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Dragon NaturallySpeaking Home 12.0 English (Old Version) by Review Summary ,  Aug 21, 2015

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Dragon NaturallySpeaking Home 12.0, English (Old Version)
Report Date: 08/21/2015
Based on 1566 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 3.7
Returned or considering to return: 4.8%

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Individual Feature Rating
Price4.4   average
Student4.4   average
Setup4.3   average
Keyboard4.1   average
Speed3.9   below average
Amazon3.7   below average
Screen3.7   average
Setting3.7   below average
Quality3.5   below average
Recognition3.5   average
Service3.5   below average
Program3.4   below average
Voice3.4   below average
Headset3.3   below average
Accent3.2   average
Microphone3.2   below average
Microsoft3.2   above average
Email3.0   average
USB3.0   below average
Instruction2.9   below average
Windows2.8   below average
Correction2.6   average
Internet2.3   mediocre
Sound2.2   mediocre
Crash1.7   average
Support1.6   mediocre


Quotes from the Reviews - What People Say about:

Accent

Accent:
"He has a distinct accent and it does get some words wrong, but he usually just laughs about those."
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"Still only a 4 star because of the accent problems, but would give you an A+ if you were a teacher tutor."
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"I have been told I don't have much of an accent and I know I enunciate my words so I have been slightly frustrated by this software."
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"First, it should be noted that I am as close to accent free as you can get (maybe that is the problem)."
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"It understood my vocabulary, my accent and has made very few mistakes."
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"I was very disappointed that I could not get it to understand my Brooklyn accent."
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"It even learned his Kentucky accent perfectly! "
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"I have Dutch accent but could train the software easy."
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"The program is able to interpret even through my deep Southern U. S. accent and continues to hone itself as you use it."
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"With Indian accent, I could easily use this product."
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"It learns my Boston NJ NY Atlanta accents and technical terms as well."
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Amazon

Amazon:
"It was nice I got one day free shipping on this order because the other thing is it's confusing the way Amazon has it listed."
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"Unfortunately Amazon says that I can not return the item because I have excedded the return time frame."
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"I've attempted to post a review with an explicit depiction of this program's complete failure to perform, but Amazon refuses to post it because the sample output from its transcription is so nonsensical that Amazon doesn't recognize it as English."
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"and so apparently I have to return the product to amazon ... needless to say, I am somewhat disappointed with this purchase"
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"Avoid this product, and beware of Amazon."
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"No Help from Amazon or NuanceIf my problem is resolved I will issue such a statement."
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"But knowing that Amazon did not sell junk, I got to the Nuance Tech support and was led to the proper mike connection to the installation."
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"But the good thing is Amazon refund my money after deducting the tax."
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"I have never reviewed anything on amazon, even though I pretty much buy everything I own on this site."
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"given as a gift, no complains that I know of Iv purchased many thing on amazon all have been grratly accepted"
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"AMAZON SERVICE IS AMAZING."
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Correction

Correction:
"I was looking for this to help me with my writing so I could let things flow but I spent more time correcting it's errors than actually writing."
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"Had to watch the typing carefully for wrong word and correcting was tedious."
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"As far as correcting errors...I found it easier just to turn off the microphone and manually make corrections."
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"There are signs were (times where) I said (spend) more time correcting mistake that you (than) actually dictating."
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"I am disappointed in the amount of corrections I have to make."
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"But then there is the second part: correcting mistakes."
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"Although the system does have a speech activated correction system, I find it's actually easier to move back with the mouse and simply corrected by typing the right thing."
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"It is far more accurate and less corrections need to be made."
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"As far as correcting errors...I found it easier just to turn off the microphone and manually make corrections."
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"I'm making very few corrections and it's so easy to use."
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Crash

Crash:
"I think Dragon is a winner now, and having spent decades in the PC industry I would suggest that anyone having problems or crashes are much more likely due to PC configuration issues rather than bugs in the program."
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"When it is not crashing, it works adequately though often misses the beginning of what I say so I have to re-say it."
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"However, we received Version 12.0 and the reviews told us that installation and use could cause our computer to crash, and other problems."
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"After reading the reviews about crashes and all of the problems with v.12, I was a little nervous."
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"I've come back to take another star off this review, because I'm getting so frustrated with it even when it doesn't crash."
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"The only truly annoying thing is that it crashes frequently, especially when I have Firefox open."
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"I liked Dragon but it kept crashing on me, especially while viewing YouTube videos."
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"Is a great product easy-to-use anything I have trouble in it takes up a lot of memory IN MY computer sometimes crashes my computer other than that is a great buy"
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"When it is not crashing, it works adequately though often misses the beginning of what I say so I have to re-say it."
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"It doesn't just crash itself; it will bring down whatever applications is interacting with his well."
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Email

