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I have been using a Panasonic cordless phone for some years now, in fact it was a previous version of this very phone albeit about 3 generations older. Unfortunately I had neither the instruction booklet or a second handset as it was acquired second hand. So when it came time to get a second handset I thought 'why not upgrade while I am at it?'. So I began researching various makes and models, reading specifications and reviews, comparing prices etc etc. In the end, after much thought, I opted to stick with Panasonic as I was already aware of their reliability and quality. Thankfully, they didn't disappoint.
This is an excellent twin-pack cordless phone and the price Amazon charged for it was, in some cases, 50% of what it might cost elsewhere! It is sleek, light weight and robust. In function it is almost the same as the mobile phones of 5 years ago, before the introduction of the touchscreen smart phones. Very simple to use and configure after just a quick browse through the manual and packed with features to make it highly versatile without complicating its operation.
The Answering machine base station is small and easy to use, aided by the fact that all the settings for using it can be managed and controlled from either handset. Transferring of phone book contacts from one handset to another is done at the press of a button which saves having to enter them manually for each handset, and the number of contacts the memory can hold is impressive.
The in-call volume and clarity are exceptional and most of the time I leave the volume turned all the way down and can still hear the other person clearly. There is even a simple bass/treble adjustment to enhance it pitch and clarify the voice further, but I simply havn't needed it. The handsfree speakerphone is of such a good quality that during a phone call to someone I switched it and they never even noticed! All they heard, in retrospective examination, was a tiny click on the line. The same thing happened when I switched back to the handset without warning. I also found the microphone sensitivity when using the speakerphone was set perfectly. I could put the phone down and continue the conversation while my hands were busy doing something else and not have to worry about whether my voice was being transmitted or about the quality of the transmission. Even when I was a few metres away from the handset.
The ECO function to reduce transmission power is also excellent. I mean, who needs a house phone that can transmit 300 metres? As if you are going to need that much distance? Unless you have a VERY big garden! I switched on the ECO function and have no problem making and receiving calls from any handset from any place in the house or garden of an end of terrace house, or even if I am in the garage. .
Every now and again the phone will ring and when we connect we can hear only the rushing noise. Panasonic say that this is due to high electrical interference, too far from base, or no ADSL filter. There is no other radio equipment in use, the unit is on its stand, and there is an ADSL filter fitted. I can recover by switching off mains power and then reconnecting. This can happen also when we pick up to make a call out. Never happened with the old Philips unit that we replaced (because of a poor display).As far as I can make any sense of it, the handset seems to lose contact with the main unit, byt why I cannot tell. It's now so irritating that I shall replace teh panasonic, even though it is only 15 months old, unless I can find a cure.
Because we were tired to always having to run when the phone rang we went looking for a cordless phone with 2 or more handsets. After wandering through the various offers at discounters, DIY centres, we ended up at a real electronics shop. Here we have been seduced into buying the Panasonic KXTG6421. After one year of using it we are happy we bought him.
The base station (where you connect the phone cord) is quite small and sleek. They designed it so that you can easily reach the buttons of the answering machine. Right from its base is the speaker. The top of the base is made of matte silver plastic and has a medium dark gray accent around its base. The buttons on the answering machine are silver and black and the play button has an illuminated icon (when a message is left). The bottom of the base is made of the same plastic as the gray accent around the charging unit. Behind on the base are two connection options. One for the AC adapter and one for the phone cord. All in all the base is just fine and will fit nicely into most interiors.
The base of the TG6421 has a number of buttons that allow you to operate the answering machine (turning it on/off, message playback, erasing, next or previous message, message repetition, message volume and delete), but also a button to 'call' the handsets. When you do this the handsets will ring for a while. This is a useful feature for people like me who leave the handsets often somewhere in the house.
In daily use we have little to do with the base. Occasionally you will have to 'call' a handset, but that is it. What is very useful is that the base has its own speaker when the phone rings (this is not always the case with other base stations). The base station produces a clearly audible and clear sound. Both when playing messages and when the phone rings the sound quality is good. This level may be increased or decreased as desired. The base has a pair of polyphonic ringtones, which are different from those of the handsets.
The answering machine was a bonus that we don't use so much. Yet it is useful to be able to receive messages without having to rely on a service provider. On the answering machine can be up to 64 messages or 20 minutes recorded.
The part which is very important is the handset. This handset has a fairly light but solid design. The design is not as shiny and bling bling as some (more expensive) models. Personally I find this design a success. On the front of the handset you will find of course the many buttons but also a backlit display (monochrome) and of course the ear speaker. The handset is easy to use and lays comfortable in my hand.
The handset is a nice to work with. We both call quite a lot and are positive about the sound quality and convenience the several options TG6421 offers. I am very positive about this phone and have no negative points in use. Calling with the TG6421 is a joy compared to the cheaper models that we previously had. Through good ergonomics the handset is nice to hold and is easy to operate. The sound quality of the ear speaker is perfect and we have no problems with noise or interference from the wireless technology. According to the specifications the phone has a range of 50 meters indoors (how big can a house be?) and an outdoor range of 300 meters (open field).
Here is of course the phrase inserted: "The range will decline as the handset is near concrete barriers, etc. " This basically means that you do not have a normally reach but the average is 10 meters which will cover a house. More than enough for us!
All in all very good handset to use!
We've had a set of these ever since our previous BT wireless phone was... erm... launched across the room >_>
They are a huge improvement over our old BT phone - one of the main things being that you don't need to worry about the battery running flat if either are left out the dock overnight. Infact they last up to a week on the two rechargeable AAAs inside.
My only gripe is that neither handset answers automatically when lifted from the dock - a behavior we'd become used to with our previous phone.
Feature-wise the speakerphone has come in handy for the odd threeway conversation here and there. We've never got round to using the answer phone or call barring features though.
On the handsets there's all the usual things - a selection of 15 ringtones, an address book, caller list, stuff like that. They're all pretty straight-forward to use - menu button, up/down, etc.
The handsets themselves feel adequately solid in terms of design - though neither phone has been dropped on to a hard surface yet. In the months we've had them there's no sign of wear on the keys, nor has the screen picked up any surface scratches.
All in all, they're pretty decent phones - they do the job anyway. If you have any questions that I haven't answered feel free to leave a comment.
This phone replaced our home phone quite some time ago now. We have two handsets, both with bases, but only only one with the answerphone built in. you can switch the handsets round, and though they can be identified apart we often switch them.
The keys are simple to read and very clear. they do have the text letters on them but I've never had need to use this. it's got a few extra buttons but not so many to get confused. the inbuilt phone menu and answerphone as well as speed dial is all easy to program and obvious to use. The screen is very bright, it's display is vivid and can be read by those with less than perfect eyesight minus the glasses! We have caller display and it can be seem from some distance. There are the various symbols of the screen to show your settings but they are not distracting and often covered by the bar saying if it's charging or fully charged! The handsets are quite sturdy and have more than survived the general use of a busy house and business.
The base unit plays the answerphone if the sound is on, even if it is not the answerphone base. it's buttons too are simple and clear and self explanatory. it has a good internal sound meaning the message is clear to hear for the caller and has adequate time for longer complicated messages to be recorded. The central button flashes when a new message has been left.
I'd recommend it for someone who wants something they can just use and not have to spend hours learning how, people who could never program the video recorder, and anyone who is fed up of having to squint at tiny screens and searching for the info they actually want!