Speech Recognition Software
& Dictation Tools

Woman dictating through headphones and keyboard.

If you spend a lot of time typing, either for business or pleasure, do yourself a favor and get some speech recognition software and a wireless headset. With this combo, you can cut your keyboarding time in half (or even more if you're a slow typist).

How does it work? You simply speak into the Bluetooth-connected earpiece-microphone, and the words are quickly typed onto your open page on the computer.

Here I demonstrated this process:

As you can see below, the software only made one small mistake, despite the dictation of (and correct transcription of) numerous big and complex words.

(I said "master" and it heard and transcribed "mastered". I probably mumbled.)

Speech Recognition Software
Dragon by Nuance

I have found the industry-leading Dragon speech recognition software to be highly accurate in transcribing my words. And the Plantronics wireless earpiece has such good range that I can dictate back to my desktop while walking from one end of my house to the other (or while starting dinner).

Just make sure to mute the mic before you starting yelling at the kids.  ;) 

We own and use this item and personally recommend it.

Dragon Naturally Speaking 13 Home,
by Nuance

  • Gets more accurate as it learns your speech, accent and the words/phrases you use most.
  • Control the software with hands-free voice commands 
  • Dictate letters, edit documents, quickly compose emails and social media entries, search the Web... quickly and easily... without lifting a finger.
  • Runs on both Windows and Mac platforms.

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Dictation Hardware
Plantronics Wireless Headphone

Plantronics Voyager Legend

We own and use this item and personally recommend it.

Plantronics Voyager Legend UC B235-M Bluetooth Headset

This comfortable wireless earpiece serves as your microphone as you dictate into the Dragon software for transcription. You can also answer either your landline or cellphone "hands free" with it. (Your landline phone must have Bluetooth for this function. A good reason to upgrade your phones anyway.)

Lastly, you can issue commands through it to direct your PC or tablet for various functions.

I love mine and feel it is the perfect accompaniment to my Dragon speech recognition software.

  • Compatible with Windows or Mac OS 
  • Perfectly balanced on your ear, you'll soon forget you're wearing it. Honestly. Don't get into the shower with it  ;)
  • Comes with charging stand, charging case and USB dongle for softphone. 

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