (be careful with cheaper dictaphones as most dont have this option!) That said, this particular dictaphone has 535 hours worth of recording space transferring to your PC is mainly as a back up! Its also very lightweight and compact so you can carry it with you everywhere.
My only slight gripe with it is that if you dont switch it off properly, it is quite sensitive to going off! I would have liked it to have some sort of 'lock' function, like with mobile phones, so that it automatically disables and doesnt start playing conversations in your bag if something pushes against one of the buttons!
Its also very lightweight and compact so you can carry it with you everywhere.
I bought the Sony ICD-PX820 to record my lectures and tutorials in college. The first time I used it was in a tutorial in a relatively small room, roughly 20ft by 10ft. There were 5 of us in the room seated around a table, the recorder was placed in the middle of the table in front of me. The tutorial was short (30 mins) and I used the settings for HQ recording, and high sensitivity. The voices at the meeting were reasonably loud and I had no problem hearing anyone on the day.
The recording came back to about 30mb in an MP3 file. The playback was perfect, if a little too loud. I will probably use a lower sensitivity next time I have a small tutorial. The built in speaker is so-so but once you port the files back to your laptop (as you always will) it becomes a joy to hear back.
My only complaint is that using high sensitivity can pick up a lot of environmental noise such as people chatting in class. It's really a trade off between being able to hear the lecturer and getting this weeks gossip on tape!
4 different quality recording options exist but you'll only find yourself using HQ, the battery life is quoted at 33 hours of HQ recording which is plenty if you only use it for lectures like I do. There is sound activated recording too which is nice in a lecture or tutorial where there can be breaks in conversation. This can lop off segments of the sound though.
Overall I'm quite happy with my dictaphone. The build quality is nice and it's packed with more features than I will ever need. Only drawback is hearing your own voice on tape!
I received the Sony ICD-PX820 Digital Voice Recorder at University when I wanted to record my lectures and type them back at my leisure later on. I found it a very handy bit of kit and ideal for this type of use. It has 2GB of built-in flash memory which means that you won't be running out of space in a hurry - and of course if you ever did find yourself running low you can simply move the files to your mac or PC to clear some space. It stores up to 535 hours of voice-quality audio in LP mode which is very impressive - certainly this could hold a year of lectures no problem.
I think it is ideal for use in any meeting be it training, educational, business or even home use - for example dictating a book, family memoirs, notes in the kitchen or garden, or home study.
The recorder is equipped with voice operated recording which starts and stops recording automatically when you start speaking. It has dictation correction, so you can correct yourself and it is overwritten in the recording, and pitch control.
The built in mic is good, and picks up plenty of sound without recording too much noisy background clutter. The unit is not too heavy, black in colour (I have not seen it in any other colour) with a monochrome screen with large print LCD text and numbers, ideal for those with poor eyesight. The large chunky buttons, record and play, are easy to navigate and it is a doddle from start to finish, though of course there is a fully comprehensive instructional manual.
As you would expect from Sony the quality overall is excellent and I have no hesitation in recommending the PX820 for anyone thinking of buying a digital voice recorder. A snip at £33 (Google shopping best price), it's up there with the best.