In an era where telephony is so heavily dominated by mobile devices, it’s easy to forget that there are some cracking home phones out there on the UK market. The Panasonic KX-TGF320E is one such phone, and it deserves a bit of attention.
This is a rather unique take on the home phone. It is a mixture of corded AND cordless – coming with two distinct handsets – and includes 40-minutes of message storage, a tidy LCD display, and a truly excellent nuisance call blocking feature. It can even be used as a baby monitor.
Constructed from rugged black plastic, the KX-TGF320E looks business-like. Calls can be made either from the base unit or the cordless handset. The base handset comes with nicely-sized buttons and an easy to see tiltable display, while the buttons of both are backlit – making calling in the dark a doddle. There’s also a dedicated Nuisance Call Block button that’s extremely simple to use and mercifully effective. You can block individual numbers or whole groups – such as those from abroad, those with the same first two to eight digits, withheld numbers and so on. You also get a superb function whereby the phone will ‘go to sleep’ when you don’t want to be disturbed, with only those closest to you able to get through. There’s one touch dialling for the numbers you most commonly use, and an awesome talking caller ID, so the phone will tell you who’s calling from the other side of the room. When a voice message is left on the KX-TGF320E it can tell you via your mobile phone – handy for when you’re away as you can access your messages remotely.
If you have a power cut there are back up AAA batteries to enable you to keep making calls in candlelight. Finally, the sound quality is excellent and the clarity of the answering machine impeccable. This is a first-rate handset with some truly useful features.
Why you should buy it: This is a really fabulous piece of kit with such a wide variety of incredibly useful features. Importantly it’s not just about the bells and whistles –the basics are great too, with a clear audio and a great answering machine.
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Lowest price for Panasonic KX-TGF320E Twin is £64. This is currently the cheapest offer among 4 retailers.