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.
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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.
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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.
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