The Panasonic KX-TG4771B (Est. $60 with one handset) sports both a corded phone -- letting you continue to make calls even if the power goes out -- and a cordless handset phone, along with an answering machine. Experts and users say the phone offers very good sound overall and a solid feature set, though set up and ease of use draw mixed reviews. The quality of the answering machine also draws a few complaints.
Works even during a power outage. The Panasonic KX-TG4771B offers excellent sound quality overall; voices come in clear without any serious issues like static. A few owners posting at Amazon.com report that message quality can sound muddled at times, though others -- including one expert review we found -- say that message quality is very good at worst. Experts say range is great, much longer than many other models, though some owners disagree, saying the phone is just so-so on this mark. Continuing on a theme, some say setup is easy, others find it complicated; ditto for day-to-day use, though most find that after a little bit of a learning curve the Panasonic KX-TG4771B is actually pretty easy to live with. If the power goes out, you can still make calls with the corded phone, though the speakerphone function won't work. Owners laud the battery life of the handsets.
Slippery non-slip design. The Panasonic KX-TG4771B sports a non-slip design; the handsets are textured on the back to help reduce drops. Even so, one Amazon.com reviewer says the handsets are hard to cradle between your shoulder and ear, and there's a good chance the phone can fall if you don't hold it. The base unit can be wall-mounted, though users don't recommend doing so because the cord is a bit short. Not many reviewers comment on durability over the long haul, but the ones who do don't mention any significant quality-control issues. The phone uses two rechargeable AAA batteries that are easily replaced. A one-year warranty is included.
Most of the features you'll ever need, minus Bluetooth. The Panasonic KX-TG4771B offers a wide variety of useful features. The phone includes conferencing, talking caller ID, any-key answering, a voice-mail indicator as well as an auto-talk feature that lets you take a call just by picking up the phone. There's the aforementioned answering machine, which, according to the experts, can store 18 minutes' worth of messages. You can store up to 100 phone book contacts as well as 50 numbers for caller ID, and backlit keypads make it easy to dial in the dark. Telephone numbers can be added to a blocked call list, which gives unwanted callers a busy signal; that nuisance-killer draws praise. As with all Panasonic series phones, the model number indicates the number of handsets. The Panasonic KX-TG4771B has one handset, the KX-TG4772B (Est. $70) has two and the KX-TG4773B (Est. $90) has three. The system is compatible with the Panasonic KX-TGA470B add-on handset (Est. $35) .
Editors test the Panasonic KX-TG4773B, the three-handset version of the Panasonic KX-TG4771B, though you can expect performance and features to be similar. Analysis is competent, and hands-on testing is done. Cordless phones are graded on sound quality, ease of use, range and recording time. The full report is available to subscribers only, however.
Review: Panasonic KX-TG4773B, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not dated
The Panasonic KX-TG4771B receives an overall score of 4.4 stars out of 5 at Amazon.com. More than 250 owners weigh in, though their reports also cover versions with different numbers of bundled handsets. Most praise the cordless phone system for its sound quality, ease of use and features. Negative reviews are rare, though some say performance and ease of use are just average.
Review: Panasonic KX-TG4771B DECT 6.0 1-Handset 1-Line Landline Telephone, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of October 2013