No Carrybag Or A Pouch, External Mic Feels Flimsy, Mediocre Mp3 Playback, Cost, No Rechargable Battery
Great Recording Quality, Reliable, Intuitive User Interface, Plenty Of Feaures, Built To Tolerate Abuse, Compact Design, Long Battery Life
I am very satisfied with DS40.
Recording quality is great even at HQ (one step lower than XQ, highest quality setting).
User interface is very intuitive, buttons are large and easy to "feel around" without actually looking at the device.
IT has plenty of features. Indexing, file locking, timer and many others, almost everything you may look for.
In this age of GBs, 512MB of memory may sound less but it is plenty for a voice recording. At XQ I can record for hours, at HQ I can go for weeks before the memory will be full.
Now the cons:
NO rechargeable, built-in battery
MEDIOCRE sound for playing music, even through headphones
VERY limited set of features as an mp3 player.
Considering that you can buy an ipod nano at the same price, you would expect all these features and many more.
External mic seems flimsy
I do a lot of homework before I buy any gadget. After researching, I bought Olympus WS-320M first. It was tiny and light, had 1GB memory and had a "cool" look. But its recording quality was terrible and I returned it in less than a week.
Consider buying (ipod + third party mic) if you want a great music player with good enough recording capability. I eliminated this combination because of lesser ease of use than dedicated voice recorders.
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