Email:
"All further emails and attempts to return were not responded to."
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"I have used it only on note books, but I haven't been able to have it move from word, or email & etc."
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"The other thing is that when you are dictating an email and you go back and edit that email for correctness, you may find that it copies errors anyway because it uses its own internal database."
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"When I had the plug-in turned on I was unable to read any of my emails on America Online."
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"It does seem to be able to understand and type what I'm saying, but it doesn't seem to be able to execute simple commands such as reply to email' or new email in outlook."
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"As annoying as the software is, when I have to send out a long email (which is just about every day), it's even more annoying to have to type the whole thing out than it is to speak it."
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"He sent me an email telling me he was using the software and I was pretty impressed with the flow of the email, including punctuation."
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"I am thrilled to be able to write emails to my friends and family without any difficulty."
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"I saw TV ads for Dragon that made it look so easy to navigate a computer, to send emails, to write with Word."
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"So if I were to want to speak emails or write a letter that's great but it is useless for writing in final draft of other such professional programs."
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Headphone

Headphone:
"the only thing i'm not happy about is the headphones stopped working a few days after i started using them."
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"After I installed the program, and attempted to configure the supplied headphone microphone headset, I constantly got an error message from the program saying the sound was too low and unusable."
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"The headphones that came with the software are sort of uncomfortable though."
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"The headphone that came with the product is junk."
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"The plugs that plug in for the headphones sometimes don't seem to work that well."
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"Just got my dragon like 4 days before I expected and was happy to see that the headphones were included with the program!"
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"Came with an excellent microphone headphone headset."
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"Only recommend if you are recording with the included headphones, which makes any digital recorder useless with this product."
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"The hardware setup was also easy if you use the headphone with the minijack on the motherboard."
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Headset

Headset:
"Works as advertised but the headset is very uncomfortable."
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"i paid retail for this product at officeMAX ($100 + tax) and even still I regret nothing..dont have a headset?"
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"I encountered major problems with this (using the headset provided)."
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"I purchased a Logitech USB headset and my problems went away."
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"Following the example of others on Amazon, I purchased and alternative headset which did not work as well as the included headset."
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"It came with a headset which appears to work very well."
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"you have to have a very good condenser mic (omni pattern) to get the best response...the headset is so so."
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"It comes with a decent headset and mic."
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"DO NOT BUY THE HEADSET RECOMMENDED AS A COMPANION BUY."
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"The headset that came with the program is plenty good and seems to pick up voices really well."
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Instruction

Instruction:
"I didn't get good instructions from the support people, they were not very helpful."
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"The downside is learning the speaking symbols by giving instructions and commands, but other then that it allows your to be lazy and dictate without lifting a finger."
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"Folks here who had such problems, I would surmise either did not bother with instructions or entered the wrong serial number."
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"Although I carefully followed the setup instructions and went through all the practice screens, the product failed miserably when trying to use it."
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"At first it was a little hard to figure out the with the tutorial and easy-to-read instructions I caught on real quick since I have Parkinson's disease my typing is really bad but this headset really makes it easy to take letters and write them I would highly recommend this product to anyone with hand disorders"
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"Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't I followed all the instructions very hard to understand took a while downloaded if you have any background noise such as a dog barking or people talking ALL THE TIME I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND THIS"
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"Easy to learn, plenty of instructions, outstanding product that removes the need to type a script."
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"Just follow the instructions and you are good to go."
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"Easy to install, but could do with better usage instructions"
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"Instruction were very clear and easy to follow."
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"Amazing, it worked the very first time and after I had followed the very clear setup instruction proceeded to start dictating my first record."
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Internet

