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Laptop with Speech Recognition Software Needed. What do the FR Techs Recommend?
05.31.08 | chickensoup

Posted on 05/31/2008 5:09:53 PM PDT by Chickensoup

Because of an continuing disability of my hands I will need to move to speech recognition software. I need a laptop that can handle the internet, the software, Word and a few other programs. Internet recommendations say 2 to 5 gig of working memory to use Dragon expediently. I am having a difficult time finding a 3 to 5 gig laptop that is affordable. One can add memory but is it accessble?

Anybody been down this road recently. I would appreciate your input.


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KEYWORDS: dragon; help; recognition; speech
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Thank you.
1 posted on 05/31/2008 5:09:53 PM PDT by Chickensoup
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To: Chickensoup

Starting back in 2003, Microsoft Office (including Word) had Voice Command built into it. I’m sure the Microsoft Vista operating system (including the latest version of Office) has expanded upon Voice Command even further, but I don’t have it, so I’m not sure.


2 posted on 05/31/2008 5:14:01 PM PDT by Vision Thing ("Moo! Gets out the way!")
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To: Chickensoup
NaturalySpeaking9

http://www.nuancestore.com/v2.0-img/operations/scansoft/site/367062/367062_dns-talk.html

I too have adisability and have tested this software. It gets aboutb 95% with practice.

3 posted on 05/31/2008 5:14:49 PM PDT by devane617
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To: Chickensoup

On Kim Komando this morning she said Vista has speech recognition built in. I haven’t played with it, so don’t know how good or bad it is. I do know Microsoft Sync in Ford vehicles works darn well, if they used the same code base for both products.


4 posted on 05/31/2008 5:14:56 PM PDT by JayNorth
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To: Chickensoup

All you need is speech recognition software.You don’t need a new laptop.

As far as what brand you should by.I’ll leave that up to someone else.You might get a reccomendation from CNET.Com though.


5 posted on 05/31/2008 5:15:36 PM PDT by puppypusher (The world is going to the dogs.)
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To: Vision Thing

I need more than voice commands, I need to dictate reports, letters and other work,

Thank you though.


6 posted on 05/31/2008 5:15:53 PM PDT by Chickensoup (Nude dancing in North America)
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To: puppypusher

I need a lap top because I am changing hardware. I need this particular software and a few others to run seamlessly on it.


7 posted on 05/31/2008 5:17:12 PM PDT by Chickensoup (Nude dancing in North America)
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To: devane617

What is it using for working memory?


8 posted on 05/31/2008 5:18:10 PM PDT by Chickensoup (Nude dancing in North America)
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To: Chickensoup

Voice Command in Microsoft Office includes the ability to dictate text and numbers into a doc.


9 posted on 05/31/2008 5:19:09 PM PDT by Vision Thing ("Moo! Gets out the way!")
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To: Chickensoup
The Dell XPS M1530 has 4gb ram, a very fast dual core processor, and is a relatively hardy machine. At just over a grand, it's reasonably affordable.
10 posted on 05/31/2008 5:19:48 PM PDT by kingu (Party for rent - conservative opinions not required.)
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To: Chickensoup

It needs at least 512k. I have 2gig installed in my laptop and it is a blast fast. Memory is cheap...<60.00 for 2 gig, so if you have the slots then it is a very easy upgrade. Just snap it in and you are done.


11 posted on 05/31/2008 5:19:50 PM PDT by devane617
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To: Chickensoup

I need a lap top because I am changing hardware. I need this particular software and a few others to run seamlessly on it.

Well in that case I would buy a laptop with 2 GB of ram and a good size hard drive. since your not into video games you don’t need a specialised graphics card.

Get a notebook with those items and you’ll do very well and it should cost around a thousand bucks. Maybe less if you by an off brand unit.


12 posted on 05/31/2008 5:21:58 PM PDT by puppypusher (The world is going to the dogs.)
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To: kingu

The Dell XPS M1530 has 4gb ram, a very fast dual core processor, and is a relatively hardy machine. At just over a grand, it’s reasonably affordable.

Thank you, but it is a dell. I know I am being difficult but Dell is against my religion.

I havent found anything less than twenty-five hundred to three thousand. I have been looking at new egg and tiger direct.


