Binatone MD 1500

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Binatone MD 1500

The MD150 is a DECT telephone with caller display and a speakerphone. It comes in a stylish silver/black design with the usual high quality offered by...

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Review of "Binatone MD 1500"

published 21/02/2003 | antsss
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Pro Small, excellent sound quality, attractive, takes AA batteries.
Cons Display and navigation not great.
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"The best little DECT phone out there."

When reviewing a cordless phone, it's all too easy to compare it to a mobile phone. We're all so used to our Nokias and Sagems with their picture-enhanced menu systems, caller display and large screens, so when a cordless phone with a screen comes along, it's a bit like fighting with a mid-90s Motorola. It's perhaps an unfair comparison, but then again, Binatone have made a point of including fascias with the phone, and have tried to include a haphazard phone book, so they obviously want us to take to their little MD-1500 in the same way.

The display on the MD-1500 is entirely LCD, and obviously not backlit, so it can be a little hard to read. Anyone who ever wrote 'boobies' on a calculator can probably understand the educated guesswork needed to decipher the menus. Phone book names are also limited to eight characters as a result. But it does the job, and if this is where Binatone had to cut a corner, I can forgive them. The menu system, used to set ring tones, volumes, etc, is a bit tricky, and it took my boyfriend quite a while to get used to recalling numbers.

However, this phone really shines as a budget digital cordless. The sound quality is outstanding. Occasionally I get an echo, but it's rare, and there is no interference or hissing. It's a worthy upgrade for anyone struggling with a noisy analogue that picks up Radio 5 if you stand behind the fridge.

The phone also looks the part, unlike most cheap DECT phones which frankly look ugly and cheap. It is silver with blue and grey interchangeable fascias (well, part-fascias anyway) and doesn't look out of place standing on top of a DVD player. The handset is small and chunky and comfortable to hold.

And bear in mind that this phone takes Ni-MH rechargeables - so you'll never find yourself with a working cordless with a worn-out battery that costs £20 to replace. If your batteries run out mid-call, just replace with fresh recharged batteries and call back! We've used Ni-Cad with no problems, although I wouldn't recommend charging the phone with Ni-Cad or normal AAs installed... you might end up with a melted phone.

The ring tone is soft and subtle, and there are various options available to add more handsets and link them to the base unit using the menu system. Although I have no use for that feature, I like to know I can add more units later if I need to.

If you're looking for a DECT phone and don't need to spend £150 to feel you're getting a decent model, look at the Binatone. It looks the part and does the job.

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  • Hoethir published 25/12/2005
    A great review, good structure. Well done. -=- Hoethir -=-
  • charlie2_uk published 25/02/2003
    greta op my parents have this hanset and say its great.:) charlene x
  • Bigbaz published 22/02/2003
    This almost got my submission for the premium fund this month. A little for detail would have swung it ..Baz
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Product Information : Binatone MD 1500

Manufacturer's product description

The MD150 is a DECT telephone with caller display and a speakerphone. It comes in a stylish silver/black design with the usual high quality offered by Binatone. The design would not look out of place in any environment. PRODUCT FEATURES: GAP compatible; 1 base station can register up to 5 handsets; 1 handset can register up to 4 base stations; Intercom between handsets; Page from base to handset; Conference call facility; Interchangeable fascias; Receive intercom call during external call; Receive outside calls whist on intercom call; Talk time - 9 hours; Standby time - 110 hours; Call transfer between handsets; On hook dialing with editing function; Liquid Crystal Display; Caller display - 30 numbers; Call timer; Battery low indication; Adjustable ringer; Base ringer on/off facility; Ringer melody - 5 melodies; Secrecy button; Handset key beep; Keypad lock facility; Name & number phonebook - 40 numbers; Last number redial - 10 numbers.

Product Details

Manufacturer: Binatone

Maximum Number of Phonebook Entries: 10, 40

Type: Cordless Phone without Answering Machine, Cordless Phone

Cordless Phone Standard: Dect

Hands Free Functionality: with Hands Free

MMS Functionality: no

SMS Function: without SMS Function

Polyphonic Ringtones: without Polyphonic Ringtones

Number of Display Colours: Monochrome

Display of Calling Number: with Caller ID

Set: Complete Set

Display: yes

ISDN Port: with ISDN Technology, without ISDN Technology

Loudspeakers: with Loudspeakers

Colour Display: no

IP Phone: no

H.323 VoIP-Protocol: no

SIP-Standard (Session Initiation Protocol): no

Built-in Camera: no

Ethernet: No

Recording System: Digital Announcement, Digital

Number of Additional Handsets: 3, 1, 2

System Phone: No, Yes

Video Phone: No

USB: No, NO USB

Bluetooth: No

Backlight Illumination: No

EAN: 5012786406483, 5012786506442, 5012786206441, 5012786500402, 5012786508224, 5012786506480, 5012786508330

Low Radiation: No

SIM Reader: No

Tradebrand: no

Cordless Basic Unit: none

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