Having completed 3 years of uni (just the Masters and PGCE to go) I always have a Dictaphone with me for every lecture or ensure one of my flat mates record the lecture if I am not well so I don't miss anything important. The Dictaphone may seem old school to many, it did to me when I first got one, but is incredibly useful when it comes to revision or not forgetting or missing a thing.
The Sony ICD UX512 is a grey/silver, flash based recorder with 2 GB of memory, approximately 500 hours of recording. As with most Dictaphones it has a stereo output, an equaliser and filters to ensure good quality recordings. However, the most useful feature is the noise cutter, which enhances human voices and reduced the background sound. The screen is LCD and is a large enough to find and organise your recordings using the buttons on the front of the device. The most useful feature is the USB connector that allows you to download all your records onto a computer as a backup and organise them as you wish. It also has a headphone jack so you can listen to you playbacks privately. AAA batteries power it.
The Sony ICD UX512 is available for about £60.
This device, like all Sony Dictaphones I have tried produces beautiful high quality MP3 recordings, even from a distance in a lecture theatre. The noise filter feature really is noticeable compared to other devices. The reason I prefer this device is the USB connection and the fact it is also supported by microSD.
This is a great device with long recording time, easy to use controls and easy computer connection. The price isn't the most expensive, or the cheapest, but I would recommend this product and would buy it again.
5 star rating!