Two Easy Ways to Take PC Productivity to the Next Level

If you’re a PC user interested in maximizing efficiency and speed—whether tackling tasks at the office or taking on projects at home—consider adding two powerful technologies to your repertoire that have advanced considerably in recent years, now allowing you to fully leverage new Windows 10.

We’ve previously unpacked a treasure trove of keyboard shortcuts that can make computing faster; you can read more about that here. In addition to expertizing your way around the keyboard, there are two other places to look for greater efficiency, less work time and a smoother PC experience: 1.) speech recognition technology and 2.) an all-in-one optimization and security solution.

Today’s speech recognition software has evolved to the point where, if you’re looking for increased productivity while expending less effort, purchasing the current generation of this software is well worth the money.

Dragon Professional
Dictation/transcription software such as Dragon Professional provides you with a true digital assistant—gone are the days of dull administrative tasks like typing up reports. Regularly integrating Dragon into your computing routine is like having a private transcription service without the wait or cost.

Dragon lets you:

  • Dictate words right onto the page
  • Create transcriptions of lectures, speeches, interviews, podcasts and other audio
  • Compose, format, navigate and edit documents on-the-fly using only your voice
  • Customize verbal commands to take you through email composition, document formatting and other repetitive or formulaic tasks

For example, Dragon lets you send an email to your sales distribution list, copy senior management and print a hard copy for your files just by saying, “Send standard sales distribution email.” As the company points out on their website, this is five minutes of work done in five words.

Dragon Professional continually adapts to your voice, so over time it gets smarter and more accurate. It also lets you add customized terms and acronyms specific to your industry or personal preferences.

Dragon Anywhere
Dragon Professional can also be combined with a service called Dragon Anywhere, which is a cloud-based mobile app to use on your iOS or Android device wherever you wish. You’ll work on the road or in the field with newfound ease, taking productivity to heights unforeseen. Imagine how convenient it would be to think, write and create from your car on your commute into work, arriving ahead of the game and leaving that much earlier. The Dragon Anywhere mobile app also syncs your documents and preferences across devices.

System Mechanic Pro
The other essential way to keep your efficiency up and computing experience fast, safe and stutter-free is with System Mechanic Pro, a security and optimization solution all in one award-winning package. Rated best in class by PC Magazine repeatedly, System Mechanic Pro:

  • Leaves a very small footprint as it is streamlined into one security-and-cleanup product
  • Automatically removes clutter and performs crucial maintenance actions to keep your PC running fast and smooth
  • Recaptures trapped memory, tweaks processor and network settings and realigns program and data files for further increases in performance
  • Features advanced dual-engine malware detection to keep your PC safe
  • Relies on continually updated threat signatures and suspicious behavior-monitoring heuristics to detect the latest, unclassified threats
  • Safely and thoroughly scrubs hard drives clean of sensitive or unwanted data
  • Recovers accidentally deleted files

By combining System Mechanic Pro with Dragon Professional and/or Dragon Anywhere, you’ll experience speed-of-thought computing that’s easier than ever while eliminating the frustration associated with system lag.

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Two Easy Ways to Take PC Productivity to the Next Level