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VTech CS6719-2 Review

A bare bones model that has exceptionally good sound quality for those on a budget
VTech CS6719-2
Credit: Vtech
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Price:   $40 List | $34.95 at Amazon
Pros:  Inexpensive, Good sound quality
Cons:  Few features, average range and battery life
Manufacturer:   VTech
By David Wise and Austin Palmer  ⋅  Oct 25, 2016
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  • Sound Quality - 30% 7
  • Range - 25% 5
  • Ease of Use - 20% 4
  • Features - 15% 3
  • Battery Life - 10% 4

Our Verdict

The VTech CS6719-2 was the least expensive phone that we reviewed, and it scores at the bottom of the pile, too. However, it is still a serviceable phone. Its sound quality is its stand-out feature, scoring among the top models in this performance metric. This phone functions okay, and if you're on a tight budget, this one might be suitable for your needs.

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Pros Inexpensive, Good sound qualityVery 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 Few features, average range and battery lifeLittle light on featuresPoor results in our battery test, sparse on featuresLackluster battery life, limited featuresBelow average battery life
Bottom Line A bare bones model that has exceptionally good sound quality for those on a budgetIf 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 VTech CS6719-2 AT&T CL82207 VTech DS6621-2 AT&T DL72219 AT&T EL51203
Sound Quality (30%)
7.0
8.0
8.0
7.0
6.0
Range (25%)
5.0
7.0
9.0
7.0
6.0
Ease Of Use (20%)
4.0
7.0
6.0
8.0
5.0
Features (15%)
3.0
4.0
4.0
4.0
4.0
Battery Life (10%)
4.0
7.0
3.0
3.0
4.0
Specs VTech CS6719-2 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 No Yes No No No
Unobstructed Range Test 750 ft. 840 ft. 840 ft. 840 ft. 840 ft.
Obstructed Range Test 220 ft. 300 ft. 390 ft. 280 ft. 220 ft.
Call Waiting Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Call block Up to 20 with a subscription Smart Call Blocker* Up to 20 with a subscription Up to 1,000 Dial *60
Expandable Handsets Up to 5 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 50 50 1000 1000 50
Speed Dial Yes Yes No No Yes
Redial Last 10 Numbers 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 No 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 No 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 No Yes Yes Yes No

Our Analysis and Test Results

Performance Comparison


The Vtech CS6719-2 phone, a good choice when the budget is tight.
The Vtech CS6719-2 phone, a good choice when the budget is tight.
Credit: Kat Elliott

Sound Quality


Sound quality was determined by our panel of listeners ranking and evaluating a message left by each handset. This metric is one of the most important aspects of a cordless phone. Our listening panel noted that this phone was on the quieter side of phones we looked at, but that is was very clear.

The main difference that our panel cited between this model and the top scoring model was volume, with the maximum volume being significantly quieter than other models. The panel did appreciate the lack of background static that was present in other models that we tested. For the price point, the sound quality is a surprising bright spot for this phone.

Range


This model performed average when it came to range. In our first test, the unobstructed, line of sight test, this phone remained clear and understandable with up to 750' of separation between the handset and the base.


For our second test, the obstructed range test, we wanted to assess how each model did with interference between the main base and the handset. We maneuvered so there were 5-6 walls separating the handset and the base and then walked down the street until the handset became too crackly to understand or cut out completely. In this test, the VTech handset made it 220' away from the base.

Ease of Use


This model scored below average when it came to ease of use. We split the ease of use score into two categories: basic and advanced functions, and the Vtech scored the same for both. One of the first things we looked at was how easy it was to actually see the phone to use it. Each handset was set up on a table, and moved progressively further away from an observer with different information on the screen each time. We based this on a standard eye test, and found that is was difficult to read the VTech when it was 3' away from the viewer.

The Vtech phone, proving to be difficult to read at a distance of 3'.
The Vtech phone, proving to be difficult to read at a distance of 3'.
Credit: Kat Elliot

Next, we looked at operating this phone in a dark environment, and found that we were a little disappointed in this model. Only the keypad had a backlight, making it very difficult to do anything other than dialing out if you were unfamiliar with the phone. There was also no way to turn off the backlight other than waiting for it to timeout.

The Vtech was about average to use in a dark environment, a little...
The Vtech was about average to use in a dark environment, a little difficult to use if you were unfamiliar with the phone.
Credit: Kat Elliott

This model did have the loudest lost handset feature, clocking in at 66.1 dBa from 6' away, with a tone that we found to be extremely eery. When placing a call, the handset adds hyphens to the number, making it easy to spot an error and keep track of the numbers, and supports any key answer when receiving a call.

Inputting names into the phone was easy enough, simply locating the phone book in the second set of menus, entering the number and then entering the name with a multi-tap typing method. We could not block calls on this model, and aren't sure that it is even possible. This phone does have a silent mode, by holding down the "#" key, and then entering the number of quiet hours desired.

Features


The Vtech cordless phone was extremely light on features. The main base can host up to 5 additional handsets, as well as has the capacity for 50 stored numbers in the phone book. This phone does not have an answering machine or the ability to link to mobile devices. Handsfree operation is impossible due to the lack of a headset jack or a belt clip on the handsets. This phone model does have the ability to act as a home intercom system.

Battery


Throughout our talk time test, this model of cordless phone lasted for 10 hours and 41 minutes. The handset notified us that the battery was low 21 minutes before it actually failed with a flashing indicator light and an audible beep. The manufacturer gives a claimed standby time of up to 5 days, and 12 hours to fully recharge a depleted battery.

Value


This phone has good value, as it was the least expensive phone that we reviewed, and it delivered an acceptable performance. It does have a lot of extra or additional features, but just enough to get the job done.

Conclusion


This is probably the least expensive cordless phone that you can purchase and not become extremely frustrated with. It pretty much can make and receive calls, with a few additional features like speed dial and a phone book. That is about it. This is a great choice if you want the most value for your money, and just want a phone to make calls on a semi-regular basis. It might be worth it to spend a little more if you are on the phone a bunch, but this model may get you by while sticking to your budget.

David Wise and Austin Palmer