Panasonic KX-TGE432 Review
Pros: Excellent range, tons of features
Cons: Unimpressive battery life, sound quality could be better
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|Pros||Excellent range, tons of features||Very easy to use, great sound quality, strong battery life, fair price||Exceptional range performance, good sound quality||Easy to use, good sound quality||Inexpensive, great value, alright range|
|Cons||Unimpressive battery life, sound quality could be better||Little light on features||Poor results in our battery test, sparse on features||Lackluster battery life, limited features||Below average battery life|
|Bottom Line||While the KX-TGE432 came close to scoring an award, it was held back by its less than stellar sound quality and battery life||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 looking for a middle-of-the-road phone at a middle-of-the-road price, then this is it||Above average range and sound quality for a great price|
|Rating Categories||Panasonic KX-TGE432||AT&T CL82207||VTech DS6621-2||AT&T DL72219||AT&T EL51203|
|Sound Quality (30%)|
|Ease Of Use (20%)|
|Battery Life (10%)|
|Specs||Panasonic KX-TGE432||AT&T CL82207||VTech DS6621-2||AT&T DL72219||AT&T EL51203|
|Link - to - Cell||No||No||Yes||Yes||No|
|Caller ID announce||Yes||Yes||No||No||No|
|Unobstructed Range Test||840 ft.||840 ft.||840 ft.||840 ft.||840 ft.|
|Obstructed Range Test||350 ft.||300 ft.||390 ft.||280 ft.||220 ft.|
|Call block||Up to 250||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|
|Redial||Yes||Last 10 Numbers||Last 10 Numbers||Last 10 Numbers||Last 10 Numbers|
|Any Key answer||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Push to talk (PTT)||No||Yes||No||No||No|
|HD Audio w/ equalizer||No||Yes||Yes||No||No|
|Optional Belt Clip||Yes||No||No||No||No|
Our Analysis and Test Results
Starting off, the first thing we compared on each phone is its audio quality. To test this, we used the KX-TGE432 to record messages and had a panel of judges evaluate and score the clarity of each message. Additionally, we also had these same judges answer a call on the KX-TGE432 and award points based on how clear the incoming voice is. The KX-TGE432 didn't amaze in this metric.
The recordings created by the Panasonic sounds decent with the entire message being understandable. However, we did notice a bit of background fuzz in all the message — something we have seen quite frequently on the Panasonic phones we have tested. It wasn't as buzzy as some of the phones we have seen but it was definitely noticeable.
Our judges all felt that incoming voice came through the KX-TGE432 quite clearly, making it very easy to hear and understand what the other person was saying. However, it again wasn't quite as clear and free of background static as the top phones, knocking it down a few points.
The KX-TGE432 performance improved markedly in our second set of tests. It did extremely well, earning one of the top results of the entire group.
To award points, we conducted two tests with each phone: an unobstructed and obstructed range test. For the unobstructed range test, we used a long phone cord to set up the base station at the street, then began walking with the KX-TGE432 until the incoming voice became unrecognizable or we ran out of room. It was the latter that stopped us with the KX-TGE432, as we made it past 840' — the extent of our line-of-sight distance — and still could hear the call fine.
For the obstructed range test, we set up the KX-TGE432's base at the edge of a building, then began walking away from it so the signal had to pass through as many walls as possible.
The KX-TGE432 again did very well, making it to the maximum extent of the course — 300' — but was a tiny bit more difficult to understand than some of the top models at this distance.
Ease of Use
Our third metric focused on how convenient and easy to operate each of these cordless phones are, which comprises 20% of the KX-TGE432's total score. In particular, we focused on the ease of use of both basic and advanced functions of each phone, covering things like the ease of reading and placing a call to how much work is required to block calls and add entries to the built-in phonebook.
This phone has an excellent backlight, making it incredibly easy to operate in a dark room. The only button that isn't illuminated is the directional pad in the middle and the screen and other buttons produce more than enough light to easily see it. The buttons and screen have text that is easy for most people to see at a distance of 6'. However, we did wish it hyphenated the number when you were entering it.
The find a handset feature is decently loud and lasts long enough that it isn't too much of a hassle to dig through your couch cushions and figure out where your handset disappeared too. It has any key answer and you can push the CID button and then talk to quickly and easily call someone back if you just missed their call. It is also very easy to put someone on hold or to use the speed dial, though it can take a little effort to assign numbers. This phone also has a built-in answering machine and a decently loud ringer or caller ID announcement. It also is easy enough to set the date and time.
The KX-TGE432 makes it super easy to block calls but we did wish it was a little easier and more intuitive to navigate through all the menus, which can get a bit tedious given all this phone's features and functions. It can also be quite time-consuming to enter names and contact info to its phonebook. The KX-TGE432 also lacks a do not disturb or quiet mode.
The KX-TGE432 delivered another excellent performance when it came to features. You can expand this model with up to six handsets if you need more phones. Each phone also has an audio port and a belt clip, so the handset can be used with a headset if you need hands-free operation. This cordless phone also has the ability to act as an intercom system.
The KX-TGE432 has a built-in answering machine and an internal phonebook that can hold up to 100 entries. It's got large illuminated buttons if your eyesight isn't the best, but the main base does lack a keypad and speaker and this phone is not capable of linking to your smart or mobile phone.
For the remaining tenth of the total score, we tested and compared the battery life of each cordless phone. The KX-TGE432 didn't do all that well here.
To assess battery life, we looked at the effective talk time of each product, its standby time, and the time it takes to recharge. While the manufacturer claims that the KX-TGE432 battery will give you 12 hours of talk time, we only were able to get it to last for 9 hours, 40 minutes in our testing setup with music playing through the phones — much less than the 10-15 hours the top phones lasted for.
Panasonic states that this phone takes about seven hours to completely recharge and should last for up to eight days on standby mode, which is about average for these products.
This KX-TGE432 isn't a great value, as it did a little worse than the top phones but costs just a little bit more.
Overall, we didn't overly dislike the KX-TGE432 by Panasonic and it came very close to claiming an award. However, it just narrowly missed out on the top spot due to its reduced sound quality and lackluster battery life.
— David Wise and Austin Palmer