Peter Linton wrote:
It is undoubtedly better, but not by a great margin because I get remarkable accuracy from the standard headphone that come with Dragon Preferred. The key to success with Dragon is clear enunciation plus training, and I suspect that is more important than the brand of microphone.
A possible disadvantage of the better microphones is that they tend to be heavier, and slightly less comfortable than the very lightweight standard mic. However, both are comfortable enough to be worn all day.
Interesting - I found the opposite to be true. Whilst I managed to get Dragon up and running within the 30 minutes it says, I found the supplied microphone very uncomfortable. Possibly because my hair is very straight and shiny, it kept slipping off unless I had it very tight, in which case I soon felt as though I was in a headlock! The Logitech one is one of those like spectacles in reverse - it goes round the back of your head and hooks over your ears, so I find that much more comfortable. It's obviously a case of personal preference, but it is hard to try before you buy as they all come packed up in plastic.
I do agree that training is important, but you can achieve very good results in just a short time. My son's girlfriend was panicking the other day because she'd accidentally deleted a file from her A'level coursework amounting to several pages of text. I suggested she dictated it with Dragon rather than retyping it. She'd never used Dragon before, so she duly did the brief initial training, then successfully dictated her text - one very happy customer!