Voice Recognition Software: Expert and User Reviews

Updated April 30, 2013
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Voice Recognition Software: Ratings of Sources

1. PC Advisor Speech Recognition Reviews, PC Advisor, As of June 2013
British magazine PC Advisor occasionally reviews voice-recognition software, including a lot of Dragon products. App reviews are mixed in with desktop software reviews. Both Dragon NaturallySpeaking 12 Premium and Dragon Dictate 3 for Mac get overall ratings of 4 out of 5 stars, with sub-ratings for ease of use, features, value for money and performance.
2. PCMag.com Speech Recognition Reviews, PCMag.com, As of June 2013
PCMag.com covers speech-recognition software and voice control programs in the same section. Dragon Dictate 3 and Dragon NaturallySpeaking 12 Premium each get a PCMag's Editors' Choice. Comparisons are made to previous versions of the software.
3. Amazon.com Voice Recognition, Amazon.com, As of June 2013
The many versions of Dragon's speech-recognition software get a lot of reviews from customers at Amazon.com. Dragon NaturallySpeaking Premium and Home 12 are well-liked by most, though they don't have as many reviews as the 11 versions.
4. BestBuy.com Language Learning Software, BestBuy.com, As of June 2013
Speech-recognition software is filed under "language learning software" at BestBuy.com. Dragon NaturallySpeaking Premium and Home get good ratings, but not a lot of reviews. Dragon Dictate 3 for Mac gets even fewer.
5. TopTenReviews.com 2013 Compare Best Voice-recognition software, TopTenReviews.com, As of June 2013
Editors name their top three picks for voice-recognition software. They haven't reviewed the latest version of Dragon software. Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11 Premium is on top, followed by Dragon NaturallySpeaking Home 11 and Talking Desktop 7 (which is now at version 8).
6. ColdFusionBeyond.com Dragon NaturallySpeaking vs Windows 7 Speech Recognition, ColdFusionBeyond.com, Jan. 11, 2013
Software engineer Summer S. Wilson, an experienced user of Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11 Premium and other speech-recognition software compares it to Windows 7 Speech Recognition. She tests it by trying to write her review using the program, but gives up in frustration.
7. Yahoo.com Dragon Naturally Speaking Version 11 Vs Microsoft Windows 7 Speech Recognition: Finally We Can Talk Back to Our Computers, Yahoo.com, Febr. 23, 2011
In this direct comparison, William Ehrendreich pits Windows 7 Speech Recognition against Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11 Premium. While he finds the Windows version to be useful, in his tests, Dragon has a much higher degree of accuracy.