A very popular voice recorder among students. This is one of the rare voice recorders at this price that records stereo. The audio quality isn’t suitable for professional use, but it’s certainly good enough for recording lectures, meetings, study groups, etc. With its 96 hour battery life, 4GB of internal storage (and an SD memory card slot), direct USB connectivity, the Sony PX440 digital recorder is definitely worth considering for students and for personal use.
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Pro Very easy to use
The user interface is very simple and straightforward, since this recorder doesn't have advanced features or control of every aspect of the recording. Both the settings and button placement is intuitive and simple, so you won't lose a lot of time setting it up.
Pro Easy to manage recordings
You can create up to 400 folders, and name them after anything you need, such as "English study group" or "Business 101". This helps you find your way when you have more than a few recordings. You can also find specific segments in long recordings using the Easy Search feature.
Pro Great for recording voices
This recorder is well suited for any spoken word events, including lectures, meetings, interviews, study groups, taking personal notes, etc. This recorder has special EQ filters adapted for voice recording, which allows to capture clear audio in these environments.
Pro Easy to transfer recordings to a computer
This recorder features a direct USB plug, which means you won't have to deal with another USB cable. Transferring files to your computer is as easy as drag-and-drop.
Con Not great at reducing background noise
While this recorder does have Intelligent Noise Cut technology, many users report it not working effectively in every setting. You would have to be careful when recording anywhere with a lot of background noise, for example, on a busy street.
Con Overall average audio quality
This recorder can not handle any extreme environments, such as live music events. And it won't be good for any semi-professional use, since it only records in a compressed MP3 format.
Con Plastic quality feels very cheap
This recorder feels hollow, and may creak when squeezed. The buttons clack when you push them and the sensory feedback from them may feel unpleasant.