TWS earbuds, or true wireless earbuds, are definitely becoming more mainstream. The problem with them is that it is tough to get great sound, long battery life, and affordable pricing. In my experience so far, most brands get two out of three right, but can’t seem to nail down all three. Our PaMu Slide review takes a look at a pair of true wireless earbuds that nails great sound and long battery life at an affordable price point.
UPDATED (08/23/2019): After hearing some grumblings about the PaMu Slide not shipping to backers, we reached out to their PR company and received this reply:
I don’ t know when they backed the project, so I can’ t identified when their perks will be shipped out.
But one point is clear, that is we can complete all the shipments within September:)Padmate Audio PR
Hopefully, they come through but as we mention in any crowdfunding product we write about or review, there is always a risk associated with backing them.
The PaMu Slide TWS earbuds have the following features and specifications:
- The Most Stable Bluetooth5.0
- Superior Sound and Powerful Bass
- Auto Pairing
- Whole-day Comfort Listening with 10 hours of music playback
- Touch Control
- IPX6 Sweat Proof
- 60-Hour Play/Call Time
- Type-C Fast Charge
- Charging/Carrying case
- Wireless Phone Charger
- Qualcomm AptX Classic
- Low Power Consumption
- TWS Chip: Qualcomm QCC3020
- Resistance: 16Ω
- Unit diameter: 6mm
- Noise reduction technology: Dual MIC noise reduction
- Decoding format: AptX, SBC, AAC
- Bluetooth: v5.0
- Play Time: 10h
- Call Time: 10h
- Water Resistance: IPX6
- Transmission Range: >10m
- Charging Interface: USB Type-C
- Battery Capacity: 85mAh (earphone), 2000mAh (charging case)
- Full charging time: 1.5h (earphone), 3h (charging case)
- Size: 37.5 x 26 x 19.5mm (earphone), 72 x 72 x 38.5mm (charging case)
- Weight: 7.1g (single earphone)
- Colour: Black, white, or green
What’s in the box
- PaMu Slide TWS Earbuds
- Charging/carrying case
- 6 different sizes of ear tips: S, S+, M, M+, L, and L+
- USB Type-C to USB-A charging cable
- User Manual
The PaMu Slide TWS earbuds follow the Apple Airpods design with a bulb shape near the top, which goes in your ear, and a stick hanging down from that. The top round portion angles forward and out towards the actual eartips. The silicone eartips are easy to attach and remove, as is the case with most earbuds. The design definitely offers a comfortable, ergonomic fit. On the inside of this region is an L or R with a circle around it, making it easy to tell which ear each earbud belongs in.
On the outer portion of the top of each earbud is a silicone sheath which adds a bit of grip when handling the earbuds. Centered on the outer edge is a small microphone slit, the first of two on each earbud.
The stick portion features a small LED towards the top. Just above this is the invisible touch sensor on each earbud, more on that in a minute. As for branding, the PaMu logo printed up from the bottom. It’s barely visible, being printed in black on our green review sample so it’s quite subtle. Located at the base of the stick, towards the front, is the second of two microphones on each earbud. Finally, on the inside of the stick is a pair of metal plates which are used for charging when placed in the included carrying/charging case.
Speaking of the case, it is roughly 3-inches by 3-inches by 1 1/2-inches deep. The top cover is slim and covered with a fabric finish and the PaMu logo printed on the top. Visible only when the earbuds are first put in the case, a row of four LEDs light up near the bottom of the lid to indicate the amount of battery charge left in the case.
Around the back of the case is the USB Type-C charging port. There are two version of the PaMu Slide — one with a wireless charging case and one without. Our review sample came with the wireless charging case so beside the USB-C port is another button. When pressed twice, it enables the wireless charging feature which allows you to flip the case upside down and wireless charge your smartphone from the case. Note, this does not allow you to wirelessly charge the case, unfortunately.
Sliding the case open exposes two earbud shaped receptacles. Each is labelled L or R, oddly though, the R is on the left side and the L is on the right side. At any rate, inside these receptacles is a couple of pins which line up with the metal plates on each earbud for charging. In addition, the earbuds are held into their respective receptacle magnetically so they won’t fall out if the case is flipped over with the lid open.
