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Stylish and Functional
on May 5, 2010
I purchased this kit along with 2 extra handsets, which I just received today. I had shopped for cordless phones at my local Best Buy, but was disappointed with the Panasonics and VTechs that they had. They all looked and felt of cheap plastic. My family and I mostly use our cell phones these days, so I didn't want to spend a lot to replace the dying Sony set that we had. I also did not want some cheap and garish plastic product on my counter top.
I chose this model after reading the many glowing reviews on Amazon about other Siemens models. My initial impression is that the handsets and base units were smaller than I had expected; which is a good thing because its small footprint takes up very little counter space. I am very pleased with its elegant design and quality feel. Setup was easy. The two handsets in the kit came registered to the base unit so all I had to do was plug in the power. The additional handsets easily registered to the base, and was automatically assigned internal handset numbers of 3 and 4. Navigating the menus was easy and intuitive, using a combination of up/down/left/right arrows and soft keys (not unlike programming a Motorola RAZR, and other cell phones). I especially like the choice of screen savers, to which I selected a different one for each handset. You can select different ring tones for internal (intercom) and external calls as well. The instruction manual is also well laid out and easy to follow, which made setup and personalization a breeze. Finally, the sound quality is very good.
The only surprise was that although it was specified as wall-mountable (I had to look for that feature on Siemen's Web site), you can't mount it to a standard phone jack wall plate. You have to hang it on 2 screws, and it will stick out horizontally from the wall instead of hanging flat.
My criteria were style, quality construction, features (answering machine, call screening, intercom), and price.
Even though it costs more than twice as much as a similar Panasonic 4-handset kit, it's still half the price of the top-of-the-line Siemens. This model is a good compromise, and I'm very satisfied.