Transfer files to pc, mp3 format easily available
Extremely limited battery life, limited functions with packaged software
Great looking piece of hardware that's easy to use. I really like the availability of the USB connection to transfer files to pc in many optional formats. It records my professors well in a room with 137 students and I sit 2 or 3 rows back from front. However, ... Read full review
Great looking piece of hardware that's easy to use. I really like the availability of the USB connection to transfer files to pc in many optional formats. It records my professors well in a room with 137 students and I sit 2 or 3 rows back from front. However, there are several negatives. File transfer takes an excessively long time. I've got a VAIO vgn-txn, its small but is sufficient to my needs and during transfer all pc processes seemed excessively slow also. I prefer the mp3 format so I can listen to lecture with an ipod while studying at the library. But the included software, as basic as it is, doesn't allow you to modify the files once they are converted to mp3. So you have to save the file in an alternate format, perform modifications, then save as an mp3. All are seperate files. Side note: A 1.75 hr lecture is about 8mb on the highest quality setting as an mp3. The hands down worst characteristic of this model is battery life. It uses 2AAAs, my first pair lasted just under 3 days of lecture. That's ~11.5 hrs lecture, ~20 min of familiarization after opening it, and about 1.5-2 hrs of time transferring files to pc. Subsequent battery changes have yielded the same results. Im going through 2 pairs of AAAs a week. To give perspective, ea AAA = 11.5 g, 4 per week x 16 weeks is 736 g which is about 1.6 lbs of AAA batteries. Im going to need at least 64 batteries to make it through the semester. At WalMart a 20 pack is $10.52, I'll spend at least $31.56 on those and a few dollars more for the leftovers. Apparently this is common to other Sony models, according to my classmates who have other versions of this recorder. Bottom line, until Sony gets onboard with better rechargeable battery technology, it's not worth it. I wish I would have looked for some objective reviews of this before I bought the one that looked good.