Friday, October 14, 2011

Product Review- Olympus Digital Recorder

I know that I’m not alone in having moments of pure inspiration that I then forget about ten seconds after the thought occurs to me. You know, the walk into a room and stand there thinking “why am I here?” moments.
I’ve tried carrying a little notebook around in my purse to write things down, but that usually doesn’t work too well for very long. I’ll forget to bring the notebook, not have a pen when I need it, or whatever.
Then I started blogging. It’s fun, but you’re always looking for things to write about, and if you’re like me your best ideas come when you’re in a situation that isn’t conducive to writing, like when you’re doing 70 on the highway.
I finally decided to admit defeat and buy a little digital voice recorder. I found the Olympus digital recorder at Staples for $30 after their awesome rebates (I don’t know why anyone buys anything full price at Staples, they have such good sales all the time you don’t need to.) It retails regularly for only $40, so even if you didn’t get it on sale it’s reasonable. You can also find it on Amazon listed as the  Olympus VN-7000 Digital Voice Recorder 142645 (Silver)

It’s really easy to use, and it has several folders that you can use for different things. I’ve been using two of them, one for to-do list items, and one for blog entry ideas.
Before I wrote this I went through the things that I’d put on it for blog articles, and I had forgotten that I’d recorded half of them. Hearing them again reminded me of topics to write about, so it’s proven to be useful already.

One thing to note is that this doesn't have a way to download files onto a computer, so it's best for memos to yourself and other short things that you don't need to transfer.
It’s small and lightweight, and it has way more recording time than I’d ever need. My son was mocking me for buying it, but I told him that it would be a good thing to have if you wanted to record a school lecture while you slept through class, so I think he saw the value of it after considering that scenario.

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