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OLYMPUS WS-100 USB 2.0 PC Interface Digital Voice Recorder

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  • 64MB Recording Media
  • USB 2.0 PC Interface
  • 3.70" x 1.57" x 0.59" excluding protrusions

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Users of the WS-100 voice recorder can enjoy a great sense of freedom, not being bound by cables or weighed down by a docking cradle. You can record and play back your meeting recordings, notes and ideas for over 27 hours in LP mode while the mass storage class support means you can connect it directly to virtually any PC. The WS-100 saves all file types to its memory in an instant, whether they are your pictures, presentations or text documents, ensuring fast, secure and convenient transportation and transfer of your data.

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Recording Format
WMA (Windows Media Audio)
Recording Media
Recording Time
HQ mode: 4 hours 20 minutes

SP mode: 8 hours 40 minutes

LP mode: 27 hours 20 minutes
PC Interface
USB 2.0
Built-in 16mm round dynamic speaker
1x AAA-size battery
Battery Life
Approx. 13 hours (using alkaline dry cell battery)


PC link via "USB Direct" design where recorder actually separates from the battery unit and plugs into the USB port on most PCs for a direct connection

27 hours of recording time in LP mode

Records in popular Windows Media Audio (WMA) format

64MB of internal flash memory

USB mass storage class support means the WS-100 can store any file type, in addition to audio

Play recordings in Fast and Slow Playback mode (50% faster or 25% slower than real time)

Choose between three recording modes: HQ for high quality and LP and SP for extended recording times

Store and organize files in 5 folders holding up to 199 files per folder

Voice Activation records sound as soon as it's picked up by the built-in microphone for hands-free recording

Insert index marks to identify and quick retrieve important sound bites

Erase single or entire files

Adjustable microphone sensitivity lets you specify the recorder to your needs

Up to 13 hours of continuous operation is achieved via 1 x AAA battery for low power consumption


Input Level: -70dbv

LCD: 19 x 19mm

LED: Two colors (red and green)

Folders Messages: 5/199 per folder

Voice Activation: Available, Switchable On/Off

Practical Maximum Output: 100 mW

Microphone Jack: 3.5mm mini-jack, impedance 2 kOhms

Earphone Jack: 3.5mm mini-jack, impedance 8 Ohms

OS Supported: Microsoft Windows ME/2000 Professional/XP Professional, Home Edition

Sampling Frequency

Overall Frequency Response

Dimensions & Weight

3.70" x 1.57" x 0.59" excluding protrusions
1.9 oz. including battery
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  • Robert M.
  • 7/3/2007 3:34:41 PM
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggs

Pros: compact size, built in usb, doesn't require a seperate cord.

Cons: the battery cover is worseless unless you are looking for a portable battery launcher. I am sending this back.

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  • Bijan A.
  • 3/12/2007 3:31:46 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggspower hungry

Pros: non

Cons: 1- The power consumption is really high. You need to change the battery frequently. 2- With that price you can buy better sound recorder/mp3 player/mpeg player with larger memory size 3- there is nothing particular about the quality of recorder sound in this unit. Most MP3 players provide the same quality

Other Thoughts: Get something which has more functionality, more memory and rechargeable battery

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  • Donald C.
  • 12/13/2006 11:08:29 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsOutstanding

Pros: 1) can plug a 1/8" stereo lapel mic (or other)
2) unit has on/off 'switch'. Can't accidentally turn on or off.
3) unit has 'lock' switch. When engaged, all buttons on the unit are disabled... so you won't accidentally erase or stop recording if the buttons are touched.
4) Records in windows media audio...smaller file size
5) Easy file transfer. Just snap the the unit apart to expose the USB end and plug right into your computer USB port. Drag and drop. Less than 30 sec. to transfer 4 hrs. of audio.
6)price... one of these units, essentially replaces a $600 wireless lapel mic system for my application.
7)really compact & light.
8) hi and lo sensitity settings. Hi you hear everything...but not relly clearly becuase of background noise being picked up. However, lo sensitivity it works great for my application and will pick up vocals very nice and clean within about a 4-6 foot area.

