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Olympus8GB WS-823 Digital Voice Recorder
 
4.5

(based on 10 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (4)
  • Compact (3)
  • Durable (3)
  • Easily viewed (3)
  • Good audio (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Professional (5)
    • Primary use:
    • Business (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Midrange shopper (4), High-end shopper (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

I like it

This is my second Olympus recorder. I upgraded to the 8GB version from a 500MB. I trust the name. I've only had this one a couple of weeks, but, so far, it...Read complete review

This is my second Olympus recorder. I upgraded to the 8GB version from a 500MB. I trust the name. I've only had this one a couple of weeks, but, so far, it works perfectly. It is very intuitive to use and has a screen large enough for me to see without my glasses (which is a big plus.) I especially enjoy the radio. It came with a rechargeable battery that is charged by plugging into a USB port, however, you can also use a regular AAA battery, in case you run out of juice when you aren't able to recharge. (Another big plus.)

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

disappointed

Sound Quality is terrible. The battery doesn't but but 30 minutes. The size is great but that all.

Sound Quality is terrible. The battery doesn't but but 30 minutes. The size is great but that all.

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4.0

Affordable Nature Sound Recording!

By Frogmore Codger

from Mayo, FL

About Me Middle Of The Road

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact Design
  • High Quality Sound
  • Long Battery Life
  • Zoom Microphone

Cons

  • No Tripod Mount Accessory
  • No Wind Baffle

Best Uses

  • Nature Sounds Birdsong

Comments about Olympus 8GB WS-823 Digital Voice Recorder:

I've tried recording natural sounds before; mostly bird songs, frogs, and crickets/katydids for the sake of identifying the source. Smart phones, even with recording apps, just can't capture useable recordings. But I didn't want expensive recorders, parabolic microphones, etc. After some online research (ABA has a great series of articles) I chose the Olympus WS-823. It was a great decision! This small recorder, with its "zoom" microphone does exactly what I wished; in fact the recording quality is much better than I expected. The first time I used it I recorded and learned a new bird song (Blue Headed Vireo, which doesn't nest here, but sometimes sings before migrating north).

I give 4 stars (vs 5) only because of two accessories/features it lacks. First, you just can't record outdoors without a wind baffle of some sort, but none is available for this. Easy answer cost about $5 - following instructions found on YouTube I made one of faux fur (the $5). Took about an hour and works perfectly!

The other feature I'd like is a way to attach this to my tripod in order to prevent handling noise. There's a way to DIY a rig for this too I'm sure, but I haven't found it - yet!

All in all, this is a great recorder that fits my needs at an affordable price. I definitely recommend!

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5.0

Love to record!

By Sistarazzi

from Atlanta, GA

About Me Tech Savvy

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact Design
  • High Quality Sound
  • Long Battery Life
  • Prestigious
  • Reliable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Conversations
    • Lectures
    • Panel Discussions

    Comments about Olympus 8GB WS-823 Digital Voice Recorder:

    I have been in journalism for more than a decade and I have to say by far this is the best digital recorder I've had. It's my third Olympus recorder and the first one with the micro-SD slot. What a wonderful addition to an already phenomenal recorder. It's slim and compact and a great investment.

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    5.0

    Awesome product

    By Jack

    from Lakewood, NJ

    About Me Midrange Shopper

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Value

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Professional

      Comments about Olympus 8GB WS-823 Digital Voice Recorder:

      Compact recorder gr8 sound quality.

      • Primary use:
      • Business

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      5.0

      Excellent and versatile recorder at an decent price.

      By 1903Mark1

      from Southeast Idaho

      About Me High-end Shopper

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Value

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Mp3 Playback
        • Professional

        Comments about Olympus 8GB WS-823 Digital Voice Recorder:

        After using an Olympus WS-500M digital recorder since 2009, I decided to upgrade to the WS-823 that has FM radio built in. The WS-500M has been a great value and I have used it almost daily during those 6 years for listening to MP3s of talk-radio and music. I have, in fact, worn out two re-chargeable batteries and on the third - that is a lot of use.
        Moving up to the WS-823 was well worth the investment for the value added storage size, improved audio response and the FM radio. What is really nice is that the controls and menu have a similar layout as the WS-500.
        The WS-823 has a sturdy build that will last a lifetime. The improved audio via quality ear-buds is comparable to high end MP3 players without the high end cost. The controls are straight forward and the menu is intuitive and feature packed. Live recordings are impressive when considering the size of the WS-823 and the stereo audio playback is very good.
        With 8gb of built in storage and the ability to add a micro SD chip you'll never run out of space for recordings. The FM radio works well and tunes easily. All in all, the WS-823 is fine digital recorder that will last and offer excellent service.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal

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        1.0

        disappointed

        By Shawn Moore

        from Annapolis

        About Me High-end Shopper

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Size

        Cons

        • Battery Life
        • Sound Quality

        Best Uses

          Comments about Olympus 8GB WS-823 Digital Voice Recorder:

          Sound Quality is terrible. The battery doesn't but but 30 minutes. The size is great but that all.

          • Primary use:
          • Business

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Easy peasy

          By Ray

          from Arizona

          About Me Tech Savvy

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • High Quality Sound

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Conversations
            • Lectures

            Comments about Olympus 8GB WS-823 Digital Voice Recorder:

            Right out of the box, very easy to use and specially like that recorded files can be easily transferred to PC then emailed to recipients. It's small, compact, and features/buttons are easy to use. For this particular item, it came with a protective soft pouch case. So no need to order a protective case (OLCS131).

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Good reliable voice recorder

            By Rock Creek

            from Washington, D.C.

            About Me Midrange Shopper

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Lightweight
            • Long Lasting

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Professional

              Comments about Olympus 8GB WS-823 Digital Voice Recorder:

              Olympus makes some very good, lightweight, reliable, and reasonably priced digital voice recorders. I have been using Olympus digital recorders for a number of years. This is a good solid model. I use it professionally for conducting interviews, etc.

              • Primary use:
              • Business

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              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              I like it

              By Merleson

              from Portland, OR

              About Me Midrange Shopper

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easily Viewed
              • Lightweight
              • Long Lasting

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Recording Thoughts

                Comments about Olympus 8GB WS-823 Digital Voice Recorder:

                This is my second Olympus recorder. I upgraded to the 8GB version from a 500MB. I trust the name. I've only had this one a couple of weeks, but, so far, it works perfectly. It is very intuitive to use and has a screen large enough for me to see without my glasses (which is a big plus.) I especially enjoy the radio. It came with a rechargeable battery that is charged by plugging into a USB port, however, you can also use a regular AAA battery, in case you run out of juice when you aren't able to recharge. (Another big plus.)

                • Primary use:
                • Personal

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                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great voice recorder and light weight to

                By somacoul

                from Boston

                About Me High-end Shopper

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easily Viewed
                • Lightweight
                • Long Lasting

                Cons

                • None

                Best Uses

                • Den
                • Productivity
                • Professional

                Comments about Olympus 8GB WS-823 Digital Voice Recorder:

                Excellent mobile voice recorder.
                The quality is superb and the weight is so small that it is easy to carry in your pocket

                • Primary use:
                • Business

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                (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                More than I need

                By Rick (red baron)

                from Modesto, Ca.

                About Me Midrange Shopper

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easily Viewed
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Professional

                  Comments about Olympus 8GB WS-823 Digital Voice Recorder:

                  This has more bells and whistles than I need but it is very easy to use and understand. Easy to charge, came with a rechargeable battery plus it has a FM receiver

                  • Primary use:
                  • Business

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