Snom M85 Review: Safest Comms Solution for Harsh Business Environments
We take a look at one of the most resilient and user-friendly DECT phones available on the market
The Snom M85 Industrial Handset Telephone is the Telecoms Developer’s new DECT phone designed to deliver robust and reliable communications support to businesses operating in industrial environments.
Snom tells us that the M85 is one of the most resilient and user-friendly DECT phones available on the market and delivers a unique set of features to help drastically improve communications and durability in a number of different ways – but how much truth is there in these claims?
In order to find out, we’ve decided to do a review on the product and test how well it lives up to Snom’s reputation as one of the world’s leading producers of high quality business phones.
How does it look?
When purchasing the Snom M85, users will receive a durable, compact handset that’s small enough to fit inside the pocket of any busy industrial worker, giving them a reliable, hardy phone that enables them to communicate freely without restricting their manual duties.
What can it do?
Developed specifically for indoor and outdoor use in industrial settings, the M85 is coated in a robust, shockproof casing that protects its interior from bangs, scrapes, water damage and dust build up to ensure the phone will still function perfectly in harsh construction or warehouse environments.
Taking into account the numerous dangers potentially present in such environments, the M85 also features a fully programmable alarm key that will send an automatic cry for help to any chosen number should the worker find themselves in an emergency situation.
To add further safety measures, the M85’s (rather ominously named) ‘dead man’s sensor’ can detect if the handset has been motionless for an extended period of time and (if programmed to do so) will send out an emergency message to the relevant number so they can come and provide assistance to the unconscious employee.
Moreover, the M85 also features an operational wrist loop that will trigger an alarm when ripped from the handset to ensure that immediate action can be taken if a worker ever gets caught in a dangerous, or life-threatening situation.
As well as this, the M85 also offers long-life battery with a range of up to 50m indoors and 300m outdoors. Moreover, the phone also features Bluetooth connectivity and a 3.5mm jack for headset accessory attachments to add further mobility and enable manual workers to communicate freely without disrupting their objectives.
As well as being an ultimate tool to ensure the safety of each user is maintained, when paired with an M700 or M300 base station, users can also utilise many phone system features such as voicemail, automatic call forwarding, call lists, caller identification and direct search within the company’s directory.
- Phone functions with M300/M700 base station
- Two simultaneous calls
- Directory with 100 contact entries
- Central directory (common local directory on base or external directory via LDAP)
- 8 speed dial numbers (number keys 2 – 9)
- Caller identification (CLIP)
- Redial (via dialled calls list)
- Call waiting
- Auto answer
- Call lists (all calls, missed, received, dialled calls),
- 50 entries total
- Call swapping (active call and call on hold)
- Blind and attended transfer
- Call forwarding
- 3-way conference on the phone
- DND mode (do not disturb)
- Hide own outgoing ID (CLIR)
- Missed call notification
- MWI – Voice message waiting notification
- Codecs, audio
What did we like most?
When you take into consideration that the M85 was built specifically for industrial workers operating in dangerous environments, the emergency alarm and dead man’s sensor features were very impressive and show what lengths Snom has gone to ensure their customers are safe from harm.
Where can I get more information?
For more information on the Snom endpoints range, take a look at the Snom homepage.
UC Today Opinion
We feel that this the M85 truly lives up to its title as a phone that was built for Industrial use and the added mobility it offers to workers, not to mention the numerous steps it has taken to ensure the safety of its users is maintained, makes it a wise investment for any industrial business.
Have you tried the Snom M85? How do you feel it compares to other DECT phones available on the market? If you have any personal experiences or opinions that you wish to share with others, please feel free to submit your thoughts to our comments and review section below.