Digital voice recorder: an overview before you choose

Today, many people wrongly assume that their phones have all their needs covered, including photo sharing, editing and internet connections. Though today many phones come with a recording application, this can only work in certain environments i.e. not at work. Digital voice recorders help to fill the gap concerning the most appropriate device to be used in the work place for recordings. For example they can be used for dictation purposes such as for dictated business letters, memos or to record meetings. In recent years, digital voice recorders have been shown to be compact, light and are able to record up to thousands of hours very high quality audio. This can then be transferred via your USB to a computer for storage and transcription. In this article we´ll be looking at some of the main features to consider when you are thinking of how to choose a digital voice recorder.

Battery life

1) Battery life

Perhaps one of the main features which allows a digital voice recorder to stand out from among a multitude of smartphones would be its unchallenged battery life ability. Whilst a smartphone’s battery will only last so long, digital voice recorders can have the ability to last for up to 110 hours. This is a significant bonus and since battery life can vary between devices it’s important to be selective when it comes to choosing your digital voice recorder. This is to be considered when purchasing for your business.

2) Ease of use

Again whilst device functions may vary the underlying bonus of opting for a dedicated recording device is that they have been specifically for a single purpose. This therefore improves their functionality for the user and again saves time. In addition, for some digital voice recording devices an intelligent recording mode allows for recording to begin and end based on the existence of sound. This can avoid silence on the tape and hence wasted recording time, this can be important for meetings which need to be recorded.


Digital recording device storage3) Storage

A device can only function if the level of storage is sufficient for its use; this makes it yet another reason to opt for a dedicated voice recording device. There are models of voice recording devices which can be up to 128kbps or up to 2080 hours at 8kbps. Again it is important to focus on this important area before making your choice of a device. For busimesses with hectic schedules and meeting plans the impressive storage will be especially welcomed.


4) Display

It would be wrong to dismiss the importance of choose a voice recording device with an unmanageable display. In order to enhance their functionality choosing the appropriate size and weight will be improve the quality of your purchase.


Need help choosing your digital voice recorder? Take a look at our list of products below!




1) Philips DPM6000 Pocket Memo Digital Voice Recorder

User-friendly, push-button memo recorder that you can operate with one hand


  • SD memory card slot (up to 32GB)
  • Push-button for single-handed operation for recording and playback
  • Two built-in omni-directional microphones
  • DSS (Digital Speech Standard), MP3, PCM voice and PCM stereo recording
  • 2.4″ colour TFT display
  • Stainless steel casing
  • Micro USB 2.0 jack

Olympus VP-10 Digital Voice Recorder

2) Olympus VP-10

Sleek digital voice recorder with brand new technology for business use


  • Omni-directional microphones emit little noise and deliver high quality recordings
  • Anti-rustle filter to allow you to effectively record from your pocket
  • One-touch recording
  • Noise cancellation and Voice Balancer produce only the best sound
  • USB connection and easy data search







Olympus WS-852 Digital Voice Recorder

3) Olympus WS-852 Digital Voice Recorder

Digital voice recorder with Intelligent AUTO mode for superb sound quality


  • 4GB internal memory and up to 32GB external
  • 1040hr recording time
  • Two built-in directional stereo microphones
  • Intelligent auto recording
  • Retractable USB stick




Olympus DS-2500 Digital Dictator

4) Olympus DS-2500 Digital Dictator

Professional voice dictator with DSS Pro recording


  • SD/SDHC card slot (up to 32GB)
  • USB 2.0 connection cable
  • DSSPro data format
  • Full duplex, Auto recording (VCVA)
  • Audio management software included
  • 1.74″ display, metal casing



Philips DVT2000 Digital Voice Recorder with earphones

5) Philips VoiceTracer DVT2000

Digital stereo recorder optimized for conversations


  • Optimized for conversations
  • MP3 stereo recorder with clear playback
  • Connection to PC ready to use
  • Radio FM recorder to record your favourite radio programs
  • Voice activation recorder
  • 3.5mm jack
  • High speed 2.0 USB
  • Storage: 4GB
  • SD card: up to 32 GB
  • Dimensions: 111 x 38 x19 mm
  • Weight: 49g




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