I have 2 of this Panasonic phones at my home, one in the living room and one in my parents' bedroom. I have used some them for some time already and found them to be reliable and easy to use.
The phone has a very simple design and it's a compact one. The base is 98x121x54 cm (according to the official website) so you can easily find a place to fit it in. There are also three colours for you to choose: red, grey and black and you can find one which suit your home style. I have chosen the grey one and the colour is kind of metallic giving it a more modern look.
The sound quality is very good. You can hear very clearly. Speaker phone option is available and the sound quality is still good even if you are on speaker and it is loud too!
Moving to the ringtones, there are five for you to choose from. I opt for one with a short melody but the traditional ringtones are also available too. You can just choose whatever you like. Again, it's quite loud so you don't have to worry about missing a call.
There is a phone book function and you can store up to 50 names and numbers in the phone built-in memory. I have to say that I never use this function. I have everything stored in my mobile phone and will always turn to my mobile phone to check for the number. And if I am calling my loved ones, I will probably have remembered the number by heart and will not need to resort to the phone book in the cordless phone! I can't really comment on this feature but I guess it's always nice to have this extra function.
According to the manufacturer, the ECO mod of this cordless phone reduces standby transmission power up to 90%. I haven't done any experiment or research to confirm and I solely relied on what is said by the manufacturer. I know that it isn't much energy but I guess it always help to reduce a bit of our energy consumption (albeit really a bit only).
Setting up a new home is always a costly exercise and its only when you're in the middle of doing it that you soon realise about all the extra little bits and bobs that need to be bought. I've recently moved into a new place and one of my top priorities was having Sky TV and Broadband installed, I spend a lot of time on-line so needed a broadband provider and taking advantage of one the Sky offers that were available I signed myself up and the installation went ahead last week. It dawned on me soon after that I would need a telephone as part of the package I went for included line rental for a landline and as I normally stay in touch with friends and family via my mobile phone I hadn't really given much thought as to what sort of telephone I would actually want. I looked in the usual places; Amazon, Tesco and Curry's and in the end settled for the subject of this review, the Panasonic KX-TG2511 Digital Cordless phone. It was on offer at a shade under £20.00 and looked quite stylish from the picture on the box and as I didn't need anything too fancy I thought it would fit the bill nicely. So what do I think?
The colour scheme in my living room is based on a palette of greys and blacks so a consideration for me when buying a phone was its colour. I wanted something that blended in with its surroundings and wouldn't look out of place, the Panasonic KX-TG2511 (hereby referred to as the "2511" for the remainder of this review) is black in colour and quite simply presented as a handset and charging stand/base. It comes complete with 2 AAA batteries which need to be inserted into the handset, a telephone cable to plug into a landline socket and mains cable which is quite long in length. It's worth pointing out here that ideally you could do with your telephone socket being located quite close to an plug socket as the two cables do need plugging in to enable the phone to work as it is a cordless model. Both cable lengths are of decent size but aren't excessively long but in my living room I have plenty of sockets so setting the phone up wasn't a problem for me.
The 2511 is easy to set up and the handset sits firmly in its cradle when not in use. The handset itself looks quite stylish, feels robustly made and fits nicely into your hand and the buttons are of a decent size so that they are easily pressed when you want to make a call. The cradle is relatively small and takes up little space where it is stood and all in all for the money it costs it looks a pretty decent little phone. It is cordless which is handy, you don't need to be fixed in one spot when making and receiving a call and its 50 meter range is more than enough for my home and allows me to wander around whilst chatting. There are 16 inbuilt polyphonic ringtones to choose from so finding something that appeals shouldn't be too difficult and the handset itself has an adjustable volume and speakerphone control allowing you to set it to your own requirements. A good feature of the phone is its capacity to store upto 50 names and numbers in its phone book and also has a 10 number redial function too.
Although I didn't buy this model specifically for it's eco-friendliness it does have an "Eco Mode" setting which reduces the power consumption by 90% when the phone is in standby. For me this is a handy feature to have, my landline isn't used that much in all honesty as I tend to use my mobile phone for the majority of my calls so the fact that it isn't using a lot of electricity to keep it running can only be a good thing. The Eco Mode is a selectable setting from the phone's menu and an illustrated icon illuminates on the handset when activated, I'm actually quite impressed that this is a feature of a sub-£20.00 phone and is definitely a strong selling point if this model is one you are considering buying. On a full charge the handset has up-to 18 hours worth of talk time before it needs putting back on its cradle and 170 hours of standby charge so if there's an electricity outage then losing your connection shouldn't be anything to worry about.
It's all well and good having a telephone that looks the part but its how clear you can hear anyone who calls you and you them that's the important thing and the 2511 is excellent in all regards. The adjustable volume works well and anyone who has called me on this phone has been able to hear me clearly and I've never had any problems hearing them either. I might not have had the phone long but up to now I have been very impressed with what it has offered me and I have had to make a number of calls over the past few days updating my address details with various organisations so it has already been well used in a relatively short period of time. I find that I can wander around whilst speaking and don't experience any drop in signals or audible crackles or distortions on the line. It's certainly clearer than my i-phone and I must admit to being pretty impressed with the clarity of sound and just how clearly the person on the other end of a phone call sounds.
I like the buttons on the face of the phone, they're clearly marked and just the right size to be easily pressed without my thumb or finger venturing off onto the wrong digit and as far as handsets go there's nothing important to criticise with this particular model as far as I'm concerned. It is lightweight when held which may be a problem for families with children or anyone who is spectacularly clumsy and I doubt it would withstand much of a battering if it was dropped on the floor but I'm not going to test that theory out for this review. So long as you don't throw it around I can't see its construction being a problem and you really don't want anything too heavy to hold anyway when you're speaking on the telephone so I'm not going to complain too much about its weight. It does look and feel well made, the handset sits nicely into the cradle which beeps to let you know it has been positioned correctly and I like the brand name of Panasonic anyway. All in all it's a feature packed model which wouldn't look out of place in anyone's living room and costs around £20.00 so there's nothing to fault it as far as I'm concerned and I would recommend this one to anyone looking for a new phone for their home and have a small budget to spend. It comes with a 12 month warranty as standard and can be coupled up to additional handsets if required and is definitely recommended by me. I bought mine from Tesco but this model is widely available and prices do tend to be around the £20.00 to £30.00 mark, if you can get it for the price I paid then it's definitely worth investing in as it is an all round excellent phone which does exactly what you would expect.
Five stars as a rating from me, thanks for reading my review.