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Olympus VN-1800 voice recorder

What is it? A digital voice recorder that offers talk times of 180
minutes (in long play mode). Digital voice files have the advantage over tapes
in being accessible directly rather than a user having to fast-forward or
playback. Digital voice recorders are also much smaller than dictaphones –
Olympus’ latest offering weighs in at a mere 60g and lies perfectly in the palm
of the hand. Among the VN-1800’s natty features are a jog dial control for easy
operation and four folders (each holding up to 100 files) for organising
recordings. Notes and dictation are saved to an internal memory chip.

Do I really need one? HR professionals may not be ultra-reliant on
gadgetry, but the VN-1800 could make a difference to your work life. Its
compact size and design means you can discreetly make notes to yourself and a
schedule folder arranges files by date for easy retrieval. Up to 20 messages
can be programmed to set off an alarm to remind you of appointments or
deadlines. The only thing the VN-1800 lacks is connectivity to a PC. But if the
main objective is to make notes on the move, the VN-1800 is worth considering.

Specifications 96x39x21.5mm (hwd); weight: 90g; memory 16Mb.
Recording times: 180 minutes in long play; 66 minutes in standard play; 45
minutes in high-quality mode.

Cost £79.99; the lower specified VN-900 costs £59.99. Available at
the end of April.

Contact  0800 072 0070.

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