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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 431 reviews

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Nothing special

    Posted
    TechyYam
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    I purchased this because I purchased a really cheap version of similar product. The very, I mean very inexpensive one from Amazon did all features I liked but the program written to make it so was cumbersome. So I wanted to pay a higher price for the convenience of all the bells and whistle to just press one button to record from phone, one button to review files one button to delete files etc. Well I'm not really happy with my purchase since I'm not getting the easy high tech experience from this product as I expected. And it seems this product has such a small market specialty that what I want is now $200 and upwards. Years pelrior I had gotten all bells and whistles for around $100 or just under. My advise is not to just look for the features but also how are these features handled by the the product. If you have the patience to press a series of buttons for a command go for the amazo. Cheaper one. If you like to have the latest tech and easy 1 bam you're there features be prepared to dish out more than this product

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good for 2hr or less recordings, not for me.

    Posted
    AnthonyG
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    The batteries geek after about 2hrs of constant recording. The sound quality is fine, but it did not meet my needs. If you only plan on using it in hour intervals then you may be ok. The controls are easy enough to get a hold of, with one exception. In order to FF to the end of a long recording you will have to X4 it all the way. The only way to get to it faster is to go to the next recording then RW past that recording start to get into the previous file. The speakers in the system are pretty weak so you will need headphones to review. While its not a bad product, it doesn't meet my needs will be returning.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good recorder for novices

    Posted
    Saeedsamira
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    If you are buying it to simply record lessons/lectures you might be OK. It does not filter out the background noise. You have to make sure It Is fully charged before using It. The most annoying feature about It Is loud enough.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Worked as expected....

    Posted
    TRob
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    Great little device. Used it for multiple purposes and it captured quality recordings. At times I had to plug it up to the laptop and manipulate the EQ to hear, but I was able to discern what I had recorded. This only happened when in large rooms and several people are talking.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Olympus Digital Recorder w/lots of features

    Posted
    GreyFox
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    I found this recorder easy to set up with the features I wanted to use. Although the volume was not picking up loud enough for the meetings I needed to use it for. Had to return it for "not enough volume". If you don't need a lot of volume this recorder is very good.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Nice device, small speaker

    Posted
    Lyle
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    The digital voice recorder worked as described online. In fact the sound clarity is terrific! My only issue is that the speaker is so small, it can barely be heard and is apparently designed to be used with headphones.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    little too bulky for me

    Posted
    puck
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    The recording sensitivity is not very good. Putting it on a table to record voices is lacking in pickup strength, had a Sony prior to this at about the same price, had much better pickup sensititvity

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Tricky

    Posted
    Howdy
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    When charging recorder using usb to computer you have to hit ok on the recorder or it won’t charge. Lost valuable interviews because I thought it was charged. Get a Sony. Idiot proof!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    sound not very good

    Posted
    nachomamma
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    used recorder at a meeting, left it on my lap under the table-unseen. I can barely hear the recording. Should pick up voices better than that, for $70.00.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    It’s alright

    Posted
    NightowlEli
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    It gets the job done but it’s nothing special.. I got it because I could use a microSD card but transferring files is ridiculous and the sound quality isn’t great.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great for college

    Posted
    Parent
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    Love the size and easy to use. Pics up voices very well. Description on box was very confusing. It does not come with the charging adapter.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    OK recorder

    Posted
    Truc
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    This recorder is nice. I bought it for my husband. He feels the audio is too low. It would be better if you could hear the recording a lot louder.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    It's okay.

    Posted
    bombdiggity
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    Love the concept. It doesn't pick up conversation very well as the sound level is low/poor. Don't know how to make it work better.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Simple to use

    Posted
    Hypnotic
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    I have quite a few items that I need to move to a digital format. This product was easy to use and was a good value for the price paid.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Low tech voice recorder

    Posted
    Coy45
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    Got this thinking it would be easy to use like the voice memos on my iPhone. No, this is an old school device.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great Recorder

    Posted
    Giveupfella
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    I havent been able to get this to work thru my phone yet, but other than that great recorder.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Voice Recorder

    Posted
    Kimmy
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    This voice recorder is great to use with no background noise.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Small size is great

    Posted
    Director
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    Pick up of voices not good unless machine is right in front of the speaker. Not good for conferences

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great sound ... display hard to see

    Posted
    Micheline
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    I use this device for recording meetings. It works great but the display is very hard to see.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    great

    Posted
    ojt2009
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    great product and very easy to use solid product, works

    I would recommend this to a friend