The Clarity XLC3.4 Amplified Cordless Phone is a solid choice for the visually or hearing impaired. While there are lots of cordless phones on the market that will amplify sound, few offer the wide array of accessibility features you'll get from the aptly named Clarity, including generously sized, easy-to-press backlit keys, hearing aid compatibility and automatic readout of incoming caller ID numbers.
A sound booster helps connect with family. The Clarity XLC3.4 has an amplified receiver that is compatible with hearing aids, and users say both the receiver volume and ringer are loud and clear. Users also like the caller ID feature, which announces the numbers of both incoming and outgoing calls. Most reviews are written by family members of older users, and they say the phone adds to their quality of life. Not everything is perfect, however; some say the sound quality could be improved and that those who aren't tech savvy may have trouble setting up the phone
Handsets are heavy and durable. There are almost no reviewer complaints about durability, though a few say the battery can quickly run down. The phone is larger in size and heavier than other models. The speakerphone, which draws praise from some users for its clear sound, allows hands-free conversations (as does the included belt clip). The unit has a headset jack.
No answering machine, but great sound and keys. This phone isn't meant to have the bells and whistles of a traditional cordless phone system, but users say its features -- like boosted sound and keys that the visually impaired can operate -- are useful for consumers who have weak vision or hearing. In addition to offering a wide range of amplifications and tones, the phone has large, high-contrast backlit keys that are separated and easy to depress. The phone announces who is calling and which buttons you're pressing, which are important features for the visually impaired. The unit can make and receive calls even when power is out. The phone doesn't include an answering machine, which reviewers say is important but doesn't prevent them from purchasing the Clarity XLC3.4, as there are few similar options available on the market.
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Review Credibility: Very Good Few accessible cordless phones get a large number of reviews, but about 40 users at Amazon.com have reviewed the Clarity XLC3.4 Amplified Cordless Phone, awarding it an average of 3.9 out of 5 stars. Users praise its sound clarity and loud ringer, as well as its easy controls. Buttons are large and easy to depress, and the backlighting for the keypad and display screen make them easy to read, users say. A couple of users write that the phone sounds better (and is loud enough) when used without hearing aids.
Review: Clarity XLC3.4 Amplified Cordless Phone, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of November 2012
Review Credibility: Fair The lone review for the Clarity XLC3.4 Amplified Cordless Phone awards 5 out of 5 stars, praising its clarity and loud volume. A woman who bought the phone for her mother writes that they were able to stop using the speakerphone from the old phone, as her mother is able to hear well over the Clarity XLC3.4's headset.
Review: Clarity XLC3.4 DECT 6.0 Extra Loud Cordless Phone, Contributors to SmithGear.com, As of November 2012
Review Credibility: Fair The user review hosted on this Canadian site awards the Clarity XLC3.4 Amplified Cordless Phone 5 out of 5 stars. The purchaser bought the phone for a 92-year-old relative, finding that she was able to use the phone easily and hear well. "The response from friends and family has been amazing. People want to call her now. She loves [sic], we love it. Very highly recommend this phone," the review says.
Review: Clarity XLC-3.4 Amplified Cordless Phone, Contributors to TheSource.ca, As of November 2012
Review Credibility: Fair Two users briefly review the Clarity XLC3.4 Amplified Cordless Phone, giving it an average of 3 out of 5 stars. One 1-star review, written by the daughter of an 80-year-old woman, maintains the ringer isn't loud enough. The other reviewer calls the phone "excellent" and "easy to set up and use."
Review: Clarity XLC3.4 Cordless DECT 6.0 Phone, Contributors to Walmart.com, As of November 2012