Product Type: Panasonic telephones
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Panasonic KX TG2511ET
Member Name: Drewster_Rooster
Panasonic KX TG2511ET
Advantages: Price, Features, Eco Mode, Clarity
Disadvantages: None for me but perhaps a little lightweight for some
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.
Summary: Digital Cordless phone from Panasonic
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