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Sound of your own voice

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Olympus has introduced two voice recorders, the VN-1800 and VN-900, which are compact and weigh only 60g each. They have talk times of 180 and 90 minutes, and have recommended prices of £79.99 [inc VAT ] and £59.99 [inc VAT ] respectively.

A jog-dial and LCD enable quick navigation through the recordings and functions. A total of four different folders are available, each holding up to 100 files. These allow recordings to be sorted according to their subject, such as 'work', 'personal'or 'to do'. A schedule folder arranges files by date. Up to 20 messages can be programmed to set off an alarm to remind the user of appointments or deadlines.

Both voice recorders save notes/dictation to an internal flash memory chip, and they offer three recording modes: HQ (High Quality) for the best possible sound and up to 45 minutes on the VN1800 or 22 minutes on the VN-900; SP (Standard Play) for good sound quality with respective top recording times of 66 or 33 minutes; and LP (Long Play) with a maximum time of 180 minutes with the VN-1800 and 90 minutes with the VN-900.

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