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The Olympus WS-600S is a low-end digital voice recorder.

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stereo microphones effectively pick up directional audio without excessive cross-over

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no cables needed - plugs directly into a PC or Mac USB port

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more recording time than will ever be necessary for basic voice notes

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  • Only 3 words are allowed.

can't download self recorded music to PC

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manual written for 3 different models, can get confusing

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lacking fast playback mode to review recorded notes

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only appropriate for low-quality recording, when tonal quality doesn't matter

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can't rewind to overwrite mistakes while dictating

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  • Only 3 words are allowed.


The Olympus WS-600S is a low-end digital voice recorder. It is designed to hold many hours of recorded audio, while being able to plug directly into a PC for quick file transfers. It features 2GB of internal flash memory, direct link to a Mac or PC, and voice activation. The 2GB of internal flash memory gives over 500 hours of recording time, allowing a user to store large portions of audio (such as full lectures) and play them back at their whim. The WS-600S can plug directly into a Mac or PC without the need of an external cable, enabling fast file transfer. The voice activation feature enables a user to start/stop the recording with a simple command, saving some time and energy. When compared to another voice recorder by Olympus, the DS-5000iD, the WS-600S falls short in several areas, such as a complete lack of security features, no multi-function cradle, and no slide-switch operation.

  • 2GB internal flash memory
  • 500 hours of recording time
  • Direct USB 2.0 link to Mac or PC
  • Voice activation
  • Can record/play back in MP3 or WMA
  • Built-in stereo microphones
  • Multiple language display
  • 25 hour battery life
  • Scene select function
  • Auto-adjusting microphones
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