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Olympus VN-4100PC Digital Voice Recorder
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- Robust and versatile digital voice recorder with USB PC link
- Up to 144 hours recording time; 256 MB internal flash memory
- Organize and store recordings in four separate folders,25-hour battery life
- Specify particular point in recording or playback with index marks for easy reference
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Olympus Vn-4100Pc Dig. Audio Rec
Record over 144 hours of uninterrupted audio on the Olympus VN-4100-PC 256MB PC Digital Voice Recorder and then transfer the audio files to your PC with speed and ease with the included USB PC Link. With one simple cable connection, files can be transferred to a computer for easy organization, playback, and emailing to friends and coworkers. The easy-to-use thumb pad allows for quick and convenient navigation of functions like file management, choosing recording modes, and more while the included timer recoding and voice activation modes provide added versatility. Depending on the quality of the desired recording, the VN-4100PC is able to record in four recording modes to meet your specific needs: XHQ for extra high quality, HQ for high-quality, and SP and LP modes for extended recording. Just above the easy-to-use thumb pad, users will find a large LCD screen for easy, quick viewing of file locations, recording status, and battery life. The thumb pad also allows you to control the slow and fast playback modes, allowing you to listen to audio playback at 25-percent slower or 50-percent faster than real time. The unit's storage capacity is divided into four folders, and each folder can store up to 100 files. Easy file management functions allow you to erase single files, multiple files, as well as transfer files between folders. An on-board voice activation feature extends recording time by recording only when the microphone senses sound while the easy-to-use index marks let you specify a particular point in a recording or playback for easy reference. Use the timer recording option to set a start and end time for a particular recording. Measuring 4.0 x 1.5 x 0.8 inches, the VN-4100PC weighs only 2.2 ounces.
What's in the Box
VN-4100PC digital voice recorder, Digital Wave Player software, USB cable, two AAA alkaline batteries, and instruction manual.
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The VN-4100PC has some very nice features that make it an excellent value. It is shirt-picket small and very light weight. The controls are simple and intuitive enough that you can operate it out of the package, without even reading the instructions. (However, the instructions tell you how to perform important setup functions, so you should read them.) In short, it's a nice, small, light personal audio recorder.
The built-in microphone is actually pretty good, but if you leave the recorder in your pocket while you're recording, you'll get quite a bit of ambient noise. The same can happen if you prop it on a book. There are two ways to work around this limitation, which is inherent to all similar recorders. Either put the machine on something soft on the desk, such as a coat, or buy an external microphone. The external microphone is probably the best way to go; you'll get far superior electronics, and it's easy to clip or place the mic so you can avoid the ambient noise.
This certainly isn't a high-end, professional-grade recorder. It wasn't designed to be one. Rather, it's a convenient, low-cost personal recorder that does exactly what it's supposed to do. It's an excellent value for the money. I'm very happy I bought it, and I'd do it again.
Added June 9, 2009:
When I bought my recorder in December, 2007, it cost about $50. That's why I called it an excellent value; the feature set at that price was unmatched by any competitive recorder. However, now it's up to $175. Wow! There's no way on earth I'd pay that much for it! For $175, it should be gold plated!
I use this almost exclusively for quick notes to myself. What I really appreciate then is that it records instantly. I lost this product for awhile and had used a newer one (Evista L57) and was very frustrated because I'd have to wait as long as 5 seconds between pushing the buttons and being able to record.
I like this model so much that I bought an identical back up for if/when I lose my original.
I have also used it to record long interviews for some research I do. It has plenty of capacity for that (256 MB), though not nearly as much as newer models (typically around 8 GB). Note though that this model allows you to connect to a PC with a mini USB cable so you can empty the memory and save your recordings elsewhere.
It is very intuitive to use -- recording, playback, deleting, setting time, etc. Again, you'll see in reviews of newer models of DVRs that they are very frustrating to use
Not thrilled that it uses AAA batteries rather than being rechargeable.
Not thrilled at it is about twice as thick and about 1.5 times as wide as newer models.
The ease of use, instant recording, and price easily outweigh the negatives.
The best feature though was being able to plug this in to the computer and pull .wav files off. Then I played those .wav files and let dragon transcribe them for me. Holy crap did my life just change forever? I was able to record presentations and trainings, then transcribe that training into word and let my admin turn it into a book. I didn't sell the books, but instead added some pictures and suddenly my trainings took on a new life. Now instead of taking notes the trainees followed along and wrote additional notes inside. They had something to go back to and if they "lost" their training book they could go back and find it digitally.
You know talking to myself in the car seemed weird at first, but when I started adding this then it got a little less weird. If you don't have a voice recorder and want to try one out, pick this on up... like I said, used is a good price now. And you won't be sorry.