While playing with settings for my magic jack. I came across speech recognition for windows seven. I figured now is as good a time as any to start testing speech recognition.
I was trying to use a Microsoft LifeCam VX-3000 which has a microphone built in. I was not having very good success with the system hearing me. I had to put the life camera about an inch from my mouth. As you can imagine this would be an inconvenience. Since I had to make a return two Best Buy I decided to purchase headphones/headset with a built in microphone boom. I have had headsets in the past they used a 3.5 millimeter jack. It was time to upgrade to USB for a more clear sound and microphone. The credit back from my return would not allow for a large purchase. After looking at the different headsets ranging from $20 to $275. I settled on slightly above the cheapest set and still have high ratings. I am now currently using Microsoft LifeChat LX-3000 Headset digital USB for superior clarity headset. Not only does this have digital stereo headset but also of noise canceling microphone.
Setup was a breeze it took longer to open the pack each then to hook up and start using the new headset. I chose USB because I have a USB jack in the front of my computer. Easy access and easy setup was important in my purchase. At the end of the USB jack there was a green sticker that informs me to install software first. Normally I bypass any software to allow the system to find and installed drivers by itself. However, I decided to follow instructions to the T. I wanted to be sure the new headsets would be ready and configured properly for speech recognition.
These are stereo headphones which means there are two your pieces. A lot of people do not like to have both ears covered. I myself find it easier and better to hear what has been said or is playing. This headset has eight nice size control mechanism about 3 to 4 feet from the headset. It has speaker volume up and down along with microphone mute and a call button. The mute button comes in handy especially when you have kids that interrupt. For example the last 2 minutes of I had the headset on mute an it did not dictate what I was saying, thank goodness.
The reason I find speech recognition intriguing is not for laziness as some may think rather for blogging. I find that thinking and typing at the same time is not one of my strong suits. So thinking and saying works a lot better for me. With that said I recommend everyone try speech recognition and yes so far I give the Microsoft LifeChat LX-3000 Headset five stars.
Next I will test the headset with the magic jack phone system. I will report back to the blog with my findings on the headset and magic jack. Yes this was typed by using speech recognition with the new headset.