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796 of 809 people found the following review helpful
on October 24, 2011
This is a nice recorder, everything works as designed...however, the product description is slightly misleading - it says "Records in MP3 (320 kbps-8 kbps)" which implies that the audio files can be downloaded or transferred - but this is NOT the case! If you want or need to download your recording, you will need to get a different model - the ICD-PX312 model is the version of this recorder that allows download/transfer via USB.
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309 of 316 people found the following review helpful
This little recorder is an absolute gem. I have had two Dictaphones before and both did a reasonable job, but this one has very ergonomic buttons and controls that are so straight forward that I didn't really need to refer to the huge instruction manual. When you put the batteries in it asks you to input the date and time, like a mobile phone and then you can start using it.

It actually comes with two batteries so you can start using it straight away, and I did. It copes well with all noise even background sound and there is no hiss or rumbling that you often get with a single microphone unit. It also has a headphone socket (headphones not included) which means you can listen to it on the train etc, without arousing the wrath of other passengers.

The thing I really like is the weight, and size, it fits nicely into the `lighter' pocket of most jeans and is smaller than most mobiles whilst weighing a few grams. It has a massive memory but no USB connection to save files onto your computer. It does have a filing system in the machine, but a USB portal would have made this perfect, still it is not fatal. East to use, easy to carry and easy to understand as the screen is very user friendly. If like me your work means you need a Dictaphone, then I think you would be hard pressed to find one as compact , light weight and user friendly as this.

Edit: I have just had my batteries run out and did not replace for two days, and found that when I did all of my files were wiped, so a bit gutted. It did give warning bleep so i should have paid attention, but thought I ought to post an edit to let users know.
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139 of 150 people found the following review helpful
on November 12, 2011
You don't need a USB to transfer your recordings, you just need a cord with mini-plugs on both ends. Plug one end into the headphone jack on the recorder and the other end into the microphone jack on your computer. You can also use the "line in" jack on the computer. Then use your own recording software or Windows Sound Recorder (Start, All Programs, Accessories, Sound Recorder) to record to your computer. I'm using Sound Recorder. Find the audio file you want to record, press "Play" on the recorder and press "Start Recording" (red button) on Sound Recorder. Press "stop recording" when you're done and the software asks for a file name. It's true that the Sony recorder files are MP3's but Sound Recorder saves the sound file as a windows media audio file. You can convert this to another type of audio file with any audio editing software--I use Nero Wave Editor. I bought this recorder instead of the more expensive model because I was positive I could transfer the files to my computer without a USB or additional software...as long as the recorder has a headphone jack, one simple cord makes it possible! I'm sure Amazon sells the mini-plug cable but I bought mine at the local Radio Shack.
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51 of 53 people found the following review helpful
on June 24, 2012
This little voice recorder works okay, but if you are an occasional user, the batteries will be dead every single time you want to use it.

You see Sony cheaped out and didn't include a power switch, and its standby current is way too high. A brand new pair of name brand alkaline batteries lasts about 4 days while the unit is supposedly off! I used it for only 20 minutes, then turned it as off as it goes (its screen shows "off" then goes blank). And 4 days later it's beeping about low batteries.

Its low-battery beep, by the way, is loud enough to wake you up. And persistent enough that you will get out of bed and rip the batteries out of the evil little device. Then, unable to get back to sleep, you may find yourself publishing its well-deserved negative review!

As a side note, I knew when I bought it that Sony had also cheaped out on the interfaces -- no USB. I didn't think I'd be bothered by that (it was for my wife, and she wasn't interested in saving the recordings on the computer), but I was wrong. Invariably, you'll want to save something at some point. It's annoying to have to re-record from analog out in order to get the data onto your computer.

But it's the lack of a 10 cent power switch that's the killer.

