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FAQ: What Computer Should I buy for Speech Recognition Use?

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Dragon NaturallySpeaking is a PC-only speech recognition application from Nuance. There are different versions of the software and the recommended machine specification varies between these versions. We currently advise upon and support Dragon NaturallySpeaking versions 7 to 10.

Dragon NaturallySpeaking v10

Dragon NaturallySpeaking V10 was launched in 2008. The minimum machine specification required to run this latest version of the software is:

  • Intel Pentium 4 or later, AMD Athlon 64, 1GHz or later - Faster processors will give faster performance speeds
  • Hard disk - 1 GB of space required for system and file storage
  • RAM - 1GB of RAM, more memory gives faster performance speeds
  • DVD-ROM drive - this is required for installation purposes
  • Sound card - Creative Labs SoundBlaster 16, or other soundcard supporting 16-bit recording
  • Microsoft Windows - Windows Server 2000 or 2003, Windows 2000 (SP4 or higher), Windows XP (SP2 or higher, 32 bit) and Windows Vista or Windows Vista (SP1, 32 bit)
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 (or higher) - This is required for on-line activation of Dragon NaturallySpeaking
  • USB Microphone headset - We recommend the Plantronics range of microphones

During the installation process the software will check to ensure that your system meets these requirements. Installation may terminate if your system does not meet these minimum requirements.

Dragon NaturallySpeaking v9

Dragon NaturallySpeaking V9 was launched in July 2006. The minimum machine specification required to run this version of the software is the same as the above specification for versions 7 & 8, except:

  • Intel Pentium processor (or equivalent AMD processor) - 1Ghz processor. Faster processors will give faster performance speeds
  • Hard disk - 1 GB of space required for system and file storage

During the installation process the software will check to ensure that your system meets these requirements. Installation may terminate if your system does not meet these minimum requirements.

Dragon NaturallySpeaking v7 and v8

  • Intel Pentium processor III (or equivalent AMD processor) - 500MHz processor. Faster processors will give faster performance speeds
  • RAM - We recommend 1GB of RAM as a minimum, more memory gives faster performance
  • Hard disk - 500 MB of space required for system and file storage
  • Sound card - Creative Labs SoundBlaster 16, or other soundcard supporting 16-bit recording
  • CD-ROM drive - this is required for installation purposes
  • USB Microphone headset - We recommend Plantronics 100 or 400
  • Microsoft Windows - XP (SP1 or higher), 2000 (SP4 or higher)
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 5 (or higher) - This is required for on-line activation of Dragon NaturallySpeaking

During the installation process the software will check to ensure that your system meets these requirements. Installation may terminate if your system does not meet the minimum requirements.

 

Last updated: October 2011