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Product: Dragon NaturallySpeaking Preferred
Company: Dragon Systems, Inc.
Estimated Street Price: $199.00
Review By: Matthew Sabean

Final Results and Overall Mark

Table Of Contents
1: Introduction
2: Installation
3: Dictating and Editing
4: Controlling Your Computer
5: Vocabulary Building
6: Conclusion

Well we have reached the end of the review. Here are my final comments, notes and grades for Dragon NaturallySpeaking Preferred.



Final Comments

How It Grades
  Installation: 94%
Manual: 95%
Performance: 94%
Video: N/A
Sound: N/A
Look: 90%
Help Files: 93%
Price: 90%
Overall: 93%


Dragon NaturallySpeaking Preferred has outdone my expectations. From dictating memos and letters, navigating the Internet by voice, creating e-mail messages, and the ability to be used in just about any Windows application; this program has shown just how far speech recognition has come over the years.  This program lets you dictate, correct, train, and browse the Internet hands-free.  It is an added addition to one of my many time saving programs.  I have found myself doing much less typing and mouse movements since acquiring this program.

Note: All text entries in this review were done with the Dragon NaturallySpeaking program.


Specs & Package
Overall Score 93%
Version Reviewed Dragon NaturallySpeaking Preferred 4.0
Release Date Out Now
In The Box? Dragon NaturallySpeaking Preferred Software CD
High-Quality Headset Microphone
Award-Winning Documentation
Quick Reference Card
The Good Points Easy Installation
Superior Voice Recognition
Extremely Detailed Users Guide
The Quick Reference Card  <{:*)
The Bad Points Continuously referring to User Guide for commands and Help.  I am sure as time goes on this will diminish.
Reviewers PC Setup Pentium III 800
Windows 98 Second Edition
128 MB PC700 RDAM 356mhz w/ECC
DirectX 7a
21" Trinitron Monitor
32MB NVIDIA TNT2 M64 4X AGP Graphics Card
SideWinder Plug & Play Game Pad
Microsoft Force Feedback Pro
Microsoft IntelliMouse Explorer
Microsoft Natural Keyboard Pro
Sound Blaster Live!

DVD TV Player - RCA - RC5223P
DVD-ROM - Creative PC-DVD Encore
                  MK5005 8X Dxr3

PC Required Minimum System

Windows 95, 98, or Windows NT 4.0 9 with SP-3 or greater )
200MHz Pentium processor with MMX or equivalent
48MB RAM for Windows 95 and 98, (64 MB is recommended)*, (64MB RAM for Windows NT 4.0)
200MB hard disk space**
CD-ROM drive for installation
Creative Labs Sound Blaster 16 or equivalent sound board supporting 16-bit recording
Speakers required for listening to "Quick Tour"

Note: These are the minimum requirements.  If you have a faster computer processor and more memory, you will be able to use BestMatch, an optional component that improves accuracy.

*Reduced training time requires a 300-MHz processor and an additional 16 MB of RAM
**Additional 20 to 50 MB required for each additional user on the same computer


<-- Vocabulary Building


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