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Panasonic KX-TG7743S

Est. $90 with three handsets
Reviewed
October 2013
by ConsumerSearch
Panasonic KX-TG7743S

Best cordless phone

Pros
  • Can link up with two cellphone lines
  • Good speakerphone
  • Easy to set up and use
Cons
  • No speed dial
  • Performance and compatibility issues on some devices
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Bottom line

If you're looking for a cordless phone system with great sound quality and lots of features, experts and owners say the Panasonic KX-TG7743S is the one to get. Sound is clear when making calls or listening to messages, range is long and reliable overall, and there's Bluetooth link-to-cell capability. There's no traditional speed dial, but you can store up to 3,050 contacts in the phone book, which makes calling faster.

Performance

Impressive sound quality. Experts and owners say the Panasonic KX-TG7743S offers great ease of use for both the phone and answerer. The keypads are large and well-lit, battery life is relatively long and the speakerphone feature works well. Voice quality is great overall and recorded answering-machine messages are clear. The Bluetooth link-to-cell function is a boon, though reviewers say that reception suffers if you're more than 30 feet away from the base. According to user reviews, the biggest caveats include the lack of speed dial and incompatibility with certain devices. Owners grouse that the KX-TG7743S doesn't work well with the iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S, though others say compatibility is excellent with other smartphones, including the iPhone 4 and its earlier iterations.

Durability

Compact size, solid reliability. The Panasonic KX-TG7743S cordless phone system handsets are relatively small in size, and some say that they can be a bit difficult to cradle between your shoulder and ear. Build quality seems to be excellent; some owners report that the phone has even survived drops onto a tile floor with minimal damage. Many Amazon.com contributors chime in several months after buying the phone; most say it still works as expected, though some report some minor aesthetic damage. A one-year warranty is included, which covers parts and labor.

Features

Bluetooth link for up to two cellphone lines. Experts and users praise the Panasonic KX-TG7743S for its link-to-cell feature, allowing you to make and receive calls for up to two cellphones lines plus a landline. The cellphone you want to use must also have Bluetooth capability, however. You can transfer your cellphone's contact list to the KX-TG7743S, and you can even set up the handsets to play custom ringtones from your cellphone. The handsets can be "named," which makes it easy to call a specific handset while using the intercom feature. Owners suggest keeping the instruction manual nearby when setting up the more advanced features. The same cordless phone is available as a single handset model, the KX-TG7741S (Est. $60) , and in bundles with two handsets -- the Panasonic KX-TG7742S (Est. $75) -- and up. Other than the number of handsets, features and performance are identical.

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Panasonic KX-TG7743S DECT 6.0 Link-to-Cell via Bluetooth Cordless Phone with Answering System, Silver, 3 Handsets

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Buy new: $109.95   24 Used & new from $78.99

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Our Sources

1. ConsumerReports.org

Editors of ConsumerReports.org review the Panasonic KX-TG7743S. It's tested for ease of use, voice quality, range and more. Analysis here is succinct yet informative, and results of hands-on testing are displayed in a chart that's easy to read. However, the full review is only available to paid subscribers.

Review: Panasonic KX-TG7743S, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not dated

2. Amazon.com

More than 550 owners weigh in on the Panasonic KX-TG7743S (as well as other bundles with different numbers of handsets) at Amazon.com. Here the cordless phone system earns an overall score of 4.3 stars out of 5. Feedback here is overwhelmingly positive, though common complaints include incompatibility with certain devices and sometimes-spotty performance.

Review: Panasonic KX-TG7743S DECT 6.0 Link-to-Cell via Bluetooth Cordless Phone with Answering System, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of October 2013

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