Pinned on October 7, 2013 at 5:39 pm by Lee Whorton
6500 series Dect 6.0 phone/ 2 handsets
May be the perfect cordless phone We picked up the KX-TG6512B the other day to try before taking the plunge on a larger system with 6 handsets. Our old Uniden 5.8 GHz system was great, but the batteries on all the handsets are losing their ability to hold a charge and it interferes with our wireless network. I started looking for a DECT 6.0 replacement system but never found one that had all the features we were looking for, but now that I virtually stumbled across the 6500 series from Panasonic it looks like I’ve found our perfect phones. Here’s what I like:- You can customize the banner on each handset. This may seem like a minor feature, but we had gotten used to it on the Uniden and liked it.- You can check the Caller ID on one handset after someone else has already answered a call on another handset. We actually end up doing this quite a bit with our old Uniden phones, but I had read a review of the older Panasonic 6440 phones that said this wasn’t possible. I was very pleasantly surprised to see this now works, since I was about ready to live without that feature.- The handsets have jacks for wired headsets. My wife and I both work in the technical field and often end up working on the computer while on a call, and a headset is a better option than a speaker phone. This was a must-have feature for us, and many of the Uniden phones don’t have it.- The speaker phone quality is very good. We were always very happy with the sound of the Uniden speaker phone on the handsets, but the new Panasonic sound quality is at least as good.- The batteries in the handset are standard NiMH AAA rechargeables rather than the proprietary (and expensive) battery used in the Uniden. Should we ever need to replace them it will be trivial and cheap.- There are belt clips for the handsets. We don’t use this a lot, but we do every once in a while, especially when using a headset. Some of the other models I looked at didn’t have this. Note that if you put the belt clip on the headset it covers up the little grippy patch on the back that’s there to help you hold the handset between your shoulder and ear, so if you like to hold your phone on your shoulder you may want to skip the belt clip.- The buttons on the phone are back-lit and easy to find and push. On some of the new Uniden handsets the three buttons in an individual row are all run together and I heard that they can be less easy to find.- The display on the handset is black-on-white and very easy to read.- The phone will set its time and date from the Caller ID information.- The message waiting indicator light on the phones can be manually turned off simply by pushing and holding the “#” key. Our old Uniden phone would sometimes miss the signal from the phone company to turn off the light, so it’s nice that there’s an option to manually do it easily on the Panasonic if the need arises.There are many other features related to address books, etc. that are less important to us so I haven’t bothered to learn about them or try them. However, based on the above I’m extremely happy with this new Panasonic phone. We’ve only used it a very short time, but I was impressed enough to order the KX-TG6545B with 5 included handsets to be our replacement for our old Uniden system. This adds a base speakerphone with keypad, as well as an answering system we’ll never use (we have voice mail from the phone company).So, to summarize, I really like this phone (love is too strong a word for a cordless phone). We’ve not used it enough to know how well it’ll work down the road, but based on reviews of other Panasonic phones I’m optimistic about that.
Excellent phones I know that a lot of people are using their home phones less and less these days because of cell phones – but we still use ours a lot. Believe it or not, my wife was interviewed to be on the Oprah show a few years ago because of the amount of time she spends on the phone:). With her and the three kids competing for the phones, these end up getting a lot of hard use.Anyway, the main problems we run into with phones are typically sound quality and durability.With these DECT 6.0+ phones from Panasonic, the sound quality is truly as good as a corded phone. We live in a 3000 square foot, 2-story house and these phones easily cover that space as well as the yard. We never really take the handsets past the yard boundaries, so I don’t know what the maximum range is before these start breaking up. I’m also an early-adopter tech person; so our house is probably one of the most challenging environments a wireless phone could exist in.This is the second set of DECT 6.0 phones we’ve had from Panasonic and the sound quality is head and shoulders above the wireless phones we’ve had from other manufacturers.When it comes to features, here are the things we like about these:1) The handsets have pocket clips that work well and stay attached to the phone for walking around.2) There is a headset jack on the handsets, which is also great for walking around.3) Panasonic has improved the caller ID and redial features from their previous generations – both features are now much easier to access.4) I like that the lights on the handset tend to stay off in the base unit so we can sleep with the phone in its base.5) These phones use standard NiMH AAA batteries, so they are easy to replace, or even to charge outside the phone if you want.6) We use voicemail anyway, so I like that this particular phone does NOT include an answering machine. (I hate paying for a feature that we’ll never use.)7) I love that we can pick up any handset and immediately join the call without having to do anything special to let a new caller join.8) The handsets are a great size and shape – so they’re very easy to use. I can’t imagine wanting a home phone that is the size of a cell phone…As far as durability goes, we’ve only had these for a couple of weeks now so it’s hard to know how long they will last. They do feel solid; and, based on the longevity of our last Panasonic phones, I’m expecting that they will last quite a while. In fact, the last Panasonic DECT 6.0 cordless phones we owned are the first phones we’ve ever had that have made it past a year without breaking – and they lasted more than two years! I’ve come to the conclusion that Panasonic phones are the only phones available that can be dropped repeatedly (including an occasional dunk in the sink or bounce off the tile) without completely dying.Overall, if you’re looking for a high-quality phone that doesn’t have an answering machine, I think this phone should be at the top of your list. I won’t claim to have used every phone that is currently on the market; but we are extremely pleased with these![*** UPDATE 8/11/2011 ***]Well, it looks like Panasonic did it again! We’ve had these phones for over a year now and they’re still going strong. Before you know it, we’re going to be expecting our phones to last longer than a year…
Nice cordless phones for the price These phones are a great value. I purchased this phone because it does not have an answering machine. I use voicemail, and didn’t want to pay for a function or deal with a more complicated phone than I needed. The sound quality is excellent! I love the big caller ID – very easy to see the caller list with names & phone numbers. The voicemail shortcut button is a nice feature. This phone has prominent Speaker Phone and Flash (call waiting) buttons. While you’re on a call, a Mute button becomes available, which is very important in my household with all of the kids and dogs! I use this phone in my big backyard, and it has a very long range. The only feature that I’d like to see added is a “Do not Disturb” button to turn the ringer off and send all calls directly to voicemail. However, I can access this feature through my phone company’s voicemail system online. Overall, this phone sounds great, has a very long range, and all of the features that I need without an answering machine. It’s a great value, and highly recommend it.