TopTenREVIEWS - Silver Award - Awarded for excellence in design, usability and feature set

Dragon NaturallySpeaking Home Version voice recognition software is the understated complement to Dragon NaturallySpeaking Premium Version, except it has fewer features and comes with a smaller price tag. In these rough economic times, a lower price is always something to consider. In reviewing this great product, 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%, but based on the tests performed on other version of this product, we think it's more in the range of 93%. That's not a bad percentage. It could be better, but it's still our TopTenREVIEWS Silver Award winner for PC voice recognition software.

Features
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8.8/10
Dragon NaturallySpeaking Premium
Dragon NaturallySpeaking Home
TalkingDesktop
10
8.8
7.5

Dragon NaturallySpeaking Home version is compatible with most Windows-based applications like Microsoft Word 2000, XP, 2003 and 2007, Corel WordPerfect 11, 12, 13 and X4, Microsoft Internet Explorer 6, or higher, Mozilla Firefox 2 and 3, Mozilla Thunderbird 2 and Microsoft Outlook Express 5, 6 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 choose the self-paced option, which allows for easy print and uninterrupted reading of acoustic training text. 

Commands
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10/10
Dragon NaturallySpeaking Premium
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TalkingDesktop
10
10
8.8

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.

Dictation
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8.8/10
Dragon NaturallySpeaking Premium
Dragon NaturallySpeaking Home
TalkingDesktop
10
8.8
8.8

Users can select, correct and format text along with moving the cursor and punctuating text in this home version of Dragon voice recognition software.

Accuracy
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8.8/10
Dragon NaturallySpeaking Premium
Dragon NaturallySpeaking Home
TalkingDesktop
8.8
8.8
6.3

We rated Dragon NaturallySpeaking Home version the same as its more expensive counterpart because they're pretty much the same product. The accuracy of a program doesn't change as the price goes up unless the additional features present in the more expensive version have the sole purpose of increasing accuracy.

Ease of Use
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7.5/10
Dragon NaturallySpeaking Premium
Dragon NaturallySpeaking Home
TalkingDesktop
7.5
7.5
5

This program is easy to use. The manufacturer prides itself on making their products easier and easier to use as time goes by.

Help/Support
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8.8/10
Dragon NaturallySpeaking Premium
Dragon NaturallySpeaking Home
TalkingDesktop
8.8
8.8
8.8

Users can talk to a customer service representative in realtime through their live chat support system, consult the company's knowledgebase or read the user guides for the product. They can also call the company from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm (Eastern Standard Time) and send them an email whenever they wish.

Dragon NaturallySpeaking Home Summary:
8.8/10

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 solid voice recognition software worthy of your consideration.

 
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Dragon NaturallySpeaking Home 12

Pros
Smaller price tag than Dragon NaturallySpeaking Preferred Version.

Cons
Dragon NaturallySpeaking Home Version has less features than the Preferred Version.

The Verdict
: 8.8/10

If you are looking to save money at the cost of losing a few features this is the way to go.