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We have had these phones for around a year now after we found out that for some reason our old ones were not compatible with out new telephone provider (Apparently).
We had Panasonic home phones beforehand and were very happy with them overall so we decided to go with them again. We were not disappointed.
My first impressions of the handsets were that they were very easy to use. They seemed to have a rubbery feel to them to enhance grip and make conversations more comfortable - assuming you use it up to your ear rather than use their loudspeaker functions. The large numbers on the buttons means that they could also be suitable for people with sight issues - maybe not people with severe eye problems who would still most likely require specialise handsets however.
Setup was seamless, within minutes of opening the box I merely had to connect the main base tot he phone line, put in the rechargeable batteries into each handset and they all worked perfectly. There is a phonebook on each of the handsets although I chose not to use it. If I did use it, I could store up to 100 contact in each phone which means that I could find the person's number easier or I could be told the caller's name when that number calls me.
The set includes a 20 minutes answering machine which was double our old set which only had 10 minutes worth of recording time. This is very useful as I always finding myself having to delete messages from the old one. With this one, kind of obviously, I do it half the time as before.
The calling quality of the phones is excellent, I can hear them clearly and they can hear me clearly too. I cannot fault it one bit.
I bought the twin version of this phone last week for £35 as my old home phone broke. I was very surprised about how cheap this phone was, as lots of competitors were priced around £60 - £70. The phone came with the two AAA rechargeable batteries for each phone. It also came with the handsets, bases, wires and instruction manual.
The phone looks quite modern, but is a little bit thick. The buttons are averagely sized, but are made of rubber, which makes them easier to press and more comfortable. The phone screen is black, but with a grey part around the edge and grey buttons. The text on the phone is black, but the backlight is orange. But when you aren't using the phone, the orange backlight changes to green. Also, when you are using the phone, the buttons light up orange to make them easier to view at night. The screen is bigger than other home phones I have had, but I can't possibly say that it is large. However, it is very easy to see what is on the screen which I have had problems with in the past on previous phones.
The phone is very easy to use, as it has a various range of buttons to make sure you know what you are pressing. One thing I like is that it has up, down, right and left buttons. Some phones only have up and down buttons, which makes it more difficult to use. It is very easy to set up. Once you turn on the phone, it automatically comes up with the option to change the date and time by typing it in on the keypad. Also, it automatically sets the other phones to that time and date as well, which saves you from having to set each phone up individually. Adding contacts is easy as well. You click the address book button, then click on 'add contact.' It then lets you use the keypad to enter a name, then a number. Then, it will send that over to all of your other home phones. Again, this saves you from having to mess about entering the contacts over and over on all the phones. You can add up to 100 contacts on there, whch I think is plenty. Also, the menu is very clear, and it is easy to scroll through using the up and down arrows, and you can select using the OK button in the middle above the arrow keys.
The phone is packed with features. It has caller ID which comes in handy. It has an answer machine which doubles as the phone base. The answer machine can record up to 18 minutes, which is a very reasonable amount. It is also easy to use with lots of buttons such as play, stop, next, back, delete and so on. Another cool feature is that you can ring any of your home phones around the house from eithr one of the telephones. You simply press the intercom button in the menu, and choose which phone you want to call. This doesn't come in handy particlarly often, but I think it is quite cool to have. The phone also has last number redial, which stores all the different numbers you call and makes it easy to call them back. You can also delete individual numbers from the list instead of all of them at once. There are forty different ringtones to choose from, from basic 'Ring Ring' ones to more advanced things such as jingle bells and green sleeves. There are all different kinds of ringtones, and there is one for every kind of person. Lastly, the phone has this thing called 'Eco mode.' Basically, it reduces the transmission radias and energy consumption by 90%. This means that the call quality isn't particularly good, but it is very handy to put on at night to save electricity and money, but without having to turn off the phone incase someone has to reach you in an emergency. I think this is a great feature to have if you are trying to save money on electricity.
The sound quality on the phone is amazing. It is very clear and can be quite loud if you set it to be. The phone itself is quite loud when it rings, and is very easy to hear from anywhere in the house. The battery life is great aswell. It can easily last a whole day out of the base and fully charges overnight. When I first got the phone, its battery was flat and it said it needed 7 hours to charge. I thought that was a ridiculously long time, but I think that was because the batteries were pretty much dead. Overall, I would definitely recommend this home phone to anyone as it is cheap, practical, and simply brilliant!
Okay so after days on end of looking for a new phone i came acorss the panasonic kx and i must admit even though i read the specs on it, it looked good so i got it. This is the biggest mistake to make when purchasing technology, if it looks way better than its competitors then its probably had less time spent on actually making it a good peice of equipment and if it looks good and works well then you need a pat on the back!
