Product Type: Gigaset telephones
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Gigaset A420 - ECO DECT Quality
Member Name: sas87
Advantages: Stylish, ECO DECT, durable, superb sound clarity
On first inspection, I wasn't disappointed. The phone has a good weight to it (without being too heavy) and feels good in the hand. It's around 6in x 2in x 1in (very approx.) which feels just right - I can't bear phones that are so tiny you can't navigate them, but equally hate "brick-like" phones.
The design is very stylish, with a matte black body with glossy trim and very large screen. The screen is very easy to read, and has a white backlit display which is far easier on the eyes than the frequently used garish orange or blue displays. It has a neatly concealed speaker on the back, which looks a bit like a large round button, with the words 'Gigaset A420' above. It's also extremely durable - as demonstrated by my clumsy husband, by dropping it on to a hard floor which resulted in it breaking apart spectacularly! However, every single piece was intact and unharmed - it just required reassembling after which it worked perfectly (I was amazed!). I wouldn't recommend dropping it onto a hard floor purposefully though!
The charging dock is made to the same quality standard as the handset, and has an answering machine built in. Now I will be honest and say I don't have much experience of the answer machine functions, as we have Virgin Media and an answer machine service which we access via our handset - however it all looks very straightforward to operate with the obvious buttons to play, stop and skip through messages. There is also a paging button, which is brilliant if you lose your handset, which everyone does from time to time - down the back of the sofa, or in another room somewhere! You can press the page button and the telephone bleeps loudly to enable you to locate it. My previous telephone didn't have this function and I was always searching for it - I would definitely say it's something I wouldn't want to be without in the future.
The phone has a 20 hour talktime and standby of up to 240 hours, which is incredible! I have had this phone for several months now, and can't remember the battery ever beeping at me to charge - and it's been out of it's dock more than it's been in it.
It has space to store 100 contacts, which again I find incredible! I can't say I know more than 100 people who's numbers I would want to save, so I would say there is plenty of space for even the most popular people out there.
The menu consists of the Alarm Clock, Audio Settings (for melody selection and volume, base and handset volume), Answer Machine, and Settings (for date/time, base and handset - language, contrast, auto answer and various other options I'll probably never use!).
There are 20 melodies/ringtones to choose from - the first 3 being more traditional rings, and the others are more "tuneful". I personally prefer a traditional ring, so opt for the first one as being the most "normal" sounding!
The sound quality of this phone is exceptionally clear. It uses HSP sound quality, which I don't know anything about, other than IT WORKS! I never experience any muffling or crackling on the line like I did previously.
The final thing to mention is that it's an ECO DECT handset, which consumes less electricity, variably reducing the transmitting power from the handset to base station depending on their distance apart. By selecting the ECO Mode it also reduces the transmitting power of the base by 80%, and the radiation-free ECO Mode Plus turns off the transmitting power when the phone is in standby. This is absolutely fantastic for those of us (which should really be all of us) who care about the environment and saving energy and money!
In conclusion, I would say this is a very stylish phone with every single function you could possibly want or need - with the BONUS that it's environmentally friendly. Plus you can expand it with up to 4 handsets for bigger households or businesses. Perfect!
Summary: A quality, reliable, eco-friendly telephone
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