Panasonic KX-TG6512B Review

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A reasonably priced phone packed with features, the Panasonic KX-TG6512B comes with the usual budget phone features plus a headset jack, call-block function, and more.

Panasonic KX-TG6512B reviews sing the praises of this cordless phone's feature set and performance. With more than 1,200 four- and five-star reviews at Amazon, it earns kudos for crisp call quality and long range and features like a headset jack and a function that blocks calls from pre-specified numbers; one user notes this is the only cordless phone that successfully interacts with her service provider's voicemail system. The absence of static and interference impress users who have switched from older generation phones, according to reviews at Walmart, where they also remark on the high value-to-price ratio. Still, a handful of reviews grumble about one thing or another: dissatisfaction with the audio quality (sounds like being in a tunnel, says one) and the interface, plastic housing that seems chintzy, the absence of a mute function and voicemail indicator, and questionable durability.

The Panasonic KX-TG6512B (starting at $43/two handsets, Amazon) is a 1.9GHz DECT 6.0 phone that includes two handsets in the initial purchase and can support up to four more. The phone is equipped with caller ID and call waiting, and stores up to 50 contacts in its directory. It provides a headset jack -- a must-have feature for some shoppers -- and runs on three rechargeable AAA batteries that are far cheaper than the specialized power cells found in other cordless phones. The KX-TG6512B also features a speakerphone and support for voicemail and four-way conferencing, and equips the handsets with an intercom and locator. The keypad is backlit and the ringer can be silenced.

Several features users really appreciate but don't often find on budget cordless phones plus strong performance make this model a real deal.

Michael Sweet

Michael Sweet writes about consumer electronics. If something runs on electricity or ones and zeroes, he's interested in it. Sweet has written about PC technology and consumer electronics for 14 years.

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