I have used many digital recorders and find Olympus to be the best. They know how to place buttons in a handy location for the user. Their erase procedure is intuitive. I find them durable, having had them dropped by students many times. I like the fact that you can find a price range to suit your needs. My needs are simple: 3 or four folders, simple start and stop functions and comfortable to hold. Over the years Olympus recorder shave been long lasting and high-performing.