Badly done, Sony, badly done!!
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92 of 101 people found the following review helpful
on December 27, 2011
I have no experience with digital recorders, but needed something to record meetings at which I am recording secretary. The sound quality was very good much to my surprise. My only complaint is the ease of directions for things like erasing after finished. Also since I was looking for a very simple recorder, this one is a little more complicated in that is has folders, etc. Overall, a very good product for the price.
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49 of 54 people found the following review helpful
on April 24, 2011
I personally was looking for something to assist me in rehearsing lines for Theatre..Not wishing to spend a small fortune out the onset, I tried this little Sony and was very surprised at the sound quality (very good for annuciation/vocalization which is very important to an actor) and simplicity of use. I really like the headphone and mike imputs......Of course, this is an entry level digital recorder--don't expect all kinds of "bells and whistles", usb ports or ability to connect to your computer. Just the basics....Wish I had one of these years ago. Would have made memorizing lines a lot easier!!!
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on January 4, 2012
I purchased this recorder a few months ago when it was on sale in a local store. I wanted a recorder as backup for times when my phone battery was dying or when I needed to record a call. I weighed the the necessity of usb connectivity to the price difference, and I decided that I just couldn't afford the extra $20 to be able to connect it to my computer. I was aware, per the packaging, that this device would not connect to my computer for file transfer.

When I read the instructions before I used it, I was pleased to see that replacing the batteries would not erase my recordings. That, to me, meant I wouldn't have to try and judge the battery life before recording my recordings to my computer. In November, I had an important public meeting and noticed the batteries were not going to last too much longer. I wanted to have full power before my meeting, so I wouldn't miss anything by the batteries dying. I turned off the device and replaced the batteries one at a time, the same way I have to change batteries to my advanced calculator. Much to my dismay, once the new batteries were in, the recordings I had were gone.

I contacted Sony regarding this issue to see if there was a specific way the batteries needed to be changed in order to preserve the recordings, especially since the instructions indicate that you may need to replaced drained batteries in the midst of recording while recording for great lengths of time. According to Sony, my issue was "unusual," and they have no reports of recordings being erased. I am currently in the middle of re-recording the recordings from my device to my computer, and my battery icon is flashing that they will be drained soon. Sony claims the recordings will not be lost if I change the batteries, but I am worried to change them if they drain before I'm finished the transfer to my computer.

The sound of the recordings is excellent, though. I have been able to record clear recordings from my purse, pocket, and out in the open with all sounding great. It is a light weight, easy to use, pocket sized recorder. Now that I have lost all recordings while changing nearly drained batteries, against all statements from Sony, I wish I could have afforded the more expensive device that allowed usb connection between it and the computer.

If you don't plan to record several recordings that would need to be copied to another device for preservation, this would be a great recorder. Perhaps it would be best used for recording lectures or meetings that can be quickly re-recorded for preservation (if needed), rather than recording several long meetings for re-recording later. I just don't trust the changing of batteries.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on March 17, 2013
I bought this Sony digital device to record songwriting ideas.The sensitivity of the microphone is incredible for a unit of this price, and the speaker is loud and clear enough for ideas, meetings, etc. Plus, it provides virtual 5 virtual folders named "A" to "E", to help you organize your recordings. Although the memory is not expandable,I guess 22 hours at maximum resolution is more than enough!(it goes up to 570 hours on minimum resolution, but I would skip that). Even has a "divide" function for a quick audio trim. Plus, it's small enough you can take it in your pocket. Highly recommended. For more info, check [...]
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on May 25, 2011
The product works as described. My only issue was the rewind function. Sometimes I just needed to go back a few seconds to re-listen to the recording and it would take me back to the very beginning. Maybe it was just user error. I do recommend that you buy the recorder which has the USB cables. It allows pc usage and ease.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on September 6, 2011
I only gave it 4 stars because of battery life. Since the unit is so small, it only takes 2 AAA batteries. Even the best Alkaline batteries gives it enough play and record time for a few days. I use it a lot. To try to save on batteries, I got the rechargeable Nickel Metal Hydride batteries. They even have a shorter life than the alkalines, but can be recharged 100's of times. I would get an AC adapter, but that would tie me down close to an outlet. Too bad the unit didn't have a means of using solar power to charge the batteries. Then while I wasn't using it, it would always be fully charged. This is my first digital recorder, and I do love it a lot. No tapes to wear out, change, turn over, or get tangled in the machine.And the sound quality is excellent from such a small speaker.
It also has a lot of features in the menu.
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