With digital media files on the rise, it only makes sense that the new wave in recording technology is the digital voice recorder. Generally compact and offering a variety of functions, these handy little devices can be used for everything from the mundane to the exotic. When shopping for a digital voice recorder, it’s important to keep in mind how you plan to use it and make sure that its best features line up accordingly. Here’s a helpful list of things to look out for when shopping for this new technology.



Digital voice recorders have declined as your smart phone can also act as digital voice recorder.  However having a separate digital voice recorder allows you to do other tasks on your smart phone while simultaneously recording.  There is a variety of different types and features in digital voice recorders. Each kind of voice recorder is generally meant for a particular use, and getting the wrong product could be detrimental to your overall experience with digital voice recorders. Some of the most common types on the market include:

  • Note taking – These are small, personal devices meant for the everyday person who just needs a little help in keeping their life sorted out. Notes, ideas, grocery lists are all recorded straight into the device and played back the same way for easy, hand-held access. Best for the lovable scatterbrain.
  • Dictation – These are a slightly beefed up version of the previous type, usually used in business settings. They often include filing systems and software to help make the transcription of the recording easier. Wonderful for legal, medical, or business use.
  • Live Music – These devices often have better microphones and sound filters. They can be used to record live bands and concerts for the entire family to enjoy, or maybe for music students to best hear what they’re playing. Great for instructional purposes.
  • Voice Activated – This is exactly what it sounds like – a digital voice recorder that can go into shut down mode and only record when it hears a voice. Best for the super sneaky recorder.

There are even digital voice recorders designed specifically for the visually impaired, offering larger buttons with raised print, voice menus, and other special features.


Features to Consider

  • Recording Time and Quality – While many voice recorders boast of impressively large numbers of hours that they can continue to record, what’s important is not simply the length of the recordings, but the quality of them. Generally speaking, the higher quality you record at, the fewer hours a digital voice recorder will last. Make certain you are getting a good balance between the quantity of your recordings and their overall quality.
  • Recording Features – Can your voice recorder edit recordings? Is there a display that is easy to read and navigate? Does it offer data storage for extra kinds of files? Are there any other special features you feel you need in a voice recorder? Make certain that all of these questions are answered before buying a digital voice recorder.
  • PC Connectivity – While being able to preserve your stream of consciousness thoughts is nice, eventually, you will run out of space. You then need to be aware of what features may be offered to transfer your audio files to a different device, like a PC. Can they be transferred? How does it work? Does the process make sense to you? These are incredibly important aspects of any digital recorder.