13 posted on 05/31/2008 5:23:31 PM PDT by Chickensoup (Nude dancing in North America)
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To: Chickensoup
Dragon Naturally Speaking 9.0 Preferred hits 99+% on my 2.0 GHz Celeron with 1 Gb. Get a good noise-canceling mike and it will run great on any XP machine.
14 posted on 05/31/2008 5:25:37 PM PDT by Petronski (Scripture & Tradition must be accepted & honored w/equal sentiments of devotion & reverence. CCC 82)
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To: Petronski

That is the other thing I worry about...Do I have to run vista on the new machine? I love XP pro,


15 posted on 05/31/2008 5:27:14 PM PDT by Chickensoup (Nude dancing in North America)
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To: Chickensoup

MacBook/MacBook Pro with MacSpeech Dictate:

http://www.macspeech.com/product_info.php?products_id=592


16 posted on 05/31/2008 5:32:45 PM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: Chickensoup

You can hunt around for a new laptop with XP, but you’d better hurry, and prepare yourself for the possibility of buying **gulp** a Dell.

You could get a recent off-lease used computer with XP that would run DVS9 without even breaking a sweat.

Or search around for a laptop that is known to have XP drivers available and pay to install XP on there.

I’d go the used route myself. I don’t touch Windows versions until they reach service pack 2. For all I know, DVS runs fine on Vista, but I don’t care.


17 posted on 05/31/2008 5:33:05 PM PDT by Petronski (Scripture & Tradition must be accepted & honored w/equal sentiments of devotion & reverence. CCC 82)
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To: Spktyr

Thank you but it is a little too late for me to become bisexual.


18 posted on 05/31/2008 5:33:57 PM PDT by Chickensoup (Nude dancing in North America)
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To: Petronski

You could get a recent off-lease used computer with XP that would run DVS9 without even breaking a sweat.

Is there a point where xp isnt going to be available?


19 posted on 05/31/2008 5:35:49 PM PDT by Chickensoup (Nude dancing in North America)
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To: Chickensoup

Ah, so President Bush and Rush Limbaugh are bi now? (They both use Macs.)


20 posted on 05/31/2008 5:38:28 PM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: Chickensoup

If this laptop is going to be your main computer (and lifeline), I would recommend a business level Toshiba model. If Dell is against your religion, I suspect that IBM/Lenovo is as well. The HP Pavilions and Compaq Presarios are consumer oriented models weighed down with a lot of stuff you probably don’t need or want.

The Panasonic Toughbooks/Fuhitsu Lifebooks are great but very pricey. I don’t have enough experience with Acer to judge them.

Here’s a decent Toshiba Tecra for just over $1000:

http://www.cdw.com/shop/products/specs.aspx?EDC=1397125&cm_sp=Product-_-Specs-_-Main+Tab

Note well: It has XP Pro, NOT Vista, and I believe it has a dedicated graphics unit which is a plus even if you aren’t into games. (tapping into main memory slows down the PC.) I would NOT get so worked up on processor speed. More RAM is good. If money were no object, I would say go with a RAM based hard drive for fast random access in your application (voice rec.). Access speed is probably more important than raw throughout for what your are doing. More RAM is always better.

Finally, consider getting the manufacturer’s three year warranty if you can. Again MAN-YOU-FAC-TUR-ERS. NOT CDW or CompUSA or Fry’s or Geek Squad, MANUFACTURER’S ONLY. That also goes for other name brands.

I should mention Sony. I know of no bad experiences. I just won’t buy a laptop with the insipid name “VAIO.”


21 posted on 05/31/2008 5:39:20 PM PDT by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics)
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To: Chickensoup

Pricier is an upgraded Lenovo Thinkpad T61 with the high speed processor, 3gb of ram, xp pro. Don’t forget to add in the bluetooth, as a bluetooth voice dongle is a heck of a lot easier to deal with than the wires from a mic. It’s got a big enough screen to read, but small enough to still be portable. And add in the unfortunately expensive service contract to protect your investment. Still well under $2k for a very speedy system.


22 posted on 05/31/2008 5:40:03 PM PDT by kingu (Party for rent - conservative opinions not required.)
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To: Spktyr
Ah, so President Bush and Rush Limbaugh are bi now? (They both use Macs.)