When it arrived i was surprised, most phones come with about 10 metres of wire which is so annoying when in truth the base to the phone socket is no more than 2 foot, however this phone was practical and that was my first positive. Its true that it does look good and its got clever little features which are handy, like the little grip pad on the back of the phone to help grip onto your shoulder if both your hands are occupied. Also the high quality speaker phone which unlike my past phones you can actually put this phone on the counter and walk 5 or 6 metres from it and still be heard. The screen is a good size and the display is good font and easy to understand with a nice big clock on display.
Features within the phone are many. You get an answering machine which unfortunately when it comes to recording your own leave a message has terrible quality, its very sensitive and takes so many attempts to perfect so the sounds not too loud or fuzzy, so that is a negative, but the default answering machine voice is clear and precise and the quality of the actual message is great. The base has playback buttons and a bright red light flashes when you have a new message. You can have 20 minutes worth of messages before you need to delete which is generous (and anyone who leaves a message longer than that obviously didnt hear you say you are not home leave a message after the beep!)
Quite importantly you can save money with this phone as well thanks to the missed call feature, simply look at the screen and if there is a phone symbol with an arrow by it, press the left arrow on your phone and it shows you who called, thus saving ringing 1471. There is a large capacity for contacts and a built in caller display. Enter the contacts names on one phone and use the feature in the phone to transfer those contacts to the other phone, which saves the nightmare of adding the same people 2, 3 or 4 times.
The quality of the phone is brilliant, very clear and it also kills backround noise. For instance my fiance rang me when i was in a supermarket and she thought i was still in the office because there was no backround noise, however i was obviously being nearly deafended by the hundreds of people pushing past me! So that is another great feature to this phone.
A fault would be i guess a little trivial but the ringtones are simply just bad. Most are annoying, some are too short so i opted for a simple ring ring, which i guess is probably the better option anyway but i was left very disappointed with the poor quality of ringtone.
The idle time is great on this phone, probably takes an hour or two to fully charge and can then be left off the charger for around 300 hours without much use, and probably 150 hours with general use, id say even more, that is from personal experience.
The buttons are nice and big and they light up with an orange glow, and another clever feature is when it lights up with a phone call the light flickers, which is useful.
To sum up, this phone is the best landline phone i have ever bought and i would recommend it to anyone, its features are all good and it doesnt fall short of anything other than purhaps the poor selection of ringtones (maybe im picky) but in general this phone is very good and very well priced for what you get.
When our old cordless phones started to crackle, hiss and generally malfunction in such a way as to make calling virtually impossible, we set off into town to purchase a new set! Having previously gone for a "cheap but cheerful" phone that we then found did not really last much past its 12 month warranty, I was keen to spend a little bit extra to get a brand that I trusted and felt would last. I didn't really have one specific brand name in mind, but when I saw this particular phone on offer in our local Tesco, I did feel confident that the Panasonic name was one I could trust, having previously owned electrical items manufactured by them and been very pleased with their performance and reliability.
We have the 2 handset option of this particular phone, but in all other ways it is identical to the one pictured, so I felt it would be pointless to request a new category for the 2 handset option, as really they are the same just with a couple of extra handsets thrown in! We opted for two handsets as we live in an average 3 bedroom house and felt that one phone downstairs and another in our bedroom would be plenty...I do have a daughter on the verge of becoming a teenager so I suppose at some point she may want an extension for herself, but extra handsets are available seperately (the code for these is Panasonic KX-TGA651E), and the base unit can support up to 6 handsets, so we thought that for now 2 handsets would be ample and we could always purchase an extra one in the future should we feel the need to.
-Phone System Setup.-
The first thing to do to setup these phones is to insert 2xAAA Nickel metal hydride (Ni-MH) rechargable batteries (supplied with the phones) into each handset, plug in the base unit and satellite unit to power points, and leave the phones to charge. I am not the most technically gifted of people, but even I found putting in the batteries very straightforward as they only fit in one way, and it is pretty obvious when you open the battery compartment on the phone which way this would be! The battery compartment is a simple slide affair, so there was no need to go hunting for an appropriately sized screwdriver to enable me to put the batteries in!
The phones took about 6 hours to charge if I remember rightly, although the instruction manual says 7. Having said that, you don't need to have the base unit connected to your phoneline to charge the phones, so you can leave your old phone active while you charge the new ones, to avoid being incommunicado whilst they charge!
One thing to note is that you will need either a power point near to your existing telephone line socket, or an extension lead from either a socket or the phone connection point, as the base unit requires both a power outlet and a telephone connection point, and only has approximately 2m of cable from the adaptor that plugs into the electrical socket to the base unit. The satellite unit requires a power point but not a telephone connection point.
If you have broadband, you will also need a DSL/ADSL filter as well, which is not supplied with the phones.
-Phone System Features.-
This set has a pretty comprehensive set of features, and to be honest I would be hard pressed to think of something I may want from a home phone which this set doesn't have. I won't go through every feature in detail, but some I think warrant giving a little bit of extra information;
- Handset Phonebook.
