"No major complaints, generally decent phone"3.5 starson by Capt. HM Murdock
Pros: Great reception anywhere in house, not affected by interference of any kind, number buttons are large and easy to use for everyone (old & young especially!), ring-tone options are kinda fun.
Cons: Sometimes you cannot hear yourself talking (through the earpiece) so it leaves you wondering if the other person can hear you (did our reception just cut out???). There are so many features it might be too much for people who aren't gadget-inclined.
Summary: Reliable phone, no major complaints, but I'd imagine there are better ones out there in the market.
My main complaint with this product is that often the sidetone (being able to hear yourself talk through the earpiece) cuts out. So I get this awkward sensation mid-sentence of sudden silence in my ear, making me think the call has been dropped, or there has been interference in the line. Well, 100% of the time the person on the other end can hear us just fine - reception has never been an issue with these phones. It's just a little strange having the earpiece suddenly go quiet, only to pick up again a few moments later. Even after 5 months of use now, I still haven't got used to that completely. Another minor complaint is the quality of the speaker - the voice of the person on the other end doesn't sound as nice as it doesn on other phone models we've had. The good news is no static and solid reception, the bad news is it sounds like a very cheap speaker.
On the plus side, out last batch of cordless phones (a Uniden model) had TERRIBLE reception and were prone to static all the time, and made you dance around the house trying to find the perfect spot with no interference... they were AWFUL! So these Panasonic ones have PERFECT reception, have NEVER had any static, and have never dropped a call on us yet. So really, we are generally content with the phones, it's just nice to not have troubles anymore, even if they aren't the greatest sounding phone we've used.
You can pick from a list of about 12 (can't recall for sure exactly how many...) ringtones, most of which are kinda bad - but there's a few good ones in there. We like the one that sounds like a classical music symphony, it's a lovely upbeat change from the boring RING of a normal phone.
There are extensive menus in the handset - you can do tons of things with it, even check the voicemail machine remotely from another room via the handset. Some very cool stuff - if you're a techno-geek like myself. Small children, the elderly, or people who are not gadget-inclined will likely find the menu system on the handsets confusing and overly complicated. Most of the functions buried beneath layers of menu options are not worth anyone's time - but a few wrong keypresses and you're lost somewhere in the layers of menus.
The number buttons are nice and large and clear - which I thought would be great for our house - we have someone who is visually impaired (lo-vision). And while the numbers are great and easy to dial, the other buttons (flash, mute, etc....) are all very small.
If you have good eyesight, and enjoy gadgets, you will love everything about these phones. Except maybe the occasional issue with the sidetone cutting out, they are a good product. After 5 months of use, battery life is exceptional and reception has been 100% - we never once have had any static.
If you are drawn to them because of the large buttons - thinking of buying them for an elderly person or someone with lo-vision, or if you aren't very good at sifting through computerized menus on the handset - you might want to keep shopping. In this case I would strongly recommend looking at the handset made by GE - They have a phone designed for lo-vision / lo-hearing that is absolutely fantastic. Do a search for the GE TC27907GE1-A. It is the ideal phone for that purpose, and it's sound quality is phenominal.