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on January 25, 2013
I have been using a couple of different Dragon products for probably three years or so. I am currently using one of the legal products. I have found its accuracy to be considerably less than advertised although for someone like me, who is not a good typist, it is a useful tool. I have not noticed a significant difference in accuracy between the much more expensive legal version and the basic, off-the-shelf version I use at home. I also was advised to buy and did buy an expensive microphone/headset, which helps some but which of course adds to the cost.
The training function does not always work as advertised. On a small issue, but an annoying one, it must have taken two years or so for the program to understand when I was saying Allen and when I was saying Alan. Ellen and Alan. Note, I dictated the previous sentence and phrase using Dragon and saying the following, which I will now type: "Alan when I was saying Ellen. Alan and Ellen." So it still does not get it. and it keeps unknowingly (I said "annoyingly") adding small words in between words I type when I clearly have not said those words.
The bottom line is that if you are an accurate, fast typist and do not mind typing, don't waste your time with this or probably any other voice recognition software program. If you are not a particularly quick and/or accurate typist, go ahead and use this but start with the cheaper versions first. If you can deal with the inevitable frustrations of typing something, sending it out, and then realizing the program heard something completely different than what you said, you might then want to try and upgrade to the more expensive version.