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Eats batteries while "off"
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!!