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Control your PC with these 5 speech recognition programs

At a Glance

Other companies, such as TalkTyper, make good use of Google's speech algorithm.

Price when rated: Free

Pros

  • Free
  • Lets you dictate text and perform simple actions with it

Cons

  • Has trouble with some accents
TalkTyper screenshot

At a Glance

If dictating to your computer sounds like an appealing idea, try Dragon NaturallySpeaking Premium. is the de facto standard for Windows.

Price when rated: 200

Pros

  • Can transcribe audio from files
  • Works with Gmail and Hotmail

Cons

  • No trial version
  • Mobile companion app not always reliable

At a Glance

Tazti speech recognition software doesn't take dictation, but it does take orders.

Price when rated: $40

Pros

  • Speech recognition not the absolute best
  • Set up your own custom commands for opening other apps, websites, and command lines

Cons

  • Control a wide variety of PC games with your voice, as well as normal Windows OS apps
Tazti screenshot

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