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Superb, easy to operate, well-made recorder,
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This review is from: Sony Digital Flash Voice Recorder (ICD-PX312) (Office Product)Before I purchase most electronic products, I usually read Amazon and other technical reviews, consult and understand the manufacturer's detailed product specifications, and ensure that the product will satisfy my specific needs. For example, this protocol annihilates any possibility of my purchasing a product that, for whatever reason, I cannot use (e.g., expecting a product to work on every MAC OS; this device IS compatible with MAC OS X, v. 10.28 to v. 10.7). Secondly, my protocol subjugates blanket, unsubstantiated reviews, e.g., "this product is low quality." I suggest that an intelligible review would urge upon the reader specific, comparative specifications on which one based the review; and I expect to read that model A is prettier than model B at Victoria's Secret! Finally, a thorough understanding of the controls eliminates, at least for me, any operating "difficulties." In this age of smart phones and pad computing, this recorder is as basic as a fork and knife. Oh, regarding "half the population uses MAC": MAC enjoys 5.11% of the world's market share; 95% of schools and offices run Windows.
Regarding more specific objections:
Does not have [built-in] rechargeable batteries. No it does not - and that is a good thing. All rechargeable batteries have a limited life and, if built-in, once depleted, the gadget can no longer be used, short of returning it to the manufacturer for a battery upgrade. However, one can purchase eneloop batteries that hold 75% of their charge over a 3-year period and can be recharged 1500 times.Sanyo NEW 1500 eneloop 4 Pack AAA Ni-MH Pre-Charged Rechargeable Batteries
"It is not exactly intuitive . . . you have to read the manual." I'm biting my tongue!
"Buttons . . . too complicated for some." Overcome by reading the manual. Nevertheless, there may be some who, for whatever reason, cannot grasp the operation of various pieces of machinery. For those, we lovingly provide assistance when and if desired.
"Small screen . . . looks easily get scratched." Nylons run, shoes scuff, and screens scratch: such is life.
It is not my intent to gratuitously demean or impugn reviewers or their reviews. Rather, I wish to point out, where applicable, the easy with which "objections" may be mollified or, otherwise, discarded because they do not detract from the intended function of the device.
I find the Sony ICD-PX312 Digital Flash Voice Recorder to be well made, having a flat "learning curve," and easy to use. First and foremost, I would note that at a listening distance of two feet, I can clearly and easily hear my recordings. Flip a slide switch to turn it on; press a very large record button to record; press stop button to stop; press a very large play/enter button to play. While stopped or playing, cycle through the recordings with forward/back buttons. To erase while stopped or playing, press the erase button, confirm your selection and enter. Contrary to another's opinion, I found it most helpful to load Sony's software (Sound Organizer) that is installed from the included CD (does not have to be downloaded) for the purpose of manipulating and storing files in a variety of convenient ways. Furthermore, the device runs on existing OS drivers, i.e., Sony DOES NOT install proprietary drivers with this device.
The recorder has an internal 2 GB flash memory but is able to receive M2 Micro memory cards: I added 8 GB Sandisk 8GB M2 Memory Stick Micro (SDMSM2-008G-K, Bulk Package). For stereo recording (live music) I use an optional plugin mike that I used with s Sony professional tape recorder; there are no markings on the mike so I cannot pass along the specific model but it looks a little like this one Sony ECM-DS30P Electret Condenser Digital Microphone
Finally, the recorder has a host of programmable options that I will not go into here simply because many of them address personal preferences (auto shutoff time, recording quality, folder setup, etc., etc.). If one is interested in this recorder they would be well served to DL the manual from Sony USA and view its operation and all of its options.
In a word, I find this an excellent, easy to use recorder with ample options. The sound quality is excellent but that varies with the quality selected by the user (as with all recorders, the quality drops off as recording capacity is increased). For voice recordings, I found that even at its highest capacity/lowest quality settings, the recordings were readily heard and understood. Given the quality of the recordings and ample options, I think this is an excellent buy at Amazon's price. Are there better recorders? As in the case of any audio/visual product, one must decided for oneself based on one's demands and tastes. Ideally, the most intelligible choice is made by listening to or viewing the product and deciding for oneself. Afterall, one person's food is, indeed, another's poison.
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Initial post: Feb 4, 2012 12:49:59 PM PST
Far more than 5% use a Mac in the US; it's the #1 selling computer brand in the US. It also sells disproportionately higher among the younger demographic though I've been using one since the first Mac in 1984. Thanks for pointing out that is was compatible with the Mac. I have found a number of devices that have claimed to be Mac Compatible but are not: my scanner and my Canon 4-in-1 printer are both only partially compatible, ie: the printer will not scan for a Mac. My scanner works for a Mac but only b/c I found a way around it. It did not have the software to enable me to do anything but a basic scan. That's the down side of a Mac. The fact that I've never had a HD die or a virus problem trumps those problems. BTW, I agree totally about the rechargeable batteries. I rejected another one that had that undesirable feature. Good review. Condescending, but good! I particularly liked the "flat learning curve" reference. That's why I like Macs....intuitive.
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 6, 2012 6:16:27 PM PST
Historken . . .
Thanks for the well-considered response. I accept that my review might appear to be condescending but that was not my intent, an impression that I had hoped to avert by stating, "It is not my intent to gratuitously demean or impugn reviewers or their reviews." Admittedly, I do get a bit peeved by reviews that offer nothing more than "This device sucks; don't buy it" and I guess my irritation is showing.
Mac owned a 12.9% 3Q-2011 share in "worldwide pc shipments" - and growing (see Gartner for the skinny on computer sales). I made note of computer use (not sales) in the US in response to a reviewer who claimed that "half the population uses Mac." Rather than intending to be argumentative, I was implying that since it has yet to achieve the popularity of PCs, I think it unreasonable to expect PNP devices and software to be universally compatible with the Mac (sort of like making a switch from x86 to x64 and expecting to find drivers straight off - which happened to me with a Canon 4-in-1 Pixma MP780!).
BTW, never so much as operated a Mac but did a search of Sony USA to find the data on requirements/compatibility. Here again, especially given the wide-spread incompatibility between Mac and devices/software, I would have thought that a prospective buyer would first search out the specs/requirements before buying and/or lambasting.
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 8, 2012 8:08:11 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 8, 2012 8:12:27 AM PST
Susan Milligan says:
Thanks Ed for your research. I too was wondering why the specs/requirements were missing in the product description. Am wondering though whether the recorder software will be updated in a timely manner for Mac users beyond OSX v10.7
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 8, 2012 8:48:40 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 8, 2012 8:49:24 AM PST
Hi Susan - glad to have been of some assistance.
As I noted in my post to Historken, above, I've never used a Mac. However, notwithstanding their minority position within the computer-users' community, they are widely used and it seems to me that device/software makers would be more willing to accommodate Mac users. Is it really that big of a deal to make a recorder compatible with both: apparently so!?
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 24, 2012 5:12:17 PM PST
Do I infer correctly that this device is not compatible with OS 10.8 and up? BTW, Edward, thank you for an outstanding review.
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 25, 2012 9:59:27 AM PST
It would appear that Sony has yet to provide wide-ranging Mac OS support. There is an upgrade of the PX-312 - the PX 312D (http://www.amazon.com/Sony-ICD-PX312D-Re
They state that the PX 312D is compatible with "Mac OS X (v10.2.8-v10.7)" the same as for the PX 312 so I have to assume that your inference is correct - OS X .10.8 and beyond are not are not supported by either.
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