MB or Pro -- voice recognition software

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by lacereza, May 31, 2008.

  1. lacereza macrumors regular

    May 31, 2008
    [edit: MB or MBP!]

    I'll be retiring this iBook G4 in a couple of months, but I'm not sure what to replace it with. I'll be running Dragon NatuallySpeaking Preferred on it through XP almost all the time (using VMware Fusion so I can use both OSes at the same time). Not planning to do anything particularly heavy with it, just Microsoft suite, Photoshop, and lots of browsing and video watching. No games or anything. I do like to have a lot of programs open at once though -- not unusual to have Firefox, Word, PDF reader, iTunes, iPhoto, Skype, iChat and iCal all going at the same time.

    I was planning to go for the Macbook (lighter, cheaper) but my father reckons that since I'll be using the voice recognition most of the time I should get a MBP instead, because the higher specs would mean it'll work better for longer. When I tried to use MacSpeech on this G4 a couple of years ago it wouldn't work at all, there wasn't enough grunt to handle it. Do you think he's right? Or would it be better to use the $900 price difference to buy a big monitor, mouse and keyboard to connect a Macbook to when I'm at home? :) I would expect to be using it for the next three years or so.
  2. techound1 macrumors 68000


    Mar 3, 2006
    Look at the specs for the voice recognition software you want to use - that will tell you if the MB you're looking at has enough horsepower. If you're replacing in 3 years, the MB will serve you well and you will love the additional screen real estate afforded by the extra monitor.
  3. lacereza thread starter macrumors regular

    May 31, 2008
    The specs on the box'll be for someone using it on a Windows machine, though, not for a Mac running both OSes, right? I think I shoudl look for a voice operated software forum...
  4. davidlisahannah macrumors newbie

    Jun 2, 2008

    Have you considered Macspeech dictate? I am running it on a Macbook, 80 Gb HD, 1 GB RAM, 2 GHz Intel Core and it works well
  5. lacereza thread starter macrumors regular

    May 31, 2008
    I've used all the MAc programs. None work as well as Dragon, and they don't have the learn-from-corrections facility I need for me specialised language needs. Plus my accent is not from the US and Dragon's got mine built in without paying jundreds $ more!

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