VTech CS5111 5.8 GHz Single Line Cordless Phone Reviews

VTech CS5111 5.8 GHz Single Line Cordless Phone

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A Basic VTech

May 25, 2009 (Updated Jun 3, 2009)
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Pros:Cheap. Looks like it cost more.

Cons:Screen could be better.
Slow dialing.

The Bottom Line:

I give this phone the most lukewarm of recommendations. Even bottomfeeders like me might want more.


Move over crabs, crayfish, eels, bargain store shoppers, and tabloid photographers; it was time to do some bottom feeding in the world of the cheap. The old Uniden in Spud Central was acting up; I could hear the other parties, but they couldn't hear me. For some calls, this was a desirable situation, but for most it was unacceptable. We already have four cordless phones in the house and two cell phones, but I wanted one permanently stationed in Spud Central.

The bottom line was I wanted an inexpensive cordless phone with a caller ID feature so I could filter the weekly phone call and occasionally actually talk to someone. I didn't want or need any frills. Or so I thought.

Vtech Cordless Phone with Caller ID - CS5111

Normally I spend hours doing research to buy a pair of socks, but this phone was almost an impulse buy. I saw the ad for the phone in Walgreens; at a price of $19.99 it was supposedly on sale at half price. Before going to Walgreens I stopped in Sears for a different product and noticed the same phone for 17 dollars. Unfortunately the model was out of stock, so I ended up buying the Vtech CS5111 at Walgren's after all.

Features  (most of which are of no interest to me)

5.8GHz technology
Caller ID/call waiting - stores 45 calls
20 name and number phone book directory  (too much bother for me)
9 number speed dial (I'm in no hurry.)
Voicemail waiting indicator (I don't have voicemail)
Any key answer
Large lighted display (Large is a subjective term.)
Backlit keypad
Handset volume control
Last number redial
Wi fi friendly
Page/handset locator
Selectable ring tones (Who cares? A ring is a ring is a ring.)
Wall mount bracket included
Comfortable handset size
Compatible with hearing aid T-coil

Box Contents-
Handset and base unit, AC adapter, battery pack, telephone line cord (a short one), wall mount bracket, user's manual.


The Vtech Experience

This is a very basic phone that one can readily set up and use sans the manual. I installed the batter, charged it overnight and was ready to use the new phone the next afternoon.  I used the previous phone's cord that was already in the jack because it was easier that way and the included cord is quite short.

We like the looks of the black case with silver trim; it's easy to keep clean and doesn't show fingerprints. The number buttons are easy to read, especially when backlit. The redial, program, and channel buttons are smaller than I like. The sound clarity on this phone is good, not excellent, but certainly more than adequate. One should have no difficulty hearing the ringer, especially when set at the highest level.

If you have caller ID service the date and time automatically appear on the phone's display.
If you're looking for a small footprint, this phone fits the bill with its miniscule charging stand.
The phone is very light; it's almost like holding nothing in your hands.
The owner's manual states that standby life of the battery is 6 days (while not in use).
I keep this phone on the base so battery life is not an issue for us.
The redial feature works well.
Reception is good anywhere in the house, but outside doesn't cover the full extent of our two acres.

Cons

The digital display is poor and not nearly as bright as depicted on the package. Of all the phones in our house this Vtech is by far the most difficult to read. If this were a phone I used often, the poor display would be reason enough to return it to Walgreens.

Some users might not like the projecting antenna atop the phone. It doesn't bother us.
Our older cordless with four handsets is 2.8GHz compared to the new phone's 5.8. To compare the range of the phones, I took a walk across the street and made some phone calls to the house. The older phone had a range that extended at least 50 feet further than the new Vtech's. At the same distance from the house the new phone had clear reception with no static. The CS5111 had fading and static-filled reception.

The four ring tone options are nothing special.
I didn't think I'd miss the speakerphone feature that was on the recently departed phone. That was I handy feature and not one of the features on this new phone.
The wall bracket was already attached to the phone in the box. I'm glad I don't want or need to remove it. Just to see how easy it would be, I tried to remove the bracket but eventually gave up defeated.

Finally - If you are looking for a phone that will seldom be used, I'd guess this one is as good as any cheap phone. If this will be your one and only landline, I'd definitely spend a little more to get something nicer.  Sears had some very nice phones for under forty dollars, but I was too cheap to consider them.

I'd only recommend this phone to a cheapskate with modest needs.


Recommend this product? Yes

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