The Yamaha Pocketrak 2G is one of the smallest high-quality portable audio recorders we've seen, but its high price and scarce features make it hard to recommend over the competition.
The top quarter-inch of the Pocketrak 2G houses the built-in stereo microphone (shown here, head-on). The microphone is hinged to the main body of the Pocketrak 2G, allowing it to be angled up for better tabletop recordings.
The Pocketrak 2G's slim frame requires small buttons. We would have preferred to see the Pocketrak 2G's menu, play, and skip keys enlarged and placed on the front of the player. Instead, the location of the buttons makes it hard to distinguish between them while looking at the screen.
We used to think the Edirol R-09 was the smallest high-end portable audio recorder in town, but the Pocketrak 2G has it beat by a mile. The Yamaha Pocketrak 2G is half as wide and nearly one-third as thick as the latest Edirol R-09HR (right).
One of the Pocketrak 2G's most unique features is a built-in USB stick, hidden behind a trap door at the bottom of the player, allowing cable-free transfers of your recordings to your computer and a chance to recharge the included battery.