ZOOM H1 Handy Recorder - Matte Black by msl
I picked one of these little guys some months ago. Considering its price I think its a good option for those of us on a budget and who don't need xlr inputs.
In the little time that I have used it, I'm very impressed with the quality of the recordings, the inbuilt mics are more than acceptable, generally the recordings are very low noise. Its very sensitive and really picks up details. It also has great stereo imaging, really wide and very impressive. The mics are very susceptible to wind noise as to be expected so you need a proper outdoor mic screen, but indoors its fine. I haven't tried using another mic yet, though it has a 1/8in jack. The size is very handy too, fits very nicely in my hand or in my jacket pocket so I can easily bring it everywhere with me. It truly is portable.
The only gripe I have is the build quality, its very plastic and light weight this causes a fair amount of handling noise, you have to hold it pretty much completely still and not touch anything while recording or you'll get audible artifacts. Changing the volume or using any of the buttons for example causes noise. Bit of a shame, but then again I guess thats why its only €95. For example the battery cover on mine was a little loose so I had to put a little piece of cardboard in the battery bay to keep it from making noise every time I held the unit.
The samples below are just me walking in the local park recording some birds, they were about 10-15ft away, you can hear the local tram going by in the background, thats about 100ft away. The second sample is me just walking in the street, you can hear the stereo image from the cars passing by, I used a Furryhead mic screen btw.
Audio samples here: https://www.gearslutz.com/board/6256574-post1.html