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Siemens have raised the bar with the 785,
This review is from: Gigaset SL785 - Cordless phone w/ answering system & caller ID - DECT\GAP - black, metal (Electronics)I am a dealer for all DECT phones but this is an unbiased review of a 785 I have taken home for myself and how I find it.
In the box is a usb cable, a base with power supply, a handset with cradle, a battery (mobile type not aa / aaa) and bt line cord plus a nice thick manual which is welcome as some makers refer you to a website to download your own.
This handset is not like previous top end siemens handsets which were quality handsets but this is definately a step above them, the handset is reassuringly heavy, its well built and gives the impression it will last a long time. (UK stock has a 2 year guarantee)
My pet hate is the small charger pods that are so light the weight of the cable can drag them off the table when the handset is lifted - no issue here its the heaviest pod charger I have ever seen in a nice shiny chrome with 4 grippy rubber feet, it stays on the table securely.
The SL78 handset is a nice size, has a metal band that adds weight and class (its shiny) and has the best LCD screen I have seen on any DECT phone, you can have the calender displayed as a screensaver which I find handy plus you can name handsets with this model - useful if you add more (6 max). Menu settings are symbol based like a mobile phone and are easy to navigate, this phone has eco mode (not tried this) and repeater mode for when you need more range and add a signal booster. All ring tones and settings are easy to adjust, some will dislike the tecno pop ring tones but there are a few melodic ones - thing is the more melodic they are the quieter they seem - we always use number 1 the classic Siemens ring tone.
Room monitor is a common Siemens feature that a lot of people dont understand - basically if you have 2 or more handsets then one can be a room monitor calling another handset if it detects a sound once set, it can aslo be set to call an EXTERNAL phone number if say your are next door and a baby cries etc.
This is a thin handset and as such it has a thin speaker, listening on speakerphone or to messages via the handset is ok but can distort on the top setting, its good enough to do the job but if you are a little hard of hearing you may want to listen via a headset (bluetooth can be used or a DECT one).
Range, we have never had an issue with range in our home but trials at work displayed a range as good as anything else we have ever tested and it was a uni directional range not a directional one which impressed us. If you have thick walls or a large house you can add a booster easily.
I hope this helps you decide what to buy, I will monitor the comments / discussion part of the SL785 listings if there are any queries.
Siemens Gigaset SL785, metall,black
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Initial post: 11 Oct 2009 09:21:53 BDT
M. Haverty says:
Very helpful. Thank you. Presumably when you said uni-directional you meant omni-directional?
The dedicated battery bothers me. My old dect phones (like most Gigasets, I believe) take AAA batteries and I have replaced them twice in the 10 years I have had the phones. How expensive are replacement batteries for the SL785?
It's a shame about the speakerphone too. That's important, to me. They make a point in their marketing about "advanced handsfree (with brilliant sound quality)", so it's a shame the speaker isn't up to the job. Another reviewer makes the point that the speaker is on the back of the handset too.
What about the finish? Is it shiny and likely to pick up finger marks and superficial scratches, like the C595 (which is why I didn't buy the C595), or will it stand up to everyday use and carrying in pockets? My old Ascom phones, with their matt black finish, still look like new.
In reply to an earlier post on 12 Oct 2009 19:52:57 BDT
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Chris Etiobi says:
Good to point out some faults in this handset. But how the issues raised will be pivotal in making a decision to buy this is still unclear to me as I have never had top end cordless. Also, you failed to mention the Siemens you use. How does C475 compare. Is it right to say that the latest Panasonic is better than this SL785. I intend to buy and will appreciate any contribution in this direction.
Posted on 4 May 2010 12:20:21 BDT
Can you please verify that the base has an RJ11 input for connection with EU phone sockets?
I know this is the UK version of the DECT, but I want to know if I can use it abroad too.
I don't have problem with the power cord (i 'll use an adaptor), but what about the telephone lead? Is it BT plug (BT socket) to RJ11 (base)?
Can an RJ11 cable be connected to the base???
Posted on 7 Jan 2011 12:16:59 GMT
I have just bought a trio set, think its fabulous, but cannot get the caller ID and VIP ringtone and pictures to work, can anyone help.
Posted on 11 Feb 2012 14:49:39 GMT
Have you had any problem with bluetooth cutting out after a while?
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