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OLYMPUS Digital diktafon VN-4100

OLYMPUS Digital diktafon VN-4100
alaScore 79

201 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 201 reviews from magazines and websites. Opinions about the battery and portability are overall positive. The value for money and sound are also appreciated.

usability, sound, value for money, portability, battery

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other MP3 Players the OLYMPUS Digital diktafon VN-4100 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 79/100 = Good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 201 reviews)

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it works, but......


performs as well as expected

can not down load onto a cd, best I can tell...

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Amazon review summary for OLYMPUS Digital diktafon VN-4100


alaTest has collected and analyzed 176 user reviews of OLYMPUS Digital diktafon VN-4100 from The average user rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other MP3 Players on

usability, sound, value for money, portability, battery

82% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Olympus VN4100 Digital Voice RecorderOlympus VN4100 Digital Voice Recorder

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most useful device


Digital recorders are very useful, most people can use at least two of the folders for "to do" and "to buy" lists. For best results, use the new style low leakage rechargeable NiMH "hybrid" or "pre-charged" batteries with a good charger. Inexpensive...

Sounds great, easy to use, no more messing with tapes. The voice-activated mode catches your utterance from the very first instant you speak. If you owned a previous model, they have changed the fourth folder to an ordinary folder instead of some sort...

Worst... if you can't delete the entire folder contents, deleting requires three button presses for each little file. The low battery level indicator doesn't give enough warning before the battery fails. Folder selection goes clockwise only. No LCD...


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Good for it's purpose


I wish that it had a better fast-forward function. It has 1x and 2x playback, but that doesn't help much when you've got, say, a 4 hour recording. It has an indexing function though, so you can mark points in the audio file to quickly return to them...

For the price, this recorder is relatively small, simple to use with a long recording time even at the highest quality setting. Note that there is no direct function to transfer the recordings to a computer, but that can be accomplished (albeit slowly)...

The sampling rate at the highest quality is 16 kHz which sounds like an audio cassette. That's fine if what you're recording is loud and clear, but the recording will be muddy if you're trying to capture quieter sounds. I should also note that I think...

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Simple recorder


The lowest quality mode (longest recording time) is virtually unusable. Even when speaking directly into the mic, SP is barely acceptable. If you want to record from any distance, e.g. from a table top, use HQ or XHQ modes. I use eneloop rechargeables,...

Small, simple to use, cheap newegg price. Decent sound quality on HQ and XHQ modes.

No PC connection. PC version costs a lot more, and I didn't need it. Poor sound quality on SP and LP modes.

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Ghost hunters


We use the little recorder for Ghost hunting. (EVP'S) This is a great recorder for this field of research. It's very sensitive works wonderful and has super long battery life. READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS 1st !!!! many features. Great product for the price...

Compact Design, High Quality Sound, Long Battery Life, Reliable

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Easy to navigate menu


In a nutshell, this model is compact(though not as thin as my previous non-pc connectable unit) with a very easy to navigate menu. It has 4 record qualities and has an alarm: when you hit snooze, which is any button you hit, it plays your file of...

Compact Design, High Quality Sound, Long Battery Life, Reliable

Lacks MP3 playability, No carrybag or a pouch

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Outstanding for EVP work!


My Hobby is Ghost Hunting. This recorder is outstanding for field work.

Compact Design, High Quality Sound, Long Battery Life, Reliable

Nothing, Its a Great Prod

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Nice unit but lacks


Unit is nice in appearance but lacks that quality feel. Reasonable features for a college student but not corporate. Unit will not work with Vista 64bit and the company pretty much has no support. They've been useless.

Compact Design

Limited sound spectrum

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Excellent !!!


Can record continually, without worrying that "time's up" on the recorder before my meeting is over, then can go into downloaded material to bookmark important spots.

Compact Design, High Quality Sound, Long Battery Life, Many hours good quality, Reliable, Super-easy download to PC


Product Specifications

This pocket-sized recorder is sleek in style and powerful in performance with over 144 hours of continuous recording capability. The easy-to-use thumbpad makes for quick and convenient operation of functions like file management, choosing playback and recording modes and more. Timer recoding and voice activation provide excellent versatility.

Audio Input


Audio System

Digital Player Type:Flash based
Functions (KB):Digital voice recorder
Sound Output Mode:Mono
Subcategory (KB):Dictaphones, transcribers
Type:Digital voice recorder

Digital Player (Recorder)

Data Storage Capability:Up to 400 files / 4 folders
Digital Recording Time:1420 min - HQ (High Quality) / 2840 min - SP (Standard Play) / 700 min - XHQ / 8660 min - LP (Long Play)/144 hours - voice recording
Supported Digital Audio Standards:ADPCM / CELP

Digital Storage


Digital Storage Media

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight


Flash Memory

Installed Size:256MB


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Olympus VN


Color:Champagne gold

Remote Control

Type: None

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty