If you are hard of hearing or you want to have an easy time talking to someone who is hard of hearing, consider buying the Clarity XLC 3.4+ amplified phone.
We all know that a phone cannot please everyone. Leave alone the very people it was made to serve. You will read the pros and cons of this Clarity XLC 3.4+ and decide whether it is worth your money or you should get an alternative.
Clarity XLC 3.4+ Target Market
This phone suits people with partial and severe hearing loss. Clarity XLC 3.4+ supports hearing aid kit that has telecoil setting.
You can also buy this phone to use it as a normal house phone. If you have one family member who is hearing impaired, you can still share this phone with them.
You can customize it in many ways as you will read in this review.
Clarity XLC 3.4+ Review
This phone allows you to vary the tone of your caller. It has a dedicated tone button to make you hear even those high-pitched callers.
The Clarity XLC 3.4 is loud. You will literally hear it ringing in the house even when you are in the backyard.
Talking of ringing, this phone has lights on its amplified speakers that light up when the phone is ringing. You will never miss a call. If you cannot hear it, you will see it!
During power outages, you can still use this phone because it has a battery in its base. You will still make calls even when there is a power blackout because of this impressive feature.
This phone does not come with an answering machine. Yes, if you need an answering machine, you will have to buy it separately or just buy an alternative phone that has an answering machine.
If you want to mount this phone on a wall, you can request the manufacturer to send you the wall mounting kit. It is free of charge.
You will get all basic features such as caller IDs, call blocking, and call waiting on this phone. However, the call-waiting feature is difficult for seniors to figure out how it works.
The Cons of Clarity XLC 3.4+
And this call-waiting feature reminds me of a big downside of Clarity XLC 3.4+. You will find this phone really complicated.
It has so many buttons. I wonder how elderly people will memorize all those buttons.
Just to give you a glimpse, there is a scroll button for volume, there is a push button for boosting sound, there is a dedicated customer care button, there is a tone button, and then there are the normal buttons.
Seniors with loose hands, who press buttons accidentally, must avoid Clarity XLC 3.4+ unless they can handle the frustration it gives.
The other terrible thing about this phone is its size. It is big and bulky. The many buttons make it so hard to handle without altering the settings.
You will wonder what the designer of this phone was thinking when he made this phone for the elderly.
Another problem is how ambiguous the menu of this phone is. You see, this phone will give you an option to choose whether to turn ‘auto talk’ on or off. But it does not tell you what exactly ‘auto talk’ is.
You end up guessing what auto talk function is. Seriously, how will a user know what voice assist is unless you explain it?
You may think this phone does not have some features only to realize they are hidden in its complicated menu.
Should you Buy it?
Only buy this phone if your primary need is boosting sound. This phone has excellent sound.
However, if you need a simple phone for someone who is not tech savvy, avoid this phone.
Buying the more expensive Panasonic KX-TGM450S is much better. It has most of these features of the Clarity XLC 3.4+ and it is super easy to use.
It also comes with an answering machine.
I may have made Clarity XLC 3.4+ to appear like a poor amplified cordless phone, but it actually outperforms other phones especially with its sound quality.
It is slightly expensive than most of its competitors. However, if you learn how to operate this phone, you will see why it is worth the extra amount.