The Wilson™ Digital Voice Recorder is one of the smallest and simplest digital recording devices I’ve seen. Measuring just 2 inches by 3 inches by 0.5 inches, it will easily fit in your hand, your purse, your pocket, or anywhere else you care to put it. It also comes with a belt clip, which allows it to be conveniently attached to a belt or purse.
Hold the Wilson™ recorder in your hand facing you with the speaker grill at the top. Just below the speaker grill, there are three easy-to-feel buttons. From left to right they are: Record, Play/Pause, and Delete.
On the front of the unit, at the top right-hand corner, is a light which will flash when you’re recording.
As you’re facing the unit, there is a slide switch on the left side of the recorder. When this switch is in the up position, you can record up to eight hours of information. When the switch is in the down position, you can record up to four hours.
On the right side of the recorder is a USB port to connect the recorder to a computer for transferring files.
On the back side of the unit is a large belt clip. When this clip is open, you will find the door where the two AAA batteries can be inserted.
To record a message, simply press the Record Button, listen for the short tone, and release it. You can now record your message. To stop recording, simply tap the Play/Pause Button, the middle of the three buttons, and you’ll hear two short tones. You can play your message by pressing the Play/Pause Button. If you record more than one message, the recorder will play the newest message first followed by the oldest to the newest messages. Keep in mind that you must press the Play/Pause Button to play each message.
To delete a message, you first press the Play/Pause button to start message playback. While the message is playing, press the Delete Button (the button furthest to the right) twice, and the message is deleted; you will hear two short tones.
If you record a message with the SP/LP switch in the up position, the quality of the message is somewhat distorted but still understandable. Further, there is no volume control on this unit; the volume is set to a fairly high level. There is also no headphone jack on the unit, which would have afforded privacy. The final observation I have is that you cannot pause the playback of a message; it is sometimes important to be able to pause a message and be able to continue where you stopped.
It is my understanding that newer units will be coming out soon which will have the volume control as well as six and 12-hour recording times rather than the current four and eight-hour times.
The Wilson™ Digital Voice Recorder is being sold through the Aids and Devices store of the Iowa Department for the Blind for $20.95. However, when the newer units become available, the price may or may not remain the same.
This is an excellent unit for someone who does not want or need a more complex recording device. If all you want to do is record messages and play them later, you don’t care about all the bells and whistles available on other units, and you want something very economical, this is the unit for you. However, I must repeat that not being able to pause a message during playback is a definite drawback for this unit.