The Panasonic KX-TG8061 is an excellent mid-range Digital Cordless Phone with Answering Machine, which offers great value for money. Equipped with a number of features, including: Speed dial, Call barring, Night Mode, Room Monitoring & more. The handset also boasts a decent colour screen (most models in its price range typically have a more basic graphical backlit display) and the base benefits from integrated controls for using the answer machine as well as a convenient LED display so you can see how many messages have been left.
We put it to the liGo test:
Design & build
The handset and keypad are a reasonable size; the screen is rather small but the bright backlit colour display makes up for that. The only flaw in the design is that the headset socket is located half-way down the left-side of the handset, which is not ideal but not a major problem.
It looks and feels well made for the price; the keypad features soft rubberised buttons, which are very responsive whilst the 4-way navigation is made from a harder plastic.
Ease of use & set-up
The Panasonic 8061 is one of the easiest DECT phones to set-up and use. After you’ve plugged in the main base and switched the handset on for the first time you’ll be asked to set the date and time and it’s ready to go. If you have more than one handset and need to register them to the base, you can follow our step-by-step guide.
The Panasonic 8061 is one of the easiest DECT phones to set-up and use
The backlit colour screen displays text and numbers clearly and makes navigating through the menus very easy. The main menu is icon based and well laid out so making changes to the settings or adding contacts to the phonebook is fairly straightforward. The user manual is not the best we’ve had the pleasure to peruse but it’s far from the worst; it might not be so easy on the eyes but the instructions are clearly explained.
The integrated answering machine has a recording time for up to 20 minutes of messages; and is very easy to use. Notification of new messages appear on the handset as a flashing icon, and the counter on the base can also be used to check (though there is no audible alert). Call Barring capabilities on the 8061 are not quite as advanced as the likes of the BT8500, but do allow you to block up to 30 specific numbers. And the Call Restrict feature is quite useful features; you can set a PIN to prevent outgoing calls to premium numbers (by restricting the prefix 0845, or 07 for instance). And there is also a time-controlled call silencing feature so the phone from ringing at certain times of the day or night.
There are also a variety of other features to take advantage of such as phonebook (you can transfer contacts between handsets if you have more than one), intercom, call transfer, and conferencing.
The sound quality of the 8061 on calls was very good; we conducted test calls to another landline, a VOIP line, a mobile, and to another handset (intercom). The maximum volume is not that loud but the clarity on each of the calls we made was excellent; and the performance of the hands-free loudspeaker was excellent.
Range & battery life
The range provided was on a par with more expensive cordless phones we’ve reviews; enabling us to get the full length of our office. Outdoors, the range was also good; we were able to get more than 250 metres down the road, however, there was no out of range warning and the sound didn’t begin to break up gradually but was clear until the moment we were disconnected.
The battery life was fine; we were able to use continuously for more than a day without charging, and on standby lasted over a week, which is about standard.
The Panasonic KX-TG 8061 is an excellent cordless phone for the home, which delivers exceptional value for money. Great sound quality, very easy to use, nice look and feel to it, and only a couple of minor flaws. Definitely worthy of consideration!