If you’re looking for the answers to your voice recording needs, a digital voice recorder should satisfy. Many models now cost under 100 dollars and boast handy features for the casual recorder for personal memos or things to do all the way up to professionals who use a recording device daily. Olympus makes a line of digital great, tiny voice recorders. Here’s my impression of the Olympus VN-4100 Digital Voice Recorder.
Looking more than a bit like a cellphone and coming in at about the same size, the Olympus VN-4100 is a thin, lightweight digital voice recorder with a large LCD screen. Its slim size is slightly thicker than the two AAA batteries, which power the unit. Olympus claims you get about 25 hours per set of triple A’s.
Controls are clearly labeled, laid out and of a nice size. When using the thumb to navigate the volume or folder buttons, I’ve had no problem selecting my choice quickly and easily.
The Olympus VN-4100 Digital Voice Recorder can record up to 144 hours of sound. This large volume recording capacity is when the unit is set to the lowest possible resolution. Sound recorded at that level is bearable at best. The full recording modes are: LP, SP, HQ and XHQ. Depending on your needs for sound quality, each mode offers at least 12 hours and beyond of recording at that level.
The unit boasts four digital folders – virtual areas to store your sound files. The folders are labeled logically enough as A,B,C or D. Switching between them is just a dedicated button push away. So if you have a list of things to do or personal memos, you can put them in folder A or B respectively. It would have been nice to be able to actual name the folders or files, but for a unit retailing at most places for under $49.00, it’s not a great deficit.
There is a timer function, so you can set the unit to record on a certain day and a certain time. No doubt this is handy for the well organized, or the international men and women of mystery. Pop the unit inside a shirt pocket, and the timer will prevent you from having to fumble to record those top secrets as you attend a lavish party full of other men and women of international mystery. Anyway, a timer is undoubtedly a cool feature.
The Olympus VN-4100 Digital Voice Recorder excels as a portable reminder, memo device on the go or as a serious recording device for lectures, business meetings or journalist interviews. It’s tiny, powerful and affordable and just may finally free you of paper lists or memos. It has certainly changed my espionage approach when dining around Austin Powers and James Bond.