Panasonic KX-TCA86 Comfort-Fit Folding Headset

Panasonic KX-TCA86 Comfort-Fit Folding HeadsetPortable folding headset microphone

The audio quality of the earpiece is pretty good, and the microphone picks up words clearly. The price is also hard to beat. The KX-TCA86 is slightly more expensive than “throw away” headsets you would get for a buck or two, but not by much.

There’s a lack of usable features. Things like in-line volume control, let alone a mute switch are pretty standard, but they’re missing in this model.

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Do yourself a favor and spend the extra $5 to get the next best Panasonic model. Decent performance can't save this headset from its lack of features.


Panasonic KX-TCA86 Comfort-Fit Folding Headset

Not worth the cash, spend a little more and get a better model.

Sure, this is an inexpensive headset, but I still expected a few things more for my money, and sadly, those expectations weren’t met. I'm hesitant to use the phrase defective by design because technically, the headset microphone works well (for its price).

Audio quality is good on both the earpiece and the microphone, and I was able to use the microphone effectively with a speech recognition program but that’s about as far as this headset’s good qualities go.

Unfortunately, the design flaws outweigh any actual performance. For some reason there’s no mute switch or volume control on this headset. This is pretty standard for all new headsets and why the manufacturer decided not to include one is beyond me. However, for this reason, about 95% of people won’t be able to use this product in an office setting.

The four-foot cord is also a huge problem. Four feet may be enough for attaching this to a wireless phone that you have clipped to your belt, but I can't imagine it being useful for much else (even attaching it to a wired base station). I personally wouldn’t like to have a separate headset for both my computer and telephone, and when I tested this with my computer I had to lean quite close to the box. Nowadays, most people use Bluetooth headsets with their phones, so for a traditional wired headset to pose any sort of competition, it has to be a multi-tasker and offer great features.  Obviously, that’s not the case here.

I was happy with the included lapel clip, and wish more manufactures would include them. Unfortunately, a lapel clip will not make up for an astonishing lack of features. Really, how hard could it have been to include 2 extra feet of cord?

 

Technical Info
Earpiece: Adjustable
Microphone: Noise canceling
Connector: 3.5 mm
Cable length: 4 feet
Dimensions (packaging): 10.0" W x 10.0" L x 5.0" H
Shipping weight: 1 pound
Warranty, parts: 1 year
Warranty, labor: 1 year
Hands free: Yes
Reversible: Yes
In the box: Headset with microphone, cable, user's guide, warranty card
MSRP: $19.95

 

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