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Best Digital Voice Recorders Under $100, Sony ICDUX560BLK Stereo with Built-in USB. The Sony UX560 is an easy-to-use recorder that provides crisp, clear audio in the most-common recording situations. It recharges via USB and lets you easily transfer files to a computer.

This recorder is a surprisingly small and light voice recorder that captures voice clearly. It size is (4 x 1.5 x .325 inches,1.7 ounces). Also, extremely easy to use and set up on the go, the manual is even not needed. The built-in USB charger computer connection is well designed. It is sliding into the recorder’s body smoothly and reliably when not in use. There are no cords to break or lose. There are so many settings for the recorder, such as meeting, interview, lecture, etc. I put it on auto and was extremely pleased with the results.

To give it a difficult test, I put a Sony ICDUX in my pocket in a soft sleeve and went to an outdoor garage sale. Though you could hear some of the rustling noise from the fabric of my pants, it was minor, and it picked up the conversations clearly enough to be discernible in this difficult environment. However, I don’t recommend using it this way. Putting it on a belt pouch would definitely give excellent results with little or no rustling noises. If you’d like to keep your interviews unobtrusive, this is a great way to do it. You don’t need to put it in someone’s face like a microphone to get a clear recording. # digital voice recorder

Put a large memory card (micro SD) into its available card slot, and you can quickly capture thousands of hours of recording. The internal battery lasts for more than one day of continuous recording and charges easily and quickly from any USB charger. sony Digital Voice Recorder Plug it into a portable USB power bank, and you can extend the recording time to many days or weeks of continuous recording if necessary. Not using throw-away batteries saves size and weight. It saves the recorded files in a standard Mp3 format that any computer or smartphone can utilize. Highly recommended for clear voice recording, meetings, interviews or personal notes. An excellent device for a modest price.

Note Digital Voice Recorder: if you’ve never used, don’t be fooled into thinking that your smartphone can replace one. A phone is designed to capture voice at a very close range and picks up a lot of unwanted noise. Sony icdux recorders are designed to capture the specific sound frequencies of voice and suppress unwanted extraneous noises like wind and machine hum.

The UX560 is similar to our previous, now-discontinued pick, also from Sony. In a new round of testing in mid-2017, the UX560 received the highest overall ratings from our panel of test listeners. It produces clear, understandable audio in classroom, quiet office, and noisy coffee shop settings. It also this digital voice recorder offers a better collection of features than the other models we tested, with an easy-to-navigate menu system, a bright backlit screen, 39 hours of recording time (in MP3 format), 27-hour battery life, voice-activated recording to pause and restart after silences, and a pop-out USB 3.0 connector that lets you recharge the recorder and transfer files to a computer easily. Like many of the other recorders we looked at, it comes with an adequate amount of onboard storage (4 GB) but accepts microSD cards, so you can record and store hundreds of hours of recorded audio should you need it. The UX560 Digital Voice Recorder is also the slimmest recorder we tested—at 0.43 inch thick it can easily fit in a shirt or pants pocket.

The Best Digital Voice Recorder
Brand NameSony Digital Voice Recorder
Item Weight4.8 ounces
Product Dimensions6.1 x 4.3 x 1.1 inches
Item model numberICDUX560BLK
Batteries1 Lithium-ion batteries required. (included)
Material TypePlastic
Number of Items1
Manufacturer Part NumberICDUX560BLK

Question: how long does the built-in battery last when recording continiously for hours at the highest quality (LPCM)?

Answer: I used it for a conference 8+ hrs of start and stop recording for each speaker. Battery meter never went down from a full charge. 

2020 Sony UX560 Review