USB stick and digital dictation machine in one: 2 in 1 flash drive for voice recordings

A combination of USB stick and voice recorder, too USB voice recorder stick called, can help you organize a meeting, a lecture or class, a conversation or an interview and other things Record audio. The advantage: after the recording, the device can be connected directly to the PC, Mac, MacBook or similar and the recordings can be evaluated. Of course, such an inconspicuous device can also be used for secret recordings, although the legal framework must be complied with.

USB stick and digital dictation machine in one: with a USB voice recorder stick you can save data and record conversations. Product images: Amazon

USB stick and digital dictation machine in one: with a USB voice recorder stick you can save data and record conversations. Product images: Amazon

USB stick with dictation function: inconspicuous recording and dictation device

Usually, a USB voice recorder, as the name suggests, comes in the form of an inconspicuous USB stick with a built-in microphone. Neither in a meeting, in the classroom or the meeting in the conference room, the device is noticeable. In many situations, however, it should / must be pointed out that what is said is recorded. But not only the recording of the statements of others is possible with a combined USB stick dictation machine, but the use as such. If you don't want to carry around a large dictation machine or the like all the time, you can use the small USB stick alternative.

Buy cheap USB stick dictation machines at Amazon

In the following I have picked out some models for you on Amazon. In addition to the simple mention, I would like to say a few explanatory words about every USB stick with a microphone. Because if you read the customer opinions on each USB audio recording device, you can find weaknesses or special tips for using the devices here and there.

aLLreLi CP00341: USB memory stick with dictation function

For just under 20 euros you can get a USB stick that should be recognized by both Windows PC and Mac via plug and play. According to the manufacturer, the internal battery is charged in 2 to 3 hours, and recordings of up to 13 hours are possible. The recording starts about 10 seconds after activating the dictation function. Note from the comments: "Not a stranger[n] Save files under the "RECORDER" directory and do not rename recordings under "VOICE". That makes the stick unusable."

aLLreLi digital dictation machine CP00341 [2-in-1] 8GB mini USB memory stick, digital voice recorder ...
  • 【USB AND RECORDER】 Good recording quality, clear recording, no noise, quick and easy connection with PC.
  • 【MORE MINIATURE】 6,4 x 2,1 x 0,7 cm, 18g, easy to carry. Boot recording, shutdown save recording, one ...
  • 【MORE DURABLE】 When fully charged, discharges up to 13 hours, charging time 2 to 3 hours.

Tammano USB recording device (Spy USB Sound Recorder) with 8 GB

This spying USB stick costs around 25 euros. Here, too, the battery should be fully charged after around 2 hours. The 8 GB storage capacity should be enough for up to 96 hours of audio recordings; one battery charge lasts for around 17 hours of recording. The comments show that it takes around 12 seconds from the activation of the recording function to the actual recording - this must be taken into account.

Digital USB recording device for spying on conversations - Mini Spy USB Sound Voice Recorder -...
  • 2 IN ONE - audio recorder & memory stick (USB flash drive) - 8 GB memory is sufficient for around 96 hours ...
  • NO INSTALLATION REQUIRED - installs automatically and is super easy to use. Just a ...
  • MANY DIFFERENT APPLICATIONS - great for recording lectures, meetings, interviews and much more ...

PicPro USB voice recorder with 8 GB storage space and 12 hours of recording

Long meetings, two full days of school, several lectures or a heated debate in the city council - with this USB stick, which also has a microphone, you have 12 hours of recording time per battery charge, according to the manufacturer. With the 8 GB, which are of course also available for other data, up to 96 hours are possible. However, even with good reviews, it is noted that the workmanship should not be so great.

PicPro USB dictation machine - Optimized version - Improved speech quality - 8 GB memory - ...
  • SMALL AND DISCREET! Looks and works like a USB stick - no flashing recording light, no noticeable ...
  • LONG PERFORMANCE! Up to 96 hours of total recording capacity. No batteries needed. Continuous recording time of ...
  • HIGH QUALITY! Excellent value for money. The sound quality is for such a small and ...

Etekcity USB Voice and Audio Recorder for allegedly up to 150 hours of audio

Nevertheless, even with this USB stick with voice recorder function for around 16 euros in WAV format and that with 128 bit / s, up to 150 hours of audio should fit. One charge promises 15 hours at a time. However, this USB stick with audio recording function only has 8 GB of storage capacity. The stick is recommended in the reviews for close-up shots in a quiet environment.

Etekcity 2-in-1 8GB USB dictation recorder audio voice recorder for 150 hours ...
  • 8 GB simplest recording device: store, organize and play back up to 150 hours of audio content with ...
  • Easy to use: Easy to use on / off switch, just plug in and go, no drive ...
  • Small and discreet: mini design with portable size for greater convenience. Easy to use on / off switch, just ...

My favorite for recordings, dictations, recordings, interviews, etc.

I have not yet been able to test USB sticks with a dictation machine or spy function. However, I also use other devices in case of audio recording. Years ago, I used this for recording conversations and for the audio track in videos ZOOM H1 stereo recorder increased. It works flawlessly to this day. There is also an extensive one Accessory setI can recommend. So if the audio recording is supposed to be more professional or of higher quality and doesn't have to be so “secret”, then I would use such a tool. In addition, many settings can be made there (sensitivity, MP3 or WAV, suppression of overload, etc.)

Further information and areas of application

As noted above, the USB dictation machines save in WAV format. In some product descriptions, Mac users will therefore use the Download the VLC player suggested. Jens aka sir appleot by the way: "Certainly also fun for parents, so that they can always record funny conversations with the children when the children are talking to each other and think that they are not being heard ... I would have loved to have recorded the conversations in the past! But the iPhone is just too conspicuous and we don't activate such an audio USB stick as quickly. "

Your opinion and experiences

I once had an MP3 player that could be used as a USB stick and dictation machine. The audio recordings at that time, it must have been around 2006, were in the lower mid-range in terms of quality. A lot has certainly happened since then. What do you think about the topic or what experiences have you had with a USB dictation machine? Feel free to leave a comment :)

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5 comments

  1. Piet says:

    Hi there,

    This can only be used meaningfully with speech recognition software that transcribes the text especially for scientific or study purposes!

    Have you ever shed light on this topic?

    • Johannes Domke says:

      Hello Piet,

      Anyone who wants to fulfill scientific purposes will - I think - not rely on a USB stick with a voice recorder, but use a correspondingly high-quality device (or a microphone connected to the smartphone / computer, which feeds the software directly). Nevertheless, there are many other areas of application in which a USB stick with a dictation device function can be useful. If you record the class / lecture for the sick classmate or fellow student, want to make it easier for the assistant to write minutes, want to record thoughts for his book / blog article, have to document the neighborhood dispute, bootleg from a concert and much more more. Aside from the scientific or other application to be converted from language into writing, there are still plenty of examples in which one can do without speech recognition and the like.

      Still, the topics of transcription and speech recognition are definitely interesting. If I can incorporate further information and my own experiences, these areas can also be highlighted and presented. Thanks for the incentive.

      Have a nice weekend!
      John

    • sir appleot says:

      @Piet: With the software Dragon Dictation for the Mac you can also convert audio files from dictation machines into text. Alternatively, it is also free if you play the WAV file with the iPhone, for example, and Siri is run on the Mac for text recognition. ;-)

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