Product Type: Sony Dictaphone
Newest Review: ... 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 a... more
Sony ICD PX820 Dictaphone - Retro look, but great features.
Sony ICD PX820
Member Name: Chattystudent
Sony ICD PX820
Advantages: Auto start and stop voice control
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.
Summary: Great device I certainly would recommend buying.