Olympus' WS-320M recorder provides the exact type of device convergence necessary for any traveling businessperson.
Need to dictate notes? Done. Need to interview the gentleman next to you about the customer service offerings of the airline you are currently traveling on for your weekly podcast? Check. Want to transform it into a hard drive to enable transfer of those high-resolution photos of your product launch? No sweat. Want to listen to MP3s? You're the boss.
For fun, we walked among the bustling pre-holiday crowd near New York's Penn Station while using the recording function. We were surprised at how many different sounds it picked up with an astonishing level of clarity. There is the requisite microphone jack so you can also record phone conversations. You can even detach the headphones to take advantage of the built-in speaker, so the entire conference room can listen in to your pre-recorded ramblings on synergy.
That speaker ability, however, could cause some embarrassment should your headphones become dislodged and your private listening experience become very public.
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Specs 1 GB hard drive, plays MP3s, 277 hours of recording time