Digital voice recorders aren’t one-trick ponies anymore. They’ll double as MP3 players, cameras, external hard drives — and offer hours of recording time to boot. Some will even turn digispeak into computer text. Yee-ha!


Sony Memory Stick Portable Digital Dictating Machine, $300


ASSETS: Includes software to translate voice files to text, and a removable memory stick to make file transfers easy.


LIABILITIES: Only three hours of recording time with included 8 MB Memory Stick, but the memory can be upgraded.


BOTTOM LINE: If you need to transcribe your recordings and typing isn’t your thing, this model is for you.
More info: www.sonystyle.com

SASO Professional Digital Audio management system, $400


ASSETS: Patented technology gives eight hours of recording time and an amazing 72 hours with added external scan disk. Includes MP3 player, proprietary filing system, and sync-ability to most handhelds.


LIABILITIES: Hefty features come at a hefty price.


BOTTOM LINE: A high quality, high-end machine — note that it’s referred to as a manager, not simply a recorder — for professionals who need an all-in-one.
More info: www.vianix.com
Olympus VN-3600, $80


ASSETS: The latest from the biggest DVR seller, the VN-3600 has six hours of recording time, 32 MB built-in flash memory, and four internal folders for organizing.


LIABILITIES: Unlike many new DVRs, this has no extra functions like picture-taking or MP3 playing.


BOTTOM LINE: Lots of talk time makes this model great for users who just need to record — and the price is right.
More info: www.olympusamerica.com