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Panasonic KX-TGE273S Link2Cell Review


I have been owning the Panasonic KX-TGE273S Link2Cell for more than a year now and always wanted to put a review of it. This is a smaller review which focuses on its advantages and disadvantages. So here it goes.

Why do I/You need it: If you are staying in a place where the cell phone reception is quite bad then this is a device which you should own as you can keep the cellphone at a place where the range is good and then enable bluetooth on phone and start pairing it with the panasonic base unit. Once paired you can use the panasonic handsets for calling or receiving from your cellphone. Other advantages are

Advantages

  • Convenience: You can connect up to two cell phones via bluetooth and 1 landphone to the base unit.[Keep the cell phone where there is a good signal reception and turn on the bluetooth and cell will get paired with the base unit). So you will have a single cordless phone using which you can call/receive calls from all the three phones at home. When an incoming call comes all the handsets ring and you can attend the call from any of the units.
  • Less Radiation: Since we are now talking over the headset, we dont need to worry about the cellphone radiation as the handsets talk to the base station using the bluetooth technology. Also cellphones gets heated up fast while using for long hours and using this helps in avoiding the heat on the ears as well.
  • Allows simultaneous use of all linked cell phones: This model supports maximum of two cellphones to be paired and when you are attending a call from a handset on CELL1 at the same time you can recieve/call from another handset using CELL2.
  • Intercom: It can be used like a intercom to call from one room to another by keeping handsets in different rooms/floors. This is very useful if you stay in a duplex/two storied appts.
  • Ring as a cell mode feature makes it easy to identify on which cell the call is coming. Ring as a cell feature means, the ringtone of the paired cell phone will be used as the ringtone for the cordless phone.So this way we can differentiate on which cell the call is incoming.
  • Cellphone Address book syncing: Cellphones address book can be imported to the base unit over bluetooth. For this feature, the cellphone needs to support bluetooth PBAP(phonebook access profile) which is common in the current generation smart phones. Even most Nokia feature phones with Bluetooth HSP (hands free profile) supports the same.This helps in searching for names from the handset itself and allows directly calling from the handset.
  • Talking Caller ID: If the incoming caller’s number is saved in the address book of base unit, then while getting a call, handset will announce the name along with the ring tone which is a useful feature. If the name is not there in the address book, then it will call out the number. This can be disabled if you dont want this feature.
  • Inbuilt clock and Alarm: Clock and Alarm features are there on the handset and can be configured independently on each handset.
  • Battery: It uses regular “AA” rechargeable battery and hence its easy to replace one if it goes bad. This was the main reason why I bought this instead of a Vtec (Vtec uses proprietary battery)
  • Build Quality: Build quality is superb as my handsets had fallen down multiple times and still no major issues. One handset suffered a broken display, but still its functional though its difficult to read from it. But overall the quality is superb considering the price which I paid.

Disadvantages

  • Can’t reject the call from the handset: When you get a call on one of the linked cell phones and there is no option from the handset to reject the call. The only way to reject the call is to go and find the cell phone on which the call is coming and reject it from there. In handset you only get the option to silence the handset.This is one of the biggest disadvantages as if you are in the middle of a meeting and then all the handsets around the house will start ringing the moment you get a call and if you want to disconnect the call, only way is to find the cellphone and reject the call from there. Silencing the handset silences only one which we are holding and the remaining handsets and baseunit will still be ringing.
  • Country Code problem: If your address book in the cellphone contains a country code with (+ sign like +1 or +91) then while trying to call from the address book it will not work as it doesn’t understand + sign. This is a big problem as most of my contacts have a country code prefixed for them, so I had to manually remove the  country code (in my case +91.
  • No battery for base unit: It would be great if the base unit came with a battery as in a country like india where power cuts are common, the moment base unit power goes, bluetooth connection between cellphone also goes. To workaround either keep a fully charged handset on the base unit so that the base unit gets the power from the handset. But in my case I connected the base unit to an UPS so that it will always remain up.
  • Power adaptor for base unit and handset: This cannot be a disadvantage as, but it would be great if panasonic could provide a power adaptor which supports 110V and 230V so that it can be used across the globe. Since I bought this from US, it came with a 110V power adaptor. I used a step down transformer adaptor to make it work in India. This product is not yet available in India.

Other things which I couldn’t rate

  • Call Quality: Call quality is Ok . But I think it can be bettered as at times it sounds little muddy.
  • Range (between handset and baseunit): Since I live in a 2 bedroom apartment of 1416sqft, I cannot comment on the range as in my house every room I get a good coverage for the handsets. Base unit is placed in the living room and the handsets are in each bed room.
  • Battery backup: Battery backup is not much of concern and hence I haven’t reviewed the same. But with moderate usage it gives more than a day back up.
  • VoiceMail : It supports storing of voice mails and automatic answering. But I haven’t tested it.

Where to buy

Currently this product is not on sale in India. So you have to get it from US. Following is the amazon link for the same.
Panasonic KX-TGE273S Link2Cell Bluetooth Enabled Phone with Answering Machine & 3 Cordless Handsets

 

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