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Choosing the Right Transcription Foot Pedal… Cont’d

Home / Choosing the Right Transcription Foot Pedal… Cont’d

In the second part of the article, we look at a few more popular models of transcription foot pedals:

 

  1. Serial Pin Transcription Foot pedals: Most laptops and PC’s that are manufactured these days do not come with a 9 pin or 15 pin. However, many old models come with at least one serial pin although they may not have many USB ports. If yours is one such laptop or PC, don’t think about chucking it away just to make room for a system that has enough USB ports. Opt instead for a serial pin transcription foot pedal which comes with a serial port adaptor at one end which can be easily plugged into your computer. Such foot pedals have the same kind of controls as other newer models including the ability to accommodate any shoe size.
  2. Wireless Foot Pedals: Willing to really spend on a classy transcription foot pedal? Then don’t think twice about investing in a wireless model. But be warned: these are rather expensive and are worth the buy if you travel a lot and still want to work on transcriptions. All wireless models can be plugged into a USB port in your laptop or desktop. Remember that since it is a wireless model, your speed at typing and knowledge of keyboard commands is also very important. Amateur transcriptionists may feel that such models actually slow down the pace of work overall as unlike other models, you cannot fast-forward or rewind easily unless the appropriate keyboard shortcut or command is used. Although wireless foot pedals vary in terms of the wireless range, most models offer up to 3 meters and require just a set of batteries to get started. The additional wireless facility gives experienced transcriptionists the chance to sit and relax in better comfort while working at the same time.

In the article, we take a look at some of the best-selling units and brands for each of the foot pedal models highlighted in this 2 part segment.