Cons: 1) wma audio. Not quite the most ideal situation for videography. However, I ran the recordings through Adobe Audition and applied two quick filters and resample as wav files @ 48,000 kb. This took less than two minutes and the resulting audio is more than acceptable to add to a video production.
2) In the videography realm we tend to have a lust or need to monitor every bit of audio and video we capture. That can't be done with this unit because you drop it in the subject's pocket and get what you get... there is no feed to a head set or mic mixer. But, I've found that as long as the batteries in the unit are good, everything is good. However, there is a risk we assume using these units for this application... if one were to fail at the wrong time, we could be in a bind . It's a risk I'm willing to take...but I'll pick my spots.
2) Others may have a problem with the recording time in HQ mode, but for my application 4 hours is way more than enough.

Other Thoughts: Unbelieveable. I'm a videographer. When doing shoots in which there are several subjects in multiple locations within a room or church that you need to get clear audio from, I usually use multiple wireless lavalier mics and a mic mixer or extra camera. This not only is expensive because a single low end Sennheiser wireless lapel system runs $600/copy. Not only that, the camera is laden with recievers plus the mic mixer, etc. Believe me, this is a huge amount of work.

I looked into the Samsung voice recorder in an attempt to lighten up the amount of equipment and setup time as well as post production time. Well, this far exceeded my expectations, and I'm going to get 3 more.

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  • Todd S.
  • 9/2/2006 10:36:19 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Love it, It even picks up distant voices. I take it to meeting to record everything that goes on.
Love the USB down loads directly to the computer.

Cons: Plastic construction.

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  • Anonymous
  • 6/14/2006 4:17:25 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Very portable and indiscrete.

Cons: Memory is somewhat lacking if recording in high quality.

Other Thoughts: Buttons are small, but so is the unit so it's understandable.

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/21/2006 11:57:43 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggsFun Gadget

Pros: Cool looking, works well, requires that you purchase separate lapel mic as it picks up everything when in your pocket or around your neck.

Cons: buttons seem, well kinda chincy

Other Thoughts: I would forgo this and get the Creative Zen Vision: M as it does this with 30 Gigs and only costs 3 times as much. The contrast here is that this unit only has 64 megs of ram.

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  • Anonymous
  • 12/28/2005 11:32:53 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggsNot bad

Pros: semi-compact, looks cool on lanyard

Cons: buttons ridiculously small, but workable, comes with no case and needs one. Paint starts to come off a tad.
Main con? Small memory/wma support

Other Thoughts: For as cheap as flash memory is, it is ridiculous to pay this much for any device that only has a 64 meg card in it. End of story.

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  • Cary M.
  • 11/1/2005 9:32:56 PM
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat product

Comments: I purchased this voice recorder to record my college math classes so that I would be able to hear part of a lecture another time if needed. This recorder is awesome! Its recorded audio quality is great, and I am able to hear my teacher anywhere in the room clearly on the recordings. Also, there is no need to have a USB cable with this model because the recorder pulls apart to expose a USB transfer too. I highly recommend this recorder!

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  • Richard A.
  • 8/17/2005 7:00:03 AM
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood quality for the price

Comments: I got this recorder to record my college History class lectures. After my first recording I was initially disappointed because when I played it back on the recorders speaker, it sounded terrible. I plugged in some headphones in the jack though and was blown away by the sound quality! There were 2 in-window air conditioners running in the room and I could still hear the professor perfectly! In fact, I posted them on my website so my classmates could take advantage of my good fortune. Their tape recorders couldnt even come close to the quality of sound this thing put out!

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  • Roderick J.
  • 7/3/2005 9:32:28 AM
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent

Comments: Very happy with purchase!

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