Speech recognition on mac mini

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by drama8, Sep 6, 2011.

  1. drama8 macrumors newbie

    Jul 24, 2011
    Hi guys
    Does the mac mini already have a mic built in for speech recognition?
    If so how good is it? Wanna configure speech recognition for when I get my mac mini. The other option would be to buy an in ear bluetooth mic. Can you buy any and configure to mac or do they need to be compatible for mac mini? What is the b best headset going for mac mini? Thanks for the hekp guys.
  2. handheldgames macrumors 6502a


    Apr 4, 2009
    Buy the MacSpeech from Dragon or what ever the current version is and don't look back. Can't recommend a headset, I'm still using an old one with an USB adapter. Dictation rocks and brings a fresh approach to writing. They also have packaged deals with headsets. :)
  3. toss002 macrumors regular

    Jul 16, 2007
    Huntington Beach, CA
  4. handheldgames, Sep 6, 2011
    Last edited: Sep 6, 2011

    handheldgames macrumors 6502a


    Apr 4, 2009
    yep.. MacSpeech is the old one:

    Here is a review of the latest one at Engadget: http://www.engadget.com/2011/09/06/nuance-dragon-dictate-2-5-for-mac-review/

    Controls for dictation and editing are much more advanced that the built ins from apple. Speech recognition is like 99% accurate.

    So if your want to play around. Use the built in. If you want to do some serious dictation, check out Dragon. They own the market (a spin off of IBM)
  5. dolphin842 macrumors 65816

    Jul 14, 2004
    OS X's built-in speech recognition is for doing various system commands, not actual dictation. Dragon's software is the only game in town for dictation.

    FYI: if you have an iPhone, you can use your wired headset's microphone if you plug it into the headphone jack.

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