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OLYMPUS WS-500M Silver USB PC Interface Digital Voice Recorder

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  • 2GB Recording Media
  • USB PC Interface
  • 3.7" x 1.5" x 0.4"

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Record for over 22 days with the WS-500M digital voice recorder from Olympus. In LP mode it can hold 544 hours and 55 minutes of recording in its 2GB of memory. In extra high quality (Stereo XQ) mode you can record up to 34 hours and 50 minutes for when you want to catch every nuance of the conversation. When you’re done, just plug it into your PC’s USB port and transfer the files over.

The Advanced file management lets you record up to 200 files in each of 5 folders. The large backlight LCD screen makes managing your recordings easy and convenient.

  • newegg Extended Recording Time The Olympus WS-500M features built-in 2GB flash memory for extended recording time of up to 35 hours in stereo XQ mode or 545 hours in LP mode.
  • newegg Voice Activation Enjoy hands-free recording and longer recording time using the Voice Activation mode to record sound as soon as it's detected by the built-in microphone.
  • newegg Built-in MP3 Player The built-in MP3 player supports MP3 and WMA audio files. So you can playback and store your music files with this Olympus WS-500M digital voice recorder!
  • newegg Large LCD Screen The Olympus WS-500M features a large, backlit LCD screen for clear viewing of recording times, battery life status and more.
  • newegg Easy File Management The Olympus WS-500M provides 5 customizable folders, each capable of storing up to 200 files, for easy management of your audio recordings.
  • newegg USB Direct Design With the “USB Direct” design, plug the Olympus WS-500M to your PC or Mac without cumbersome wires.

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WS-500M Silver


Recording Format
Recording Media
Recording Time
Stereo XQ Mode: 34 hours, 50 minutes

Stereo HQ Mode: 69 hours, 40 minutes

Stereo SP Mode: 139 hours, 25 minutes

HQ Mode: 139 hours 25 minutes

SP Mode: 274 hours 10 minutes

LP Mode: 544 hours 55 minutes
PC Interface
Microphone Jack

Earphone Jack
Built-in 16mm round dynamic speaker
1x AAA-size battery
Battery Life
21 hours (Alkaline, LP mode recording)


Supports music files in MP3 and WMA formats.

Built-in stereo microphone.

The LCD supports and displays three languages.

Windows only


Input Level: -70 dBv

LCD: 1.23 inch


Folders Messages: 5 folders/200 messages per folder

Sampling Frequency: Stereo XQ Mode - 44.1 kHz; Stereo HQ Mode - 44.1 kHz; Stereo SP Mode - 22.0 kHz; HQ Mode - 44.1 kHz; SP Mode - 22.0kHz; LP Mode - 8.0kHz

LP Mode

Voice Activation

Practical Maximum Output: 70 mW

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Dimensions & Weight

3.7" x 1.5" x 0.4"
1.6 oz.
Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
  • Warranty
  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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Customer Reviews of the Olympus America Inc. WS-500M Silver

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  • Matthew V.
  • 10/29/2010 7:57:28 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsHighly Recommend!!

Pros: This is a great device! I am a student researcher who conducts numerous interviews and am so impressed with this recorder. Works and transfers information to my computer like a charm! Easy to navigate buttons as well. Great product at a great price! Highly Recommend!

Cons: I wish it came with a case - it is so lightweight I get scared I will break it!

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  • Michael D.
  • 7/27/2010 5:37:50 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDidn't charge correctly

Pros: Great sound quality
Very organized, files / folders

Cons: Did not charge properly for me. I left it plugged into the computer to charge and it still said battery low after 3 days.

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  • Anonymous
  • 6/10/2010 5:22:23 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Small, light, compact, very sensitive. Pics up audio even when concealed under a shirt or great for recording phone conversations with pain in the *** x wives.

Cons: On/Off button would be nice

Other Thoughts: The light weight makes it seem cheap but the product performs well.

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  • Adam P.
  • 6/8/2010 8:59:21 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks well

Pros: - Plays wmv and mp3 files
- Works well as an mp3 player as well as a voice recorder

Cons: - It would be nice if it could play flac/shn/ogg type files.

Other Thoughts: I've only used my voice recorder a few times, to record some family members and as a music player. I've possibly used it more as a music player and it works well in that regard, though if I had to do it again I might purchase a music player that also did voice recording, not the other way around. The voice recording functionality works well and sounds good. There are loads of features that I haven't even touched yet, but it is good to know they are there.

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  • Stephen K.
  • 3/4/2010 9:53:19 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAstounding sensitivity

Pros: Small. Lightweight. Surreptitious! USB recharging. I use this to surreptitiously record discipline meetings (union representative!). I added an external lapel-microphone that dangles from my bag on the floor. It picks up EVERYTHING in the room! The sensitivity and quality are the best I've ever experienced.

Cons: NONE!!!

Other Thoughts: Doubles as a USB Flash Drive, but why bother - it's a great digital recorder.

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  • Darron F.
  • 11/30/2009 12:00:46 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Excellent recording quality on highest settings, and 2Gb of memory is all I need. Works seamlessly on Mac OS X. Does everything I wanted it for and then more. Excellent product at a very good price...with this recorder you get features and quality you would only expect from a much higher-priced recorder.

Cons: An on-off button would be nice (instead of the "hold" slider to turn the recorder off). A more intuitive and prettier user interface would help a lot of people.

Other Thoughts: Get the firmware update from Olympus's website--it will allow you to record in both 128 and 256 kbps mp3 formats instead of simply .wma format, which is especially helpful for Mac users who don't want to have to convert .wma files.

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