This is a very
high quality microphone - designed for the professional - and with
a number of unique features making it highly convenient and
accurate with speech recognition software and particularly well
suited for use with Dragon NaturallySpeaking. The PowerMic II
microphone offers simplified single-handed, thumb-control operation
for dictating, navigating, reviewing, and editing speech
recognition generated documentation.
microphone integrates partially with Dragon NaturallySpeaking
Medical 9.5 and beyond and, in fact, if Dragon is set-up with this
as the planned microphone the program provides a separate menu of
"hot keys" specifically related to this microphone (see below).
Integration with Dragon Medical Practice Edition (both
versions 1 and 2) is particularly rich and allows use of
microphone buttons to accomplish a series of functions listed in
This is a unique and highly functional microphone. In our testing
it appears to be similar in accuracy and noise canceling tothe
Philips Speechmike Premium (LFH3500). We do not consider the
PowerMic II to be quite as noise canceling as the Sennheiser ME3,
SpeechWare FlexyMike Dual Ear Cardioid and other high quality
headset mics, but it does fine with ordinary noise. In
addition to its comfort, convenience, and excellent acoustic
properties, a unique aspect of this microphone is its integration
with the MEDICAL version of Dragon, including 9.5, 10, and the
Medical Practice edition. See additional notes below on
for non-Medical users: this microphone has full functionality, and
in particular the ability to program the individual buttons, only
in the Medical version of Dragon, version 10 and beyond. When used
in a non-compatible (non-medical) version such as Premium,
Professional and Legal, the microphone and trackstick will work,
but in order to program other buttons to work with Dragon you will
need to purchase Octopus USB Controller (see section on related
Note for Mac
Users: With a easily downloadable utility it can be made to work
with an Apple Computer and Dragon Dictate or MacSpeech Dictate.
With added utilities you can even use the PowerMic in a
push-to-talk method. For additional information on this,
please visit our
Push-to-Talk Programming for the Mac page.
From Joel F. of Williamsville, New York on 5/4/2015.
We have been in the process of switching out all of our dictation microphones for about 9 months. we have 18 users doing Medical voice recognition via Dragon and have used everything from off the shelf inexpensive headsets to very expensive units, hand-helds, desk tops, USB, Line in, on board and probably every other microphone type possible. For the money (which granted is a little more than most) my users have found it to be the unit that improves the accuracy the best. The units are a bit big, you do have to use a hand to really get the best performance. A little tricky until you get the hang of the buttons and the programmable ones, but for all accounts the users have had great success with them. I would recommend them if you are looking for a new microphone or an upgrade from something you bought off the shelf.
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