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Panasonic KX-TGD532W Review

This phone is easy to use and has an impressive range but didn't make much of an impression on us overall
Panasonic KX-TGD532W
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Price:   $60 List | $54.52 at Amazon
Pros:  Great range, user-friendly
Cons:  So-so sound quality, limited battery life
Manufacturer:   Panasonic
By David Wise and Austin Palmer  ⋅  Feb 1, 2021
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#7 of 11
  • Sound Quality - 30% 5
  • Range - 25% 8
  • Ease of Use - 20% 8
  • Features - 15% 5
  • Battery Life - 10% 3

Our Verdict

Delivering a fairly middling performance, the KX-TGD532W failed to stand out too much in our minds. It did earn one of the better scores of the group when it came to range and ease of use but only managed to put up an average showing in our suite of sound quality and battery tests. It has a few interesting features that might make it a great choice if that's what you are looking for but we generally think other phones are better options if you are searching for a premium system or a bargain buy.

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Pros Great range, user-friendlyVery easy to use, great sound quality, strong battery life, fair priceExceptional range performance, good sound qualityEasy to use, good sound qualityInexpensive, great value, alright range
Cons So-so sound quality, limited battery lifeLittle light on featuresPoor results in our battery test, sparse on featuresLackluster battery life, limited featuresBelow average battery life
Bottom Line This phone is easy to use and has an impressive range but didn't make much of an impression on us overallIf you want a great cordless phone that is simple and easy to use without a lot of fluff, then this is the model for youIf you need a cordless phone with top-tier range, this is a great choiceIf you are looking for a middle-of-the-road phone at a middle-of-the-road price, then this is itAbove average range and sound quality for a great price
Rating Categories Panasonic KX-TGD532W AT&T CL82207 VTech DS6621-2 AT&T DL72219 AT&T EL51203
Sound Quality (30%)
5.0
8.0
8.0
7.0
6.0
Range (25%)
8.0
7.0
9.0
7.0
6.0
Ease Of Use (20%)
8.0
7.0
6.0
8.0
5.0
Features (15%)
5.0
4.0
4.0
4.0
4.0
Battery Life (10%)
3.0
7.0
3.0
3.0
4.0
Specs Panasonic KX-TGD532W AT&T CL82207 VTech DS6621-2 AT&T DL72219 AT&T EL51203
Link - to - Cell No No Yes Yes No
Caller ID Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Caller ID announce Yes Yes No No No
Unobstructed Range Test 840 ft. 840 ft. 840 ft. 840 ft. 840 ft.
Obstructed Range Test 390 ft. 300 ft. 390 ft. 280 ft. 220 ft.
Call Waiting Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Call block Up to 150 Smart Call Blocker* Up to 20 with a subscription Up to 1,000 Dial *60
Expandable Handsets Up to 6 Up to 12 Up to 5 Up to 5 Up to 5
Corded (phone) Base No No No No No
Speaker Phone on Base No No No No No
Speaker Phone on Handset Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Phone Book Capacity 100 50 1000 1000 50
Speed Dial Yes Yes No No Yes
Redial Yes Last 10 Numbers Last 10 Numbers Last 10 Numbers Last 10 Numbers
Wall mountable Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Mute Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Hold Yes No No No No
Any Key answer Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Push to talk (PTT) No Yes No No No
Backlit display Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Eco Mode Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Silent/Quiet Mode Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Voice Command No No No No No
HD Audio w/ equalizer Yes Yes Yes No No
Lighted Keypad Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Optional Belt Clip No No No No No
Headset Jack No No No No No
Additional Lines No No No No No
RoHS Compliant Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Answering Machine Yes Yes Yes Yes No

Our Analysis and Test Results

This phone system does have some unique features, like Spanish/English caller ID and one-touch call block, as well as the ability to have different ringtones depending on the caller ID. However, its overall results do make it a bit hard for us to recommend unless these are particularly important to you.

Performance Comparison


We test phones across a range of performance capabilities and price...
We test phones across a range of performance capabilities and price ranges to find the best models to fit your needs.
Credit: Laura Casner

Sound Quality


Starting off our testing process, our sound quality assessment is the most important to the overall scores. We based the score for this on dozens and dozens of calls, as well as by having a panel of judges rate the quality of a voicemail left by each phone. Additionally, we also deducted points for any distracting background noises that could be heard when using the phone, such as static or buzzing. The KX-TGD532W delivered so-so results, earning it a lackluster score.

