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Decent unit for short travel notes, but way overpriced
on July 17, 2012
I've been carrying this in my purse for at least five or six years. The only useable recording mode is HQ. Sound is scratchy, even then. The buttons are slippery, and it's difficult to use while in traffic, even when at a full stoplight (NEVER use it when driving, unless you want regret, the rest of your life). You can't hear its output, in the car. It's got a handy belt clip though, to which I've attached a keyring and a C-clip. In all this time that clip has never fallen off the belt clip. The belt clip itself, is too narrow to actually clip to any belt; that's why the keyring works so well.
I velcro'd the back of it, and velcro'd my car dashboard, so the unit can sit there while I drive, hands-free. You could do the same to any recorder if it's small enough and you use enough velcro. Makes the unit easier to hold in your hand, too. Be sure you put the velcro ONLY over the battery door, and of course don't extend the velcro beyond the edges of that door, lest you become unable to change your batteries, afterwards.
The 1800 is good for short notes while you are in the middle of something else. It, like the 960PC, has a DIAL volume control on the side, so you don't have to mess with the buttons, to change volume. That's why I use it for travel. In my unit, the volume control affects the volume of recording, too. Don't know why.
It allows you to move messages between folders, and it has 20 alarms you can set; when you make a message you want to play at a specified date and time, set the alarm for that message. Then it will play at that time, if (of course) the batteries are still charged enough. You don't lose the alarm if you must recharge, but during the time of recharging, the alarm won't play. (Everything is stored on a chip, so when you remove batteries, etc. you don't lose your settings or recordings.)
The only way to transfer its information to PC, is to plug a patch cord into the ear jack, and the other end into the computer's line-in jack; then set the computer to RECORD while you play from the VN 1800. Then you can manipulate the file. Most PCs have at least three ways to record audio, in Windows. Often your best option is to record from Real Player or QuickTime, but if you have DVD player software, it might offer better sound optoins. So too, any audio recorder/converter software you might have on your machine.
The 1800 runs on two AAA batteries, and it won't tell you when it goes out, until you turn it on. So keep fresh batteries in your briefcase or purse, you'll need them.
UPDATE TO REVIEW, this paragraph: And if you won't use the unit for awhile, TAKE THE BATTERIES OUT. I just lost my 1800 today (7/17/2012), because I hadn't done that; so the contact wire was corroded. Cleaning it with a wire brush, didn't help. RIP, I'll miss this recorder.
Instead, get the VN 702PC sold directly by Amazon (not by other sellers), for superior quality and storage, yet save money. Or, don't pay more than $10-15 for the VN 1800. It's really not worth more than that, even if new.