Panasonic KX-TGD532W Review
Pros: Great range, user-friendly
Cons: So-so sound quality, limited battery life
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|Pros||Great range, user-friendly||Very easy to use, great sound quality, solid battery life||Exceptional range performance, good sound quality||Exceptional range, great sound quality, best for linking to cell phones||Excellent range, tons of features|
|Cons||So-so sound quality, limited battery life||Little light on features||Poor results in our battery test, sparse on features||Mediocre battery life, a little pricey||Unimpressive battery life, sound quality could be better|
|Bottom Line||This phone is easy to use and has an impressive range but didn't make much of an impression on us overall||If you want a great cordless phone that is simple and easy to use without a lot of fluff, then this is the model for you||If you need a cordless phone with top-tier range, this is a great choice||If you are searching for a cordless phone to integrate with your cell phone, this model is the clear choice||While the KX-TGE432 came close to scoring an award, it was held back by its less than stellar sound quality and battery life|
|Rating Categories||Panasonic KX-TGD532W||AT&T CL82207||VTech DS6621-2||AT&T TL96273||Panasonic KX-TGE432|
|Sound Quality (30%)|
|Ease Of Use (20%)|
|Battery Life (10%)|
|Specs||Panasonic KX-TGD532W||AT&T CL82207||VTech DS6621-2||AT&T TL96273||Panasonic KX-TGE432|
|Link - to - Cell||No||No||Yes||Yes||No|
|Caller ID announce||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||Yes|
|Unobstructed Range Test||840 ft.||840 ft.||840 ft.||840 ft.||840 ft.|
|Obstructed Range Test||390 ft.||300 ft.||390 ft.||300 ft.||350 ft.|
|Call block||Up to 150||Smart Call Blocker*||Up to 20 with a subscription||Dial *60||Up to 250|
|Expandable Handsets||Up to 6||Up to 12||Up to 5||Up to 12||Up to 6|
|Corded (phone) Base||No||No||No||No||No|
|Speaker Phone on Base||No||No||No||Yes||No|
|Speaker Phone on Handset||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Phone Book Capacity||100||50||1000||200 (6000 cell entries)||100|
|Redial||Yes||Last 10 Numbers||Last 10 Numbers||Last 10 Numbers||Yes|
|Any Key answer||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Push to talk (PTT)||No||Yes||No||Yes||No|
|HD Audio w/ equalizer||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||No|
|Optional Belt Clip||No||No||No||No||Yes|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This phone is an alright value, but other comparably priced models have a better sound quality and battery life.
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