The sound coming through this headset always seemed to be a bit on the fuzzier side, failing to match the crystal-clear audio quality delivered by our top phones. We noticed this both when listening to both live audio and to recorded messages — reminding us of talking on a cell phone with barely enough signal to make the call.

This phone does have an impressive range, particularly when it came...
This phone does have an impressive range, particularly when it came to our obstructed test.
Credit: Laura Casner

Range


Our next set of tests rated and ranked the range of each cordless phone. We conducted both a line-of-sight test to see what the maximum range of each phone is when the signal is unimpeded, as well as an obstructed range test where the signal had to pass through a handful of walls. The KX-TGD532W did exceptionally well in this metric, earning one of the top scores.

This phone matched all of the top performers in our unobstructed range test, delivering clear and understandable audio at a distance of 840' — the cut-off point for this test.


The KX-TGD532W delivered a stellar performance in our obstructed range test, delivering some of the clearest audio out of the entire group at the furthest distance.


It was still clear enough to understand the other person when the handset was separated from its base by about 390' and a whopping 7 walls or so, putting it at the top of the group.

This phone is very easy to operate in our minds.
This phone is very easy to operate in our minds.
Credit: Laura Casner

Ease of Use


Next, we evaluated and judged how easy it is to operate each of these products, specifically looking at how easy it is to read the display on each phone, place a call, locate a lost headset, use them in the dark, and utilize some of their more advanced functions, like blocking a call, using the speed dial and phonebook, and calling back a missed call. The KX-TGD532W again did very well, earning a score well above average scoring very well, earning another 8 out of 10.

This phone has "Any-Key" answer, but we found that the flash, right menu buttons, and the D-pad don't actually answer the call, but this is relatively trivial. We didn't notice any lag when scrolling between menus on the KX-TGD532W and we particularly liked how intuitive and easy it is to call back a missed number and to program and use the speed dial functions, which has 9 slots.

It has a decently loud ringer volume and it is quite easy to put the phone on mute and to configure initial settings, like the date and time. The loud volume also makes it decently easy to locate a lost headset using the page/ find-a-phone function. On top of that, the screen and buttons for the KX-TGD532W all have a decently bright backlight, making it exceptionally easy to use this phone in a darker environment.

It's quite easy to read the display in both bright and dark...
It's quite easy to read the display in both bright and dark conditions.
Credit: Laura Casner

This phone also allows you to block up to 150 numbers, as well as store up to 100 in your phone book. It also has a one-touch call block, allowing you to easily cut down on your spam calls.

We do think the Panasonic KX-TGD532W is a little short on some of...
We do think the Panasonic KX-TGD532W is a little short on some of the features we were looking for.
Credit: Laura Casner

Features


Next, we compiled a list of all the most common features on these products, then scored each model on how many it had. We found the KX-TGD532W to be about average for these products, earning a score in the middle of the group.

This product is compatible with up to 6 expandable handsets but lacks both a keypad and speaker on the main base, as well as the ability to link to a cell phone.

It has decently large backlit buttons if your eyesight isn't the greatest and has a built-in answering machine. This phone can also act as an intercom system. The handsets also lack both a headset jack and a belt clip. The KX-TGD532W also lacks the capabilities to pair to a smartphone via Bluetooth.

This phone didn't deliver the most impressive results in our battery...
This phone didn't deliver the most impressive results in our battery test.
Credit: Laura Casner

Battery Life


For our last metric, we compared and judged the battery life of each product, both talking and on standby, as well as the time it took to charge each one. The KX-TGD532W again gave a slightly disappointing performance, earning it one of the lower scores of the group.

The handset for this phone only lasted for 8 hours, 12 minutes in our talk time test — significantly less than the 15.5 hours of the top model. It has a claimed standby time of 5 days — again, quite a bit less than the top performers. It has a claimed charge time of up to 12 hours, which we found to be about average for these products.

Value


This phone is an alright value, but other comparably priced models have a better sound quality and battery life.

Conclusion


All in all, the KX-TGD532W isn't a bad phone, but it isn't our favorite either. While it does have an exceptional range and is very easy to use, we wished the audio quality was just a bit better and it had a few more features. It might be a more enticing option if you find it on sale or some of its specialized features are particularly compelling but we do think there are plenty of better options out there.

David Wise and Austin Palmer