If I have to switch to a Mac laptop with three PCs on a net in the house, I am definitely switchhitting.

23 posted on 05/31/2008 5:40:08 PM PDT by Chickensoup (Nude dancing in North America)
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To: Chickensoup

XP goes bye-bye by the end of July. The last day Dell will take orders for an XP machine is 18 Jun 08.


24 posted on 05/31/2008 5:40:43 PM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: Chickensoup

Er, correction, XP goes away by the end of June.


25 posted on 05/31/2008 5:41:24 PM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: Chickensoup

So? Macs run Windows and are perfectly at home in Mac OS X on a regular small scale PC network.


26 posted on 05/31/2008 5:42:05 PM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: Chickensoup
Is there a point where xp isnt going to be available?

Microsoft wanted that to be six months ago. As of now, they will put that on hold. However, the product will be supported (which is what you really want) until at least 2014. In reality, software patches will probably slowly make it almost as obnoxious as Windows Vista at some point. It is the best Windows option right now. I should mention that the Mac notebooks run Windows just fine, they are wonderful machines (The Mac Pro [not a notebook] is a finely crafted box]), and you can get good voice rec software for it, if you are willing to consider that route.
27 posted on 05/31/2008 5:42:34 PM PDT by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics)
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To: Dr. Sivana
If this laptop is going to be your main computer (and lifeline), I would recommend a business level Toshiba model.

I am putting all my client files and business on this machine

I suspect that IBM/Lenovo

I just won’t buy a laptop with the insipid name “VAIO.”

Good aesthetics!

No beef with them. They never done to me what Dell done to me.

28 posted on 05/31/2008 5:43:39 PM PDT by Chickensoup (Nude dancing in North America)
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To: Chickensoup

/sONY VAIO laptop, Centrino (Pentium M) 1.86GHz, 2GB of RAM, Dragon Naturally Speaking 9 Medical. Runs like a charm, very accurate if not quite realtime enough. I use a GN Netcom USB headset and accuracy is very high with it.


29 posted on 05/31/2008 5:44:48 PM PDT by montag813
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To: Spktyr

So? Macs run Windows and are perfectly at home in Mac OS X on a regular small scale PC network.

You are complicating my life here!!

LOL

That means I would have to start acting like 95% of the mac users I know, talk in low, fruity tones, listen to NPR, and wear Birkies and tweedy socks.

Nevah!!


30 posted on 05/31/2008 5:46:00 PM PDT by Chickensoup (Nude dancing in North America)
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To: Chickensoup

Hm, you must be in California.

By the way, more gay people use Windows than use Mac OS X... so that means that Windows users are more likely to be gay. Are you gay, then? Not that there’s anything wrong with that....


31 posted on 05/31/2008 5:47:07 PM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: montag813
Sony products are notorious for coming with rootkits.
32 posted on 05/31/2008 5:48:36 PM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: kingu

bluetooth voice dongle

Is that the thing that hangs out of the ears of some of the men I see around town.

What is it really? Can it cause brain cancer? Is it like a telephone?


33 posted on 05/31/2008 5:48:44 PM PDT by Chickensoup (Nude dancing in North America)
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To: Chickensoup

I’ve had good luck with a laptop from Acer, a Taiwanese electronics group. Very sturdy, lots of memory, smooth operation.


34 posted on 05/31/2008 5:48:57 PM PDT by Wombat Ark
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To: Spktyr
XP goes bye-bye by the end of July. The last day Dell will take orders for an XP machine is 18 Jun 08.

What a coincidence! That also is the last day I will ever order a PC from Dell!

35 posted on 05/31/2008 5:50:26 PM PDT by montag813
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To: Chickensoup

That would be a Bluetooth wireless headset. Supposed to be low enough powered that it doesn’t cause cancer.

Bluetooth is a communication protocol with a brand name so it’s easy to identify.


36 posted on 05/31/2008 5:50:41 PM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: Spktyr

more gay people use Windows than use Mac OS X... so that means that Windows users are more likely to be gay. Are you gay, then? Not that there’s anything wrong with that....

Not in Portland Maine. If you are homosexual or lesbian you HAVE to have a Mac or they won’t let you in the bars...and your dog will be ignored at the doggie daycare.


