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Dragon Naturally Speaking 10.1 Preferred with Headset - complete package

by Nuance
Platform : Windows
31 customer reviews

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  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • ASIN: B001QUUEA4
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: February 27, 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,810 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
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86 of 86 people found the following review helpful By H. Stevens on June 16, 2010
I upgraded from Dragon NaturallySpeaking version 9.5 to version 10.1. I was motivated by the fact that I was upgrading my operating system to Windows 7. There are no versions of Dragon NaturallySpeaking below version 10.1 that will work either on Windows 7, or on a 64-bit operating system. So if you are getting a new computer, and you want to use Dragon, you will definitely have to buy version 10.1.

I was pleasantly surprised to find that the upgraded version is more accurate than the older version. It is also extremely easy to train. I dictated several paragraphs to the program, taking less than one half hour, and that was all it took for the program to start recognizing my speech accurately. I do back up my user files to use when I reinstall my operating system, but there is really not that much need to do that since the program is so easy to train. Another feature related to training that may interest prospective buyers is that when you set the program up you can specify a number of English dialects, including Southern, Great Lakes region, Spanish accented, Indian accented, British, etc.

I found that installing this program was only moderately aggravating. I believe that you need to close certain applications before the installation will complete, and sometimes doing this involves invoking the task manager. The last time I installed it, it offered to close the offending applications itself, and the installation process went fairly smoothly.

I like to joke that Dragon NaturallySpeaking always spells everything correctly, but it doesn't necessarily get all the words just right, so a spellchecker is useless in picking up the glitches of the program. And there are glitches. I find that in general I have to make a correction or two every paragraph.
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70 of 73 people found the following review helpful By G. B. Ludwig on February 20, 2010
I recently purchased Dragon Naturally Speaking 10, Preferred Edition. Installing the software turned out to be a headache. The Windows installer took a long time and finally exited with an error code (Error 1722). I looked up the error code on Nuance's website (Nuance is the publisher of Dragon). The guidance from Nuance led my on a wild goose chase, changing settings in Windows that made no difference. It took several hours to figure out the problem, but it seems as if Dragon is incompatible with Comodo software. I had used Task Manager to make sure that NOTHING was running except for Windows itself when I installed Dragon, but that wasn't good enough. I had to completely uninstall and delete Comodo from my hard drive. After I did that, the install process for Dragon went smoothly.

I now have Dragon Naturally Speaking installed and I have used it to write several reports. It works fairly well. Nuance claims that Dragon Naturally Speaking can achieve up to 99% accuracy. That seems like a pretty big stretch to me. I am getting about 85% accuracy. Nonetheless, 85% accuracy is good enough to be helpful. I will continue using the program.
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Dolly on March 13, 2010
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Dragon Naturally Speaking 10 is now working well on our computer with the Windows Vista 64 bit operating system.
We ordered this software with the headset included.
Save your money and order it without the headset!!!!!!
Once we purchased a Logitech ClearChat Comfort Headset for Vista with a USB connection, all our problems were solved.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Carlton on April 2, 2010
I bought Dragon NaturallySpeaking about a month ago. I found it easy to install on my computer. I have a Gateway laptop with 4 GB of RAM and 250 GB hard drive. There was no installation problems at all. I do have one recommendation though that you replace the headset that comes with the software with a better USB model. With a better microphone near accuracy will be more consistent. It is also important to follow the instructions of being consistent where you placed the microphone each time you put on the headset. Other than that little piece of advice all you have to do is use it every day and you will improve as it improves.

I think Dragon NaturallySpeaking is enough standing product of the disabled. Those who have hand difficulties or disabilities but still can speak somewhat clearly will think this product is a revolution in the freedom to communicate. Because once you get used to the idea of talking to your computer and formulating your thoughts that way. It becomes very natural to do so. Because editing, formatting, and working with tables and presentations while barely touching the keyboard will be will become commonplace.

I also believe that the student will benefit or more greatly with the use of Dragon NaturallySpeaking. Think of it if you will does student being able to write reports, term papers, and even masters and doctoral theses all with the use of his or her voice. The student will be able to sit in a quiet corner of the library and if need be take verbal notes or one of his many papers. This will especially be true for the disabled student. A will enjoy the end of the hunt and peck process of typing. The only thing the student will have to worry about is not spelling the grammar. Because you still need to proofread your work to make sure it is grammatically correct and that you catch all the other mistakes you may have made. So in closing, I highly recommend
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