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BT Paragon 550 Corded Telephone with Answer Machine - White
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- 100 Name & number directory
- 3 Number speed dial
- Calls list - 30 numbers
- Hands free function with on hook dialling and volume control
- Hearing aid compatible
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The BT Paragon 550 corded telephone with built-in answer machine has a 16 minute recording time and remote access - ensuring you never miss your important messages. Complete with 100 name and number memories, it also has call log, transfer and divert functions and also a useful hands-free facility.
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The large blue back-lit lcd display is easy to see in any light conditions.
The answering machine controls are well marked and easy to use. The sound quality of the recorded messages is first class on the speaker and handset.
The good sized buttons and standard text entering method make the entering of information into the phonebook or texting simple and easy.
The Paragon is a bit more expensive than some similar phones on the market but you get what you pay for, a well built easy to use phone suitable for home or business use. One of the best I have ever used.
To continue, the phone is installed on a line that is used primarily for outgoing calls. Any incoming calls go straight to the answer machine and the 'ringer' is turned off. (I have two lines)
Key points about my BT Paragon 550:
1 - The most important aspect is that there is no battery back up for any of the features that you elect to turn on. So if you disconnect this phone from the power supply, eg. a power failure or you simply relocate the phone to another power outlet, then you will need to set it up again, including setting the date and time.
2 - For desk top use the phone is fairly compact and only occupies a desk space of 15 x 19 cm though the handset protrudes beyond the phone base by a further 4cm, so you would need to make allowance for that.
3 - The phone features are powered by a small transformer built into the electrical power plug. The power cable (supply cord) exits the top of the plug, i.e., it does not hang down. The size of the integral plug/transformer is the size of a standard 13 amp plug. The plug colour is white. The power unit only supplies the phone features and in the event of a power failure the phone will still work and dial out.
4 - The supply cord is of a good size being some 270cm (approx) in length, the phone 'line' is the same length so you can position the phone some distance from the phone outlet.
5 - The handset cord is approx 40 cm long and is the usual 'curly cable'. The cord extends to a comfortable one meter in length before it starts to pull on the phone base.
6 - The quality of the recorded speech message is clear, though the volume setting on maximum would not be suitable for anyone who is acoustically challenged and who did not have some additional amplification assistance. If you are hearing is 'normal' then the max level is OK, though it is a shame that the volume really needs to be set to maximum (hands off mode) for normal operation of listening to recorded messages or those infernal multi-choice responses from automated answering systems.
7 - This phone is suitable for sending and receiving text messages provided you are subscribed to a suitable service. Unfortunately the keyboard is intergral with the number keypad and is alphabetical, i.e. there is no QWERTY feature; typing a text message is akin to the old mobile phones (non smart phone) so is laborious to the extent that you would not use the feature.
8 - When I read the reviews on this phone before I purchased my own, I noted that no one had a good word to say about the ring tone or multiplicity of ring tones. Well, me neither! I would also add that if one of your important criteria in choosing a phone was to have a loud and penetrating ringer that could be heard around the house, then this phone may not meet that requirement. As I mentioned in my intro, I have my ring tone turned off so this was not an important criteria for me. However my advice would be to go to a phone shop where you could hear a demo of the ring tones before you purchase the BT Paragon 550. It is impossible to describe the selection though I suppose there are people who do like them!
9 - My last point about the phone features is, I suppose, a derivitive of the small physical size of the phone base unit; the outcome is that the two indicators, one for incoming calls (red) and one, the green one, that indicates there are recorded messages, are small. The green indicator is also not very bright (low lumens) and given that the presence of a recorded message is indicated by an intermittenly flashing green indicator, that has a long pause between illumination, does mean that in a regular 'office' lighting environment, you could intially miss the indicaton that you have a recorded message.
So how do I rate the the phone? The way I use my BT Paragon 550 the phone works for me, so I am quite satisified with my purchase. The phone arrived the next morning after placing the order, I plugged it in and it worked. The features set up menu is a tad vexing but manageable, there is a 59 page user guide supplied with the phone. The only downside for me is the absence of a battery backup facility that has already caused me to re-enter data several times (date, time, answer mode etc) due to a number of intentional disconnections of my phone from the electrical power supply. I have not entered any any phone numbers in the phone book feature, but given the device does not remember the date/time the I don't see it remembering phone numbers - maybe some one else will comment on that? For the lack of a battery backup the BT Paragon 550 loses one star and I rate this a 4 star device. However, if I had to live with built in ring tones I would be less happy and mark it down to three star
- It starts ringing 1 to 2 rings after every other phone in the house
- the selection of ringtones seems to me to have been made by someone with a deep and abiding hatred of humanity
- the contacts list seems to me to be a how-not-to-do-it case study
- the display light goes off at moments I find annoying
The speaker and mic quality is OK. Handset quality is OK. I don't get on too well with headsets with this phone and the guys the other end have trouble hearing me even though I am using a pretty good quality telephone headset. I don't use the answer phone.
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