37 posted on 05/31/2008 5:51:37 PM PDT by Chickensoup (Nude dancing in North America)
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To: Wombat Ark

I have one of the Acer screens. No complaints there.


38 posted on 05/31/2008 5:52:57 PM PDT by Chickensoup (Nude dancing in North America)
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To: Spktyr
Sony products are notorious for coming with rootkits.

The whole rootkit hysteria was very overblown. Never affected anyone I know with a Sony. My Vaio is the best laptop I ever had.

39 posted on 05/31/2008 5:53:27 PM PDT by montag813
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To: Spktyr

Bluetooth is a communication protocol with a brand name so it’s easy to identify.

So it can be used as a telephone, a wireless mike and to notify all the other geeks in the area that you have arrived....kinda like GADAR?


40 posted on 05/31/2008 5:54:40 PM PDT by Chickensoup (Nude dancing in North America)
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To: Spktyr

Bluetooth is a communication protocol with a brand name so it’s easy to identify.

So it can be used as a telephone, a wireless mike and to notify all the other geeks in the area that you have arrived....kinda like GAYDAR?


41 posted on 05/31/2008 5:54:53 PM PDT by Chickensoup (Nude dancing in North America)
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To: Chickensoup
Yup, that's what it is, a thing that attaches to your ear and looks like a bug, comes in many different designs and is used for transmitting voice over a short distance radio network called ‘Bluetooth.’

As for cancer - I've yet to hear a scientist explain why so many people exposed to high levels of mercury, lead, and all the rest of the ‘dangerous things’ that we've eliminated from our society lived to be a hundred years old, experiencing far worse smog, pollutants, etc. Could just be that it's what happens when people get older.

42 posted on 05/31/2008 5:56:25 PM PDT by kingu (Party for rent - conservative opinions not required.)
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To: Chickensoup
Right now, ThinkPad T-61 and T-61P models can be had from Lenovo for a decent price. These are workhorse laptops that will handle Dragon and anything else you are likely to throw at them, nicely. Three Gigs is probably plenty, but you can order it with 3.5 or 4 or more.
43 posted on 05/31/2008 5:57:12 PM PDT by EasySt (The Republican is a Democrat, the Democrat is a crooked Socialist, and the Socialist is a Communist.)
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To: Chickensoup

http://tinyurl.com/bhq4q


44 posted on 05/31/2008 5:58:07 PM PDT by LZ_Bayonet (There's Always Something.............And there's always something worse!)
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To: kingu

I agree.

I am having a good time though.

I should probably add alcohol, but I think that is against FCC regulations.


45 posted on 05/31/2008 5:58:28 PM PDT by Chickensoup ( A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.)
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To: Chickensoup

[shrug]

Well, look at it this way. You have only two choices of maker if you want *any* of the money you spend on a laptop to stay in the US. If you buy from anyone but Dell or Apple (or Gateway, but who’s dumb enough to buy their crap???), all your money goes overseas. If you buy Dell or Apple, at least some of the money stays here and employs Americans.


46 posted on 05/31/2008 6:00:49 PM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: EasySt

Thank you. I have never heard of them but the prices look great.


47 posted on 05/31/2008 6:01:09 PM PDT by Chickensoup ( A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.)
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To: JayNorth

My Sony laptop has Vista Ultimate and the speech recognition is extremely good. It requires no training so you can start usig it right from the word go. I would recommend a bluetooth capable laptop with a bluetooth microphone so your voice can be picked up even if you aren’t directly facing the laptop built-in microphone.


48 posted on 05/31/2008 6:03:25 PM PDT by Kirkwood (Ask me again tomorrow.)
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To: Spktyr

If you buy Dell

The last time I bought Dells, the nice but incompetent lady from India and I got emotionally very close over a series of weeeks.

The SOB in Texas made me cry.

I buy American whenever possible, but not here.

Thank you though.


49 posted on 05/31/2008 6:04:20 PM PDT by Chickensoup ( A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.)
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To: Chickensoup

Lenovo is the Communist Chinese “company” that bought the PC manufacturing concern from IBM. So, buying a Lenovo is “really” supporting the Chinese.

Oh, and I forgot HP on the list of the few American companies there - but HP laptops are crap now too, so they’re right out.


50 posted on 05/31/2008 6:04:28 PM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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