Productivity

Downloads: Speech recognition tools to control your PC and take dictation

I'm no starship captain, but I control my computer the way Picard controls the USS Enterprise. Since the beginnings of science-fiction franchises such as Star Trek, we've been obsessed with the idea of speaking to computers and having those computers carry out our every whim.

There's more to it than cool factor. Speech recognition staves off or ameliorates repetitive strain injuries. Even some who type with ease find that the mind-to-mouth thought process is better suited to some projects than the mind-to-keyboard method is.

Here are three Windows-based options worth a test drive, from simple freebies to the powerful and venerable Dragon. To learn about two more that you might already have installed on your PC, see Control your PC with these 5 speech recognition programs.

Dragon NaturallySpeaking Premium 12

4/5
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TalkTyper

3.5/5
Tazti screenshot

Tazti

3/5