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Dragon Naturally Speaking 10.1 Preferred with Headset - complete package

by Nuance
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews) 5 answered questions

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System Requirements

  • Platform:   Windows
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1

Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • ASIN: B001QUUEA4
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: February 27, 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,455 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

Product Description

This award-winning voice-recognition software is easy and fun! Dragon NaturallySpeaking 10 Preferred gives small business and advanced PC users the power to create documents, reports and emails three times faster than most people type - with up to 99% accuracy. Includes a free headset microphone with noise canceling technology.

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85 of 85 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Check Out the Last Paragraph! 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
3.0 out of 5 stars Temperamental, but useful software 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Software. Poor Headset. March 13, 2010
By Dolly
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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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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great product, terrible customer service May 27, 2010
I bought the Naturally Speaking 10.1 Preferred in Spanish. I love this product and am amazed at its accuracy. I was so impressed, in fact, that the same day that I installed the software I called Nuance and after two conversations (one phone, one chat) with one sales representative, I bought the English version with express shipping. The shipping took less than 24 hours, but to my surprise, the English software did not install properly and after repeated tries, I called technical support at Nuance, the company that sells the Dragon software. It turns out that the Spanish version ALREADY HAS ENGLISH on it. The sales rep must have counseled me to buy a useless second product because she didn't know that the Spanish version already had what I needed (?). At any rate, it took almost an hour on the phone for me to realize the problem and then attempt to navigate the technical support and customer service circuits. Finally, I was told by an incredibly irritating customer service manager named Hans that the problem was my responsibility and that I needed to ship the product back at my expense. So...please learn a lesson from my wasted morning. If you buy the Spanish software, call it a day. In sum: fabulous product, infuriating sales team behind the product.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a miracle! This really works! April 28, 2010
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I have an arm injury which makes keyboarding really painful for me after 5 minutes. Not only did it restore my ability to write, it took it to new levels. If you go into it realizing you will need to 'train' the program to your voice by making corrections occasionally, which is really easy to do, you will be in good shape. I am beyond happy with it! I am writing more and feeling more freed up creatively too.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Dragon NaturallySpeaking April 2, 2010
By Carlton
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Dragon natuarlly Speaking is a Pain !
I have tried to remove Dragon from my computer several times. It appears to be removed yet it continues to crash my system with the message; "DRAGON NATURALLY SPEAKING RICH... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Randy
2.0 out of 5 stars would not buy again
head piece broke within first week. I would consider other product instead of this one. Did not find it to be a quality product as advertised
Published 13 months ago by Akon Anyiam
4.0 out of 5 stars great for my MEDICAL TRANSCRIPTION
I work as a medical transcriptionist and needed to get this version of this product for the account. I was excited to start. It was easy to install and get it up and running. Read more
Published 22 months ago by K. Sanchez
1.0 out of 5 stars I tried to download it, but a message saying "Processor speed is...
My sister got me the Dragon Naturally Speaking for Christmas. When I tried to download it I got a message saying "Processor speed is inadequate for the Dragon". Read more
Published on April 24, 2012 by JerryAlter1950
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this product!
I recently purchased the Dragon 10.0 complete set. I was diagnosed with R.A.(Ruematoid Arthritis)so using the computor to type was becoming a painful issue. Read more
Published on February 6, 2012 by billie
3.0 out of 5 stars Spend the extra money and get Dragon 11.0
I had high hopes for Dragon Naturally Speaking 10 (Preferred) when I bought it at full price from Best Buy. Read more
Published on January 16, 2012 by BumbleB Media
5.0 out of 5 stars wayneroxu
Dragon is not only a hard working product, it is accurate and fun to use. The more that you use it the smarter it becomes! A very intuitive program for anyone to use. Read more
Published on January 1, 2012 by wayneroxu
1.0 out of 5 stars Dragon standard 10.1 installs but will not open
installs but will not open Get serious error message The program and Nuance tech support sucks. Do not buy their products
Published on December 27, 2011 by Seymour Zwick
4.0 out of 5 stars Dragon Naturally Speaking
I purchased this at first for my husband but with his thick southern accent, he did not persevere and quite using it. Read more
Published on September 16, 2011 by Laraine-Loveday
3.0 out of 5 stars 90% accuracy would be nice
I have had Dragon 10 Preferred for a year. It was never anywhere near 99% accurate. An accuracy level of 75% - 80% would be closer. Read more
Published on September 5, 2011 by JP
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