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Olympus VN-7200 Digital Voice Recorder

Olympus VN-7200 Digital Voice Recorder

Item: 369690    Model: V404130BU000

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  • Up to 1151 hours of recording time
  • 86-hour battery-life
  • 2GB internal memory Playback speed control
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Olympus VN-7200 Digital Voice Recorder
 
4.3

(based on 96 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (51)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (33)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good sound quality (40)
  • Well made (36)
  • Durable (24)
  • Cool features (20)
  • Easy to use (6)

Cons

  • Poor sound quality (4)
  • USB connection (3)

Best Uses

  • Family (24)
  • Teenagers (6)
  • Pre teens (5)
  • Meetings (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Education oriented (26), Grandparent (16), Working parent (11), Parent of two or more children (7), Older / senior (3)

Most Helpful Positive Review

 

good recorder

This has good sound quality both inside and outside. Very easy to use and has voice activation. The voice activation is very useful if you are recording something with a lot of pauses. ...Read complete review

This has good sound quality both inside and outside. Very easy to use and has voice activation. The voice activation is very useful if you are recording something with a lot of pauses. I actually used it to see if my dog was barking much during my absent...he wasn't!

Nowever, for most of my work, I need to be able to download to a computer so I will probably get an Olympus VN 702 PC that I expect will have the same benefits with that added advantage.

VS

Most Helpful Negative Review

 

A Good, Basic Recorder

I bought this recorder to record my astronomy observations which I can't manage to get written down any more. This morning I was out in the cold watching for the last crescent Moon and...Read complete review

I bought this recorder to record my astronomy observations which I can't manage to get written down any more. This morning I was out in the cold watching for the last crescent Moon and counting sunspots. As a test of the recorder I put it into in internal chest pocket of my zipped up down parka right next to the speaker mic of my amateur radio. As anticipated the squeels of APRS packets from the radio were loud and clear. Also loud and clear was me mumbling to myself at the telescope. I want to try this again when I am observing with others and see how well it records the other half of my conversation when the other person is not standing right next to me. I forgot to turn the recorder off so I could hear every footfall along the way home as the shock was transmitted through my body and the backpack with the telescope and tripod pulled on my shoulders. The electronics in this recorder appear to be able to pull in distant sounds while not being overpowered by nearby loud sounds.

You can split a recording in two but I don't see any way to append additional audio to an already existing file.

You can set an alarm and key it to a recording so I can set an alarm to remind me when and where to look for a satellite. It looks like you can only set one alarm though. I will have to add a comment to the end of each alarm text telling me what recording to set for the next alarm and what time to set it for. When you set up an alarm you have to have the file you want to play at that time selected. If you delete a file the numbers of any subsequent files are defermented by 1. I have not checked to see if this impacts what alarm file gets played or if the software makes any necessary adjustments.

Unfortunately all you get with the recording is a datestamp even though you do have to set the time when you install batteries. I had hoped for a timestamp to help me figure out what time I saw something. I will have to dictate timestamps.

There is no way to get recordings from the recorder into a computer.

This is a good basic recorder but for my purposes I would have been better off spending another $20 to get a more capable recorder. At the time of this impulse purchase the only other recorders on display were of the $150 flavor which is more impulse than I was willing to stomach.

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5.0

Casual Use

By Gary

from California

Verified Buyer

Comments about Olympus VN-7200 Digital Voice Recorder:

I purchased this VN-7200 two weeks ago and it works GREAT. would recommend to buy this. I bought it to record my dogs while we are gone to see if they bark and how much they bark and found out they do bark once in a while which I wanted to find out and this Olympus VN-7200 worked great.

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5.0

Digital voice recorder

By T Web

from NJ

Verified Buyer
This customer has reached Intern level on the Staples.com Leaderboard

Comments about Olympus VN-7200 Digital Voice Recorder:

I needed to record various thoughts and things to do for my business while I am out on the road. This was perfect for me. It is easy to use and the clarity is excellent. It is small, light, and easily fits into my purse. It stores a lot of information which can be accessed quickly and easily. I don't have to search for a pen and paper to jot down my thoughts and things I need to do. I just turn it on and press the record button and start talking. I also use it to record speakers at seminars instead of constantly writing notes.

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4.0

Light weight digital voice recorder

By ABJF

from New York

Verified Buyer

Comments about Olympus VN-7200 Digital Voice Recorder:

This Olympus Digital Voice Recorder (VN -7200) was not my first choice. Because small "tape recorders" have gone the way of VCRs (you can't find them!) a representative at Staples.com in July had recommended a digital voice recorder (specifically Olympus DP-201.) I then read the product description & reviews for DP-201 at Staples.com and bought one at a Staples store. Having never used a dvr I wasn't sure a dvr was for me. However, I was very pleased with it--it was light weight, easy to record and playback, and easy to locate previous recordings (I.e. files) for playback or erasing. The price was also reasonable. As a result, over the next several months I made multiple puchases at various Staples stores of the DP-201 model to give as gifts. However, the DP-201 has been discontinued by Olympus & therefore is no longer available at either Staples stores or at Staples.com. The newer Olympus model VN-7200 is smaller than the DP-201 and has extra features (including a longer recording time setting). However, the longer recording time setting results in a very big lack of sound clarity during playback. Another big disadvantage of VN-7200 compared with the manufacturer's DP-201 is that although with the DP-201 previous recordings could be easily located by recording date (for playback or erasing) no such easy procedure exists (nor is an easy procedure is provided in the manufacturer's printed instructions) for model VN-7200. The VN-7200 isn't bad but I preferred the DO-201 model.

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4.0

Great quality, easy to use!

By xxx

from North Carolina

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This customer has reached Intern level on the Staples.com Leaderboard

Comments about Olympus VN-7200 Digital Voice Recorder:

Great quality and easy to use. I bought it to record a conference and it picked up everyone at the large table. It took me a while to figure out the fast forward and reverse on playback, as the instructions are not that great. The only disappointment so far is that you can't download what's on the recorder. I understand there's a workaround, but you have to buy more products, and I don't know if it will work. I realize this is a low-cost recorder, but I was surprised to find out, after purchase, that not every digital recorder has the ability to download files to the computer.

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5.0

Great little gadget

By Mary

from Westwood ma

Verified Buyer

Comments about Olympus VN-7200 Digital Voice Recorder:

Perfect for personal use! I use it to record lectures and meetings.
Everyone is aware that I am recording and using to compile notes and official minuets of meetings!

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