PC Advisor reviews the best speech-recognition software you can use.

5. Dragon NaturallySpeaking 9.0 Preferred

Dragon NaturallySpeaking 9.0 Preferred
  • Reviewed on: 5 October 06
  • RRP: £150 inc. VAT
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The time and effort required to master voice-recognition software means that it doesn't yet offer a tempting alternative to employing touch typists. But for those who can't or won't type, the levels of accuracy and the control over your PC offered by NaturallySpeaking 9.0 Preferred make it an indispensable tool.

Read our Dragon NaturallySpeaking 9.0 Preferred review.

4. Dragon NaturallySpeaking 10 Professional review

Dragon NaturallySpeaking 10 Professional review
  • Reviewed on: 1 October 08
  • RRP: £121.78 inc VAT
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If you need a break from your keyboard, give Dragon a try. As in the past, it's sometimes quicker to accomplish a task by poking at the keyboard (say, when using Dragon's correction feature to fix a flubbed word) or by clicking the mouse (for example, on a link in a Google search results page), but Dragon NaturallySpeaking 10 gives you the best software yet for getting work done using your voice. That's why Dragon's a keeper.

Read our Dragon NaturallySpeaking 10 Professional review review.

3. Voice Reader Studio

Voice Reader Studio
  • Reviewed on: 30 January 08
  • RRP: €499 inc VAT (+ €16 delivery within Europe)
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It is not entirely accurate to compare Voice Reader Studio is aimed at businesses that may wish to include text to voice for applications. If you want to learn a foreign language, go with one of the Voice Reader Home options. Should you need to offer audio files via the web then the Studio version is a must. As text-to-speech packages go, it's a belter.

Read our Voice Reader Studio review.

2. Expressivo 1.3

Expressivo 1.3
  • Reviewed on: 30 January 08
  • RRP: $49 (about £25)
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For personal use, Expressivo 1.3 is generally appealing and easy to use in terms of its interface, but we weren't too enamoured by listening to Ivo's Jennifer voice. There are restrictions on publishing your audio files as well as the foreign language options. However, at around £30, this program offers a lot.

Read our Expressivo 1.3 review.

1. Nuance Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11 Premium

Nuance Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11 Premium
  • Reviewed on: 19 August 10
  • RRP: £130.82 inc VAT
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Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11 Premium is, quite simply, the best speech-recognition software there is, limited only by the nature of this type of program. It's unlikely to be a compelling upgrade for version 10 users, but if you require dictation and navigation by speech, look no further.

Read our Nuance Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11 Premium review.