Notetaker machines like the Philips DVT7000 Digital Voice Tracer pictured above are excellent tools. They typically retail from £30-£200, which means they require a much smaller investment than a professional Dictation Machine. For many users, a notetaker machine will offer everything they need from a recording device.

If you’re looking for a recorder to make simple recordings, this kind of machine could be ideal. They’re great for taking memos and recording lectures, meetings and interviews. (If you’re planning on using your notetaker to record lectures etc, we recommend choosing a model with a high quality microphone).

However, notetaker machines are much simpler than true dictation machines and if you plan to use it for more complex or regular work, it might not offer all the features you need.

What are the differences?

Below you’ll find a quick summary of the main differences between notetaker machines and professional dictation machines.

  • Dictation machines have higher quality recording capabilities
  • Notetakers don’t tend to offer any personalisation of buttons or functions
  • Dictation machines allow you to insert, overwrite and edit your recordings right on the machine
  • Notetakers don’t offer any organisation of files on the device itself
  • Dictation machines tend to come with more professional software than notetakers
  • Dictation Machines have better security functions

If you’re planning to invest in a notetaker or dictation machine, we’d be more than happy to advise you on which of the two options would better suit your needs. Why not head over to to get started?