Internet:
"It is not compatible with mozilla or Internet explorer past version 10."
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"Home edition no good for internet command or gmail."
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"If you are like me, and do not appreciate garbage while you are on the internet, then maybe this is not the software for you."
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"Dragon NaturallySpeaking seems to be behind in technology for an Internet integration to not work well; maybe they are good at their historical role of dictating documents in word."
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"Said I was not connected to the internet, which I was or that the servers were unavailable."
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"The Software Manager that was checking for updates and was going to finish the installation came back and told me I was either not connected to the internet or that their FLEXnet Connect servers were currently unavailable."
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"It works nice, 99% perfect but I had to remove it from my computer; totally froze my Internet browser and computer."
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"In exception to the above, I did find that it works really well with browsing the internet."
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"I've tried this on two different internet networks that work perfectly well with anything else I've ever tried to do or install on either of the networks."
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"I had a frustrating installation with Error 1335 regarding cabinet file errors, and obviously this is an issue since it was easy to find info on how to get around it on the internet with a custom installation, which I shouldn't have had to do, but in the end it worked after wasting a bit of my time."
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"She spends alot of time on the internet and loves email and social networking."
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Keyboard

Keyboard:
"Highly recommend it for folks who have hand problems and find typing on the keyboard too difficult to sustain."
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"I had a pretty brutal stroke and thought this would fix my keyboard problems...."
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"I end up dictating in Word and transferring to other apps (outlook, powerpoint, web, etc).In sum, DNS is a nice try but far from being reliable and doing good recognition and sometimes it causes more trouble than benefits as I end up using the keyboard a lot to correct mistakes(using dragons correct) which defies the purpose of the software."
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"I have had enough practice using the keyboard..... the dragon is my new best friend."
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"A great timesaver for someone with poor keyboard skills, like me."
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"between this software, google voice to text, siri, well keyboards may well go the way of the old floppy disk in the near future if trends continue."
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"I'd recommend the product to anyone who has difficulty using a keyboard."
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"Not a big deal, but it would be nice if they simply had a keyboard emulator mode for outputting text directly into any app that has text input support."
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Microphone

Microphone:
"As far as correcting errors...I found it easier just to turn off the microphone and manually make corrections."
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"So if they fix this one problem with talking into the mic with dictation I would give it more stars but for now it only gets three stars because it does work."
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"All I'm left with is bitterness, a tired mouth, a newly broken mic and anger."
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"The head set is not the best quality and I had to take it off and hold like a microphone to finally get my words typed."
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"Must be yelling into the headset mic or get volume to low error."
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"Ihad a few challenges with getting the microphone calibration complete, but once done, its running like a charm."
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"I like it except that the headset is attached by wire to lap topI dont know if I can use any good wireless mic or SpeechMike Premium USB dictation microphone withDragon NaturallySpeaking Home 12.0, English...versionNuance Communications"
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"you have to have a very good condenser mic (omni pattern) to get the best response...the headset is so so."
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"It comes with a decent headset and mic."
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"As far as correcting errors...I found it easier just to turn off the microphone and manually make corrections."
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"However, get a good microphone as this will improve the accuracy of the program"
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Microsoft

Microsoft:
"Nuance actually told me to take my problem to Microsoft!"
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"Disappointing, but probably Microsoft's issue, not Dragons."
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"There is some incompatibility with Microsoft Word 2013, and I've not figured it out yet, The Dragon site says it is fixed with a service pack, but I've got a higher version number and still have problems."
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"UPDATE 2 17 14: This is simply incompatible with whatever junk Microsoft is passing off for Windows 8 8.1x."
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"I used the Windows 8 voice recognition software, which was okay, but I found that there were a large number of errors when composing Microsoft Office Documents."
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"But after all the time learning, jumping through far too many hoops I have simply never seen ANY product fail on so many levels in my life.....The free Microsoft system that does the same thing is vastly better and doesn't mess up my computer in any way."
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"And Dragon works very well with Microsoft Word."
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"It was easy to set up and I'm already dictating to Microsoft Word at a very high accuracy."
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"However, if you do a lot of writing this will save you countless hours as it works really good with Microsoft Word."
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"If that's the case, they surely weren't using Dragon with a (compatible) word processor like Microsoft Word 2013 (which is what I myself use) and or their PCs had relatively weak microprocessors and or too little RAM."
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"So, set-up was fairly easy, and it didn't take me too long to go from paper to Microsoft's OneNote."
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Packaging

