First I had bus-powered soundcard for laptop, but I did not use it that much because all the setting up, some machines at work, kitchen stuff, jams, etc…
Now I have Zoom H4n and it rocks
Quick starting to record situations like wasp suddenly passed me and flew circle around my kitchen stove so I put recorder beneath it, sounds great to hear wasp to pass close the mics in stereo, also got a new snare when I murdered the bastard.
At summer I have long romantic walks with it just to find something that sounds interesting. Passing people just find you weird standing stoned at strange places with that thing, some of them I have captured saying “what the **** is that?”.
It can record 4 tracks at the same time, so you can have 2 better mics close and use internal ones to get room ambience.
Then it has great little features like tuner and amp models for some situations. Internal speaker to play some jazz while throwing frisbee & drinking beers outside, etc.
Well worth the money, buy it now!