Hardware for Dragon
Many customers come to us asking for a turnkey solution including software, hardware, and training to meet their individual needs. Call 1stVoice for a free consultation about your existing hardware, plans to upgrade, or new hardware purchase. We have many years of experience recommending and providing voice compatible hardware.
The least expensive Creative Labs SoundBlaster Live! or Audigy cards are your best bet, about $30. On board audio chips may work, or may give suboptimal performance. A USB input microphone is an accepted workaround if your desktop computer lacks a good analog sound input.
Dragon Medical Practice Edition ships with a basic but good USB mic.
Dragon Professional and Legal Individual 14 do not include microphones.
1stVoice offers an Andrea USB mic for $48 as our standard recommendation.
Other options include more expensive analog and USB models, handheld dictation microphones, and the popular combination devices which allow a single headset to work for both the telephone and the computer.
Both wired and wireless options are available for all of the above.
Please contact us to discuss your needs.
Laptops & Microphones
Dragon performance on laptops varies. Laptops' audio systems are built onto the motherboard and can pick up electrical or mechanical noise, which degrades speech performance. Newer laptops are frequently built without analog audio input. For this reason, we use the USB input microphones for most laptop Installations.
If you are using a Windows 7, 8 and 10 laptop, you will need to manually disable the built-in microphone in your system Control Panel. Left enabled, this microphone will provide added, poor quality input to Dragon, even with another mic plugged in, leading to poor performance.