The Panasonic KX-TGH260 Link2Mobile is an exciting new cordless phone that you can use to connect to your smartphone or mobile via Bluetooth. It is perfect for homes with poor mobile signal and doesn’t need to be connected to a landline socket to work. Complete with large TFT colour display, answering machine, and additional features such as Nuisance Call Block this is an excellent home phone that packs a lot in for the price.
Design & build
The design is identical to that of the Panasonic KX-TGH220, which was one of our best-selling and top-rated Panasonic cordless phones of last year. It comes in a stylish matt black with a glossy bezel around the large 1.8” colour display. There is a nice feel and weight to the handset and whilst it doesn’t come close to the likes of the Gigaset SL400A or SL910A in terms of build quality it does compare favourably with similarly priced models.
The keypad sits flush with the rest of the handset, and the buttons themselves are a good size, and very responsive. The main base is ergonomically compact, and boasts controls down the right side for operating the answer machine.
Link to Mobile
One of the main advantages of the Panasonic KX-TGH260 over other home phones is the unique Link-to-Mobile feature, which may come as a bit of a godsave for anyone with signal issues in their home. With Link2Mobile you can connect up to two Bluetooth compatible smartphones or mobiles to the base of the KX-TGH260 and use your home phone to make and receive calls to your mobile. providing more comfort for longer conversations. Leave your smartphone on charge and never miss a call by taking calls on the Panasonic KX-TGH260. This feature works even when your home phone is not connected to a landline.
We found the setup process very straightforward. There is a simple sequence of buttons to enter on the handset of KX-TGH260 to enter the base into pairing mode and then you need to select the Panasonic home phone in the Bluetooth settings of your smartphone. Your home phone doesn’t even need to be connected to a landline in order to take advantage of Link to Mobile. There are additional features associated with the Link to Mobile, including transfer/access to phonebook contacts on your Smartphone. And a ring as mobile mode, which means that your home phone will adopt the ringtone of your smartphone or mobile (this can be an especially useful feature to differentiate between two mobile that are paired with the base).
We conduct extensive tests for sound quality when reviewing cordless phones, checking for variances between mobile callers and those from other landlines. The Panasonic KX-TGH260 performed above average providing excellent clarity of sound over landline.
Excellent clarity of sound
There was a noticeable difference in the call quality when using the Bluetooth connection to make or receive a call with the paired Smartphone. The loudspeaker quality was also above average performing better at maximum volume than cheaper models we have tested in the past. Playback of recorded messages on the answering machine was also very good. Overall the TGH260 provides excellent sound quality.
Ease of use & setup
Setting up the phone is fairly straightforward with on-screen prompts to guide you through the process if needed. Like previous Panasonic models, the menu is icon-based and is easy to navigate (there is also an option to switch display mode from multiple icons to single with larger font size to make it easier for those with poor eyesight). The large colour screen is very clear and the buttons are a reasonable size, so it would be a safe choice for elderly users (though isn’t designed specifically for that purpose). As we’ve mentioned in previous reviews, Panasonic manuals are definitely not the most user friendly but do benefit from a good index and fairly straightforward instructions. And if you do run into any difficulties then our liGo customer support staff or on hand 7 days a week via email, livechat or freephone!
Range & battery life
The wireless range of the Panasonic KX-TGH260 is excellent. It should be more than adequate for most sized homes and provided approximately 50 metres within our office. The range outdoors will depend on the walls of your home and location of your phone line but you should expect to be able to use the handset in a front or rear garden without much problem (or specific questions about range, leave us a comment or get in touch with our customer service gurus). We also tested the TGH260 with an RTX repeater and can confirm that it is compatible (the use of a repeater can up to double the range).
The handset uses 2x AAA rechargeable batteries, which provides a decent amount of use between charges. In our tests the handsets lasted just shy of 10 hours continuous use, and a week on standby before it needed recharging, which is above average.
One of the key features of the Panasonic KX-TGH 220 is the facility to block nuisance calls. The feature is simple to set-up, and allows you to block up to 50 specific numbers (you can add numbers manually from the Nuisance Call Block icon in the main menu or directly from the Call Lists). You can also prevent calls from unknown numbers, which usually account for a large proportion of sales and marketing calls. The call blocking is not quite in the same league as the BT8600, but in every other respect this is a far superior phone.
There is an extensive phonebook memory for up to 3,000 numbers, which is more than most other phones at this price point offer; and the integrated answering machine on the base provides a recording time for up to 20 minutes of messages. You can record your own personalised greeting, and it is one of the few models available that has an audible alert for new messages.
Further notable benefits include: speed dial, the ability to double up as a baby monitor, and a Do Not Disturb mode, which enables you to silence the ringer at certain times of the day or night.
The Panasonic KX-TGH260 is one of the best cordless phones for the home packed with practical and useful features, exceptional sound, and is very easy to use and make the most of. It performs above average for sound quality, range & battery life. And to top it all off it comes with the Link to Mobile feature so truly offers something that no other home phone does. You can read the full description, spec, and customer reviews here.