Packaging:
"Any one worried about the saftey of their system will avoid this package."
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"Good package, easy to use, very few errors."
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"Great shipping and packaging!"
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"Received in great packaging and the Dragon Naturally Speaking Home 12.0 English program work great with Koss speech head phones"
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"Recommended to purchase a headset but package came with a headset already.2 months and still a work in progress."
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"Very good software package I'm using it right now to write this review as I mentioned in the Dragon for dummies I should've ordered months ago"
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"However, the headset that is packaged with the software is very comfortable."
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Price

Price:
"I assume it does what it claims, but in actuality it was not the thing I wanted, and as an afterthought this was my fault and I will swallow the price."
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"Dragon NaturallySpeaking has come way down in price and I highly recommend it to anyone who is not a very good typist or who has carpal tunnel or tendinitis."
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"I purchase this item its not working properly and I can't get a refund Not worth the money would not recommend"
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"I was very wrong... A big waste of money and time"
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"I definitely do not recommend this item it is a complete waste of money."
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"I never really got a chance to use it due to the difficulties with downloading, so I removed it from my computer & now I have a $50+ item sitting here & am out all that money, which is hard to come by being on Social Security Disability."
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"Excellent product and price."
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"Was ever able to down load a waste of money"
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"Well worth the money! "
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"Good Product for the money."
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"Great price and she loves it."
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Program

Program:
"I was not able to load this program."
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"What I did not realize is that I would not be able to learn all that I needed to learn to use this program."
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"Software didn't load well and still can't get the program to play"
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"(I don't mean to sound cruel- it simply wouldn't be fair to say it's not a great program- because at times she doesn't struggle at all with it, and speeds right along.)"
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"I really enjoy this Dragon Naturally Speaking Home 12.0 program; it helps and eliminates grammar errors."
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"The 11.0 addition, he did not use it,...I placed this on my computer, I am not a great speller... this was a hard program as I found some of the words, since English is my third language... when this 12.0 English came available, I upgraded...this was a much more developed program, words came correct in spite my speech."
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"I have heard great things about the program, have a friend who uses it all the time and loves it."
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"The program would not install and I was very disappointed so I returned it."
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"Good Product, takes some time to train the program to your voice! "
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"My dad uses this program as well & we've both been happy with it."
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"Love this program."
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Quality

Quality:
"The head set is not the best quality and I had to take it off and hold like a microphone to finally get my words typed."
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"The combinations of these two qualities are why the product does not work well for me."
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"Starts out ok, but when you get to the Volume Level Check & Audio Quality Check and they repeatedly fail, with very little Help support, the frustration is nerve-racking."
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"The headset that comes with the software is good quality, but will not work well if your computer or laptop does not have a high quality sound card."
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"Yes, it does come with its own microphone and it does work okay, but I would much rather spend a few more dollars and purchase a higher quality microphone to ensure a minimum of potential mistakes."
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"Excellent quality."
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"I like to use this in the discussion boards and for writing commentary so that I can create quality content, quickly and easily."
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"Great item...Thank very much for a great quick arrival of this needed item...We appreciate the quality as well...Again, Thank You."
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"I am very happy with the quality."
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"To be fair the headset that is included was barely adequate (meaning I probably could have made due with them).My suspicion is the accuracy is closely related to the quality of the microphone."
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Ram

Ram:
"After less than 2 months of intermittent use, my Dragon 12 has developed a memory leak (filling up RAM so that my computer slows down, down, down) -- searching web for help, I find others with the same problem and with no remedy -- and no response from Nuance."
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"If that's the case, they surely weren't using Dragon with a (compatible) word processor like Microsoft Word 2013 (which is what I myself use) and or their PCs had relatively weak microprocessors and or too little RAM."
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"If you have a disability that makes writing hard but you can speak relatively clearly this might just change your life :')The only thing is if you have a crappy netbook or a device without a lot of RAM it'll work much slower."
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"with plenty of speed and RAM) to malfunction."
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"Of course it warned me at the beginning that I needed a lot more RAM for it to work well."
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"It takes some set-up effort, and I decided to add a gig ($120) of RAM to my older computer, but once established, it is fascinating and easy to use."
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"This product is very demanding of your computer resources and my best advice is to have all of the RAM that you can afford and the fastest processor that you can afford in order to take advantage of its advanced features."
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"I did read the system requirements carefully and decided to upgrade my RAM from 3GB to 8 GB (4 was the minimum recommended.)"
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"I thought with a high-speed computer, 16 GB of RAM, high-quality USB microphone, I thought that Dragon finally got some of their bugs worked out."
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Recognition

