Philips Digital Pocket Memo 8000 - $499

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This is one terrific piece of technology! Better-than-ever audio, sturdy design, a motion sensor that lets you switch modes just by changing the position of the recorder, and Philips' usual high level of security for sensitive data. Plus a color screen (right up there with smartphones). Here are a few of the goodies you can expect:

3D Mic technology for superior dictation results

One of the most powerful features of the new Pocket Memo dictation recorder is the breakthrough 3-dimensional microphone technology. The 3D Mic technology uses multiple built-in microphones to always deliver the very best dictation results. The omnidirectional microphone offers 360 degree sound pick-up, making it ideal for recording meetings. The directional microphone is optimized for dictation and accurate speech-recognition results. The built-in motion sensor notices when the device is placed on the desk or held in the hand and automatically selects the microphone accordingly to suit the recording situation, ensuring best dictating results. When you place it upside down, it runs backwards.

Robust and ergonomic design

The new Philips Pocket Memo digital dictation recorder is made from ultra-durable stainless steel (as opposed to the flimsy kind of stainless steel). This creates a robust protective shell around the device, sort of like the Fortress of Solitude. Its lightweight and asymmetric design offers perfect ergoomics for working over longer periods of time. (Just what you wanted: a way to work longer.)

User-driven innovation

The Pocket Memo also features a ‘classic mode’ (AKA troglodyte mode) which displays an animation of a traditional Philips mini cassette. “It gives you the look and feel of working with an analog tape recorder and lets you focus on the essentials, while keeping the advantages of digital technology.” Thomas Brauner, CEO Speech Processing Solutions, well-known for his empathic approach to troglodytes.

With the integrated light and motion sensors the power consumption of the new Pocket Memo is automatically reduced to a minimum, guaranteeing an extended battery life for heavy users. Coupled with SpeechExec Pro software for efficient data management and a docking station for uploading your files, going from your voice to a text document has never been quicker.

Couple the SpeechExec Pro software with Dragon, and you can dock your recorder and walk away - all the work is done for you. Well, okay, you still have to do the dictating.


Recording time

(4 GB memory card): 700 hours (SP), 350 hours (QP), 50 hours (MP3), 27 hours (PCM Voice), 13 hours (PCM Stereo)

Battery lifetime

up to 23 hours of recording (DSS Pro mode)

Standby time

more than 200 days

Charging time (full charge)

3 hours

Operating system

Windows 8/7/Vista (32/64 bit), Windows XP (32 bit), Mac OS X 10.8/10.7

Recording format

DSS/DSS Pro (Digital Speech Standard), MP3, PCM


And for you diehard analog users who are afraid you won't be able to get used to digital recording, you can change the image so that you can see the "tape" winding from one spool to the other!