The Panasonic KX-TGK320 is a designer DECT phone with answering machine and nuisance call blocking. Boasting great sound quality, reliable range and a stylish design the TGK320 is a contemporary solution for discerning home phone users.

Design & build

One of the most appealing aspects of the TGK320 is the sleek design. Unlike most modern DECT phones the TGK320 lies flat. The handset has a nice feel to it and the keypad works well. It would’ve been nice to have a colour screen but the monochrome display is bright and clear. The blue indicator for incoming calls and messages is a nice touch and looks good.

There is also a single cord for the telephone line and power supply unit and the handset can sit either way in the cradle. My only gripe with the design is with the gloss style plastic, which looks nice but drives the OCD in me into hyperdrive as it shows up fingerprints and smudges.

Set-up

Setup, as with all Panasonic Cordless Phones, is a cinch. Simply insert the supplied batteries into the handset, connect the base to your phone line and power socket and you’re more or less there. The menu is clearly laid out and easy to navigate so it is easy to find and use the features of the phone. This is a good thing as the user manual is not as user-friendly as the phone itself!

Sound quality

Panasonic phones tend to fare well in our tests for sound quality. We conduct control calls from landline to landline, and mobile to landline through the earpiece and on loudspeaker to assess the call quality and experienced zero distortion or interference. The clarity of voice is excellent and the range of volume is more than adequate for anyone who doesn’t have a hearing impairment.

Features

Feature-wise there is not much to get excited about. The Panasonic KX-TGK320 covers all the main bases you’d expect a modern DECT phone to cover:

  • Nuisance Call Blocking and Do Not Disturb Mode
  • Handsfree loudspeaker
  • Caller ID
  • Answering machine

The only differentiating feature is the facility to connect your mobile with the answering machine so that you can be alerted when a new message has been left and dial in to listen remotely.

Range

We tested the Panasonic KX-TGK320 and found that it provided close to the 50 metres range indoors and 300 metres outdoors that most DECT phones purport to give. The strength of the signal didn’t quite match that of some of the more expensive Gigaset models with a deterioration in sound quality at the maximum range. However, it faired far better than BT cordless phones and other cheaper inferior models. The phone is also repeater compatible so it is possible to extend the range if needed.

Verdict

The Panasonic KX-TGK320 is a stylish twist on the modern DECT home and is the perfect choice if you’re looking for an eye-catching home phone. What it lacks in features it more than makes up for with it’s sleek design and top-class sound quality. The only major downside is that it is only available as a single handset model.