Product Type: Sony Dictaphone
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Sony M 450
Member Name: totallyextreme
Sony M 450
Advantages: Good and basic
Disadvantages: Price of cassettes
Everyone has one of those moments every now and again where you cannot remember what your mates said or you can't remember a particularly important bit of information from your lecture. I am one of those people who tends to go to sleep after about 25 minutes of hearing someone talk at me, so 1hr long lectures were starting to become quite unproductive for me. This, i invested in one of these, and then used it to record my lectures, and made notes around certain topics. This allowed me to take notes but also when i got home i could listen back and write them up at my own pace. It was also handy when i did a couple of interviews for the student paper.
In terms of how it looks, it is like a medium sized mobile phone, or perhaps a bit chunkier, but it isn't too large or unsightly, and is black which obviously helps it to fit it anywhere. It is ridiculously easy to use, the record button is bright red, and you simply click it to operate, there is then a fast forward and a rewind button, and a play button. Literally so easy.
It runs on batteries, which obviously is a bit antiquated, but they do an alright job and they certainly last quite well. I haven't changed mine yet and did 6 months of university with them, so i cannot complain at that level of playback.
It uses microcassettes, which again are very old fashioned in the digital age. They are also quite expensive but this did not concern me too much because i just used to record over and over different lectures as they were not needed once i had written them up. It is true that they gradually lose quality after a while but it wasn't something that concerned me too much. The sound quality is very good, and you do get some background noise because of the lack of the digital nature, but these were far cheaper and that is why i decided to invest in this effort.
A good basic recorder but for more developed needs get a digital one.
Summary: Basic dictaphone
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