Having experimented with IBM's "Via Voice" many years ago, I then reached the conclusion that there was probably no real future for voice recognition software. More recently however, I had heard great things about Dragon NaturallySpeaking and decided to make a modest investment in this product.
Although it seemed easy to set up, I was very disappointed with the initial results, having read that a 95% accuracy level could be expected straight out of the box. In fact, I achieved nothing approaching this level and found myself having to continually and tediously correct mistakes to such an extent that it would have been quicker to type the text involved manually. Rather than accept that I had wasted my money, I decided to invest a further £12 in buying a decent quality Logitech microphone which within half an hour of re-preparing my voice profile, completely transformed the accuracy and therefore the usefulness of this product. After just two days, it is almost 100% word perfect, apart from those unusual words or symbols one couldn't reasonably expect it to get right first time.
It is now a real gem which I would thoroughly recommend - my reason for giving it a 4 star rating, rather than 5 stars is on account of the inadequate and flimsy quality of the microphone which was included in the original kit. Get yourself a decent yet modestly priced alternative and there will be no stopping you! By the way this review was dictated in about 3 minutes flat, using my new "toy.Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11 Home Edition (PC)
" Having edited this piece at the end, I found I had to make four or five minor amendments to the text.