Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11 Premium

Updated April 30, 2013
Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11 Premium
Bottom LineReviewers say that Nuance's Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11 Premium is the best voice recognition software, with the potential for 99 percent accuracy -- though most say 98 percent is probably more realistic after extensive training. The Premium version adds support for most Windows and Microsoft Office applications, as well as basic macro commands, which lets you complete several actions at once. It can also be used with a compatible portable digital voice recorder as well as with a microphone (Bluetooth or wired). A major gripe in user reviews is the poor quality of telephone and email tech support, though the number of dissatisfied consumers is relatively small. If you have or plan to buy a computer with the Windows Vista or Windows 7 operating system, it's worth trying out Windows Speech Recognition first. Experts say that while Windows Speech Recognition falls a little short of Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11 Premium, it is included free with Vista and Windows 7 and might be sufficient for many typical users.ProsHighly accurate, Intuitive editing and system commands, Integrates with office software, Works with portable voice recordersConsNeeds a lot of memory, Expensive, Tech support isn't free after 90 days
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