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Really good phone - could have been great.
on May 28, 2008
I got this phone because my 5.8 GHz phone system was having trouble reaching the three levels of my house. I was also looking for a phone system that had phone-book sharing capabilities, as well as a corded handset on the base for use during power outages, which are frequent in my part of the world. The phone is pretty good, but with the addition or improvement of its current features it could have been great.
This phone satisfies me in all of these aspects. The range on it is great, even through multiple floors (I currently have the base on my top floor, and handsets on the bottom, with only minimal static despite a two floor separation.) Intercom features and transferring calls between stations works well, and there is a 'privacy mode' that will prevent other stations from entering your phone conversation if you desire, which is a nice touch.
Audio quality is fine, although I have not thoroughly tested it. The speakerphone on the base is pretty good; I like the fact that you can put the base on speaker and then hang up the corded handset without hanging up the call, which is the case on some other base speakerphones.
The phone book sharing isn't centrally based; you can 'copy' a handset or the base's phone book to any other station, one at a time. Duplicate numbers appear to be either skipped or overwritten, so you don't end up with redundant entries. It works fairly well. I would have liked some software and a computer link to download contacts from my computer, or maybe a bluetooth connection to download contacts from a mobile phone.
CallerID does not use your phone book entries to display the names of 'known' callers; it simply uses your network's caller ID default (in my case, the number only.) This is a little disappointing.
The included handset, the DCX 200, is basic, with fairly cheap buttons, is incredibly light (almost too light), and for some reason doesn't display the time. Only the base station displays the time. The DCX 300 handset is supposedly compatible with this phone system, so I may order one to see if it is markedly improved over the somewhat lackluster DCX 200.
The base station is of better quality; although still quite light, the buttons are of the 'raised' style, providing better tactile feedback. The corded phone of the base station is usable during a power outage, which is handy.
The menu system on both the handset and the base station is a bit difficult and counter-intuitive to use; Uniden should take some pointers from some of the more user-friendly mobile phones in the market and redesign their menu interface.
If you're looking for a phone replacement that won't interfere with wireless networks or mobile phones, this Uniden DECT phone system is a good option. You can expand the base station, which is a phone by itself with its own keypad and phonebook for dialing, with up to six additional handsets. The range and 'penetration' of the signal is greatly improved over 5.8 GHz phones, but would only be a marginal improvement over the 2.4 GHz range phones.
With some refinement Uniden could make this an exceptional phone system, but it is still a very good phone system at a pretty reasonable price.