Recognition:
"The software is not as good as the voice recognition software on my phone! "
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"This Dragon product is REALLY GREAT (Windows 7 voice recognition makes TONS of errors)."
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"Having spent one continually frustrating week using training the speech recognition software built into Windows, I can report that there is, on balance, no comparison between the two speech recognition programs when it comes to dictating word-processor documents."
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"I tried the one that came with my computer called speech recognition and got very frustrated, but with this program it worked better than expected RIGHT OUT OF THE BOX!"
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"I wanted to use it for a writing project since I have some arthritis issues, installed it, set up the voice recognition profile, and after more than a dozen tries, am now so frustrated I am ready to throw the entire computer off a 40-story building."
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"I find it a fascinating failure for mobile voice recognition to be able to understand me quite fine, even when I dictate messages, whereas a software that was designed for this exact reason to be a complete failure."
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"But all in all this is a great speech recognition software."
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"Windows comes with a speech recognition software that does most things if not everything wrong."
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"Love this voice recognition system."
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"My research show it to be the best of the verbal recognition software, and you get an upgrade to 12.5 with the purchase after installation."
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"I have only been able to install this on one laptop and it is the best program out there for speech recognition software but considering I really need it on the other computer it is now useless."
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School

School:
"this isn't the first time I purchase a speak and type, but first dragon and with the results never again I needed for my grandson to use at school to help him so I purchase what was said to be the best, wrong again."
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"Trying to use her profile from the school PC was a process that did not work very easily."
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"worked great for school! "
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"I thought it would be a huge asset to me in grad school, as it would be easier to say what I'm thinking than type papers."
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"I LOVE THIS PRODUCT AND I USE THIS PRODUCT EVERYDAY WITH MY SCHOOL ASSIGNMENT AND I CAN BE DONE WITH ASSIGNMENT FAST."
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"It is saving me a great deal of time on my school work!"
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"I do not suggest getting this program right before paper is due, if you are planning on owning this program for school I recommend getting this at the beginning of the semester."
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Screen

Screen:
"When setting this up it requires you to read from a screen, which she is incapable to do no matter how zoomed in."
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"Although I carefully followed the setup instructions and went through all the practice screens, the product failed miserably when trying to use it."
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"I am delighted with this program, but I really am tired of the Nuance ads popping up on my screen continually to attempt to sell me additional products."
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"Every time I attempted to dictate the only thing that Dragon would print across my screen were the words him him him him him him him... Also, I was getting a terrible feedback from the microphone."
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"It's great for all ages and for those who have trouble seeing the screen or typing as quickly as they think."
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"the program writes everything you say and is accurate up I'd say about 98% (so keep an eye on the screen), complete with voice command: press enter, page up, period, comma, semi colon, open close quotes and many more i'm sure."
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"It doesn't hear about 60% of my words and I see please say that again on my screen almost continuously."
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"I did my 4 minutes of training, and it worked so well that I barely had to glance at the screen to make sure it was transcribing correctly."
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"Blank blue screen, no error messages, no installation reports."
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Service

Service:
"This is the worst product service I have ever encountered, wish I had never bought the program because unable to install it means it is totally WORTHLESS!"
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"It is a bit hard to get started but customer service did a great job helping me step by step."
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"What I didn't find was a viable customer service system in place."
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"I am frustrated with the service as I did not receive the product at all."
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"As frustrating a customer service experience I have had in a long time."
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"I tried to find a solution Sunday on the website for Nuance, however I found their website so confusing and fragmentary, that I was not able to find a customer service number until Monday morning."
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"It says unknown platform for this software which not sure what that means and I couldn't really get an adequate answer when I called customer service."
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"I have used the customer service helpline as well as the website FAQ and forum, to no avail."
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"Who knows - I may actually be the one to write the next great American Novel....if it were not for the crappy tech support and customer service that seems so lacking now-a-days."
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"When I did a search at Nuance to register there wto set my pasas no link, I called Customer service, got a very polite person (Amazingly w o any wait time) who offered to register me right then."
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"Very pleased with the service and product."
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Setting

