PowerMic III - 3 ft. Cord Version
Note: the PowerMic III is
manufactured in two configurations - with a 3 ft. cord or a 9 ft.
cord. This product listing is for the model with the 3 ft.
cord. See "related products" below for the listing on the 9
ft. model if you are a desktop user and need the extra
After years of
being the standard microphone for the medical speech recognition
user, the PowerMic II has finally been updated in the form of the
PowerMic III. Although functionally similar to its
predecessor, the new PowerMic III has some important improvements,
If you are new
to use of a hand-held USB microphone, this is a great solution for
many Dragon users and preferred by most medical providers who like
to avoid the constant mounting and unmounting of a headset
microphone. By virtue of the included analog to digital
circuitry, this product bypasses the on-board sound card, attaches
directly to an available USB port, and this greatly reduces the
likelihood that speech recognition performance will be hampered by
a bad on-board sound card. The 10 programmable buttons allow
you to toggle the microphone on and off, navigate forward and
backwards through navigation fields, and accomplish a variety of
other functions with a quick push of a key.
Like the prior version, the PowerMic III enjoys several
features which make it a great choice for the medical user,
including the following:
No product is perfect, and this one is no exception. We
built our business on honest product description, so here goes:
We consider this microphone to be a significant upgrade from
the PowerMic II, most notably because of the switch to a
non-mechanical track pad and the availability of a shorter cord.
Despite this, we don't recommend upgrading to this if you are
a current PowerMic II user and happy with the performance. We have
yet to do a formal head-to-head comparison with the PowerMic II in
terms of performance, so we can't yet say it works any better.
If you are new to speech recognition software and are
considering the purchase of a hand-held microphone to use with
medical versions of Dragon, this is certainly a great choice.
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 track pad 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 products
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.
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