Once a year it happens… That wonderful day when I’m awakened by a parade of kids filing into my bedroom bearing breakfast and assorted handmade gifts, and sometimes even a card if Ron’s on top of things. This year added something new to the mix – the girls thought it would be fun to let the puppy wake me up. I must say that while having an ecstatic, wiggling puppy covering my face with kisses wasn’t exactly my first choice for how to be woken up on Mother’s Day, the girly giggles that came along with it were priceless and made my morning.
The other thing I look forward to every year on Mother’s Day is the break from the usual daily routine of chores and trying to get six different things done all at once. For that one day, I can simply ask my family to pitch in – and they do (with a bare minimum of grumbling). But then after the day spent relaxing and going out to dinner with my favorite people in the world, Monday comes along as it always does and it’s back to reality.
I work at home nowadays and with limited time to get things done, I don’t always remember to grab a phone handset to keep by me while I’m on the computer or running around the house trying to squeeze in a load of laundry or dishes. And it always seems that the phone rings at the most inconvenient times too, of course. Although my husband and I both have cell phones, we’ve kept our landline as our ‘household’ phone for general calls, the kids’ use and my talks with my friend Mary. Nowadays we don’t always talk weekly as we used to for years, but when we do get on the phone together we regularly chat for several hours at a time. Being able to multi-task while on the phone is just about a necessity for me now, which is why I’m so glad to have had the chance to try out VTech’s newly revamped Multi-Tasking Headset Phone system for the past few weeks.
What it is:
The VTech LS6475-3 is a two handset DECT 6.0 expandable cordless phone with one DECT 6.0 cordless headset, push-to-talk & HD audio. Basically it includes two cordless handsets plus one cordless headset that comes with several different options to wear either over-the-head or over-the-ear. The headset fits right into the main base charging station, along with one of the handsets. For the other handset, a separate charging base is included. The system is also expandable for up to 12 handsets and 2 headsets – with only one telephone jack required.
The LS6475-3 also includes a digital answering system with up to 14 minutes of recording time (you can retrieve messages from the handsets as well as the base, or even remotely). And you can also use the handsets to contact each other with push-to-talk technology. The system also features:
- Audio equalizer allows you to choose from 4 different profiles to best match your hearing.
- Know who’s calling with Caller ID/Call Waiting. Handset displays the name, number, time and date of incoming calls.
- Slim handset size.
- Stylish metallic finish.
- Backlit message counter.
- Easily store and dial frequently called numbers.
- Utilizing the latest-available frequency band, this interference-free technology provides superior voice and sound quality and higher protection against eavesdropping than 2.4GHz and 5.8GHz phone systems.
- Audibly announces the name of the caller on all handsets and the base unit. No need to find the handset to see who’s calling—making screening calls that much easier.
Here’s my take on it:
Our previous cordless phone was also a VTech system and we’d been very happy with it, so I was excited to try this one out, especially the headset. In fact, as I write this I’m also chatting with my mom on the phone – something that wouldn’t be possible if I had to hold onto a phone handset. I hate using the speakerphone – it’s loud and I always feel like I need to shout in order for the other person to hear me. Plus I don’t always want to advertise what I’m talking about to the rests of my family. This headset is perfect – I use one of the over-the-hear options and I’m able to chat away while I’m typing or folding laundry. The only thing I can’t do is make a call from it, but it’s easy enough to switch to the headset from an existing call whether it’s one I’ve made or received.
The rest of the system is very similar to what we had previously so it was easy to figure out how to use the answering system and add numbers to the directory. I like the large display on the handsets so that you can see name and number and the menus are intuitive enough that I didn’t need to use the instruction book to figure out how to set everything up. One of my favorite features is how the base unit will verbally announce who is calling (using the CallerID) – if I only have the headset handy (it doesn’t have a screen so you can’t see who’s calling on it) I can still listen to hear if it’s a call I need to take right then or not.
There’s one other little thing that I appreciate on a convenience level with this phone system. The last time I was shopping for a phone system a few years ago, it was hard to find one that had a numeric indicator for the message instead of just a blinking light. I prefer knowing exactly how many messages we’ve got – not just that we have some, so I’m really glad to see that VTech included a numeric message indicator.
The call quality is very clear, even when I’m talking on our back deck or downstairs. I keep the second (smaller) base in my nightstand, and since we don’t have a phone jack in that room it’s nice to be able to still keep a phone in there with this system. I also love the push-to-talk feature between the two handsets – my husband often on our main computer downstairs and me usually on my laptop upstairs, it’s really helpful to be able to ask him a question or remind him of anything he needs to do before he comes back upstairs. Kind of like a portable intercom.
The bottom line:
The VTech LS6475-3 is a multi-tasking mom’s best friend – or at least this work-at-home mom’s best friend. Whether I’m working, doing household chores, or just relaxing out on our new deck, I can have a phone available to talk on whenever or however I need to.
Where can you find it?:
The VTech LS6475-3 Multi-Tasking Headset Phone System just recently launched and can be found at most major retailers or online at www.vtechphones.com. The retail price is $99.95. For more information you can also find them on Facebook or Twitter.