One of the many benefits of picking up a digital recorder is the ability to dictate on the go - if your workflow takes you out of the office, inspiration can strike at any moment and it helps to have a pocket memo at your fingertips. The resilience of your digital recorder might not be the first thing you consider when you make a purchase - but if your daily routine takes you out and about, perhaps it should be. Here are our favourite robust recorders. 

Philips DPM8000 Digital Pocket Memo


The Philips DPM8000 Digital Recorder is designed with ease of use in mind. With an ergonomic design and a built-in motion sensor to identify which position the recorder is in and automatically change the microphone selection accordingly, this is a clever piece of equipment, but these delicate features might raise concerns - what if I drop it? Luckily, Philips have kitted out their top of the line digital recorders with a robust stainless steel casing - so it looks handsome, but can also take an afternoon bouncing around in your pocket, or even a drop, without compromising the functionality.

Olympus DS-9000 System Edition


The Olympus DS-9000 is a clever bit of kit that’s benefited from a redesign in recent years. Now the DS-9000 boasts noise cancellation abilities and a gorgeous colour display that reveals all recorded files in a list, making it easy to hunt through your recordings for something in particular.

With an intelligent microphone system that actively monitor and analyse phase differences while recording, you’ll get perfect dictation and stereo conference recording quality. But we’re looking for a recorder that offers fantastic features while also being able to survive daily wear and tear. The DS-9000 has been designed with an impact-resistant body - so this elegant digital recorder can take a drop from 1.5m high and should bounce back without an issue.

Make sure you’re investing in a digital recorder that will last by picking up a pocket memo that’s been designed to thrive in a pocket - or a briefcase - or a glovebox. Discover our full collection of high-end voice recorders online now.

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