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Note taking

Note takers (often called dictaphones) are used for taking voice memos to remind yourself of something: Ideas in the middle of the night; invitation lists; to do lists, etc. Usually you would play these back to yourself from the voice recorder itself, rather than download an audio file to a computer.

Sony ICD-UX200 digital voice recorder

Best Budget Buy: The Sony ICD-UX200 is billed as a 3 in 1 device - acting as a recorder, mp3 player and USB storage device - and Sony have put a lot of thought into making it work well in all three areas.

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Best Bargain Basement: This is a fantastic entry level recorder, especially considering it has USB connectivity - allowing transfer of files to a pc.

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Sony BX700

This cheap and cheerful recorder is great value for money. The Sony ICD-BX700 weighs in at just 71g and comes with easy to use controls and crystal clear audio as well as capacity to store up to 280 hours of recording.

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Olympus DM-420 digital voice recorder

The Olympus DM-420 is the USA name for what is known elsewhere as the DM-450. It offers near-CD quality recording and playback at a reasonable price.

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Olympus Dm-520 digital voice recorder

Best buy: The Olympus DM-520 is the USA name for what is known elsewhere as the DM-550. It offers CD quality recording and playback at a reasonable price.

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Olympus DS-40

The Olympus DS-40 is a good buy at the moment (writing in Jan 2010) if you can find one as the model has been superceded by the DS-65.

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Sanyo ICR-NT300 digital voice recorder

If you're looking for a no-frills and inexpensive digital voice recorder that is also practical and easy-to-use, this could be the one for you.

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Olympus DS 5000

The DS 5000 is a top of the range professional dictation recorder for doctors, lawyers, researchers or anyone who produces a a large number of notes.

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Olympus Dm-550 digital voice recorder

Best Buy: A really great recorder. Top of the range of the new DM breed of Olympus recorders, the Olympus DM-550 offers CD quality recording and playback at a reasonable price.

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Olympus VN-6500

Bargain basement: This is an entry level voice recorder from Olympus. It has a very low price tag and yet boasts 1GB of internal memory - making it a best buy for anyone wanting a straightforward notetaker.

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Sony ICD B500 digital voice recorder

The ICD-B500 voice recorder is portable note taker with 256 MB of flash memory - double the capacity of its predecessor.

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Olympus WS-560M

An office in your pocket! Ideal for the business traveler who wants to travel light. But getting to be an older model now.

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