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These phones look better than they do in the pictures. The fronts are gloss black with a good looking metal surround. The backs are matt black and easy to grip. They come with belt clips in case you want to take one with you in the garden etc. The buttons are clear and light up and I like the wallpapers, the blue sea one being the best.
The phones are very plug and play. I was impressed how easy they were to set up. I picked them out of the box, put them in the chargers and that was it. no registering with the base station etc. They all registed and worked right away. The stands that they come with are fine if a little light, and there is nearly no way for the phones to get knocked off the charger accidentally (as happened on the dreadful Philips).
The phones battery life is very good, no worries there having had a couple of hours of phone calls without much battery loss. That is good. The range for calls is not bad however I have had problems with the range listeing to messages. The phone furthest from the base station (4 rooms away) can't hear the messages in the handset. They stutter and break up unless I walk into the hallway. On the odd occassion I have had problems with that handset on calls as well but it is generally passable. My previous handsets have not had problems at that range though.
Having used the phones for a while I eventually bought a range extender (the RTX4002) which sorted out the stuttering problem. The DECT repeater is not easy to set up but I have written instructions on how to make it work for these phones in my review of the repeater. I didn't buy the Panasonic repeater as it is so expensive and the user reviews were terrible. It took about 4 hours of trial and error to get the RTX4002 to work but once done works fine and makes a huge difference. If you follow the instructions in the review it should take about 5 minutes to set up though as I jotted down what made mine work.
The phones also have useful features. If you are on a call and another member of the family wants to join in they just pick up another handset and push the dial button. No other DECT phone I have ever owned has let me do this, only hardwired phones. They also have pager mode to talk between the handsets. You push the centre stick, then push the top left button and push the number of the extension. As the phones aren't numbered on screen you have to use trial and error the first time to find out which handset is where, but otherwise this works well.
To summarise I would say the phones are pretty good. They are intuitive to use, the options are easy to find (like turning off the screen on charge which is very important in the bedroom) and they work right out of the box. The sound is loud enough and easy to hear. They are not bad looking and work fine within a certain range. As my last phone is just on the cusp of the range I don't find it totally frustrating but I think I would if they had to reach further. The DECT repeater has fixed this but it would have been better if I didn't need one. These are the best handsets I have had to date and if the range was slightly better I would have given the full 5 stars.
This cordless phone set comes with four handsets, one with a base unit. The base unit will be situated at the phone line socket and the other 3 mini docks anywhere else you want as long as they are near a standard power socket. The base unit has four buttons: one for making the phones beep so you know where they are; one for activating/deactivating the answer machine; one for playing messages left on the answer machine and one for stopping them. The base unit then is pretty simple to operate and has the phone cable and the power cable coming from the back of it. These phones come with the ability to store numbers in a 'phonebook' which is better than having a physical phonebook as you can find a specific contact detail quickly and easily.
The handsets have very clearly marked numbers as well as the fact that when you press any button the whole dialling pad lights up blue which makes it much easier for calls through the night. There is (on the main four handset buttons), the standard answer/end buttons and loudspeaker and redial buttons. The joystick can be slightly hard to operate when you're in a rush but usually works fine when you get used to it. The quality of the line through these handsets is also very good. However, if the call is placed on loudspeaker the sound can be a bit muffled and not that good quality. There is also the ability to send/receive SMS (text) messages just like on a normal phone and the very handy option to bar/block numbers that you don't want to get through to you. However, there is only a limited number of spaces for blocked numbers which can be an issue. The display on the handset is very good and shows the time and the handset number and the battery left. Another useful feature I use quite a lot is the extension calling. This means you can call another handset within the same house which means you don't have to move. The only real problem with this cordless phone set is that if the handsets are left off the bases for around a day, their battery runs out completely (especially when making calls). It's a good idea to keep them in the docks until you need one of the handsets. The menu on the handsets is easy to use and includes features such as 'caller list' which show the recent calls without having to dial 1471 and also shows which calls you have missed. The display when in an active call is very easy to read, clearly displaying the duration that the call has lasted.
Overall, really useful set of phones for any house. If you need any extra handsets you can buy them quite cheaply which I think is a good option to have.
Thanks for reading - ellis2013
I previously owned a panasonic phone but following an accident i had to replace them. i did so with a cheaper brand and a week later went to the expense of a new set of panasonic. This is a measure of the quality you always seem to get when you but panasonjic.
Firstly, they are very easy to set up. Simply plug them in! The main unit sorts out the synchronisation and each change you make on one hand set is automatically transferred to the others. This makes adding numbers and contacts very easy and quick.
Once fully charged, which takes a few hours in the firts instance, you have a choice of a variety of vivid colourful backgrounds. the time is displayed and the display font is astoundingly clear.
For such a sleek phione the number pad is comfortably sized and is backlit by a vivid blu LED. The backlight come on when the unit is in use, otherwise the phone automatically returns to standby mode after 5 seconds.
The phone is usuable with caller ID and has a memory for previousnumbers dialled and previous calls received. Both of these lists are easily accessed via discrett black buttons on the front of the unit. The main menu, where you can access all options, settings and answer machine is also accessed through pressing one button on the front of the unit.
Once in the main menu you have many settings that you can play with. the ring tones are varied and can be loud! The phones can also be used as an alrm which is useful as invariably on of the 4 machines will be in the bedroom! Not only is the alarm reliable but it is guarenteed to wake you! (It has never failled to wake me and that is no mean feat!)
The memory holds a massive amount of contacts and for the more popular numbers you have the option of setting speed dials.
the sound is unbelievably good. It is fully digital so the clarity is excellent. Even on speakerphone the sound retains it's quality which is unusual for cordless telephones. I have also manged to keep a call going 18m from the base unit (outside by my car!) This is more than enough to satisfy even the most active of phone users.
ergonomically, the phones have been designed well, The phones themselves are slim and a comfortable to hold. this is assisted by the rubberised back of the phone which increases the cpomfort of holding the phone. Couple these ergonomics with sleek shiny black looks and you have a real winner.
In terms of charge, I can honestly say that mine have never gone flat and they have been left out of the charge pods for more than a day.
the answer phone is clear and can be accessed one of two ways. First, you canm simply press a button on the main unit and the new messages will be played in order. you can also dlete messages from the main unit. If you are not near the main unit then do not worry! you can access the answer phone through an handset. By simply going to the main menu and selcting answer machine you can choose a variety of option including listening to new messages, saved messages and any of the delete options.
Overall a really good, rliable and well designed product. Well done panasonic!
What is it?
These Panasonic phones are sold with four in the pack. One of them has the main base unit and needs to be plugged into a telephone point and the other three are able to be situated anywhere in the house near a plug socket.
What do you get for your money?
4 handsets, 1 base unit and 3 chargers including all the wires you need to ensure that everything is powered.
Feature wise the Panasonic KX-TG8524 is pretty rich. You can send SMS text message from the handset to a mobile phone in pretty much the same way as you do with a mobile.
You can block incoming calls from certain numbers - previously this is something that would have had to be done through your phone service provider so it's a useful addition. It's not clear if you're able to block withheld numbers but that's an option you can sign up with through your phone provider anyway.
It allows you to store up to 200 names and numbers in the inbuilt directory, that's pretty handy for those of us who have a lot of people to contact. I used some of that space to store important numbers like the doctors and schools......and the local Chinese restaurant (Not an emergency I know).
A headset jack is included should you wish to talk handsfree, haven't quite discovered the point of it yet but I'll be sure to edit this review if I ever do. You hare also given the ability to add another 2 handsets to the existing 4. I live in a 3 story house and 4 is plenty for me but I'd imagine this could be useful for adding a phone in the garage for example.
Polyphonic ringtones come as standard, having flicked through them though I'd rather they invested the time to do polyphonic into creating just a normal ring that didn't sound ill. We've finally gone for a nice soft melody for the ringtone, it's a lot less obtrusive than the normal ringing and serves the same purpose. Jingle bells features on the ringtone list so I can't wait to put that one on at Christmas!
Caller ID in the form of showing you what number is calling comes as standard so you are able to see who's calling at a glance. I'm one who always answers the phone regardless so not really needed but it's nice to see who is calling before hand.
The display is pretty cool, it's all in colour and displays signal strength, battery life time and date with a nice abstract picture covering the back of the screen for your viewing pleasure. It's also a decent size at 2 inches.
Tech wise you get 13 hours talk time on a handset and it will sit in standby with no charge for 10 days which is pretty good. All of the handsets come with rechargeable batteries (AAA's). The answerphone will record for 40 minutes and is easy to see when you have a message waiting and play back. You can also play them back in any order you please.
You get alot of the more normal features too like speakerphone but also some more unusual ones like being able to mute the ringtone during certain hours so as not to be disturbed. There is an option called "eco mode" too which reduces the signal strength thus saving power. Pretty good if your phones aren't situated too far apart.
What are they like to use?
Really easy, you can put people on hold or transfer them to other handsets in the house or even use the intercom to internally phone people in another room and do many things that you would normally expect only to find in the workplace. they're comfortable and it's easy to press the buttons and see the display when making a call.
They're sold as cordless which effectively they are but obviously there is the base to take into consideration which is plugged into the mains. The phones are comfortable to hold and lightweight and don't have any parts that try to pierce the side of your head or leave your ear raw.
The menu is very easy to navigate and I haven't had to read the manual more than once yet to find my way around them.
I paid £95 from Tesco (www.tesco.com) where they were on offer. I've seen they're on Amazon now for £70 but paid a premium for the advantage of being able to bring them back with me from the shop.
They are an excellent buy and if you're looking for a quad phone system this is one you should seriously consider. They look the part and do everything a phone should do and more.
I bought the Panasonic KX-TG8424EB Colour DECT Quad Telephone with Answer Machine version of this for a little over £110 on Amazon, having had many years of good service and experience from an older Panasonic cordless twin phone version (which I then sold on eBay to give someone else continued service).
For the money, you get a central base station which is about 6" x 4" so it doesn't take up too much room on a table. This then plugs into the mains and also connects to your phone socket. The remaining 3 phones each then have a separate satellite stand for each phone, which is only a few inches square, with a charger that connects directly to your mains (no need for a phone cable connection). Of interest, the system also allows you to add an additional 2 satellite stations onto the network if required, bringing a total of 6 phones on the network All of it was very easy to set up straight away.
The phones themselves are very stylish in a sort of semi-shiny piano black finish with a chrome trim. The display is in 65K colour over a 2 inch LCD screen - large enough to be easily read, yet small enough to keep the phone size discrete. The keyboard also has a blue illumination during use. There are a selection of wallpapers that you can set for the screens, but nothing really exciting unfortunately.
Now the technical details. The main base station seems to house the digital answer machine bit, which will accommodate up to 40 mins of recordings. You have all of the controls on the base station to operate the messages, delete etc and it also houses a speaker so that you listen to them. When you do have a message, there is a small red light that flashes on the centre button to give a visual indication, which can be a little unnoticeable at times when you do have a message. You can also deal with all of your messages from each handset where each will also have a visual tag on the screen to indicate a message has been recorded. During playback on either the base or the handsets, all messages are loud and clear.
Each handset has up to 20 ringtones, adjustable volume and melody ringer, with speaker phone capability, alarm, time and mute button. During a call, everything is very audible and you can also adjust the volume by using the centre joystick during the call. Battery life is also very good where we've left them off the charger for 2 days and still received and made calls ok. The operating range is also very good where we've been out at the bottom of the garden and had very clear calls with no break up, with the base station in the house 3 rooms away.
You can also enter up to 200 name and number entries onto the system. One little quirk I found with this name number entry bit was that when you enter a number into a phone and save it, it is only saved on that phone. Ideal if you want to store different numbers in different phones (eg one in the kid's room with their friends, one in the office for work contacts etc) but if you want to save all the numbers across the system onto all phones, you need to copy the numbers to each handset in turn. This can all be done from any handset to copy to the other 3, but you can only do it to each number in turn rather than in bulk, and then only to each phone in turn. A bit of a hassle to do, but you only normally have to do it once for each number entered.
One of the features that I really like is the autotalk facility where you can just pick up the phone from the charging stand to answer the call and begin talking - no more trying to hit the right button to answer the call. Another good feature is the group or conference call bit, which I didn't have on my old Panasonic phone. With my old Panasonic phone, once someone answered the call, it effectively 'locked' the other phone on the system. So if you wanted 2 people to talk on the same line to someone, you had to press a load of buttons to create a joint call. With this new Panasonic, anyone can pick up any of the other 3 phones during a call, press the answer button and they are automatically connected into the conversation. Another useful feature is a 'walkie-talkie' type feature, which means you can be in the loft trying to adjust an aerial etc whilst talking on one phone, whilst someone else is downstairs telling you on another phone when the picture is good on the TV.
In summary, they look good, operate well, great range and quality and, even considering the little quirks etc, I still think they are an excellent buy and fully worth 5 stars.