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PC Specifications

A quality computer system is absolutely essential, and the foundation for the effective use of speech recognition.

Dragon PC Specification Recommendations for Speakeasy Solutions Clients

Optimal Specifications

For power users or those in the market for a new PC who wish to future-proof, Speakeasy Solutions suggests the following recommended minimum PC requirements for Dragon® Professional/Legal Individual 15 and Dragon® Professional/Legal Group 15, & Dragon® Medical Practice Edition 2:

  • Windows 7 64-bit OS or Windows 10 64-bit OS
  • i7 quad core CPU
  • 16 GB DDR3-1600 RAM
  • Solid State Drive

Dragon will install and function on specifications other than the above. However, the above recommendations are designed for clients who wish to optimally and productively use Dragon.

Acceptable Specifications

For existing PCs, Speakeasy Solutions suggests the following minimum PC requirements for Dragon:

  • Windows 7 64-bit OS or Windows 10 64-bit OS
  • i5 CPU
  • 8 GB RAM
  • 7200 RPM hard drive

Minimum Specifications

While not recommended for a main PC, Dragon will function (albeit slowly and potentially with diminished accuracy) with the following minimum PC specifications:

  • Windows 7 32-bit OS
  • 4 GB RAM

Dragon Support for Windows OS, Microsoft Office, and Web Browsers

Dragon Professional Individual & Group Version 15

  • Windows OS: 10, 8, 7
  • MS Office Desktop Installation: 2016, 2013, 2010
  • MS Office 365 Online: Basic text control only. There is NO support for Office voice commands, and NO support for Dragon's full text control (the ability to edit & correct text by voice).
  • Internet Explorer 11, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome

Dragon Professional Individual & Group Version 14

  • Windows OS: 10, 8, 7
  • MS Office Desktop Installation: 2016, 2013, 2010
  • MS Office 365 Online: Basic text control only. There is NO support for Office voice commands, and NO support for Dragon's full text control (the ability to edit & correct text by voice).
  • Internet Explorer 11, 10, 9, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome

Dragon NaturallySpeaking Version 13

  • Windows OS: 10, 8, 7
  • MS Office Desktop Installation: 2013, 2010
  • MS Office 365 Online: Basic text control only. There is NO support for Office voice commands, and NO support for Dragon's full text control (the ability to edit & correct text by voice).
  • Internet Explorer 11, 10, 9, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome

Dragon® Medical Practice Edition 2

  • Windows OS: 10, 8, 7, Vista SP 2, XP SP 3
  • MS Office Desktop Installation: 2016, 2013, 2010, 2007
  • MS Office 365 Online: Basic text control only. There is NO support for Office voice commands, and NO support for Dragon's full text control (the ability to edit & correct text by voice).
  • Internet Explorer 11, 10, 9
  • Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome do not offer support for Dragon's full text control (the ability to edit & correct text by voice). However, Dragon's Dictation Box is very efficient for populating web based EMRs.

Dragon NaturallySpeaking Version 12

  • Windows OS: 8, 7, Vista SP 2, XP SP 3
  • MS Office: 2013, 2010, 2007
  • Internet Explorer 10, 9, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome

Dragon NaturallySpeaking Version 11 & Dragon® Medical Practice Edition 1

  • Windows OS: 7, Vista SP 1, XP SP 2
  • MS Office: 2010, 2007
  • Internet Explorer 9, 8, 7, 6

Antivirus Applications

If antivirus is required, we recommend: ESET's Smart Security.

Please note that AVAST is incompatible with Dragon. We do not recommend using free antivirus applications. We also do not recommend running more than one antivirus and security application concurrently. Moreover, Norton and Mcafee can also negatively impact Dragon's performance.

Read more about antivirus software and its impact on a computer's performance in this blog post.

Computer Classifications

Avoid consumer grade computer systems (often found at big box stores). Such systems are seldom created with high-quality components (hence their price point). The quality of the PC system will directly affect its performance, and subsequently the efficacy of a speech recognition solution.

Obtain a custom built or high-end business-class machine. High quality components will mitigate potential bottlenecks when using more than one demanding application such as Dragon, EMRs, legal programs etc.

Once upon a time a "gaming rig" was more powerful than a business-class machine, however, the "gaming rigs" commercially produced (such as Dell's AlienWare), are quite bloated, and we no longer recommend such machines.

A custom built to specification computer is optimal. Pick and choose high quality components or explain to your builder that you wish high quality components.

Demanding Applications

If several demanding applications are used simultaneously, increase the processor and RAM for improved performance.