There are many voice recorders on the market.
Prices range from $20 to over $200. You may
not even be aware of it but many cellphones
and MP3 players include voice recorder functions.
Some important points to look for when buying
a voice recorder is the size, how long it records,
how easy it is to operate, and of course price.
If you will be recording long lectures you
may also want one that can plug into your computer
so you can save the recordings. These units are no
longer using micro cassettes or limited to
30 minutes. They use solid state technology
and can record for tens of hours, some even
hundreds of hours.
Some other uses for voice recorders are,
messages left for the family. Why leave an
old fashioned note, keep a voice recorder in
the kitchen and put it in a special place when
you have a message for the family. "Dinner
is in the oven, I will be back at 9" that could
be written but what if you have a long list
of instructions for everyone. A voice recorder
becomes much easier than writing ten pages
of notes and that 'I love you" at the end has
a lot more meaning when it is in your own voice.