VTech EV2650 2.4GHz cordless phone system review: VTech EV2650 2.4GHz cordless phone system

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3.5 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

The Good Easy-to-use digital answering machine; three user mailboxes; box includes two phones; handset speakerphone; bright backlit screen and keys; low price.

The Bad Poor battery life; unstable charging position; pointy antenna; two-handset maximum.

The Bottom Line This dual-handset system is a decent choice for people on a budget who need a fully featured phone setup.

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7.0 Overall
  • Design 7.0
  • Features 7.0
  • Performance 7.0

VTech EV2650

There are few cordless phone deals better than this box set from VTech. For $79.95 (MSRP), the EV2650 offers up two phones for the price of one. The system comes with two handsets, a base unit featuring an integrated digital answering machine with three mailboxes, and the now-familiar separate expansion charger set that plugs into an electrical outlet in any room.

As with most things, however, you get what you pay for. This bundle suffers from two major flaws. First, the battery life shrivels in a relatively short period of time. And second, you can't add any more phones to the system: what you buy is what you get, which, as we'll point out, isn't entirely logical.

With its two-tone, powder-blue-and-off-white color scheme, this pretty phone would look perfect in the Victorian lace-filled home of a little old lady (although what she'd do with three mailboxes we're not sure). Well spaced and backlit in bright orange, the dial-pad keys, along with a three-line LCD screen, make dialing and using the phone easy, even for folks with less than 20/20 vision.

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