For years I used a feature phone and really had no need for a Bluetooth headset. In fact many of the phones I've had over the years did not support Bluetooth. Now that I have a Sprint Evo 4G Android device it's almost impossible to cradle in your neck without dropping it. I've been using the speakerphone a lot but occasionally I'm in a noisy environment and that's just not acceptable.
Today I purchased a Plantronics Voyager Pro+ Bluetooth headset, and I'm extremely happy with it. One of the features of this headset is that it can connect up to two phones or devices. This has come in very handy for me as I can dictate on the computer with the headset but when a phone call comes in I can press the button on the headset and be immediately connected to the caller. And when we hang up, I'm immediately connected back to the computer to continue with my dictation.
I use Dragon NaturallySpeaking for the dictation software. I Googled around trying to see if I could find a particular Bluetooth headset that was known to work with Dragon NaturallySpeaking and although I found some Bluetooth devices that were specifically meant to connect to a computer I did not see one that was primarily meant to connect with a cell phone that can also be used to connect to the computer.
I wanted to post the ingredients that I used in case someone else was curious if this can be done.
- Windows 7 64-bit
- Dragon NaturallySpeaking Premium
- Plantronics Voyager Pro+ Bluetooth headset
- Rocketfish micro Bluetooth adapter
Ulmately, I went to Windows Control Panel and chose the Sound applet and on the Playback tab I selected my computer speakers at the default playback device that way I can still listen to sounds and music through my computer speakers. Then on the Recording tab I selected my Bluetooth headset microphone as my default recording device.
Then using Dragon NaturallySpeaking's DragonBar I selected the Audio menu and used the Check Microphone option. From there I was able to pick the Bluetooth headset as my recording device and follow the wizard to adjust the audio levels.
This all just happened and I've only had a short time to play with it but I've already had one phone call come in so I know it works.
Man, I love technology! Especially when it works.