If you're a student, secretary, court reporter or anyone who transcribes audio recordings using a computer and keyboard, the Sony ICD-PX312 digital voice recorder will save you many hours through its included Dragon NaturallySpeaking software. Lectures, interviews, seminars, workshops, proceedings and other spoken words are transcribed electronically on your computer, saving valuable time. This software lets the Sony ICD-PX312 turn recorded conversation into text, which you can read or edit on your computer. This feature and others make the Sony ICD-PX312 our TopTenREVIEWS Bronze Award winner.
In addition to the voice-to-print software, the Sony ICD-PX312 digital voice recorder comes with a USB port and cable to allow you to transfer recordings to your computer easily. It has five recording folders to hold hundreds of files, and you can personalize the folders with individual names such as Notes, English Class, Work and so forth.
It's equipped with a memory card slot for added storage, which with a card can be an alternate method for transferring recordings to your computer. This recorder does not come with a memory card, however. It does include two rechargeable AAA batteries, and its battery life is just more than 22 hours.
It has a microphone jack and an included external microphone as well as an earphone jack, though earphones are not included. It comes with its Sound Organizer Software Bundle that allows you to edit audio files, burn CDs and DVDs, view track marks and is a huge plus for editing and file storage.
The Sony ICD-PX312 has Intelligent Noise Cut technology which reduces ambient noise from recordings, allowing you to hear recordings more clearly during playback. It has an A-B Repeat function that allows continuous automatic replay of a recorded passage by placing marks at the points where you want the loop to begin and end. The feature works well to learn a language. There's also Easy Search, which rewinds and fast-forwards in short increments to find segments in lengthy recordings.
Voice Operated Recording ensures that this device records only when sound is at sufficient levels, preserving memory storage and eliminating unwanted breaks in conversation. The Add Recording function lets you press playback to begin recording at the end of an existing audio file without affecting the original recording. Digital Pitch Control maintains the pitch of a recording regardless of the playback speed, making for smooth and consistent listening.
This digital voice recorder has track marking to highlight portions of a recording to make them easy to find and return to later. Its Hi/Lo Microphone Sensitivity lets you set the sound level for your recordings to capture notes and dictation at close range or lectures and conferences in large rooms.
The maximum recording time for this voice recorder is 530 hours, which is slightly below the average of 639 hours for the 11 voice recorders we reviewed. That's plenty for almost anyone. It has the standard 2GB of storage, which is more than sufficient. Additionally, the memory card slot allows for extra storage space.
At 2.63 ounces, the Sony ICD-PX312 weighs slightly more than all but two of the other voice recorders we reviewed. It's slightly longer than most, at 4.5 inches, and is nearly 1 inch thick. Still, it will fit in the palm of your hand or into your pocket or purse.
Sony's website has a full complement of FAQs, phone and email support, online forums to easily view problems and solutions posted by others and an online chat feature for real-time problem solving. However, accessing the online chat took us more than one attempt, and response times to questions took several minutes.
Sony has a long history with audio and video electronics. The company's first successfully commercialized product came in 1946 with the Power Megaphone, followed in 1949 by the creation of the first magnetic tape recorder, and its commercial launch in 1950.
Sony introduced Japan's first transistor radio in 1955 and in 1960 launched the world's first direct-view, portable TV, followed in 1962 by the world's smallest and lightest all-transistor TV. Sony's focus on audio recording grew with the 1964 introduction of the Sony-O-Matic, a tape recorder featuring automatic recording adjustment. In 1965, Sony launched the world's first home-use, open-reel Video Tape Recorder. In 1966, it started selling Sony's first cassette tape recorder.
The company launched the Walkman stereo cassette player in 1979. It revolutionized the way individuals listened to music. Sony introduced the world's first CD player in 1982 and in 1984 started selling the Discman, a portable CD player. Today, the multinational company produces a host of electronics and entertainment and media products.
The Dragon NaturallySpeaking software included with this digital voice recorder is a great benefit that transcribes your audio recordings for you. Features such as a memory card slot and a USB port with an included USB cable, as well as rechargeable batteries add to the Sony ICD-PX312's allure.
Its useful track marking, variable-speed playback, Voice Operated Recording and Easy Search features, as well as other functions including Noise Cut, A-B Repeat, Digital Pitch Control and Hi/Lo Microphone Sensitivity make the Sony ICD-PX312 a great choice for you if you're seeking a high-quality digital voice recorder.
It comes with a host of features for ease of use, as well as voice-to-print software that allows you to do away with manually transcribing recordings.
It does not come with a memory card for its memory card slot.
This digital voice recorder has a variety of useful functions, making recording, editing and transcription easy to accomplish.