Panasonic KX-TG 8322 E Review

The good Stylish, excellent sound on handset & speakerphone, nice set of features, easy to use and good on the environment. Editors rating 9/10
The bad More colour variations would be nice.
Conclusion Top quality product at a very good price. Seems to be a sure fire winner. Customer rating 10/10

When it comes to DECT cordless phones, you get what you pay for. So we were surprised to find that Panasonic’s latest offering, the twin handset KX-TG 8322 E, was a snip at around £89.99. A real bargain. So as you can imagine, we were keen to take a closer look.

Panasonic make top quality cordless phones and first impressions are that this is set to be a best seller. At first glance you would be forgiven for thinking it was the stylish and rather more expensive Siemens SL565. If you’re short of mirrors in your house, then fear not.

With its shiny reflective exterior and chrome beveled edges, you can spend as long you want in front of the sleek 8322 fixing your hair. The box indicates that there are two other colour variations (silver and a light blue) but it seems for the moment, only the black version will be available in the UK.

The buttons are a nice size with a subtle clicking action and if you’re of the type who likes using the phone directory instead, the 8322 has storage space for 200 of your favourite family and friends.

You can copy all or part of your phone directory to the other handset(s) with ease. If you want to be fancy, you can assign the ring tone of your choice for those in your phone directory. The display can even be set to light up a different colour.

The 1.5inch full colour display might be the same size as the model it replaces (the KX-TG 8222), however, it appears to be clearer and sharper. As expected, the menu system is largely the same as the 8222 – it seems silly to change a winning formula. Navigating around its many options is a doddle and we found it easy to use the most common features using the mini joypad in the middle. But if you’re keen on delving deep and using all its features, then you’d be best advised to have a flick through the accompanying manual.

The sound quality on the handset is one of the best we’ve come across. Not a great surprise given Panasonics’ track record in this area. The speakerphone, located on the back of each handset, is loud and callers generally reported that they could hear us clearly.

If you’re a business user or just like to yap on the phone a lot, then you can plug in a wired headset into the jack located on the side of each handset. Attach the included belt clip onto the back of the handset and you can walk and talk with your headset on.

If that’s still not enough for you, then you can pair one of several wireless headsets available on the market with the Panasonic 8322. Set up is simple and it means you no longer need to have your phone with you to take calls.

The current buzz words seems to be Eco friendly, ever evident here. Standby power consumption is claimed to have been reduced on this model - by 34% to be precise - compared with their 2005 KXTCD 320 model. In the time it took for us to figure out how to actually test this claim (considering the 2005 model is no longer available), the clever 8322’s display switched itself off.

So it appears it does in fact conserve power when not in use. Touch any button and the phone comes to life instantly, with its blue back lit keypad and easy to read 65k colour screen.

A 40 minute digital answering machine and the 50 number call list means you won’t (or shouldn’t) miss a call. Messages can be accessed from the base or conveniently from each handset. With the aid of a 3 digit pin (of your choice) messages can even be accessed remotely.

There are a bundle of features on the Panasonic such as call transfer, intercom, night mode, SMS (text messaging), caller ID, conference calling, alarm, memo feature and many more. A couple of nice touches are the incoming and outgoing call bar feature.

If you’re worried about your children running up a big bill, then you can simply select numbers which cannot be dialed out (it can even be a prefix such as 090 etc) from all or specific handsets. Sorry kids, but we’re not made of money.

As for the incoming call barring, we particularly like this. You’ve just sat down in front of the TV to watch your favourite program only to be interrupted by the phone ringing. Thinking it could be important, you rush to the phone knocking over your wife’s favourite vase along the way.

Breathless and now with your screaming wife in the background, you answer the call only to hear ‘Hello Mr Smith, I’ve got some wonderful news. You’ve been selected to enter our fabulous prize draw…’. We know what you’re thinking – if only you could prevent this from happening again. After all, good vases don’t come cheap. Well, now you can – kind of.

The 8322 allows you to enter 20 numbers into a list which it will then block should they dare call again.

You can add a maximum of 4 additional handsets, model KX-TGA 830, to the twin version Panasonic 8322. However, if you feel that you may benefit from a bigger set, then the wiser move would be to buy all the handsets together at the start.

Typically we found only a £20-£30 difference in pack price (going from the twin 8322 to the triple 8323 etc) compared with paying nearly £50 per additional handset. The phone offers a good range, quoted up to 50metres indoors and up to 300metres outdoors (we give you the lowdown on all issues relating to cordless phone range here).

The Panasonic KX-TG 8322 E is an ideal cordless phone for the home and office. Another excellent offering from Panasonic - worth every penny.