REVIEW – Best Portable Mini Digital Recorder – Sony SX712 D

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After careful scrutinizing, these 4 Amazon Digital Recorder products won out over the other models and brands due to comprehensive features, low pricing and high-praise reviews.

First Product :: Sony Mini Digital Recorder – Sony ICD SX712 D
2nd Product :: SanDisk 16GB MicroSDHC Memory Card with Adapter and Reader
3rd Product :: Sandisk 32GB MicroSDHC Class 4 Memory Card & MicroSDHC Card Reader
4th Product :: SanDisk 16GB microSDHC Memory Card w/ SD Adapter


PROS OF SONY MINI DIGITAL RECORDER

Having bought the Sony ICD SX712 and put it through its paces, we can say that it’s a stellar performer with high quality sound and ease of use.

The settings are prodigious. You like options? This device has them. However, if you want to avoid fudging with the settings and keep things simple, you can do that as well as go along with  the  well-programmed default settings.

The case is smooth, irridescent shiny black plastic with a nice, sturdy, comfortable feel. The 2 swiveling mikes allow for nice, stereo effects, especially when recording music.

The controls were fairly intuitive. We were able to record and save without referring to the manual. However, we did look up all the features and settings for future reference. They’re innumerable. If you like customization, this device has a bunch.

We noticed the volume was fairly low on the ‘music’ setting. Sony seems particularly intent on protecting listeners’ ears. There’s no fun in blowing out a set of eardrums.

Battery life is impressive. Display is fairly large with a greyish green screen. We highly recommend the ‘D’ version that includes Dragon voice recognition software that will transcribe spoken words into text.

Basic Package Includes:
* Recorder
* Soft protection sleeve
* Stand
* PC cable
* Earbuds
* CD with software
* Manual

SX712D Version Includes:
* All of the above
* Dragon Naturally Speaking Print Software


CONS OF SONY MINI DIGITAL RECORDER

We installed the software over our previous Sony Digital Recorder software, so perhaps that was the problem. The computer recognized the folders in the device but did not register the files at first.

We rebooted and reconnected. We can recognize the device as a drive, but the software is not as seamless as it was with our previous Sony SX recorder. We will most likely uninstall and reinstall to see if that fixes the small issues.

It would be nice if the stand had several tilt options. There’s only one. We actually found the stand to be quite handy.

All in all, this is a magnificent little recorder, pretty much top in its class and price range. The best pricing we found was 25% off at  $150 with free shipping from Amazon.

Grade Rating: A- | 9 out of 12, 12 being an unattainable perfection, 6 being average.



BEST PRICING FOR SONY PORTABLE DIGITAL RECORDER

Sony SX712D Portable Digital Recorder
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004M8SU0I/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=rhg-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B004M8SU0I


BEST PRICING FOR SD MICRO MEMORY CARDS AND CARD ADAPTER KITS

SanDisk 16GB MicroSDHC Memory Card with Adapter
(Bulk Package) + SanDisk MicroSDHC to MiniSDHC Adapter (Bulk) + USB2.0 High Speed Card Reader | This is a great price for 16GB. If you need super high speed, you can opt to pay more. But, the speed of this device is more than adequate for sound recordings.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002DJ2KYK/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=rhg-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B002DJ2KYK

Sandisk 32GB MicroSDHC Class 4 Memory Card & MicroSDHC Card Reader
This comes with a nice set of extras that can come in quite handy to connect quickly to computer or laptop.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004JISIE4/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=rhg-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B004JISIE4

SanDisk 16GB microSDHC Memory Card w/ SD Adapter
Super low pricing for extra 16GBs.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B003MATBLE?ie=UTF8&ref_=dp_olp_new&tag=rhg-20&ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=390957&condition=new%23


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