In reviewing Dragon NaturallySpeaking Home Version, we have no hesitation in stating it's among the top voice recognition software. It has its own set of features that still make it a product worth considering. The home user will find the most use with this version rather than the ones that cost significantly more and have a lot of extraneous features. They claim to have an accuracy rate of up to 99 percent, but based on the tests performed on other version of this product, we think it's more in the range of 93 percent; not that this score is anything to scoff at. It could be better, but it still easily earns our TopTenREVIEWS Silver Award winner for PC voice recognition software.
Dragon NaturallySpeaking Home version is compatible with most Windows-based applications like Microsoft Word, Corel WordPerfect, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Mozilla Thunderbird and Microsoft Outlook Express and Windows Mail. It also includes a word processor called DragonPad, which is similar to WordPad and can be completely commanded and controlled by voice. Users have the option to automate commas and periods, specify alternate written forms and other Word properties and take advantage of the Quick Voice Formatting feature, which allows them to format text with their voice.
A headset microphone is included with the Dragon voice recognition software. You can also use USB microphones. After a certain amount of minutes of silence, the microphone sleeps.
You can open and close programs, navigate programs and folders, switch or minimize windows and change settings with your voice in this Dragon Home Version. You can choose the self-paced option, which allows for easy print and uninterrupted reading of acoustic training text.
Users can select, correct and format text along with moving the cursor and punctuating text in this voice recognition software. Dragon NaturallySpeaking Home is easy to use. The manufacturer, Nuance, prides itself on making their products easier and easier to use as time goes by.
We tested Dragon NaturallySpeaking Home to see how it performs dictation, and received a final score of 93 percent accuracy. The test was performed first at a slower pace than you would naturally speak, with dramatized enunciation of words and punctuation commands. The second test was done at a general pace in a normal tone of voice. Dragon Home did well in each tests, but actually performed better when we spoke in our normal voice. It was surprising how much daily jargon the software picked up. It didn't receive a perfect score because it didn't catch everything, though little editing was required. Overall, it has surprising accuracy leaving you to spend time on more important things.
Users can talk to a customer service representative in real time through their live chat support system, consult the company's knowledgebase or read the user guides for the product. They can also reach the company via telephone and email whenever they wish.
Dragon NaturallySpeaking Home Version is another great installment to a solid line of products. It has enough features to stand on its own while not having a price tag too large to send you running for the hills. We thought it could've used more features, but otherwise it's a solid voice recognition software worthy of your consideration.
This software comes with a headset microphone so you can begin dictation immediately.
This software isn't compatible with Bluetooth headsets.
It would be a perfect fit for a home office or general home dictation needs.