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Digital voice recorder for university lectures

Hi, I'm going back to college this coming spring for IT and I want to record my lectures with a digital voice recorder. I have been looking around online, but I haven't found much information about what brands are good/bad. I'm looking for something that meets this criteria

-$80 or less
-Reliable/durable, not something that will fail after a year and a metal case would be preferred over plastic
-Clear sound quality even if the person speaking is 15-20ft away
-Has the ability to connect to a pc running either windows 7 or 10

What units should I be looking at? I honestly know nothing about the different recording formats or what brands are good.

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None I fear.

In reply to: Digital voice recorder for university lectures

While I own a few, your expectations are a little high. Here's models I own and they are now years old but I take care with them and don't carry them in my pocket with keys, etc.

Sanyo ICR-XPS01M (would buy again!)
Tascam DR-40 (there are other models in this line, smaller with great mics.)

Now there is that smartphone angle. Always give that a try with an add on mic.

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/great-tips-recording-audio-smartphone-tablet/

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In what regads are my expectations high?

In reply to: None I fear.

Price point? Metal construction? Is a metal case available at any price-point or are they all plastic? If so, I could compromise on that, but I would still want it to last a long time (and yes, I will take good care of it). I still need decent sound quality and a pc connection is an absolute must.

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You can check out metal or plastic ahead of time.

In reply to: In what regads are my expectations high?

As to decent sound I've lost count of the times the owner blames the sound on the mic or recorder when all it did was record what it heard. Folk new to this eventually catch on that there is no magic here. Ambient noise is always there.

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