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Olympus - WS-Series Digital Voice Recorder - Black-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.4 out of 5 stars with 434 reviews

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would recommend to a friend

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  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Audio is hard to hear, disappointing

    Posted
    Martine
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    I have used Olympus recorders for years, especially the very small WS models. I looked forward to this model as it was more compatible with my Mac and I hoped it would simplify transcribing interviews and spoken notes. But I was very disappointed when I listened to the recordings. I could barely hear the words, even when audio levels were turned to the highest point. Since purchasing, I have read many complaints online about the difficulty hearing the sound. Someone neglected quality control with this model. Go back to the drawing board, Olympus. There is a strong market for compact digital voice recorders, especially those compatible with Mac. And Olympus should know by now that users want voice to text capability. We spend too many hours transcribing. Aim for a smaller, more attractive recorder form. The WS-400 was a great size but incompatible with Mac. There are many thousands of journalists, doctors, executives, sales people, etc. who need a digital voice recorder with the quality Olympus is known for. But we need to be able to hear it!! And we want to quickly convert spoken words to text, e.g. notes in a Word document. The state of the art with digital recorders should be more advanced by now. Give us a better model that can actually be heard. At a reasonable price.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Not enough explanation to use effectively

    Posted
    Capable1
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    This is not for beginners..you would have had to know how to use before purchase. I went to the Internet and got the companies Manual to help use properly. It also pre-supposes that you had some experience on how to use. It has cost me a lot of time and anguish since my reason for buying it was to start dictating on a Book. I am still having a lot of difficulty Dictating and going to the correct Folder/File.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Easy to use but volume way too low

    Posted
    Eagle
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    The buttons are clear and very user-friendly. The volume, even when turned all the way up, is way too low for anyone to comfortably hear, even when using a headset or external speakers. I have tried different scene settings as well (meetings, conference rooms etc....), to enhance the volume, but it did not help.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Not what I expected.

    Posted
    Josh

    It is easy to use, but it is not a good investment. The screen does not look like what the pictures show, it is really dim and hard to see. Also, the volume is so low. You can barely hear your self talking right into the mircrophone, much less from across the room as if you were in a lecture.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Poor large room sound quality.

    Posted
    PowerofT
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    I was seated fifteen feet away from the speakers at a funeral recently and the digital noise was too much to add to the DSLR video. An onboard digital compensator or shotgun mic would serve far better.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Magnifying glass required. UGH.

    Posted
    Teddy
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    The instructions are so tiny that I needed a magnifying glass and then they were not very helpful. Still haven't figured out how to use the thing.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Not designed to record music at high volume.

    Posted
    Rich
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    This unit can't reduce the music input. Under playback, the music a very distorted. Very disappointing.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Not great recorder, playback poor, no Bluetooth

    Posted
    Olympus
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    Not worth for the price. I didn't had time 2return it

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Only ok

    Posted
    BhouseGriffin
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    It is fine for quick recordings but turns off automatically after too short of time.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    It's Okay

    Posted
    NeNe
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    The recorder battery does not hold a charge for more than one hour

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend