The Talking Caller ID provides you with a caller's information via the voice command without having to look at the handset. An advanced answering machine with up to 40 minutes of messages will prove useful if you're often absent at home.
Over 100 quids for a home phone is not a price everybody will be willing to pay.
The product in question is a great example of a Panasonic phone, with the company's characteristic quality. Four handsets make this set a great choice for anyone who's looking for a quality cordless phone and lives in a crowded household.
Up to 45 metres
4.5-centimetre illuminated LCD colour screen
Nuisance Call Block, Talking Caller ID, Do Not Disturb, Power backup Operation, 40 minutes Advanced Answering Machine, Eco Mode Plus
15 hours of talk time and 250 hours of standby time
1 x base unit with a charger, 3 x additional chargers, 4 x KX-TGJ32x handsets, 4 x PSUs, 1 x line cord, 8 x AAA rechargeable batteries, 1 x quick-start guide
The answering machine's 30-minute maximum recording time will let multiple people save long messages for weeks. The feature lets you record your own greeting or use the pre-set message. The call screening setting, when activated, will enable you to hear messages as they're being recorded, so you'll be able to pick up the call when it is important.
The buttons are somewhat small.
The Gigaset C530A is up there with the best mid-range cordless telephones. The handset is as practical and handy as they come. The phone's feature-rich and accessible to different users. The handset gives you 300 hours of standby time.
Up to 50 metres
4.57-centimetre illuminated LCD colour screen
Nuisance Call Block, Caller ID, Do Not Disturb, 30 minutes Answering Machine, Alarm function, Direct dial (Babycall), Room monitoring (Babyphone)
14 hours of talk time and 300 hours of standby time
1 x base unit, 1 x charger, 2 x handsets, batteries, 2x power supplies, 1x telephone line cord
The Nuisance Call Block function will allow you to prevent some of the more determined individuals from reaching your number. By pressing the ECO button, you will be able to reduce the signal output by up to 90% and the power consumption by about 3.5% compared to the normal mode.
The ringer isn't as loud as it could (or should) be.
The Panasonic KX-TGC222EB is an equally good business and home phone. The compact design will allow you to fit it in narrow spaces. It isn't short on functions. The model will let you save a bit of money on energy bills. Plus, the answering machine can be accessed remotely.
Up to 45 metres
4-centimetre illuminated LCD monochrome screen
Nuisance Call Block, Caller ID, Do Not Disturb, 18 minutes Answering Machine, Eco Mode Plus
16 hours of talk time and 200 hours of standby time
1 x base unit with charger, 1 x additional charger, 2 x handsets, 2 x PSUs, 1 x telephone line cords, 4 x AAA rechargeable batteries, 1 x quick-start guide
The phone automatically shares contacts between headsets. The redialing feature saves the last 20 calls, so you will be able to easily redial any one of them without having to scroll through your contact list or trying to find the right number any other way. Each of the headsets will allow you to adjust volume.
Doesn't last as long as other models in the standby mode.
The BT 90662 is a reasonably priced cordless telephone that isn't bloated with a variety of questionable functions. It's a basic model that gives you everything you need - a dependable signal with great sound quality, a great addition to the often unreliable smartphone.
Up to 50 metres
4-centimetre illuminated LCD monochrome screen
Nuisance Call Block, Do Not Disturb, Redialing feature (20 last numbers)
10 hours of talk time and 150 hours of standby time
1 x base unit with a charger, 1 x additional charger, 2 x handsets, 2 x rechargeable batteries, 2 x mains power adaptors, 1 x telephone line cord, 1 x quick-start guide
The model offers a great noise reduction feature that is able to block up to 75% of the surrounding noise. If you're the type to forget where you left your handle, all you have to do is press 1 button on the base station and that handle will ring.
The battery life of no more than 15 hours can cause slight inconveniences if you like to talk a lot on the phone.
The Panasonic KX-TG6822EB is a great choice for anyone who is interested in sound quality first and foremost and doesn't particularly care about all of the unnecessary features.
Up to 45 metres
up to 120 entries
4.5-centimetre illuminated LCD screen
Automatic Name and Number Sharing, Clear Sound Technology, Call Barring, Caller ID, Noise Reduction Key, Smart Function Key, One Touch Eco Mode Button
15 hours of talk time and 170 hours of standby time
1 x base unit with a charger, 2 x handsets, 4 x rechargeable batteries, 1 x PSU, 1 x telephone line cord
A Century of Quality
Whenever you go looking for a new piece of equipment, one of the first things that you need to figure out is what company is worth receiving your hard-earned money. Some corporations may be massive and have an outstanding reputation, but your personal experience with them wasn't always pleasant. On the other hand, sometimes the companies' reputation leaves too much to be desired but your own history with it could be stellar.
Of course, that raises another question on the subject of whether you should trust your own experience, no matter how limited it may be or adhere to the companies reputation and make your decisions based on that. Gladly, there are some companies that boast that kind of stellar reputation and with whom very few people can attest to having bad experiences.
Now, if one were to look for an example of such company, Panasonic would probably be one of the first ones to come to mind. Since the founding of the company almost a century ago in 1918, Panasonic has been improving the living conditions of their customers. And the Panasonic KX-TGJ324EB, a quad handset cordless phone with answering machine, certainly doesn't seem to be the one to walk away from that tradition.
Every Function You Need
What you get when you purchase the Panasonic KX-TGJ324EB is a simple yet refined digital cordless TAM Quad DECT telephone which has a substantial, sturdy designed handset that sits comfortably on the base unit. The package includes 1 base unit with a charger, 3 additional charges, four KX-TGJ32x handsets, 4 power supply units, one line cord, 8 triple A rechargeable batteries and a Quick Start guide. The device comes with a Do Not Disturb Mode that has the option to program each handset to avoid ringing during whatever time period you want.
Nevertheless, you can allow some of the callers to go through this mode by creating a specialized contact group in your phonebook. Of course, like the majority of modern phones, it comes with a block function that provides an option of blocking specific numbers or entire groups of them based on the first two to eight digit.
The Panasonic KX-TGJ324EB also offers you a Talking Caller ID, a function that allows the base unit and the handset to provide you caller's information via the voice command without having to look at the aforementioned handset. If for some reason you're still wondering whether this is a phone for you, know that the device boasts a sizable illuminated LCD colour display and guarantees 15 hours of talk time and 250 hours of standby time.
The people at Siemens behind the Gigaset C530A have made sure to arm this mid-range phone with almost everything that the company's high-end models have to offer.
First and foremost, the company's renowned for top-notch sound performance and this phone absolutely fits that mold. The HSP tech guarantees crystal-clear conversations landline to landline, landline to mobile, through headsets and hands-free. You can easily adjust the volume through the earpiece or using the integrated hands-free loudspeaker.
The phone's build is as excellent. Some find the buttons somewhat small but, as far as we're concerned, they're well-proportioned considering the compact handset. The 1.8-inch (4.57-centimetre) illuminated LCD colour screen is pretty nice. The settings menu is streamlined and accessible enough. You can increase and decrease the font size, making the screen flexible enough for different users.
The phonebook fits 150 entries, including enough space for the full name, three numbers, specialised ringtone, and a birthday reminder. You can even set VIP contacts and assign multiple special events reminders for these contacts.
The baby monitor feature is fairly unique. When you activate this feature, at a specific noise level, the company's handset will automatically dial any preset number (meaning internal or external) and, using the "intercom" function, the phone will immediately let the child hear his parents' voices.
The answering machine's great. The device will be able to take any and all calls when you’re not available. The 30-minute maximum recording time will let multiple people save long messages for weeks. The feature lets you record your own greeting or use the pre-set message.
At the same time, the call screening setting, when activated, will enable you to hear messages as they're being recorded, so you'll be able to pick up the call when it is important.
Apart from that, this cordless telephone's packing every feature in the book. You can use the Do Not Disturb mode to silence the phone whenever necessary. The Caller ID will let you know who's calling. The alarm feature is self-explanatory enough.
The phone's range is pretty standard, capping at 50 metres indoors and 300 metres outdoors.
Bottom line, the Gigaset C530A is up there with the best mid-range cordless telephones. The handset is as practical and handy as they come. The phone's feature-rich and accessible to different users. The handset gives you 300 hours of standby time.
Simple but Stylish Enough
We reckon nobody is surprised with another Panasonic entry on our list. What can we say, the company makes their phones and they do not charge a whole lot of money for them. Though the level of quality is always similar, their models do often differ quite a lot from each other.
We don't know if the people behind this product necessarily intended it this way but, to us, the biggest selling point of this cordless phone is just how compact it is. Of course, it has a decent number of additional advantages over the bulk of its competition, but the size is what seals the deal.
The base unit, as always, comes with a charger. In spite of this fact, it adds up to about 107 millimetres in width and 77 mm in depth (height). The additional charger for that second handset is 70-mm wide and 37-mm deep.
The handsets are fairly compact as well. Being about 164-mm tall and 47-mm wide, they easily and comfortably fit your hand. All of these components are light. They have a simple but, at the same time, stylish appearance that meshes well with various room interiors.
Now, moving on from the product's design and overall appearance, we would like to briefly touch upon the battery. Though not the most impressive option in our review, the phone will give you 16 hours of talk time and about 200 hours of standby time, which isn't bad at all.
Reduce Power Consumption
All of the phone's controls and functions are accessible via the usual set of buttons and a 4-cm monochrome illuminated LCD screen. There's nothing particularly interesting about it, aside from the fact that the illumination is bright enough to comfortably use the phone at night without turning on the lights, so let's move on to the functions.
For the most part, what we have here is more or less your standard arrangement of cordless phone features. You have the usual Nuisance Call Block, a function that will allow you to prevent some of the more determined individuals from reaching your number. Just like virtually any other landline phone, it displays caller ID. You can turn on the Do Not Disturb setting and enjoy hours of silence.
Whenever you feel so inclined, there's always an option to turn on the hands-free feature and enjoy a proper conversation with both of your hands free from the handset. It is easier to take notes this way and anyone around can join the conversation.
Having said all of that, there's one thing that separates this portable model from the majority of similar options. We're talking about a dedicated ECO button. By pressing this button, you will be able to decrease the signal output by up to 90%. This way, you can reduce the power consumption by about 3.5% compared to the normal mode.
In short, the Panasonic KX-TGC222EB is an equally good business and home phone. The compact design will allow you to fit it in narrow spaces. It isn't short on functions. The model will let you reduce power consumption. Plus, the answering machine can be accessed remotely.
Convenience at Home
You don't get home telephone systems for their features. Though they're often a nice bonus, these kinds of phones can't compete with their "smart" counterparts in this category. You get them because they're more reliable and offer far better sound quality. And that's exactly what you'll get with the BT 90662.
What we're dealing with here is a pretty basic set of twin cordless phones. The product doesn't necessarily bring anything new to the table but all of the truly important and necessary functions are there.
The 50-entry contact list will prove to be more than enough for your average user since many people these days do not have a landline and you'll seldom want to call their mobile phones via your home telephone. Plus, it automatically shares contacts between handsets, so you won't have to switch between handsets everytime you need to access the contact list.
Even the least impressive home phones these days come equipped with some variation of the Nuisance Call Block feature. This one here will allow you to block up to 20 people that you don't feel inclined to talk to. The same goes for the Do Not Disturb mode. You can turn it on for as long as you'd like and nobody will bother you with their calls.
A Reliable Signal
We did say that the phone is basic earlier but it doesn't mean that it doesn't have its moments. One thing we really like about it is the redialing feature that saves 20 last calls, so you will be able to easily redial any one of them without having to scroll through your contact list or trying to find the right number any other way.
Of course, it has its flaws too. For example, the model trails behind when it comes to battery life. It will give you about 10 hours of talk time and around 150 hours of standby time. Which isn't really that bad but there are plenty of other phones in this price range that boast a bit more than that.
But, for the most part, there isn't much to complain about here. The sound quality here is definitely up to par. It rivals some of the more expensive landlines and easily beats any mobile phone. Each of the headsets will allow you to adjust volume.
The backlit screen may not seem like much in particular but it displays when you have messages or when you have a second call waiting, which is really convenient.
The range of the phone does not disappoint either. You'll be able to walk away 50 metres from the charger and the signal will remain strong and stable.
To rephrase our earlier point, the BT 90662 is a reasonably priced cordless telephone that isn't bloated with a variety of questionable functions. It's a basic model that gives you everything you need - a dependable signal with great sound quality, a great addition to the often unreliable smartphone.
A Panasonic Through and Through
If you were to describe a modern world to a time traveller that managed to visit us from no further than 200 years ago, to him it would probably sound a cheap science fiction novel. We mean, just the part that we are able to connect with any person on the face of the Earth sounds ridiculous if you put it out of context of our day and age and into the one of the 19th century.
