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Sony ICD-PX333

Pros
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.

Cons
It does not come with a memory card for its memory card slot.

Verdict 9
This digital voice recorder has a variety of useful functions, making recording, editing and transcription easy to accomplish.

$42.00

Review:
If you're a student, secretary, court reporter or anyone who transcribes audio recordings using a computer and keyboard, the Sony ICD-PX333 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-PX333 turn recorded conversation into text, which you can read or edit on your computer. This feature and others make the Sony ICD-PX333 our TopTenREVIEWS Gold Award winner.

Features:
In addition to the voice-to-print software, the Sony ICD-PX333 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.

Functionality:
The Sony ICD-PX333 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.

Capacity:
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.

Dimensions:
At 2.63 ounces, the Sony ICD-PX333 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.

Help & Support:


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.

Summary:
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-PX333'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-PX333 a great choice for you if you're seeking a high-quality digital voice recorder.

Specifications:
Product Specifications Convenience Features Erase/Protect : Yes Message Folder(s) : Yes (5 folders) On-Screen Clock : No Safety Lock : Yes (Hold Function) Search Features : Cue and Review, Easy Search Voice E-Mail Function : Yes (Using Sound Organizer) Memory Memory Size : 2 GB (approx. 1.9 GB = 2,147,483,648 bytes) Available capacity 1.79 GB (1,924,136,960 bytes) Speaker Speaker Dimensions : Approx. 1 1/8 in. (28 mm) diameter Type : Built-in Audio Format(s) Supported : MP3 files: Bit Rate: 8 kbps - 192 kbps, VBR Sampling Frequencies: 16/22.05/24/32/44.1/48 kHz File Extension: .mp3 Frequency Range : MP3 192k (SHQ): 75 - 20,000 Hz MP3 128k (HQ): 75 Hz - 17,000 Hz MP3 48k (Mono) (SP): 75 Hz - 14,000 Hz MP3 8k (Mono) (LP): 75 Hz - 3,500 Hz Microphone : Built-in, unidirectional microphone Recording System : Digital, Monaural Recording General Recording Media : Built-In Flash Memory 2GB and Memory Card Expansion Slot (microSD/M2) Recording and Playback Times : MP3 192k (SHQ): 22H 20M MP3 128k (HQ): 33H 30M MP3 48k (Mono) (SP): 89H 25M MP3 8k (Mono) (LP): 536H2 Type of Use : Ultra Portable Voice Recorder Power Battery Type : "AAA" x 2 Output Power : 300 mW Power Requirements : Two LR03 (size AAA) alkaline batteries: 3.0 V DC Two NH-AAA-B2KN rechargeable batteries: 2.4 V DC Weights and Measurements Dimensions (Approx) Depth : 0.84" (20.9 mm) Dimensions (Approx) Height : 4.5" (114 mm) Dimensions (Approx) Width : 1.5" (37.5 mm) Dimensions (Approx.) : 1.5" x 4.5" x 0.84" (37.5 x 114 x 20.9mm) not including projecting parts and controls Weight (Approx.) : 2 5/8 oz. (74 g) Including two LR03 alkaline batteries Audio Features Microphone Sensitivity Feature : Yes (Hi/Lo) Recording Features : 4 Modes: SHQ (44.1kHz, 192kbps): Super High- Quality monaural mode HQ (44.1kHz, 128kbps): High-Quality monaural mode SP (44.1kHz, 48kbps): Standard Play monaural mode LP (11.025kHz, 8kbps): Long Play monaural mode Inputs and Outputs Headphone Output(s) : 1 (Mini jack) Microphone Input : 1 (Mini jack stereo) USB Port(s) : 1 (Mini-B jack), High-Speed USB Compatible Software Operating System Compatibility : Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Home Basic, Windows 7 Starter, Windows Vista Ultimate Service Pack 2 or higher, Windows Vista Business Service Pack 2 or higher, Windows Vista Home Premium Service Pack 2 or higher, Windows Vista Home Basic Service Pack 2 or higher, Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 Service Pack 3 or higher, Windows XP Media Center Edition 2004 Service Pack 3 or higher, Windows XP Media Center Edition Service Pack 3 or higher, Windows XP Professional Service Pack 3 or higher, Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 3 or higher, Mac OS X (v10.2.8-v10.7), pre-installed Supplied Software : Application Software, Sound Organizer (CD-ROM) (Windows only); Application Software, Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11.0 (DVD-ROM) (Windows only) In the Box

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