Desktop Dictation and Speech Recognition
For Speech recognition users, a dedicated desktop microphone is a must. You will see your productivity and accuracy increase dramatically. Easily programmable buttons let the user control nearly any program or function. (I use a couple for copy / paste functions – you will be amazed what a time saver that is) These microphones are designed with noise cancelling technology and are built and calibrated specifically for use with speech recognition programs such as Dragon NaturallySpeaking.
Using an EMR / EHR or CMS system such as Time Matters? This is where the desktop dictation microphone shines. With in hand mouse and cursor control, you are no longer fumbling with the keyboard, mouse and headset to use Dragon speech recognition programs.
The accuracy and productivity gains make these handheld microphones the best option for Dragon.
For straight up, old school dictation, in many environments, professionals find it easier to do their dictation at their desk or dedicated workstation. In those cases, authors can benefit from the high-fidelity and added functionality of today’s digital desktop recorders.
How it Works
Using a desktop microphone with Dragon is as simple as plugging it in and you are off to the races with the most accurate, technologically advanced input device available. Whatever anyone tells you, nothing beats a handheld dictation microphone for accuracy. it is what they were designed to do. High-quality microphone elements are specifically designed with speech recognition in mind. directional, and noise-canceling features produce the highest accuracy possible with any speech recognition program on the market.
Unlike handheld digital recorders, desktop microphones can also create a digital voice file directly on your computer as you dictate. While this limits your portability, it does provide you with the highest recording fidelity as well as you give you additional flexibility to:
- Use speech recognition software in real-time to create documents and control your PC.
- Input bar codes or other demographic information directly into your voice file.
- Control your PC mouse as you dictate (depending on the recorder model).
Once an innovation, now an industry standard, the line of SpeechMikes from Philips continued to be a favored choice among professionals. Antimicrobial, and ergonomic, these are at the top of the heap.
New from Philips, the SpeechMike Air, a Bluetooth wireless solution with a 33-foot range. Never be tethered again!
Olympus Directrec Microphones
Which one is best?
The answer to this is fairly simple. if you have used Olympus or Philips in the past and are integrating or familiar with their software, stick with what you know. It will allow you to avoid the learning curve and get right to the productivity increase.
The next consideration is slide switch or push button. Given the option, I choose the slide switch every time. It is tactile, you do not have to look at it to make sure you pushed the correct button to toggle on or off the Dragon microphone. This alone increases confidence and productivity. It is also more durable. Pushing an electronic contact over and over will indefinitely wear it out over time. The digital slide switch is nearly frictionless and should outlast it’s push-button counterparts by a large margin.
Just starting out? For the money, it is tough to beat the Grundig. It received the highest Dragon rating from Nuance (as did the Philips and Olympus). I wish there was a slide switch model, but it does everything extremely well at a market busting price point.
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