The phones are well made of good quality plastic and the only quibble that I have with their construction is that the ?boost? and volume buttons on the side are a bit fiddly to use. They are described as ?Hearing Aid Compatible? and I can use them with audio input to my NHS Siemens Reflex DP aids if the ?boost? is used together with the maximum volume setting of 5 on the handset. By carefully positioning the handset to reduce any interference I can also use the inductive loop. However the volume is still a little low for me and in practise I am more comfortable using speaker mode which is excellent. Main Features- - Pre dialling (so you can see the number you dial before pressing call, handy for someone like my Mum who can check she is ringing the right number first!) - Speakerphone - this is nice and loud and useful for calls where you need your hands to, say, work the computer. Or in my Mum''s case, make a cup of tea. - Keylock (to stop my Mum''s grandchildren pressing the keys and making random calls) - Call timer (so you can see how long you''ve been on the phone, handy for call plans which only offer 60 mins of free time per call) - Menu navigation - this is very easy to use and clear because the text is about 1.5cm in height. - Range indoor - 50 meters - more than enough for a standard size home. - Key tone - a sound which plays when you press a button, this can be switched off. - Backlit display - very useful for use at night especially with the second handset which is in the bedroom.
**What is it?**
The Doro PhoneEasy 100w Duo is not what I'd call an assistive phone (that is, made primarily for the disability market) but it is a phone designed to be very clear to see and easy to use with no gimmicks, bells and whistles. For that reason the phone appeals to the less techno savvy and the shorter of sight, in my case, my Mum. This review is for the duo set (two phones).
My Mum is hard of hearing, though she is resisting having a hearing aid, and she has poor sight like most over 65s (I don't think she wants me to put her actual age on the internet ;) ). She uses 'regular' products but opts for large print wherever she can and the Doro PhoneEasy 100w Duo with it's large keys and screen seemed ideal for her, as she isn't the most technical person about.
**Price and Availability**
The Doro PhoneEasy 100w Duo isn't too hard to find on the high street (I bought the set in Curry's PC World) and I've never seen it over £50, I paid £48. For a set of cordless phones I think this is good, especially from a known brand - over the last few years Doro has been making it's name in easy to use landline phones and mobile phones designed with the older user in mind.
**What's in the Box**
In the box (which is smaller than you'd expect!) you get:
The Doro PhoneEasy 100w Duo, comprising two base stations, two cordless handsets and two power adaptors;
The large print (good thinking there Doro!) instructional manual
A small booklet on other products in the Doro range.
The Doro PhoneEasy 100w Duo comes in white or black, we have the white set.
The phones sit nicely in their docks and are styled like basic mobile phones really, with a large two line height LCD screen which is backlit in orange.
The keys are in black and about three times the size of a standard cordless handset keys, barring the program keys which are just over 1.5 times the size. The black keys have white numbers and symbols apart from the green 'call' button and red 'hang up' button. This contrast makes the phone very easy to see and use.
Overall the phones look quite nice and are a good balance between an ordinary cordless set and an assistive phone set, meaning they can be used by all members of the family with ease.
**Features, and Opinions In-Use**
The main features of the phones are:
- Pre dialling (so you can see the number you dial before pressing call, handy for someone like my Mum who can check she is ringing the right number first!)
- Speakerphone - this is nice and loud and useful for calls where you need your hands to, say, work the computer. Or in my Mum's case, make a cup of tea.
- Keylock (to stop my Mum's grandchildren pressing the keys and making random calls)
- Call timer (so you can see how long you've been on the phone, handy for call plans which only offer 60 mins of free time per call)
- Menu navigation - this is very easy to use and clear because the text is about 1.5cm in height.
- Range indoor - 50 meters - more than enough for a standard size home.
- Key tone - a sound which plays when you press a button, this can be switched off.
- Backlit display - very useful for use at night especially with the second handset which is in the bedroom.
50 space Redial memory
2 one touch memories - this is pretty low but OK for emergency numbers
9 two touch memories - good for the most dialled numbers
20 Phonebook Positions - quite low really but good for the most dialled numbers.
10 space Caller ID memory - again I would have liked to see more, but it's OK for the top 10.
5 Monophonic ring tones (standard 'ring ring' type ring tones)
5 Polyphonic ring tones (more melodic tones like an early mobile phone, though these are harder to hear in my Mum's opinion)
5 Ringer volume settings - on standard mono ring tones this goes very loud
Ringer off setting
30 DBA Receiveing maximum level
Hearing aid compatible
Microphone Mute (also known as privacy or cough button)
Volume boost button - +10dB - very very useful for poor quality calls
Overall the phone performs really well and my Mum in particular benefits from the good quality sound and the easy to use functions. No more 'oh is that you? I meant to call your sister' and 'can you speak up? It sounds like you're whispering!'
**Overall - Would I Recommend?**
Overall, yes I would highly recommend the Doro PhoneEasy 100w Duo, I don't think it's overly expensive, it's a nice high street simple phone rather than being an assistive phone, so it's suitable for use by all without being an obviously 'hard of sight or hearing' phone, it's nice to look at and the sound quality is second to none. I would have liked to see a little bit more memory in the phone however for my Mum's uses it is spot on, and we are glad we bought it. The fact that it comes in a duo is great as you can use it in a second room, be it the kitchen, bedroom or spare room.
I will give the Doro PhoneEasy 100w Duo a solid 4 stars out of 5 rating, and recommend it to anyone looking for an amplified and clear to see phone without needing to go the whole hog and go for an assistive phone, which can be a lot more expensive. Very happy with our purchase and Doro is certainly a brand we'd buy from again. If you have an older member of the family who you think might benefit from the Doro phone, this would make a great Christmas present, too.
Doro EasyPhone 100w easy to use digital Dect phone comes with wide range of fantastic features: large buttons large front HAC with most hearing aids +30db amplified sound 20 entry phonebook 2 direct speed dials high visibility keypad and backlit large front display visual call indicator louder ringer ECO and Energy Star rated.