Panasonic had jumped into the SIP open standards market with the release of two new SIP/DECT systems, the TGP-500 and the TGP-550. Although these may be the first SIP offerings by Panasonic, they are sure to be a big hit with many users because of their comfort, quality, and finish.
The TGP-550 is a combination desk phone and base station along with a handset and the TGP-500 is a traditional base station and handset.
The base station (desk phone in the case of the TGP-550) is expandable up to 6 handsets and can support up to 8 SIP registrations which can be mixed and matched across the desk phone and handsets.
These new units are expected to be available in about two weeks. In our testing, the units have worked remarkably well with exceptional standby time (up to 10 days) and very nice talk time (about 5 hours). The range will vary depending on your exact conditions but I can say we have been very pleased with the range we have got with the unit in our different testing environments.
What we all seem to like the most is the very easy to use cordless handsets. With bigger buttons than other DECT offerings, the keys and controls are much easier to use with virtually no mis-pressed keys. The only real negative we have about the system at all is the relatively small screen on the desk phone even though it doesn’t take away from its usability, we are just used to seeing LCD displays getting bigger and bigger.
Look for a complete product overview and finalized pricing coming in the next couple of weeks.