Using Dragon Mode

Eh? What?

Unfortunately our materials aren’t covering (yet) how to tame real life dragons, but you might really like the following tips, when you have a Philips SpeechMike Premium dictation microphone.

Still unsure, if this is for you?

To learn what a Philips SpeechMike Premium is, what it can do for you and why you want one, stop by our website and have a look at the product and the different models available. Take me there!

Once you’ve explored that step and you’re really getting into it, you will most likely use this dictation microphone with speech recognition. The Philips SpeechMike Premium series comes with a studio-quality microphone and a built-in triple layer noise reduction filter for clearest recordings and most accurate speech recognition results. To support seamless working with speech recognition software from Nuance and conveniently access the most common control for speech recognition directly via the Philips SpeechMike Premium buttons – instead of having to switch to your keyboard – you can switch device to “Dragon Mode”.

Ah! Give me the details.

We have created a short graphical instruction which shows how to easily switch the Philips SpeechMike Premium between Dragon and Standard mode. This instruction guide also includes a detailed overview of the differences of the SpeechMike Premium button assignments in Standard and Dragon mode.

Click here to download a graphical instruction for the above steps.

Here’s the simple trick:

  • Press the End-of-letter/priority (*EoL/**Prio) button and the Insert/overwrite (INS/OVR) button simultaneously for 3 seconds.
  • The LED of both buttons shortly lights up orange.


We have also put together a detailed Tech Tip on this topic, if you’d like to dive a little deeper: Tech Tip for Dragon Mode


Any questions? Simply leave us a comment and we are happy to help!


  • When SpeechMike Premium is in Dragon mode, do the two LEDs remain lighted? After a few blinks including the Function LEDs, the Mike goes back to looking like it did before switching into Dragon mode. It is not recognizing vocal commands, it types them out as words. Thanks!

  • Ronna Catalino

    The SpeechMike will not appear any differently after enabling Dragon Mode. The two LED’s do not remain lighted. You can check the selected button mode by briefly pressing the EOL and INS/OVR button. The LED of the corresponding button mode will light up in yellow. For Dragon for Windows Mode it would be the INS/OVR button

    See this post for easy button mode switching:

    Vocal Commands are handled by Dragon, if your commands are being typed out, you may not be pausing before the command or may need to train Dragon. Also just as added information, we always recommend making sure you are running the most recent version of the Firmware.

    SpeechMike 3200, 3300, 3500 & 3600 current firmware is v2.60
    SpeechMike Touch 3700/3800 current firmware is v 3.52
    SpeechMike Premium Air 40×0 current firmware is 4.65

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