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Olympus offers up new digital voice recorder with added MP3

WS 560M
WS 560M

As any self-respecting journalist (so no-one round here then) will tell you, there’s nothing quite like a nice voice recorder for making you feel like a dedicated, noble newshound from a 1960s movie.

But the canny folks over at Olympus know that chances are your pockets are already stuffed with gadgety stuff. So, they’ve made a nice new voice recorder that doubles as an MP3 player.

The WS-560M (catchy) has Windows Media Audio and stereo recording modes for capturing all of your informant’s shady revelations. And then the 4GB of memory means you can sing along to all your favourite Steps tracks when driving away from the abandoned warehouse where you met. (Just us?) Obviously, that hefty chunk of memory can be used for other files, like scans of the secret blueprints with hidden bunkers revealed. (We’re not letting go of this tortured metaphor.)

The device also has a retractable high-speed USB connector, which allows you to transfer data quickly and charges the battery at the same time.

Full stats INITIATE!

  • 4GB internal memory for recording up 1000 hours, (in LP mode)
  • Built-in retractable Hi-Speed USB connection
  • Mass storage device for data files (voice files, music, images and data)
  • High-quality WMA/MP3/WAV formats music playback
  • 6 recording qualities for voice files (Stereo XQ, Stereo HQ, Stereo SP, HQ, SP, LP)
  • Large, backlit, multi-language LCD display
  • Menu-driven interface with five folders for file management and up to 200 files per folder
  • Up to 128 music folders
  • Variable speed playback
  • Voice filter, low cut filter, noise filter
  • DRM9 compatible
  • Integrated loudspeaker
  • Batteries rechargeable via USB
  • Lightweight (46g) and pocket size (94.8 x 38 x 11mm)

The WS-560M is out now at £129.99. Note: instant journalistic coolness not guaranteed.