This is a pretty slick phone system. It is useable right out of the box without touching the manual. However if you open the manual you will find a world of complexity. The symbols in the manual could be a bit clearer. For example one symbol is a wrench and that was difficult to tell in the printed manual. The wrench takes you to where you can make many changes. In fact there are pages and pages of things you can program the phone to do. You can set it for Voicemail through your service provider rather than the answering machine.
Specific features I liked are:
►Large clear screen that backlights when the phone is answered or any key is touched.
►It has a shoulder grip which is a knobby projection on the back for ease on holding next to your shoulder. However the speaker phone works very well and I have not had anyone ask if I was standing in a barrel when using it.
►Night setting allows you to disable the ringer for specific hours but also allows input of specific phone numbers that are allowed to get through the night time setting. Which is good for early to bed folks who still want to hear from family members or crucial business affairs.
►Call blocker is a feature that allows you to block unwanted calls from telemarketers or old girl/boy friends.
There is also a feature that I don't plan on using but seems well thought out is a sound activated baby monitoring function. That is pretty cool.
Overall this is a phone system with a level of features that should satisfy the most discerning buyer.
From the Vendor:
Two Handset cordless telephone with Answering machine
Talking Caller ID in English and Spanish
Quickly block unwanted calls with easy call block, up to 250 numbers
Convenient paging system on base unit and handsets
Talk time 12 hours/standby time up tp 8 days
If reviewing a product, it may have been received free of charge. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.