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5.0 out of 5 stars Great size and functionality, May 24, 2014
This review is from: Olympus VN-722PC Voice Recorders, 4 GB Built-In-Memory (Office Product)
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This portable voice recorder by Olympus is a quality device with ease of use on its side. Despite a lack of solid directions for the on screen Menu, this recorder gets the job done and gives you lots of recording time and the ability to upload your recordings to a Windows PC or Mac.

4GB of internal storage can be increased by the addition of up to a 32GB microSD card. Your recording time will vary based upon the recording settings selected (WMA or MP3), but a student could easily have enough space to record a day's worth of lectures with lots of room to spare!

Well built, fairly priced and easy to use out of the box, it's a good buy! I especially liked that it has a built-in stand, external microphone port and earphone jack. A product that would be useful for students, reporters, writers, or anyone who wants to record easily on the fly and upload to their computer.

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NOTE: The USB port on the side of the recorder is a USB Mini (not micro). You can use this cable Cable Matters 3 Pack, Premium Gold Plated Hi-Speed USB 2.0 Type A to Mini-B Cable 3 Feet in Black or similar with it.
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Initial post: Jul 21, 2014, 11:41:02 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 21, 2014, 11:41:48 AM PDT
Andrea, thank you for the product review. I have one question that I cannot verify in the product description. Is the VN722 capable of recording phone conversations? If yes, then how?

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 21, 2014, 5:04:59 PM PDT
Andrea Polk says:
Hi Matthew,

It can record phone conversations. I used it just last week to record a business meeting. All I did was put my phone on 'speaker' and it picked it right up. I was then able to download the file to my computer. I could easily transcribe the conversation from that recording as both sides were easily picked up with the recorder about a foot away from the phone.

I hope this helps you.

Andrea

Posted on Aug 3, 2014, 8:13:18 PM PDT
Kathy R says:
Thanks very much, Andrea, for taking the time to do this. I'm not too electronically savvy and this helps a lot. For transferring to a MAC, do I start with the menu and that directs me when to start, etc. On the computer, do I have to add it to I-Tunes or just a regular file? Thanks so much. Kathy Rodriques

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 3, 2014, 9:29:19 PM PDT
Andrea Polk says:
Hi Kathleen,

It's been awhile since I had a Mac handy to check this out, but the process should be pretty much the same for Mac and PC. If prompted when you connect the recorder to the Mac, it'll be easy. That may depend upon your operating system version.

The recorder has a drive in it, thus it acts like a spare drive. A flash drive plugged into a USB port would be pretty much the same idea.

You should also be able to go to the Finder when the recorder is connected via USB to find the file you want.

When I added the file to my hard drive it popped up in iTunes (Windows PC) as an MP3 file (which I set on the recorder as the desired format for files). It wasn't added to iTunes, but it played in iTunes as that is set as my default audio player.

I hope this doesn't confuse you further. Just think of the recorder as a big flash drive with audio files on it.

If it's not clear, let me know and I'll take another stab at clarifying it.

Best to you,
Andrea

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 4, 2014, 8:28:12 AM PDT
Kathy R says:
Thanks so much, Andrea, for your clear explanation. I've ordered the recorder from Amazon. If I have any problem when I get it, I'll try you again! Thanks again for taking the time to do this.
Kathy

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 4, 2014, 10:02:07 AM PDT
Andrea Polk says:
Kathy,

I hope you enjoy your new toy when it arrives, and I'm happy to help.

If find yourself hip deep in the weeds and need help go to this place: www.getolympus.com/us/en/audio/digital-recorders.html?icn=topnav&ici=voicerecordersnav_digital-recorders-view# for Olympus Support and customer service.

Take care,
Andrea

Posted on Sep 5, 2014, 7:26:05 AM PDT
De Bo says:
Andrea, 1st let me Thank You for such a detailed description on your video post. But I have a Relay Question that was sent to me that I am not sure of. The question is; Robin Solis asked about this USB Data Cable/Cord For Olympus Voice Recorder VN Series,,,
USB Data Cable/Cord For Olympus Voice Recorder VN Series VN-120 VN-240PC VN-480PC VN-701PC VN-702PC VN-801PC VN-960PC VN-2100PC VN-3100PC VN-3200PC VN-4100PC VN-5200PC, VN-6200PC VN-8000PC VN-8100PC -- CyberTech® Brand
"Will this cord work with the new VN-722PC Olympus model that replaces the VN-702PC?"
I'm Not Sure myself, but hope you can help her?
Thanks Again, Don

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 5, 2014, 7:53:57 AM PDT
Andrea Polk says:
I don't know if Robin's cable will work or not (can't see the small end in the photo on the product page), but this one will.

AmazonBasics USB 2.0 Cable - A-Male to Mini-B - 6 Feet (1.8 Meters)

I'd suggest contacting Olympus directly about the data cable in question, although based upon looking at the stock photos for the VN702PC model, it's the same connector and should works with this cable. As should the VN-722PC.

I just noticed Amazon put my review on the VN-722PC page... that'll cause some confusion! Might have to drop them a note.

Thanks for forwarding the question. If it were me, I'd trust that the cable will work.

Hope this helps.
Andrea

Posted on Nov 9, 2014, 7:21:00 AM PST
A. Schettino says:
Great Job. My sister asked me to suggest a recorder ... I'll lead her to this video, which should give her tha answers to all her questions

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 9, 2014, 12:11:25 PM PST
Andrea Polk says:
A. Schettino,

Thanks for viewing the video. Good to hear it helped you (and maybe later your sister...) out!

Take care,
Andrea
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