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Panasonic KX-TG4032B

*Est. $135, 2 handsets
Reviewed
November 2012
by ConsumerSearch
Panasonic KX-TG4032B

Pros
  • Nice design
  • Sound quality
  • Reception
  • Talking Caller ID
Cons
  • No speed dial
  • Too quiet for people with hearing loss
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The bottom line

The Panasonic KX-TG4032B enjoys enviable consumer reviews on a number of electronics sites. Consumers rave about the sound quality, reception and ease of use of the phone and its answering system. Battery life is another high point, and users particularly like the talking caller ID feature, which announces the name or number of who is calling. Volume can be low at times, so it's not an easy phone for people with hearing loss to use, owners say. While this phone is being replaced with newer models, it is well liked by many users and reviewers and continues to be available for sale.

Performance

Crystal-clear sound quality. Reviewers endorse the Panasonic KX-TG7643M for its excellent sound quality and static-free reception. There are very few complaints about its performance. The range and lack of interference with other devices (thanks to DECT technology) are important to users. The headset jack and large keys make the phone easy to use. The phone runs on rechargeable AAA batteries, and has a decent battery life with a bar indicating the charge level. It does not include the ability to use handset batteries as a backup in a power outage, as do other models like the Best Reviewed Panasonic KX-TG7643M.

Durability

Durable and lightweight, but no backup power. The phone is lightweight, and users admire the design. One customer had trouble with the second handset base failing to charge, though long-term users report few issues with durability.

Features

Talking caller ID announces incoming calls. The talking caller ID is a clear winner among users, who laud the phone's many features. Data (such as phone numbers) and preferences are transferred automatically between handsets. Phone and ringer volume are adequate, but not for those who are hard of hearing. Some miss a feature of previous Panasonic phones that would allow one-touch redial of missed calls. Reviewers point out that the answering machine display doesn't indicate the number of waiting messages, and that no speed dial is available.

In Panasonic's cordless phone series, the model number indicates the number of handsets: the Panasonic KX-TG4032B cordless phone has two handsets, the identical KX-TG4033B has three, the KX-TG4034B has four, and so on. If you know you want extra handsets, it is generally less expensive to buy them as part of the phone's base unit package.

Where To Buy
Panasonic KX-TG4032B DECT 6.0 PLUS Expandable Digital Cordless Phone with Answering System, Black, 2 Handsets

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Buy new: $69.95   7 Used & new from $25.95

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Our Sources

1. ConsumerReports.org

Review Credibility: Excellent ConsumerReports.org tests ease of use, range, voice quality and more in a recent, but undated, comparison test of 44 cordless phone models. Results are displayed in a handy chart, making it easy to see which phones are the best. However, the information is only available to paid subscribers.

Review: Cordless Phone Ratings, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, As of November 2012

2. Amazon.com

Review Credibility: Very Good About three dozen reviewers at Amazon.com award the Panasonic KX-TG4032B cordless phone an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Users like the way the phone looks and sounds, as well as its talking caller ID feature that announces incoming calls. One customer had trouble with the second handset base failing to charge, and others miss a feature of previous Panasonic phones that allows one-touch redial of missed calls.

Review: Panasonic KX-TG4032B, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of November 2012

3. Walmart.com

Review Credibility: Good More than 35 users of the Panasonic KX-TG4032B cordless phone weigh in, with more than half giving the phone a perfect 5-star rating. The unit receives an overall 92 percent positive rating. Most users are extremely complimentary of the phone's features and performance, citing its sound quality, range and lack of static. The answering machine display doesn't indicate the number of waiting messages, which some say is inconvenient.

Review: Panasonic KX-TG4032B, Contributors to Walmart.com, As of November 2012

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