Houzz - Home Remodeling and Design
- Category: House Stuff
- Published: Friday, 22 November 2013 16:52
If you're doing any work on your home you have to check out houzz.
The Panasonic KX-TG4744B is a great 4 handset package with answering machine for under $100. The phones feature DECT 6.0 plus technology, have crisp, clear sound and include some nice ergonomic features making the system intuitive to setup and use right out of the box. The Panasonic design team really did a nice job with the KX-TG4744B packing in features at a very reasonable street price.
It took us about 10 minutes to unpack everything and get the units charging. Panasonic has opted for regular AAA cell rechargeable batteries. Once the batteries, included by the way, are popped in the phone displays the estimated time required to fully charge the batteries. In this case it was 7 hours.
We didn't wait the full seven. More like three. It was extremely easy to set the date and time and record a personal greeting using one of the handsets. No manual required. We like the light on top of the handset that illuminates whenever a call comes in. The buttons are nice and big with a good feel and fast response. This handset can keep up with speed dialers. The LCD is easy to read.
Call quality is very good. We even had some comments, "are you on a new phone", "you sound different" "I can hear you better". Of course, these days we spend most of our time on the cell phone. But a good landline is nice to have when you need it and the Panasonic KX-TG4744B was a great addition to the office.
If you need a landline and you're looking for a quality handset and answering system package at a reasonable price we highly recommend the KX-TG4744B. In the past year we've tested wireless handsets from Uniden, AT&T and Panasonic in the sub $100 range. This package is our favorite yet. Panasonic really has this down to a science.
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The Fitbit Flex is easy to use once you get it out of that atrocious packaging. We found it funny that the little plastic piece inside the package that the Flex band wraps around resembles a TIE Fighter. It's an unfortunate that taking the product out of the packaging results in a heaping mess of plastic, bands and useless manual with tiny print.
Once we sorted things out, charged the flex and snapped it on, things got much better, pretty much just set it and forget. Signing into the web portable and discovering the wireless USB dongle that allows the Flex to synch on its own if very simple.
After that, it's as simple as entering foods and activities and tracking progress while remembering to charge the Flex every few days. We ran, walk and hopped in the Jacuzzi with the flex. We opted to wear the band on the same wrist as our sport watch. Pretty much forgot we were wearing it.
We used the web version of the software and not the smart phone apps. We prefer to check out the data on a PC and it's much easier to input data as well. Seeing the performance data is motivating, especially the "how many glasses of water" data point. None of us drink enough water.
Fitbit is great because it quantifies your daily routine. Even if it's not perfect it's a benchmark to work against. It doesn't really matter if it tallies 5 miles versus 6 or reflects accurately the number of calories burned or consumed. What matters is seeing the numbers in a gross fashion. I'm moving and consuming less or I'm not moving and consuming too much. The data helps keep things heading in the right direction.
The Fitbit Flex feels like a product that should cost $49 or less. Not $99. We'd love to see more aggressive pricing. Maybe fitbit can squeeze some pennies out of that horrible packaging.