Setting:
"Computer slow and Dragon changed some of my settings for Dreamweaver webpages and other software...I was hard to remove."
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"When setting this up it requires you to read from a screen, which she is incapable to do no matter how zoomed in."
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"This software does not work well in a work setting."
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"Very hard to set up and after many hours of setting up the program we could not get to work properly;Almost lost a lot of our personal data ..Had to delete the whole software.."
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"I had good luck with setting it up to recognize my voice."
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"It types very accurately and setting up for each person that usesit is great."
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"If you spend the time in the beginning setting it up I think you'll be thoroughly satisfied with the end result."
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"Takes a good bit of setting up, buts works well once you get used to it or it used to you."
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"I was able to change all the settings and download an app that was needed to make it usable for her."
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Setup

Setup:
"The voice recognition is excellent, I personally recommend that you do not use the easy setup speaking routines."
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"After installing and attempting to setup the software to read from my voice recorder, I was frustrated."
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"My only complaint was in the setup because I could not seem to get my microphone to work correctly I still don't know what I did to make it work."
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"Setup was no problem."
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"It was very easy to setup."
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"So, set-up was fairly easy, and it didn't take me too long to go from paper to Microsoft's OneNote."
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"Well, after an easy set-up that took about 20 minutes to get the program up to speed."
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"Very easy to setup on my computer and works great."
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Sound

Sound:
"Not as easy as it sounds."
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"I have had problems with they're, there, and their as well as other sound alike words."
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"The home edition lacks the sound recording, so if you speak a paragraph, and it gets it wrong (which it always does) it's often so wrong I can't tell what it was supposed to be, and the version with the sound recording is 3 times as expensive."
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"IT DONT WORK RIGHT IT SAY IM MISSING A SOUND CARD AND A MULTIMEDIA DIVICE DRIVER AND THIS COMPUTERIS A YEAR OLD"
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"Very disappointing as it sounds like it would be a very helpful tool."
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"After I installed the program, and attempted to configure the supplied headphone microphone headset, I constantly got an error message from the program saying the sound was too low and unusable."
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"I have had problems with they're, there, and their as well as other sound alike words."
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"I have to jiggle the plug to clear up the sound or sometimes I don't get any sound until I jiggle the plug."
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"I've chosen to use my Dragon NaturallySpeaking program to write this report, while I have my CD player on just 3 feet away and I have not had one problem with any type of interference by outside sound."
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"It sounds like the perfect solution and people such as myself when ordered immediately however it's not going to live up to everything that you think it should do."
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Speed

Speed:
"Makes plenty of mistakes, but I'm a slow typist, so better than nothing if I watch carefully."
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"When you're used to the speed and accuracy of Apply voice to text, it's hard to appreciate this software."
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"(I don't mean to sound cruel- it simply wouldn't be fair to say it's not a great program- because at times she doesn't struggle at all with it, and speeds right along.)"
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"He gets so frustrated with the slow speed."
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"I take classes and type painfully slow."
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"Easy to understand, the only thing is that it is quite slow in loading and shutting down as it remembers your preferences, even with the fastest of computers."
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"Fast and Easy! "
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"Very fast shipping and I'm very very satisfied with the product! "
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"He was able to install it and get up to speed enough to use it in a matter of minutes."
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"I'm impressed by the accuracy, and the speed by which this program adapts to me and my speech patterns, and how easy it seems to be to learn how to use."
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Student

Student:
"every student hates pulling all nighters, trying to finish typing (or writing) notes or that last minute paper."
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"Being a freshman college student with horrible spelling and grammar this helped a ton!"
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"If you've been looking for a product which will make taking notes, research, and all the others student tasks easier you found it."
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"Highly recommend this to any student."
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"I would recommend this to any student."
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"This is an excellent product for special education teachers to have their students utilize."
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"A great gift for any college student, or persons that have difficulty typing."
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Support