While our review unit came in green, the PaMu Slide earbuds are also available in white or black. Overall, the PaMu Slide have a nice solid construction and are super comfortable for all day listening. Although they are made of plastic, they do feel pretty sturdy and there isn’t any flex when trying to bend or twist them.
Ease of Use
As with most Bluetooth devices, the PaMu Slide TWS earbuds are easy to pair with your smartphone. Simply remove them from the case and they will automatically enter pairing mode. Select PaMu Slide on your smartphone when it shows up in your Bluetooth device list and you’ll be good to go.
The PaMu Slide also feature touch countrols on each earbud. One touch of the touch button plays or pauses the current track. Double touching the right earbud will skip to the next track, while double touching on the left will invoke your digital assistant.
Answering calls can be made from either earbud, a single touch will answer the phone call. If you wish to decline it, you can double touch either earbud. Finally, you can also control volume, although it’s a bit tricky to get used to at first. Once you do get used to it, holding the touch area on the left earbud will decrease volume while holding the touch area on the right will increase it.
Overall, the PaMu Slide really are easy to use.
As mentioned in my preamble, one of the main issues I find with TWS earbuds is that sound is hit and miss. Fortunately, the PaMu Slide hit the money with regards to sound quality. Loud and crisp, they are also pretty well balanced between lows, mids, and highs. Not only that, but they actually have a decent amount of nice warm bass, something I do have a tendency towards.
Whether I was listening to classic hip hop, rock, EDM, or any other type of music, I simply don’t have any complaints. Not only was the sound great with very acceptable bass, but I found that when wearing them I couldn’t hear much of the outside world.
While these are obviously meant for music, I was using them when I got a notification that Call of Duty: Mobile early access was ready to download. After downloading it and firing up the game, I quickly found that the PaMu Slide are equally adequate for mobile gaming as well.
Even though these true wireless earbuds are packing Bluetooth 5 technology, I still only got around the usual 30-foot distance before they started to cut out. Still, it’s decent enough and I’ve never really used wireless headphones without having my phone on or near me for the need to be further away than that.
As is the case with most wireless earbuds, I did have to speak up a bit when on a call. That being said, I didn’t find myself speaking up as much as I have on other ones due to the dual microphones on each earbud. In addition, the PaMu Slide feature dual mic reduction technology to eliminate extra noise which really does help on a call.
Here we are with the second potential issue facing some TWS earbuds these days: battery life. The PaMu Slide claim up to 10 hours of battery life on a single charge, with 5 more charges via the charging case for a total of up to 60 hours of battery life without having to plug in.
Given my previous experience with TWS earbuds, I was skeptical but PaMu delivered pretty close. On average, I can get about 9 hours on a charge while listening to music at around 70-80% volume. The case also did charge almost the full five times, but I was also testing the wireless charging capabilities as well. The fifth time only charged the earbuds to 90%, which would make sense if you toss the odd wireless charging test into the mix.
At any rate, these are up there as some of the longest lasting TWS earbuds I’ve personally tested, and they last without sacrificing sound quality which is definitely a good thing.
The PaMu Slide can be backed on Indiegogo for as low as US$59. To be honest, this is a no brainer backing. Even though the campaign has a $20,461 Flexible Goal, it is massively overfunded with over $3,000,000 from over 43,000 backers.
As with any crowdfunding campaign, there is a risk supporting them. We’ve recently heard about several that we’ve written about that have failed or are having issues. Our reporting on Indiegogo campaigns does not mean we support or are affiliated with them. Support at your own risk.
Given the sound quality and battery life alone, these true wireless earbuds are well worth the current asking price. The earbuds are already shipping out so you shouldn’t be waiting long to receive them once you do back them.
If you’re looking to pick up a pair of true wireless earbuds, I personally can’t recommend the PaMu Slide TWS earbuds enough and that’s why it gets a Top Pick of 2019 Award here at Techaeris.
Priced right, they sound fantastic with enough bass to keep me happy, are easy to use, and have amazing battery life. For an extra $10, you can toss wireless charging into the mix for even more functionality of the case.
*We were sent a sample of the PaMu Slide TWS earbuds for the purposes of this review.
Ease of Use9.5/10
- Comfortable and ergonomic design
- Fantastic balanced sound with decent bass
- Great battery life
- Optional wireless charging feature
- Easy to use and control via touch button
- Don't fall out easily
- Very affordably priced
- Touch button is pretty sensitive, easy to pause when taking one out
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