The Olympus VN-8000PC is a digital recorder that can be used by individuals who are blind or have low vision. This portable recorder has three recording modes: HQ for high quality, and SP and LP for extended recording. The VN-8000PC features the Windows Media Audio (WMA) recording format and 67 hours of recording time for HQ mode, 131 hours for SP mode, and 421 hours for LP mode using its 1 gigabyte (GB) of built-in flash memory. The overall frequency responses are between 70 Hz and 13 kHz for HQ mode, between 70 Hz and 8 kHz for SP mode, and between 70 Hz and 3 kHz for LP mode. Other features include a backlit light emitting diode (LED) liquid crystal display (LCD) screen, USB interface, five folders (200 messages per folder), a built-in 28-millimeter (mm) round dynamic speaker, a 3.5-mm microphone jack, and a 3.5-mm headphone jack. The "Scene Selection" function automatically adjusts the microphone to capture the best sound. The "Voice Activation" function records only when the microphone senses sound. "Index Marks" allow the user to electronically mark when each file begins. Available languages include English, French, Spanish and Portuguese. OPTIONS: Carry case, headphones, microphones, Ni-MH battery pack, foot switch software, Foot Switch (RS-27), PC Transcription Kit (AS-2400), wrist straps, and neck straps. COMPATIBILITY: For use with IBM and compatible computers or Apple Macintosh computers with a USB port. SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS: Microsoft Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7 or Mac OS X 10.4.11 to 10.6. POWER: Uses two AAA alkaline (LR03 or R03) batteries (included) or two AAA Ni-MH rechargeable batteries (not included). Battery life (LP mode) for alkaline battery is 51 hours during recording mode using built-in microphone, 20 hours during playback mode using built-in speaker, and 44 hours during playback using headphone; for Ni-MH rechargeable battery is 40 hours during recording mode using built-in microphone, 16 hours during playback mode using built-in speaker, and 34 hours during playback using headphone. DIMENSIONS (HxWxD): 4.3 x 1.5 x 0.7 inches. WEIGHT: 2.3 ounces including batteries.