Sony ICD-UX200 Digital Voice Recorder with Built-In Stereo Microphone (Silver)
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The Sony ICD-UX200 Digital Voice Recorder with Built-In 2 GB Flash Memory (Silver) stores up to 535 hours of voice quality audio in lp mode, windows & mac compatible with direct usb connection, voice operating recording (vor) starts & stops recording automatically when sound is present, mp3, aac & wma music playback. The id3 tag display and built-in stereo microphone & speaker compatible with dragon naturally speaking includes rechargeable battery.
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With regard to construction and overall operation, I found it extremely easy to operate and to seamlessly download to my pc using the built in usb connector. I was able to playback all of the conversations directly on my computer and start and stop and replay at will to produce an accurate transcript. (You can of course play back directly from the device but I wanted to store it on my computer anyway).
The unit is very small, smaller than my LG Chocolate mobile phone, and is easy to carry around and use. I give it a 5 star rating for my purposes.
STORAGE: Even on the best quality setting, I was able to record at least a week's worth of lectures around 2 hours each.
BATTERY LIFE: The battery life is really great too, I only charge it maybe once a week. If you have a laptop, you can charge it in class with the USB port.
FORMAT: The recordings are in mp3 format already, so you don't have to worry about converting it for other purposes.
Be careful which setting you choose.. out of the box it is set for the highest quality and you can easily have huge file sizes over 100MB. I recently set my quality a little lower and it still sounds just fine for my purposes.
I sit in a large lecture hall that seats over 100 students. I am usually in the middle rows, and the instructors use a portable microphone to speak. It picks up their information just fine, although it is a little soft if they aren't using their microphone. You could easily ask to place it up near the front and it'd probably fix that problem.
I can upload the files to my computer to put on a CD or pop in my earbuds and listen to the lectures straight from the device! (This is GREAT for studying the book while replaying lecture notes to follow along with)
There's a pause feature for breaks without having to create a new file, and 10 folders so you can organize your files without having to replay each one trying to figure out which class it was. (I usually write the file name on my notes so I know which lecture is which)
Overall this was a great choice and invaluable for my classes!
I love that you can change the folder names and add subfolders (only from the computer though) because it keeps my lectures organized. I've been recording on the highest quality and can fit exactly two weeks of full lectures (22 hours). The battery life is pretty decent, wish it were a bit longer but the recording quality surely has something to do with it. I have to recharge it every other day or every third day. Transferring files is very easy.
I don't like that you can't change the file name on the actual recorder. You can rename the file on the computer, but it will still show up with its dated serial name on the recorder anyway. Not that important, but just one of those little "well why the hell can't i do that?". You can't use a noise reduction feature with the internal mic, only with an external plug in. I don't have or use one, so I can't use this function or therefore judge it. I wish it would let me do it, because I feel that it could be very helpful.
End of the day, still very very happy with this purchase. If you need a recorder for professional reasons, I think you should drop the money. If you're a struggling French student, a forgetful mom or have a need for casual recording, this is a good purchase.
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I use it to record lectures and meetings in past two years. My roommate uses it when practicing his pieces these weeks.Read more