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5.0 out of 5 stars Premium quality, budget price, 30 Mar. 2011
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This review is from: Panasonic KX-TG6524EB DECT Quad Digital Cordless Phone Set with Answer Machine - Black (discontinued by manufacturer) (Electronics)
Although these phones are now a couple of years out of date (in terms of being superseded by updated models), they are to be highly recommended if aesthetics are not of paramount importance to you.

Cost: At £50 for four phones, they represent exceptional value, especially when considering Panasonic is a premium brand for DECT phones (probably one of the best in terms of quality, alongside Siemens). Although we only needed three phones for our house, the extra cost to get a fourth (about £5 if I remember rightly), it seemed daft not to allow for further expansion, should it be needed.

Call quality: Excellent, as should be expected from Panasonic. Our phones span three floors in our house (base station on ground floor) and even in the bedroom on the second floor, the call quality is excellent, even on "ECO" mode (which reduces the transmission power to save battery life). To put this into context, we have a heavily "wireless" house with N Wifi, Wireless baby monitor, Wireless DECT phones (these) and wireless phone line transmitters (for Sky). The house is also not wireless-friendly: by way of comparison, the wifi (despite being MIMO N spec) has trouble crossing from one floor to the next, let alone across the whole house.

Footprint: Even the base station is pretty small and the individual extensions charging units are tiny, about half the size of a beer mat, if that's a helpful measure! The phones themselves are very light and fit comfortably in the hand.

Spec: We really just wanted a basic set of phones with excellent call quality and a stored phonebook. We don't use the answerphone at all (1571 is our answerphone). The phones do not store the user-entered phonebook centrally, but do provide a facility to send one phone's contacts to another, i.e. you type in your numbers onto one phone and then send to the other three once done. It's not perfect but it works and is pretty quick unless you're very regularly updating your phonebook entries. Needless to say, there's no connection to PCs etc. for downloading your Outlook contacts! Ringtones are fairly basic and are probably the main area which shows the phone's age. There are a couple of nice(ish) classical ones, and some quite annoying "ringer" tones... iPhone this isn't!

Aesthetics: This is the phone's weak point but at least you can tell what they look like from the photos. They do look a couple of years old (compared with the most modern DECT phones) - sort of where mobiles were maybe 5+ years ago (maybe 10!) Having said that, they are pretty unobtrusive and unless you live in a Philip Stark inspired house they shouldn't look too bad tucked away in a corner. If you want style, you're going to need to spend a lot more and go for either B&O (very expensive and questionable call quality) or Siemens (exceptional, but 3+ times the price of these phones). You do get what you pay for, here.

Overall: Unless you value style over substance or need some high spec features that these phones don't provide, it's difficult to look beyond these little beauties. They are exceptionally good value, very high call quality and apart from the choice of a really nice ringtone or two, don't fall short in any respect.
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