Olympus DS-320

Digital Voice RecorderAre you overflowing with ideas and action plans - but don't have time to jot them down? The Olympus DS-320 Digital Voice Recorder can capture your spoken thoughts as digital files. Then, back at your computer, you can use the optional extra IBM ViaVoice Version 8 software to convert your recorded words into text on the screen.

The silver DS-320 we tested weighed a mere 71g, including two AAA batteries. Its 16MB of memory holds a full 150 minutes of recordings in .dss file format (up to 99 individual files in each of two folders).

It isn't the most intuitive device around. Some of its buttons are tiny and difficult to press, and you need to rely too much on the handbook to figure out how to use it.

To get the recorder to work effectively, you need to spend a long time training the software to recognise your pronunciation and intonation. Before you begin transcribing your recorded mumblings, you must plug the DS-320 into your system's sound card and read a series of paragraphs aloud for about 15 minutes. You then use the package's serial cable to hook up the recorder to your PC. Select the files you want transcribed, and ViaVoice steps in to let loose your words on the screen. In our early tests, the software's accuracy was not very impressive. For example, "Please call me" became "Keith Coleman", and "Thank you" was picked up as "Haiti". Like all voice recognition programs, however, Via Voice does improve its accuracy with additional training.

At $595, the DS-320 is a pricey alternative to pen and paper - even with IBM's software factored in. If you're on the road regularly and need a tool to convert your recorded notes into editable text, it might come in handy. However, be prepared to do a lot of editing - and training - to make using this voice recorder worthwhile.

Olympus DS-320

Price: DS-320 $595; ViaVoice $125; Distributor: Nationwide Dictating; Phone: (03) 9888 7399; URL: www.olympusvoice.com.au

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Aoife McEvoy

PC World
Show Comments

Cool Tech

Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44

Learn more >

SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™

Learn more >

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K

Learn more >

Stocking Stuffer

Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?