I have used handheld dictation machines going back to the dark ages. Over that time, I have tried numerous brands, configurations, and features, including full-sized cassettes, mini-cassettes, micro-cassettes, and, in the last several years, digital memory devices. I have tried hard-wired and wireless dictation machines that used a variety of control systems and found them of varying degrees of utility. After going through this experience, I concluded that using anything but a dictating recorder designed specifically for professional use was simply not worth the frustration and lost time, and that the features and convenience of the top-end dictation machines justified their extra cost for anyone doing a serious amount of dictation.
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