To us, however, the ability to talk to any person on the planet in a matter of seconds seems trivial and mundane. Of course, some people are still excited about the advancements in the world of communication, especially the kind of people that are closely following the smartphone industry, but the majority of us aren't that interested in it.
While some are willing to drop hundreds of pounds on a new piece of communication technology that doesn't seem particularly different from the previous models, more people are simply looking for a quality piece of technology that will provide the standard functions at a modest price. They're looking for reliability.
And when it comes to that, Panasonic devices never failed to deliver. If you aren't the kind of person that isn't interested in flashy and unnecessary features and is looking for a quality cordless phone, the Panasonic KX-TG6822EB is the kind of model that will more than satisfy your needs.
Quite and Peaceful
Although this DECT phone from Panasonic seems like an orthodox model without the unnecessary array of features, don't think for a second that this phone is simple. The base station of the telephone comes with a built-in answering machine that automatically receives a message from the caller when you are unable to do so yourself. The device offers a limit of up to 30 minutes of messages that can be recorded.
With a bunch of noises in the background, trying to have a decent conversation with somebody can be tricky. If you live in the environment where a sufficient level of quite isn't always an option, all you have to do is press the Noise Reduction key and the surrounding noise will be reduced by up to 75%. If you're the type that always leaves your handset somewhere and manages to forget where exactly you put it, this model offers a solution to that. All you have to do is press the locator button on the base station and the handset will ring.
Of course, all of the regular functions like Caller ID, the ability to block a number or a chain of numbers, a hefty address book, and a night mode are presented here as well. The Panasonic KX-TG6822EB is the kind of cordless telephone that will suit anybody looking for a quality piece of technology that will not fail them when it's needed the most.
What Is a Cordless Telephone?
Now, unless you are a time traveller from the Renaissance era or the Age of Discovery, you probably don't need an explanation on what a telephone is. These devices have managed to become one of the most common household items ever since their invention in the latter half of the 19th century. A regular home phone used to have a wireless connection but has since been replaced with a cordless counterpart.
Of course, a cordless telephone offers a variety of advantages over his older, wired brother, one of the most important of which has got to be its mobility. No longer do you have to deal with the nuisance of a cable constantly getting in the way or the inconvenience of being stuck to a predetermined location and being unable to move for the entire duration of the call.
And sure, with the introduction of a mobile phone, some have started to lose their faith in a landline, but a cordless phone offers a variety of seemingly inconspicuous advantages that we're going to delve into later in this review.
What Features to Compare
Naturally, the obvious and fundamental advantage of a cordless phone over a wired one lies in the mobility the latter one provides. With this kind of phone, you're longer tied to the base station for the entire duration of the call and are free to roam around the house. How free, however, will be determined by the optimal range of your device. Different models work in a different frequency range. The higher the frequency is, the higher the range will be. Your average modern cordless telephone generally offers a frequency of somewhere around 1900 MHz and that is going to provide you with an optimal range of somewhere around forty to forty-five metres. Of course, any possible interference may distort the signal, so try to be wary of the closed quarters with an overabundance of objects getting in the way.
Another thing to consider when looking for a cordless phone is the contents of the package that comes with it. Virtually every cordless phone comes with a base station, a charger, and a telephone line cord. Some of them include a multitude of handsets if you're living in a large house with plenty of people in it. In that case, you should confirm the number of power supplies and whether the batteries required for those handsets come with the package.
Features and Functions
One of the most important aspects of a cordless phone lies in its features and functions. Aside from the obvious ability to make a phone call from a variable distance of your base station, different models may or may not provide some of the following features:
- Caller ID - a function that allows the user to establish the identity of the caller before even lifting the handset.
- Digital Answering Machine - records the incoming calls, generally up to an hour, along with notifying the caller that the respondent is not in a position to answer the call at the moment.
- Do Not Disturb - an option that allows setting a specific period of time during which the phone won't ring unless the person calling has been added to a particular group.
- Nuisance Call Block or Blacklist - a function that provides the user with the ability to restrain a single caller or a chain of numbers from being able to call you at any given time.
- Noise Reduction - a feature that allows you to block all of the unnecessary incoming and outcoming noise resulting in a much clearer sound quality.
The last but not least element to consider when buying a cordless phone has got to be its battery life. The cordless handset that allows you to operate your phone wirelessly around the house always works of batteries and if you're the kind of person that loves talking for hours, you might want to look into a phone that supports a longer battery life.
