The Clarity XLC3.4 Amplified Cordless Phone is a solid choice for those with hearing or visual impairments. 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 keypads. This phone isn't meant to have the bells and whistles of a traditional cordless phone system, but users say its features are useful for consumers who have less-than-perfect vision or hearing. In addition to offering amplified call quality and loud, easy-to-hear ringtones, the phone has large, high-contrast backlit keys that are well spaced 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. Expansion headsets are available separately, but are pricey (Est. $65 each).
Few accessible cordless phones get a large number of reviews, but more than 100 users at Amazon.com have reviewed the Clarity XLC3.4 Amplified Cordless Phone, awarding it an overall rating of 4 stars out of 5. Users praise its sound clarity and loud ringer, as well as its easy-to-use controls.
Review: Clarity XLC3.4 Amplified Cordless Phone, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of October 2013
Ten users briefly review the Clarity XLC3.4 Amplified Cordless Phone at Walmart.com, where it earns a score of 4 stars out of 5. One 1-star review maintains the ringer isn't loud enough. Another complains of short battery life. All others are mostly to completely pleased.
Review: Clarity XLC3.4 Cordless DECT 6.0 Phone, Contributors to Walmart.com, As of October 2013
Here the Clarity XLC3.4 Amplified Cordless Phone receives 5 stars out of 5 from a lone user review. A woman who bought the phone for her mother writes that they were able to stop using the speakerphone from the old phone as the Clarity XLC3.4's headset works fine.
Review: Clarity XLC3.4 DECT 6.0 Extra Loud Cordless Phone w/Talking Caller ID, Contributors to SmithGear.com, As of October 2013
The user review hosted on this Canadian site awards the Clarity XLC3.4 Amplified Cordless Phone 5 stars out of 5. The purchaser bought the phone for a 92-year-old relative, finding that she was able to use the phone easily and hear well.
Review: Clarity XLC-3.4 Amplified Cordless Phone, Contributors to TheSource.ca, As of October 2013