The built in memory on the handset allows you to store up to 100 names and numbers. This is per handset, rather than for the system, so in theory you could program different numbers into different handsets to be used by different people in the household, or for example for work numbers and social numbers. A name in the phonebook can be up to 15 characters long (including spaces or ampersands etc). I have found this to be a perfectly adequate amount, although have had to abbreviate or use nicknames on some entries. The only minor niggle is that each "slot" only accommodates one number, so if you want to put in someone's landline and their mobile number, these would have to be done as two seperate entries. Phonebook entries can easily be copied between handsets, so once you have entered a name and number, you don't have to keep doing it for all the seperate handsets! You can choose to copy individual entries, or the complete phonebook from one handset to another.
- Answering System
The base unit incorporates an answer machine, which has approximately 20 minutes of storage time for messages. The answer machine is easily turned on/off by pressing a button on the base unit. It is also easy to record your own answerphone message that callers will hear, although a preset message pre-programmed into the unit is also available. You can select the amount of rings the phone will receive before the answer machine kicks in, any number between 2 and 7. If a message has been left, a light on the base unit flashes, and an icon alongside a number (representing the number of messages on the answer service) appears on the handsets. Listening to the messages is again a simple one button press on the base unit, and messages can be erased individually or as a whole group by pressing a button singly or twice on the base unit. It is very simple to operate this function, with few steps to complete any desired function, and all the buttons are clearly labelled in a way that is instantly recognisable (e.g. the play button features a right facing arrow, that I am pretty sure everyone would be familiar with!)
The system features an alarm which can be set for a different time on each handset. Alarms can be set to repeat once or daily. An active alarm "pings" for 3 minutes before stopping. The only minor niggle with the alarm system is that the alarm does not go off if that particular handset is in use, although using a different handset will not affect the alarm activity. I haven't used the alarm beyone playing with it to see how it worked, but I do think it would be sufficient to use as a main alarm if you wanted to.
- Remote Operation
If you want to retrieve messages from your phone when you are away, this can be done by setting up a 3 digit pin code on your handset. You can also delete messages remotely, which would be handy if you were on holiday as it means you could free up space by deleting unwanted messages from the machine, to enable it to continue taking messages until you returned home. I haven't yet used this feature but have no reason to think it wouldn't be as straightforward to use as the other operations on this phone.
- Eco System
The phone system allows you to choose to put it into "Eco mode" with a simple one button press. Eco mode will save power by reducing the amount of energy the system uses. This has worked perfectly well for me, both in the house and garden, but the instruction leaflet does warn that Eco mode may result in poor quality calls if the handsets are too far away from the base unit when a call is being made/received. I leave my system on Eco mode all the time, and have yet to find it causes a problem.
As well as these features, the system has an intercom function, handset locator, call transfer, conference calling (letting everyone on different handsets be part of one conversation at once), caller ID and barring (although you must be subscribed to caller ID with your telecom provider for this to work), caller list, speakerphone, and the usual display, ringer, time set etc functions that would be expected from a modern phone.
-Using The Phone.-
I have found the handsets to be well designed, comfortable to hold in the hand and the buttons big and clear enough to suit most people's requirements. They are durable (having survived being dropped down the stairs by the kids, and even dropped into a bowl of washing up on one occasion!)
As mentioned earlier in this review, all the functions seem simple to operate, even for someone like me who isn't always the quickest at picking up how to operate technical things! I have also found that I quickly learnt any of the few "sequence" button presses required to operate the system, unlike other products before where long amounts of key presses often left me confused and frustrated! The menus are very simple to understand, well laid out and logical. The use of icons in liberal amounts (and easy to recognise ones at that) adds to the simplicity of using this phone system.
Our handsets often get left away from the base/satellite units, and I have yet to have a problem with the batteries running out, despite myself and my sister/mother being fairly chatty people who make frequent use of the "hang up after 1 hour and redial to keep it free" options on our telecom plans! The leaflet supplied with the system informs me that the batteries should last for 18 hours with continuous usage, and 170 hours when in standby mode, so I think even the chattiest of people who forget to replace the phones on the charger stations would be challenged to run these batteries down in one go!
The base unit and satellite units are small enough to be unobtrusive and easily placed on a shelf or small table, yet still chunky enough to survive being knocked from said surfaces by the kids (!), with buttons on the base unit that are large and easy to operate.
The only small niggles I have with this system really are the fact that you can't put multiple numbers for the same person under one title in the phonebook, and that I found the cable from the base unit to the plug socket a bit on the stingy side, meaning I had to make use of an extension to make it reach the telephone socket as well as a plug socket. I don't think I can knock a whole star off for those though really, so will still rate this product as 5 star!
Overall I am really very happy with this phone system, and wouldn't hesitate in recommending it to others.