Product Type: Panasonic telephones
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Easily one of the best telephone handsets I have ever owned
Member Name: Staff007
Advantages: Nice sleek design - Superb clarity and Battery Life
Disadvantages: More expensive than other handsets
When my last land line handset finally bit the dust I toyed with two questions. Firstly, with free minutes on a mobile phone do I even need a land line and secondly, surely a phone is a phone, what are you exactly going to get for paying a little more?
Deciding I might as well have a land line handset as it came free with my broadband package I opted for a cheap but (so I thought) reasonably branded BT handset.
Soon I discovered that yes there can be many flaws with poor designed and cheaper handsets.
It might be my funny shaped head (which I don't think is too funny shaped) or it might be the rubbish The BT handset gave me problem after problem, from line drops to rubbish battery life and awkward controls. In fact it caused me so much grief that when I happened to have to use a friends Panasonic set I decided to replace mine the very next day.
This handset is absolutely faultless in every way. The set feels good, more expensive than my BT the buttons work as they should, the menu is intuitive and easy to set up. I actually found the manual more difficult to understand than just messing around with the handsets themselves. One of the best aspects is that having loaded the memory with all your required numbers, the whole lot can be transmitted to the second phone at the touch of a button.
The reception is crystal clear and can be increased in volume to suit the user as can the volume of the ringtone on both the base station and phone. One feature that I found very useful is that you can mute the ringtone on either the base station or phone (no more running to an empty base station when the phone is lying on the coffee table!). There are also a wide range of ring tones built in.
Battery life is far better than anything I have ever been used to (if like me you are notoriously bad at replacing the handset on the charging unit).
The answerphone can be controlled directly from the base station or from the individual instruments but although the built in message is a bit rubbish although you can obviously easily replaced it with your own recording.
Range of the handsets is as advertised, I have never had any issues with clarity even at a greater distance away from the receiver.
The phones display is extremely clear and although the buttons are more responsive I have less problems where they are pressed by accident during a call due to the overall better design of the handset.
Panasonic might be a name you know better from televisions and audio equipment but for me they have far surpassed BT with this range of handsets. I would sincerely recommend that if you are toying over whether an extra £10-£15 is really worth the extra money to seriously pay it. You will not regret it.
Summary: Yes they may be more expensive than you wanted to pay but trust me they are worth it!
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