Did you know?
When the first telephone was invented and how people used to communicate before this invention.
Ever since its invention in 1876 by a Scottish immigrant Alexander Graham Bell, the telephone has become the primary mean of communication all over the world. Of course, in hindsight, the device's rapid growth in popularity doesn't seem particularly surprising. Before this invention, the only way of communicating over a considerable distance that was available to people was the written word and the aid of different kinds of delivery services in order to, well, deliver those written messages.
While that kind of method had an advantage or two, ultimately it was far too slow and unreliable. Your letter could always get lost somewhere or delivered too late in order to remain a relevant source of information. Not to mention the fact that you always had to rely on the person responsible for delivering your letters not to invade your privacy and take a peek inside. Compared to that, a phone didn't just provide an opportunity to deliver messages at a previously unimaginable speed, but it also implemented an ability to take to a person in real time.
A cordless phone vs. a smartphone
Now, as we all know, with the rise in popularity of mobile phones, especially in the form of smartphones recently, the necessity and popularity of a regular phone managed to decline over the past few years. Some are even going so far as disconnecting their home phones entirely and relying solely on their mobile phones in order to communicate with the loved ones and stay in touch with the world.
But why is that? Has a regular phone become such an obsolete piece of technology that it's now time to bury it along with the pagers and the typewriters? Well, in order to do that, first we're going to have to figure out the differences in which they operate. A regular home telephone has a wired connection that connects it to the telecommunication network and transmits the signal using a network of cables, all of which are either buried or suspended along the poles. A mobile phone, also known as a cell phone, uses radio waves in order to transmit calls. Your mobile device gets access to a cellular network through your mobile phone operator.
Of course, this kind of system grants you almost unlimited mobility since you're not connected to the wire the same way even a cordless phone's base station is, but you have to remember that you have to be able to connect to your provider's network. If you happen to be located in an area where your provider's reception leaves a lot to be desired, you may fall victim towards dropped calls or even get no service whatsoever. That, along with a few other reasons, is why we think the time to permanently disconnect your landline hasn't come yet and a cordless landline phone still remains a necessary tool and a great acquisition.
Q: Why should I get a cordless phone instead of a wired one?
A: Of course, one of the main advantages of a cordless phone over a regular has got to be its mobility. Your average cordless phone has a range of about 45 metres thus allowing you to walk around the house and even leaving your home in favour of having a nice old chat while roaming around your backyard or your apartment building. Obviously, not having to constantly worry about the wire getting in the way provides a certain amount of comfort on top of it all as well.
Q: What are some of the disadvantages of a home phone?
A: Although a regular wired phone is an overall inferior technology to his younger, cordless brother, that doesn't mean that the latter doesn't have any drawbacks to it. A cordless phone requires batteries in order to use it so you're always going to have to worry about charging those batteries or buying a set of new ones. Furthermore, a wired phone usually boasts better reception than your average cordless one.
Q: What are the advantages of a cordless phone compared to a mobile one?
A: While a mobile phone may seem like a much better alternative to a regular phone if you don't delve too much into details, it does have an array of disadvantages compared to a regular phone, be it cordless or wired. The first one is the reliability of reception. While people behind the mobile phone industry have implemented drastic improvements to their services over the past few years, a regular landline still tends to beat his mobile counterpart when it comes to reliable connection and clear reception. Furthermore, your average cordless home phone boasts a much better sound quality which can be important if you suffer from hearing loss, your household is noisy, or you spend a lot of time on the phone, especially in a home office.
On top of that, due to the design of the typical smartphone, your regular home phone offers a much more comfortable structure allowing to you place it between your ear and your shoulder and have both of your arms free to engage in whatever kind of activity you want. Last but not least, since the information is transmitted using a fixed medium, regular home phones are more secure than their mobile counterparts. Special equipment can easily intercept mobile phone conversations, given that they are transmitted with no restrictions through the air via radio waves. However, if you wish to intercept landline's communications, you'd need a specific bugging device that would have to be physically placed in the phones or the phone wires.
Q: How many simultaneous phone calls can I make from/to my cordless telephone?
A: That number is based on the total number of connections you have in your phone system to the base station. Some base stations allow for multiple cordless devices; however, how many physical connections indicate how many concurrent calls you can make or take.
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