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This was bought to record my thoughts, lectures notes on books etc. when at university. I thought I'd spend a bit more and get a named brand then it might be of better quality. The construction of the Dictaphone is plastic, its lightweight with a non colour lcd screen. It may have been better coated in metal however this would of made it heavier.The buttons make it look quite cluttered but once you play with it the device is easy to use. This device can be picked up for around £80-90.
The device has 4gb of memory which doesn't sound like much these days but still holds quite a few hours of audio. All of which can be backed up to your pc/mac via usb. When recording the device has a few options with regards to quality and also whether to record in stereo or not. The lower quality or less channels recording the less memory is used. The playback is played through a single speaker which is ok in terms of quality but by no means the best. The device runs off a AAA battery and a single one will last a couple of days with light use.
As far as recording goes the quality is fine however the noise also picked up is quite significant. This can be off-putting and quite frankly not something you expect from the likes of sony. But at the end of the day it does the job it set out to do.
I bought this so that i could use it in lectures at university for when i wanted to recall something which had been taught to me.
To start off it is not the most stylish of dictaphones but once you get past the outside, the features are well worth the eyesore. It has a 4GB flash memory which allows for 45-1000 hours of recording. It varies so much becuase it depends on what quality you record it in as you can choose from recording straight away in MP3, AAC or WMA format, all 3 of which are acceptable quality. This little device managed to pick up the voice of a very quiet lecturer from about 8m away so it has a very good range on it.
In terms of power it has two options, you can use just a single normal AAA battery and replace them each time or you can buy a rechargeable AAA battery and recharge it every time via the USB socket, which is also how you download everything you have recorded back onto your PC or Mac. One battery will last around 70 hours recording time
It has a built-in 90mW speaker, built-in microphone as well as a built in LCD display. It weighs roughly 60 grams which is hardly noticeable when it's in your pocket so overall a great little product.