The Panasonic KX-TG6761 is one of the best priced cordless phone for anyone looking for long range. Offering a range of basic features including an in-built answering machine with 30 minutes recording time, 100 name and number phonebook and low power Eco Mode, we were keen to put this one to the liGo test.
Complete with the Panasonic KX-A405 Repeater, and at only £74.99 this is perhaps the best cordless phone for anyone looking for long range on a budget.
Design & build
The Panasonic KX-TG6761 might not pick up any design awards but out the box it certainly feels well made if a little basic. There’s no colour screen on the handset, instead we have an amber backlit display that looks a little outdated. I’m not a huge fan of the soft touch rubber-like buttons either. But overall it it looks and feels better than expected.
The repeater is not much too look at either but its purpose is purely functional. As a discreet black box that simply needs to be plugged into a power socket and work unnoticed it’s fine.
Ease of use & set-up
The Panasonic KX-TG6761 could not be easier to set-up and use, which is good as the user manuals for Panasonic cordless phones are notoriously indecipherable and the cause of many support requests from our customers. Simply connect the answer machine base to your telephone line and power socket using the supplied cables. Insert the batteries into the handset and you’re more or less ready to go. You can set the date and time and input contacts into the phonebook (there is space for up to 100 entries). The menus are fairly intuitive and I’d recommend exploring them yourself rather but there is an index at the back of the manual if you’d like to try and use it.
The key to setting up the repeater lies in finding the right location for it. In order for a repeater to provide the optimum additional range for your cordless phone it will need to be plugged in as far away from your the base (which is the unit connected to your telephone line) but still within the radius of its signal. So take your handset and place a call to friend, family or foe and go for a walk to determine where the signal begins to deteriorate and find the ideal spot for the repeater then its simply a case of plugging it in.
I didn’t have the highest expectations when it came to testing the sound quality of the Panasonic KX-TG6761. At best I thought it would be average so was pleasantly surprised by how well it performed. The sound was a little tinny at times (which worsened when using the loudspeaker) but overall the clarity was excellent and fared much better than average.
Range & battery life
The range provided was similar to more expensive cordless phones we’ve reviewed, and that was before we tested it with the repeater. And once the KX-A405 Repeater is set up this is where the phone excels providing double the range of a standard cordless phone. The battery life was fine. The handset uses 2 x NiMH AAA rechargeable batteries and one of the benefits of the more basic display is that it doesn’t use up as much battery life. Panasonic claim that the handset will last 17 hours continuously when fully charged and up 180 hours standby so don’t fret if you forget to put the handset back in the cradle for a couple of days and get a call (it won’t die on you!).
It might not be the best cordless phone but it might just be the best long range cordless phone. Offering outstanding value for money, great sound quality and extra range the Panasonic KX-TG6761 is a great home phone if you're looking for a decent phone with long range at a good price. It’s just a pity that it is only available with one handset...