Nuance Dragon NaturallySpeaking Premium 13 Review

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Nuance Dragon NaturallySpeaking Premium 13 Product Description

Nuance Dragon NaturallySpeaking Premium 13 is a premiere voice dictation software that allows users to multi-task by using their voice to create documents, send email, surf the web, and capture notes for transcription, leaving their hands free to accomplish other tasks.

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Geared at improving personal productivity, its accuracy is further strengthened by giving the software program access to existing documents and emails it can use to learn more about how the user employs language to better deduce and calibrate words in a dictation.

Nuance Dragon NaturallySpeaking Premium 13 is designed to learn the most often used words and phrases, and intuitively learns difficult spelling and proper names. It also gives the ability to edit and format documents through voice commands.

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Nuance Dragon NaturallySpeaking Premium 13 Review

This Nuance Dragon NaturallySpeaking Premium 13 Review enumerates the features of the high-end voice dictation software, and how it helps users speed through their to-do list faster, navigate their computer and the Internet, and control basic PC functions, all with the use of voice commands, leaving their hands free for multi-tasking.

Nuance Dragon NaturallySpeaking Premium 13 Review – Is It Worth the Switch?

Regarded as the market leader in voice dictation and speech recognition, the Nuance Dragon NaturallySpeaking Premium, the 13th iteration since it first launched in 1997, is closely followed TalkTyper, Microsoft Windows Speech Recognition, Google Voice Search, SpeechGear Compadre Interact, and Digital Syphon Sonic Extractor.

The key advantage is the Nuance product’s more comprehensive features and intuitive voice recognition, despite its hefty price tag that ranges from $174.99 for its sale price, to $199.99 for its full price.

What’s in the Box?

The dictation software comes in a box, with product dimensions measuring 7.5 x 5 x 2.5 inches, and weighing one (1) pound.

Inside the box is a DVD-Rom and a Koss CS100 headset bundle, the latter made out of a Neodymium/iron/boron magnet structure, polycarbonate and plastic material.

The headset features a 20Hz-20kHz frequency response, an 8-foot cord, and a noise-cancellation microphone. It is compatible with voice recognition and voice-activated software. The Koss headset also comes with a limited lifetime warranty.

The DVD-ROM contains the Nuance Dragon NaturallySpeaking Premium 13 software package.

Nuance Dragon NaturallySpeaking Premium 13 system requirements include at least a 2.2 GHz dual core AMD processor or higher, 2 to 4 GB of RAM, 4GB of free hard disk space, a DVD-ROM drive for installation, and an Internet connection to automatically activate the product.

New Updates

Nuance Dragon NaturallySpeaking Premium 13 now features a new Dragon Bar user interface that’s compatible with a desktop computer and Modern mode, specifically in Windows 8.

The Dragon Bar, a dark grey box with icons like Profile, Tools, Vocabulary, and Audio, appears on top of the screen automatically as soon as the program is launched. It expands when the cursor hovers over it, and automatically minimizes when the cursor is moved away.

The current Version 13 allows Full Text Control in Gmail, Yahoo Mail and Outlook, particularly in the Firefox and Chrome latest versions, and Internet Explorer 9 or higher.

This new feature means users can format, dictate, and edit emails using the Dragon Bar directly on the browser itself. With unsupported websites or programs, users can compose on the Dragon Dictate Box, and paste its content where applicable.

Nuance Dragon NaturallySpeaking Premium 13 has likewise been updated to adapt faster to the user’s formatting preferences, making it more convenient to use.

The software has also added support for Canadian English speakers, and features an entire vocabulary list as part of its features.

Speedy Document Creation

Users can create documents three times faster compared to typing it by hand. With the software’s intuitive design, it can learn commonly used words and phrases, as well as spell difficult terms and proper names correctly.

It also allows users to create a list of customized voice commands and frequently used words. This way, dictation, editing and formatting documents in the Microsoft Suite and other word processing and spreadsheet documents are accomplished based on user preference, including the use of familiar text and graphics.

This feature allows users to churn out reports, spreadsheets, presentations, and more, faster and smarter through the use of voice alone.

Dictates Notes and Ideas Anywhere

Nuance Dragon NaturallySpeaking Premium 13 is also ideal for recording notes and ideas, and transcribing them later on. With the free Dragon Recorder App and a digital recorder, users can document their thoughts through voice, and save them as audio files which the software can transcribe and save on the user’s PC.

Proofread Via Audio

Users can finally rest their eyes and proofread their documents by simply listening to the audio files of their dictation via a text-to-speech playback.

Surfing and Searching the Web through Voice Command

Nuance Dragon NaturallySpeaking Premium 13 enables users to explore websites and do comprehensive searches for facts and figures, images, videos, weather, and directions.

Social Network Updates and IM Chats

Voice command features in Nuance Dragon NaturallySpeaking Premium 13 can also be used to keep up with various social networks, post updates, images and video, and communicate with friends and contacts via chat apps.

Email and Calendar Control

Users can dictate, edit and send emails, check schedules, meetings, appointments, and other activities using voice commands.

User Guide, Cheat Sheets, Online Training and Training Videos

Considering Nuance Dragon NaturallySpeaking Premium 13 requires a steep learning curve and dedication to master the software, Nuance has provided user guidelines and instructions in the voice dictation software’s DVD-ROM.

The Nuance website’s Support Page also provides a comprehensive user guide for new buyers, as well as links for cheat sheets in PDF format, online training, and demo and training videos.

Overall Pros

  • Fast and efficient.
  • Supports voice dictation for webmail.
  • Automatically adopts user’s language style through Gmail, email and Google Docs scans.
  • Alleviates stress caused by typing and controlling a PC by hand.
  • Added support for major webmail programs.
  • Supports Canadian English, including vocabulary list.

Overall Cons

  • Challenging to learn.
  • Requires time and user dedication to master.
  • Lack of automated transcription.
  • Google Chrome is not as well supported compared to Internet Explorer.

Making the Switch

Users looking to purchase a high-end and equally expensive software for dictation, Nuance Dragon NaturallySpeaking Premium 13 is an ideal product. Users can easily navigate online and compose orally using voice commands alone.

While its high price tag ensures it won’t be an impulse buy, it is a thoroughly fast and efficient dictation software for people committed to mastering the art of dictation.


Nuance Dragon NaturallySpeaking Premium 13 is a PC by voice dictation software compatible with:

  1. Windows 10 (32-bit and 64-bit)
  2. Windows 8.1 (32-bit and 64-bit)
  3. Windows 8 (32-bit and 64-bit)
  4. Windows 7 (32-bit and 64-bit)
  5. Windows Server 2012 Standard Edition (64-bit)
  6. Windows Server 2008 R2 (64-bit)

Nuance Dragon NaturallySpeaking Premium 13 supports:

  1. Internet Explorer 9 or higher
  2. Google Chrome (latest version)
  3. Mozilla Firefox (latest version)
  4. MS Office 2013
  5. MS Office 2010
  6. OpenOffice Writer 4.1
  7. WordPerfect X6
  8. WordPerfect X7
  9. Gmail
  10. Yahoo Mail

Nuance Dragon NaturallySpeaking Premium 13 has a different version of the product, the Dragon Dictate for Mac compatible with: Mac OS X


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