Support:
"I didn't get good instructions from the support people, they were not very helpful."
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"So I called the tech support but repeating the same mistakes."
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"Went to the Nuance website, and of course, there is no number for technical support - only stock answers which have nothing to do with my problem."
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"it takes some time to learn how to use it and time for it to get used to you, and i had to get some tech support which wasn't that great but now I am very happy with it."
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"Hard to install as I had to call tech support."
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"Since I was having install problems, the lack of easily found tech support was the next problem."
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"But knowing that Amazon did not sell junk, I got to the Nuance Tech support and was led to the proper mike connection to the installation."
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"Who knows - I may actually be the one to write the next great American Novel....if it were not for the crappy tech support and customer service that seems so lacking now-a-days."
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"Since I was having install problems, the lack of easily found tech support was the next problem."
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"I appreciate that support is costly to software companies, but companies that don't even have minimal support breach their obligations to their customers."
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"Nuance even makes Microsoft customer support look good.2."
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USB

USB:
"I purchased a Logitech USB headset and my problems went away."
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"Even using the USB dongle it has multiple errors connecting, staying connected and preforming as advertised by Nuance."
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"I tried 3 brands of recommended (6 dragon starts) USB mics and this is my 4th laptop and 3rd version of DNS and the problem is still the same3-Scheduling Audio Improvement is useless as you need to close the profile for it to work, so you have to remember to close everyday.4-Command recognition is terrible so I had to disable it and use plain text recognition."
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"I had a major installation problem in that the software refused to recognize my USB headset when selecting the input device as USB."
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"Also that USB headsets really help cut on errors and compatability."
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"Tech support suggested I switch to a USB microphone, which I did and problem was solved."
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"I like it except that the headset is attached by wire to lap topI dont know if I can use any good wireless mic or SpeechMike Premium USB dictation microphone withDragon NaturallySpeaking Home 12.0, English...versionNuance Communications"
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"Well ironically it learns you as you go :-) This takes a lil bit getting used too, but it comes with a really descent set of headphones that has a mic on it, and yes its a USB, but works 100% awesome...% great product :-) cant wait to try the Premium version"
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"Also I'd recommend the USB mic headset - works great."
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"A USB headset is the best way to go."
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"I use it with my Logitech ClearChat Comfort USB Headset H390"
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Voice

Voice:
"The software is not as good as the voice recognition software on my phone! "
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"When you're used to the speed and accuracy of Apply voice to text, it's hard to appreciate this software."
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"It has been a little frustrating getting it to understand your tone of voice."
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"After installing and attempting to setup the software to read from my voice recorder, I was frustrated."
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"It is a little hard to learn to speak clearly so it will understand your voice but I also found it improved my pronounciation as I now speak all more words more distinctly."
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"However, during the setup phase when you have to read back text for it to analyze your voice it took multiple attempts, and then another full uninstall and reinstall for it to work."
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"Still trying to get the program to recognize some common words that it does not seem to pick up on but, it is a great way to transcribe your voice to print."
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"From the commercials they made it seem so easy how the software would recognized your voice and commands that's the not the case."
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"Love this voice recognition system."
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"I had good luck with setting it up to recognize my voice."
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"set up takes about a half hour once you input your voice for the computer to recognize it, your good to go '' I was surprised at how good it works"
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Windows

Windows:
"I cannot get it to load on my lap top in windows 7, I am very disappointed in this product,"
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"This Dragon product is REALLY GREAT (Windows 7 voice recognition makes TONS of errors)."
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"Note: I would've bought the more full-featured Premium version of Dragon NaturallySpeaking 12; however, according to Microsoft's pertinent compatibility webpage, the Premium version isn't compatible with Windows 8.1."
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"This is far more accurate than the speech app that comes with Windows 7.One problem - registration - if you click the button to register it goes by default to IE - NOT GOOD as IE now has major security problem."
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"Works better than my old version 9 which was not compatible with Windows 7 or above."
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"I tried dictation using the program in Windows 7, but it was extremely frustrating."
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"I bought this to use on my comp using Windows Vista, ad claims it is compatible with this and other Windows systems- however it would not load, saying it was not compatible with my system with no explanation why."
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"Had to purchase this because my previous well working edition does not work with windows eight."
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"This Dragon product is REALLY GREAT (Windows 7 voice recognition makes TONS of errors)."
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"[UPDATE (AS OF 05 17 2014): Yesterday I spoke to a Dragon tech-support rep, who informed me that, notwithstanding Microsoft's aforementioned compatibility webpage, the Premium version of Dragon 12 actually IS compatible with Windows 8.1."
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