icarus wrote:I just registered to leave my (bad) experience with this product.
What I want to point out here is that if you are expecting to get a voice recorder, forget it. Everything you record has a lot of noise generated by the recorder, not ambient noise. The presenter is "OK" but I bought it since it seemed to be cool to have a voice recorder to review presentations. The idea is still cool, but this implementation is bad quality. I contacted the seller about this, and he said that this is what I should expect for a 20 bucks presenter with voice recorder. I had cheaper MP3 players with MUCH better recording quality. And I am talking from MP3 players 5 years ago.
I understand his point but don't share the philosophy behind. It shouldn't be advertised as a voice recorder. A weird SD card reader? presenter? laser pointer? That's fine, but no way as a voice recorder.
For the reviewer: I think it would have been a good idea to post a file recorded with this device, since I read this review before buying it and I am very disappointed (with both).
First off, welcome to the LR Forums! Sorry you didn't like the review (or the product)..
Well, this is a bit of old tech. Actually, the 'voice recorder' feature is not really that bad. I actually have a bunch of presenters and remote mice pointers and this is still my favorite. I find the recorder actually pretty good with tons of space to record long sessions. You can even send the output file to Dragon Naturally Speaking and get a very good transcript of your recording.
I've let a number of colleagues use this pointer and no one has complained, in fact there have been a couple of purchases from folks who have first borrowed it from me.
Like most things, your mileage may vary, but to me it sounds like you got a bad unit to be honest. Now if you are trying to record a U2 concert to sell a CD, it might not be the best thing in the world, of if you are really looking for high quality recordings, this might not be what you are looking for. But for dictation or to record (in mono) a lecture/presentation I would still recommend this device. I have a Sony ICD-SX750 that I use 2-3 times a week for CD quality recordings. It's very nifty, but costly. When I really care about getting the highest fidelity, I use the Sony. When I just want to capture a lecture (and I'm already using the pointer anyway) I give the Targus a go and haven't had any problems.
You say you got it for $20?? That actually seems like a very good deal and makes me give it an even higher recommendation.
Just a little puppy trying to make it in a big digital world.