QUOTE (mmarkoe @ May 13 2010, 09:58 PM)
We strongly disagree with Lunis' statement above. A Core 2 Duo, 2 processors running at 1.3 GHz will run just fine with 3 GB or more RAM. It may not be a top of the line speed demon for crunching numbers and digital image processing, but for Dragon 10.x will run great.
We probably should've spent more time qualifying our recommendation. We will attempt to remedy that mistake in this posting. Although we would agree that a 1.3 GHz processor could be used with NaturallySpeaking; especially for straight dictation, it certainly isn't recommended in a situation where someone is about to make a new purchase.
To our knowledge, Martin is not Nuance-certified and not necessarily qualified in certain aspects in the use of NaturallySpeaking. We sell NaturallySpeaking and the following is quoted directly from the box (which we just pulled off the shelf): Recommended Specifications: Intel Pentium 2.4 GHz (1.6 GHz dual core) or later, or equivalent AMD Athlon 64 processor or later etc.
. Note that those recommendations were originally published for Windows XP and not Window 7 which has even higher requirements.
It's also common knowledge that software manufacturers tend to underestimate ideal hardware requirements in order to sell software. When you combine that information with the extreme likelihood that Ver. 11 (due out in the 3rd or 4th quarter of this year) will have even higher requirements, why would anyone consider purchasing a processor that isn't even recommended, other than minimally, by the manufacturer now.
We are Nuance-certified and at the request of computer, digital recorder and microphone distributors and manufacturers we are frequently asked to test NaturallySpeaking on various speech recognition hardware. Our reviews can be found throughout the Internet and our latest computer review is on the M-Tech M7700
which just received our KnowBrainer certification. We have been testing computers with NaturallySpeaking since 1996 and the previous review is only our latest. Although we can appreciate Martin's enthusiasm, we were not able to find any computer reviews or qualifications to back up his claim. Conclusions:
We're not saying that you couldn't get by with a 1.3 GHz processor but do you really want to purchase an underpowered processor for DNS Pro 10, let alone Pro 11 when it's released? Sorry Martin but this one's a, pardon the pun, KnowBrainer!