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Panasonic KX-TCA385

The Panasonic KX-TCA385 is the tough handset of the KX range. This DECT phone combines robust durability with superb functionality.

The Panasonic KX-TCA385 is a DECT handset within the Panasonic KX range. Throughout this review we will look at the features of the handset, the pros and cons and who the ideal customer is for the Panasonic KX-TCA385. There are different handset options within this range, plus a plethora of other handset options on other phone systems worth considering. With all of these options, choosing the handset to fit your needs and your business can be extremely overwhelming. We are here to help you make the right decisions.

Using our 15+ years of experience of working with businesses and communications systems day-in, day-out, we will review phone systems and examine the good and the bad in each handset. We want you to make an informed decision and purchase the most suitable handset for your business, so we have done the legwork for you! Read on to discover what the Panasonic KX-TCA385 has to offer, how it compares to other handsets on the market and if it is the right handset for you.

Who Is The Panasonic KX-TCA385 For?

This Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications (DECT) phone has been specifically designed as the durable, tough model within the DECT range. The KX-TCA385 integrates easily with existing telephone systems, and so enhances both productivity and coverage whilst also being resistant to splashes and dust. Due to the robustness of the portable handset, we have found that the KX-TCA385 is best suited to warehouses, factories and on-site construction workers who will benefit from the tough handset.

Main Benefits Of The Panasonic KX-TCA385

Durability

Many phone handsets are easily damaged by knocks and bumps in working environments - but not the KX-TCA385. This impressive DECT handset is ready for anything. The handset is protected against dust, splashes and resistant to shock. Customers have told us that this DECT handset can perform in the harshest environments.

Noise Reducing

With features that enhance the durability of the handset, the KX-TCA385 is suited to construction site and factory environments. However, one problem with a construction site is the constant noise. To combat this, Panasonic has equipped the KX-TCA385 with a noise reduction function, which is enabled at the click of a button. The function reduces surrounding noise and makes it easier to hear and understand the speaker’s voice. Customers love not having to struggle and strain to be heard over their everyday loud workplace. Furthermore, if you start the conversation in a quiet room then move to a noisy area, the KX-TCA385 automatically adjusts the volume to an easy-to-hear level once noise is detected!

Bluetooth Capability

As work in factories and construction industries often requires both hands to be used, it can be difficult to communicate whilst trying to balance a phone between your ear and shoulder. That is why the KX-TCA385 supports Bluetooth, enabling you to communicate using a cable-free Bluetooth headset whilst working and having both hands free. We have found this to increase productivity and efficiency, which is ideal for any workplace!

Alternatives To The Panasonic KX-TCA385?

There are plenty of telecommunications systems on the market that are suited to handsfree DECT operations, so it is important that you research and find the system best suited to your needs. The difference between the phone system and the handsets is that although the handsets are of course an important factor, they are essentially keyboards for the phone system itself. The phone system is where a lot of the features and functionality stem from. Therefore, it is important that you first choose a phone system that suits your needs, and then choose the handset that you want to work with that system.

If you want to stay with the Panasonic KX system, but need a more sleek handset for a different environment (think hospitality industry) then the KX-TCA285 is one to look at. This Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications (DECT) phone has been specifically designed as the sleek and lightweight model within the DECT range. The KX-TCA285 integrates easily with existing telephone systems, and so enhances both productivity and coverage. It weighs a tiny 88grams!

Looking at other systems…. SpringCom Hosted

One great DECT handset option is Yealink. If you are looking for a more sleek, advanced DECT phone, one that puts superior technology above superior durability, then try the Yealink W52P. This SIP Cordless Phone System was designed specifically for small businesses and SOHO operations. The W52P is an affordable, scalable mobile communications system, providing an advanced business communication phone for all cordless and everyday phone needs.

Yealink handsets are best paired with the SpringCom Hosted phone system. You do need great broadband or NBN to use SpringCom. With SpringCom Hosted, the whole phone system exists in the cloud rather than installing the physical hardware box and wiring that sits in the office. Handsets are delivered pre-programmed and come with free programming changes for life- therefore, the system is completely scalable and so can grow with the business. An incredible feature system also comes as standard, with features such as call flow, auto-attendant, calling waiting and voicemail to email technology. Voicemail to email technology is especially beneficial for managers and executive assistants, as it allows the user to access their voicemail from their email wherever they have Wifi.

Looking at other systems…. iPECS eMG80

The iPECS eMG80 is a phone system from LG Ericsson. The system is a good alternative if you do not have access to high speed internet such as the NBN or you have very specific requirements that a hosted phone system with Yealink handsets may not cater to.

The eMG80 is an incredibly top quality product for a very low price. The system offers all of the common features such as voicemail, DND, day and night greetings etc and offers an outstanding range of features at a low price. For small and medium businesses, The GDC-500H is perfect. The screen is a 2 inch full colour LCD, standby time is 100hrs and talk time 10hrs. With the Bluetooth headset support, 9 different ringtone capability and serial port for upgrade and direct charging our customers have found the GDC-500H to be more than enough to meet their business needs.

Panasonic KX-TCA385 Pro's

Noise Reduction

Panasonic has equipped the KX-TCA385 with a noise reduction function, which is enabled at the click of a button. The function reduces surrounding noise and makes it easier to hear and understand the speaker’s voice. Customers love not having to struggle and strain to be heard over their everyday loud workplace. Furthermore, if you start the conversation in a quiet room then move to a noisy area, the KX-TCA385 automatically adjusts the volume to an easy-to-hear level once noise is detected!

Full Duplex Speakerphone

In our experience, we have found the KX-TCA385 to have the functionality of a deskphone adapted to a DECT phone. Although the handset already has bluetooth capability and noise cancelling features, Panasonic have also included a full duplex speakerphone! When you need to be on speaker - whether to invite extra people in the room into the conversation or simply because you have gone into a warehouse without your headset- you can rest assured that your conversation will still be clear and understandable.

Durability

Many phone handsets are easily damaged by knocks and bumps in working environments - but not the KX-TCA385. This impressive DECT handset is ready for anything. The handset is protected against dust, splashes and resistant to shock. Customers have told us that this DECT handset can perform in the harshest environments.

Bluetooth Capability

The KX-TCA385 supports Bluetooth, enabling you to communicate using a cable-free Bluetooth headset whilst working and having both hands free. We have found this to increase productivity and efficiency, which is ideal for any workplace!

Panasonic KX-TCA385 Con's

No Headset Jack

Although the KX-TCA385 supports Bluetooth headsets, there is no ordinary headset jack. Consequently, if you do not have headsets with Bluetooth capability you will need to purchase a whole new set of headsets that will be compatible with the KX-TCA385.

Heaviest Handset

The KX-TCA385 is the heaviest of the Panasonic DECT handsets, weighing in at 150g. However, the handset is built to be sturdy and resistant, and this tough model does also include a belt clip in that weight, and when paired with the bluetooth headset you won’t even have to pick it up!

Conclusion

We have found the Panasonic KX-TCA385 to be an excellent DECT phone. DECT handsets are created to allow mobility, and this handset allows true mobility and functionality. With sturdy hardware, automatic noise reduction and volume control and Bluetooth capacity, the KX-TCA385 really is incredibly mobile and can function in almost any environment. This handset drives productivity and increases business flexibility. Compare the KX-TCA385 to other DECT handsets and decide whether your working environment needs such a tough DECT handset, or whether you would benefit from a more advanced DECT phone.

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