What if you could write at the speed of thought?
Whether you’re a professional writer or just love finishing your tasks quicker, hear me out.
Nuance Dragon is the top-of-the-line
Which works better? Is it worth paying the Dragon license or switching to Windows OS just to use one program over the other?
Read on for a detailed side-by-side comparison of Win 10 Speech Recognition and Nuance Dragon!
Win 10 Speech To Text vs. Nuance Dragon – Overview
Dragon and Windows 10
Whether you’re dictating a new blog post, inserting values into Excel tables, or simply composing an email to your friend, both of these programs will do an excellent job. So what exactly sets them apart?
Windows 10 Dictation
Windows’ speech recognition functionality comes pre-installed on your Windows PC.
It’s there as a part of Cortana, the built-in digital assistant that lets you use your computer using nothing but voice commands.
Cortana comes with so many features that the handy
In fact, Windows has an integrated speech recognition engine ever since Vista, but with Windows 10, it has become a popular dictation option for writers and business professionals.
Simply type in “Dictation” in your Windows search bar, or press Windows Key + H on your keyboard to load
Created and launched by the US-based software developer company Nuance, Dragon used to be known as Dragon NaturallySpeaking.
Wildly popular, Dragon is the way to go for many individuals and businesses with
In fact, Dragon is considered the industry standard when it comes to transcription accuracy, advanced features, and the vast size of its vocabulary database.
However, you’ll need to make a hefty upfront payment to see for yourself what makes Dragon so popular.
The program’s functions are totally worth the price and it will pay off quickly to anyone who uses
How accurately the program writes down what you say is important.
If you’ve ever tried finding typos or spelling mistakes in your text, you know how difficult it is to see what it says when you know what it’s supposed to say.
Of course, using a high-quality
To minimize the effort you need to put into editing, you need a program that makes as few mistakes as possible.
Windows 10 scored very well on most transcription accuracy tests, on average making less than 2 mistakes per 100 words.
Dictation has a well-defined list of commands that add formatting or punctuation where you need it – and it recognizes these commands most of the time, with an occasional misplaced comma or period.
Dragon is considered the industry benchmark in transcription. On average, it mishears one word in every 100, which makes it slightly superior to Windows
This program comes with a pre-defined set of commands, but with the Professional version, you can also create custom-made commands.
These can make your life so much easier, but you can’t do it with Dragon Home (click here for a detailed Dragon Professional vs. Home comparison).
You can also help the program calibrate your voice quicker by training it. This initial set-up takes some time, but it helps the program get familiarized with your speech patterns and accent.
Windows walks you through a short set-up that includes initial speech recognition training.
Even though Dragon promises up to 99% accuracy straight out of the box, it takes you through an elaborate tuning process during set-up. The program keeps on learning about your speech patterns as you use them, getting better over time.
While you can only use
Currently, it supports:
- Simplified Chinese
- English (Australia, Canada, India, United Kingdom)
- French (France, Canada)
- German (Germany)
- Italian (Italy)
- Portuguese (Brazil)
- Spanish (Mexico, Spain)
The basic copy of Dragon can only work if you use English. However, you can purchase a separate license for any additional language you want to use with Dragon.
While they all come with the same basic set of tools,
Full Voice Control
Its primary role is to power up Cortana, your own digital assistant that does everything you tell it to.
The scratchpad is an interesting feature that sets Windows 10
But not many of them let you dictate into a separate scratchpad.
This way, you can edit and tweak the dictated text before you put it into the text field. A great way to prevent accidentally sending rough drafts!
Great Learning Curve
Dictation software isn’t hard to use, but Dragon went above and beyond to deliver an intuitive interface and a replayable interactive tutorial.
Transcribe Your MP3s
Unlike most other
The program supports most mainstream audio file types, including .wav, .mp3, .wma, .dss, .ds2, and .m4a. The audio file transcription feature is not available to Dragon Home users.
Custom Vocabulary and Jargon
Dragon already comes with a vast vocabulary – but you can make it even better suited to your profession and the particular jargon you use in your business.
With Dragon Professional, you can create custom vocabulary additions, or get a version of Dragon that’s tailor-made for your profession. Currently, Dragon comes in editions designed for medical, law enforcement, legal, and social services.
If you use Windows 10,
You need to make a one-time-only payment to purchase a Dragon license, and it’s yours for a lifetime.
Currently, the Home edition costs $200, and you’ll need to pay $500 for the Professional and Legal versions.
Windows Vista, 7, 8, and 10 all have their own versions of speech recognition software pre-installed on your PC.
Dragon is available for use with Windows, iOS, and Android devices.
Dictation vs. Nuance Dragon – The Verdict
Dragon definitely takes the lead in transcription accuracy and the control you have over your dictation software and commands.
However, Dragon comes at a steep price point, so Windows 10
What’s your favorite transcription program? What do you use it for? Let me know in the comments!
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