A basic dictaphone and mp3 player.
It records with horrible static with both its in-built and provided microphone, but its mp3 playback is spectacular. Its utterly shit mp3 interface, slow song switching and no shuffle make it basically useless as a player.
I bought this lower-sized version because it mentioned having a lithium battery. It does not, which pisses me off to no end.
While this works, it is definitely not recommended. Buy something else, even if it costs more.
- There is no name brand or model identification on this device or its documentation.
- Chinabuye names this item 4GB Digital Stereo Voice Recorder Dictaphone MP3 Player
This was replaced by Noise Reduction Digital Voice Recorder
- The page claims this has a built-in lithium battery, but it does not! It also says it uses AAA batteries. It requires them.
- It's quite small and light. Laying in my hand, its length is the width of a man's hand.
- It does not allow directories for mp3s.
- It does not display song names, gives everything a number
Its speaker can be set to be very loud! Impressive!
- The documentation says it has automatic volume adjustment when the batteries become low.
- Woe be to you if you want to play back something you've voice-recorded, when you forgot to adjust the volume.
- It picks up a fucking hell of a lot of background sound and has terrible static with both its default microphone and its provided on-wire microphone.
- Its up/down interface is backwards. The thumb pushing away ought to be "next", but it's implemented as "previous".
- It has a very high quality headphone out. No static at all. Vastly superior to the phone I was using!
- It allows special characters in filenames. It comes with a few Chinese-named songs.
- Voice-recording with the built-in microphone will pick up button presses VERY loudly. Be careful!
- I don't know what the battery life is with AAA batteries, but once I run out, I won't be buying more.. maybe if I get rechargeable batteries I'll use this, because its mp3 playback is without static. I'll be buying another voice recorder which uses a built-in lithium-ion battery.
- The volume fades down before switching songs
- There's no way to quickly skip through songs. The fade is forced, and the song change has to occur before the next song can be skipped-to.
- If powered off, it forgets what mp3 it was playing. I hope you don't have a long playlist.
- It does not support playlists.
- It does not have a shuffle feature. Sigh.
- After deleting a song, it forgets its place in the playlist.
- Turning it off (tested in mp3 mode) saves what song it's on in the playlist.
- It would be passably-okay for it to forget its position in the playlist, but it's fucking slow to change items. It ought to do a quick song change, and then update the song's timestamp after a delay, allowing the user to quickly skip ahead.
- Switching between mic and mp3 modes remembers its playlist position.
- Text-labels are below the buttons, but I'm used to the text being above the buttons.
After a few days of fiddling, I was confused about it only seeming to have a small number of mp3s it recognized.
- It turns out not to be a limitation in what filenames it could store.
- It's that the display is not only limited to a two-digit song number, but it apparently freaks out past 255 (256 songs, since there's a song 00)
- I'm not exploring the nuances of whatever the fuck is going on. Amazing quality audio, but its completely shit interface makes this shockingly-unusable.