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Buying guide: Find the best Bluetooth headset or speakerphone

Whether or not it's legal in your state to hold a handset while driving, we can all agree that doing so isn't too smart. But the alternative--relying on your phone's chintzy speakerphone--isn't much better: Sound quality on your end is awful, and the same goes for the person on the other end. Similarly, unless you're sitting at your desk and focusing entirely on your phone, chances are you'd rather have both of your hands free during calls.

Skype 4.0 VoIP Service

If you're a regular Skype user, you'll instantly notice the big facelift that version 4.0 of this <a href="http://www.pcworld.com/article/115156/mobile_computing_voice_over_ip.html">voice-over-Internet-protocol service</a> has undergone. It feels slicker and spruced up, and hopping from one feature to another is much easier. But the new version also seems a bit cluttered and bulky, and will gobble up more space on your desktop.

Dragon NaturallySpeaking 10 Professional

Never mind fussing with a mouse: Dragon NaturallySpeaking 10 Professional lets you talk to your PC to take care of all kinds of business. Dictate directly into Word and Excel; whisk off e-mail messages; create calendar entries; run searches on Google, Wikipedia, YouTube, and other sites; hop around your desktop from app to app; and search for files containing the keywords you utter. Though <a href=" http://www.pcworld.com/article/126670/first_look_dragon_naturallyspeaking_9_voicerecognition_software.html">previous versions of Dragon's software</a> converted speech into text (after appropriate training), this latest iteration delivers better accuracy out of the box, more-intuitive ways to format text, and additional ways to interact with your programs vocally, such as by adding an entry to Outlook's calendaring option.