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Rating 4.4 out of 5 stars with 433 reviews

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    One great voice recorder

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    sbrush3
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    Before purchasing the Olympus WS-853, I first purchased a comparable Sony model. The Sony has some finer points, but promptly got returned for lack of durability and failure to provide simplified instructions. Now I'll first start by saying that voice recorders in general are rarely easy to operate no matter the brand. However, they do offer certain advantages to using an app on your mobile phone, making them necessary for some individuals (students, business persons, etc.). This Olympus model is very good, and in my opinion, better than the Sony for two simple reasons. The quality of the recording is far more clear, and the instructions are lengthy but straightforward. Battery life is also exceptional. There is one feature that Sony did cover, but Olympus doesn't. That is the ability to begin a recording, and then add on to that same recording at a later time. Though I am not happy about this, I still appreciate a better audio quality more.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Decent recording, don't hold it to close

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    DanOSterling
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    I use this for dictation. It picks up my voice nicely and saves it to an MP3 file which can be used with Dragon NaturallySpeaking. The overall accuracy is very good. My only complaint is that if you hold the recorder to close to your mouth, it will pick up the wind noise from plosive phonics. The trick is to hold the recorder about 2 to 3 inches away and speak in a relatively normal voice. I've also tested this recorder in conversation, and it picks up both sides rather nicely. There's an excellent noise reduction mode during playback which eliminated the road noise recorded while I was driving. I haven't tried this for music, but it does have stereo microphones so I expect it will do a decent job. This is an excellent machine for anyone doing dictation or looking to share audio files recorded on the go.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good Recorder

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    KEPShopper
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    Haven't had much time to speak to the sound quality of the recordings from this device but know enough to say they are at the very least as good as the last Olympus we had and especially in high quality they are very good. It's recording capacity, especially on lower quality, is a real plus! What we liked best about the recorder is how easy it is to set up. This one, unlike our old one, does not have it's own software for downloading the recordings, which we found quickly went out of date and was hard to run on different Windows systems. Instead this new one works very much like a flash drive and you can simply plug it in and use the audio player of your choice to listen to and organize your recordings.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Pick-up / Easy to Use

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    BP00
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    Super good pick-up in conference setting. Picks up voices of people at table as well as people over 10 feet away from table. No noticeable noise. Just turn on, press record, and set it down. Unbelievable record time. Still on initial charge and have recorded three meetings. Only negative, to copy / back-up to computer, need to plug into USB port. On my laptop the ports are horizontal and recorder isn't as tall as computer port - small shim keeps from "hanging" down. Desktop ports are vertical slots and the recorder doesn't fit well. USB cable extension with male-to-female connections fixes both issues.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Does what it's supposed to

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    FredE
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    I have used this little recorder daily for three weeks and so far so good. My only complaint is that it is still too easy to bump into control buttons on the front if you lean over something. Still way better than the Sony I used to have, though. I do wish I had spent a little extra to get the model that recharges when I plug it into my laptop, but that's not the fault of the recorder. It would also be nice if they supplied a neck lanyard to go with it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Olympus - WS-Series Digital Voice Recorder - Black

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    4TXGreens
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    i used this to record several breakout sessions at a week long conference. As the box did not include a detailed manual, I had to research how to use the settings and then played with the settings over the course of the conference. It was easy to upload the audios onto my Mac. Audio playback was acceptable but not outstanding. Background noise was minimal. The small size makes it convenient for travel.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Perfect for my classes

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    Naomi
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    I needed something small and compact when I attend certain circles/classes that I could record for later use and review. This has been the perfect tool and accessory for doing so. I really enjoy that I just plug into my laptop for charging without having to have extra plug or adaptor. I do recommend purchasing an external microphone.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Better than the previous model

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    Juju
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    This thing is amazing. It saved my life during long boring lectures. It records great and the sound is real clear. It also allows you to pause the recording. Battery life is awesome! I bought the previous model before this one and accidentally dropped it. Well after that it stopped working and I lost everything. I bought this one and dropped it as well however it still works like new.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Overall pleased

    Posted
    kdg1
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    I love the product and what it can do, and did very well. However, trying to read the provided instructions and work with the device was horrible. I finally pulled up the directions on the internet and was able to follow directions and go back and forth between the directions and device very easily.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Happy with this product

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    Guido6
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    I bought this for my wife to use on a trip to an animal refuge. She wanted to record animal sounds at night. It records well and was easy for her to use. I found playback somewhat difficult. It is hard to find individual files on the device and the volume was poor. I downloaded the files to a computer and solved this issue.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great product

    Posted
    denise
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    Really good product and the reviews online helped with choosing which voice recorder to get. Clear sound quality and record time. Especially since I bought it for recording EVPs. However, I would recommend getting extra re-chargable batteries if you do not have access to an USB port to charge it up.Depending on what you are doing can run the charge down fast

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Compact, useful, dynamic.

    Posted
    Becca
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    Works well to have the USB / charging in one device so that there are not any extra cords to keep track of. Has a rather good range for picking up sound. Wasn't sure I was going to like it because I cannot clip it to anything like a curtain, outside chair arm, shirt placket, etc., but it has been easier to use than I expected. Downloads nicely too.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice replacement of older version of this product.

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    47781
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    I purchased this to replace an older version of the same device. The new one has a little more to offer. It doesn't quite function exactly the same and that has taken some getting used to. I actually like the simplicity of the older version, but am getting used to this one. It has more storage space and I really like that.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good budget recorder

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    Bpinoy730
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    I feel like the USB feature could have been designed better, or at least a USB extension cord included because it's a lot of weight to have hanging so far out of a port. Speaker volume is tiny as expected. I would also like to have had a moniter function so the sound could be tested prior to starting a record.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great recorder for notes / presentations

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    JoshRightone
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    This recorder is the perfect device for any student looking to take notes during lectures or for individuals who want to record conversations (please note the legal requirements surrounding the recording of conversations in your locality). For us, we used it to record first impressions while touring homes. Recommended.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great to use, easy to set up, good quality

    Posted
    Kurt
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    My wife bought this recorder to capture interviews for her PhD research. She needed something small, light, easy to use and with a simple setup process. Also important was ease of downloading the recordings and saving and sharing them. This recorder ticket every box. No hesitation in recommending it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great for practicing narration, and other recordin

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    RFF2693Narator
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    I purchased this recorder to record and rehearse my narration techniques during the Raptor free flight demonstration at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    its a good recorder but playback volume is low

    Posted
    timmy
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    Only issue is on playback volume, even when playing back on high volume sounds low. Although what can be heard, sounds pretty clear. Maybe if i import files into my computer to see if the volume of the recording will increase. But Pleased with the recording hours.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice product

    Posted
    komember
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    Purchased this based on features and price. Seems to do the job I need it to. Only complaint is no micro SD card included and I had to go to the Olympus webpage to get the full operating instructions as they are not included with the product.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Works great. Malfunctions eventually

    Posted
    Mike
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    I have bought 8 of these for my company. Unfortunately, the hardware malfunctions after a couple years and they can’t be replaced. My only drawback of them. But not bad for the price.

    I would recommend this to a friend