Olympus VN-702PC

Updated April 30, 2014
Olympus VN-702PC
Bottom Line

Resting at the low end of the digital voice recorder spectrum both in terms of price and added extras, the Olympus VN-702PC handles a solid range of everyday recording tasks like a boss. It's a top choice for anyone looking to capture lectures, classes and interviews.


Pared down but reasonably powerful. The Olympus VN-702PC can only record in MP3 and WMA audio formats, meaning it's not appropriate for music and professional work. But if you're looking for something for lectures and general note-taking, the digital voice recorder's value and performance are hard to beat. On the whole, users report getting excellent audio quality in classrooms and meeting spots, though some settings can produce more background noise that interferes with recordings. Audio playback through the internal speakers suffers due to low volume, reports say, but it's fine when using headphones or listening on a computer.

  • Good performance for the money
  • Small size
  • Voice-activated recording
  • Only records in MP3 and WMA formats
  • Partial file loss if battery dies while recording
  • High background noise in some situations

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