Motorola connects with MD761 cordless

It would be hard to find a car that topped last week's Jaguar. So, this week's Toy Box is shifting from looking at cars to something more mundane, but just as, if not more, necessary for anyone doing PR - phones.

It would be hard to find a car that topped last week's Jaguar. So, this week's Toy Box is shifting from looking at cars to something more mundane, but just as, if not more, necessary for anyone doing PR - phones.

This week, we review a small- office or home-office-capable cordless phone. Next week, it will be a funky cell phone, and the week after, a device that will allow your regular phone to make calls using the internet.

This issue's phone is the Motorola MD761 cordless. It includes an answering machine, caller ID, and a speaker phone option. It can be expanded to control up to eight handsets, which can then be used as an intercom system within an office.

I found it easy to use and easy to be heard on. Adding a headset decreased my volume a bit to listeners on the other end, but I find that happens with most phones I try.

The hands-free speaker phone also worked very well, and the phone was quite comfortable to use.

Any suggestions for gadgets we should try? Send them to toybox@prweek.com

  • John N. Frank writes Toy Box. He is the Chicago-based Midwest bureau chief for PRWeek.

    Price $99.99; expansion set, $59.99

    Available at Best Buy, Circuit City, Radio Shack, Wal-Mart, and COMP USA

    Specs 5.8 GHz cordless phone, can handle eight phones from one base station

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