If you’re in the tech world, enjoy music and keep up with what’s going on in the two-by-one headphone market, or have you heard about the new pamu headphones, which have been crowded and are already in the mouth or in the ears of the people, or is simply crazy to buy and receive a copy at home.
The Hong Kong-based Chinese startup sent a model to us and we were very happy with what we saw before we even took our headphones off the charging dock. That is, we had a good impression right away – and that’s very cool, especially with “child” products from crowdfunding campaigns. So, before we start talking about the headphones themselves, let’s just contextualize Padmate’s story a little bit so you can understand why so much hype around PaMu Slide.
From Indiegogo to NBA
The people who designed the earbuds that are the focus of our analysis today are from a startup in China called Xiamen Padmate Technology. Slide is not the first model that the company offers for sale, having launched others on the same platform, such as PaMu Scroll and PaMu X13.
It turned out so well that by deciding to go back and raise funds to launch its newest model, Padmate popped the mouth of the balloon and hit more than $ 21 million in revenue, with 72,000 investors worldwide (as of writing of this analysis).
And Padmate has been investing heavily in marketing, beyond all. If you have not yet been surprised by their advertising on their social networks, we tell you that, at least around here, every day comes something different to promote PaMu Slide. Even with stars from the NBA, music and other sports doing that generous publicity.
The formula could not go wrong: capital that exceeded the target, advertising, marketing, quality and batch delivery? Success!
Now that you know the origin of these headphones, let’s go. With you, PaMu Slide!
Design & Ergonomics
True wireless earphones (TWS: no cables connecting earbuds) are a teat for those who enjoy full mobility, whether in sports, running or even work. We assume we like it a lot, because the journalist’s life has these things. Many hours in the office, a jump at the gym, a coffee shop with a notebook on, and phone calls all the time… having the help of discreet and responsive headsets is essential to solving these and other tasks in our daily lives.
The earbuds come in a very cute charging dock, but nothing concise or tiny compared to other true wireless headphones we’ve been testing around here or that have been around for a while (like the AirPods or Galaxy Buds themselves). The square “crate”, which serves as the cradle for the headphones, is relatively large and we don’t advise carrying it around in your pants pocket if you want to go out with as few stretches as possible to roll around on the street. example. It’s a bulky little thing that catches the eye and bothers you, but it can all be solved if you have a small backpack, a purse, a laptop bag or something that breaks that branch for you.
Apart from the size and volume of the loading dock, we were impressed by the build quality and the design of the toy. We received the PaMu Slide in green color (very beautiful and discreet, by the way). The dock has a square shape with rounded edges and a sliding surface that reveals the buds, with four charging LEDs on the lid. The set resembles a speaker, as it has a small screen texture with the mark on top.
When opening the sliding lid, we see the two buds nicely fitted magnetically into the loading dock. To begin pairing, simply pull them out of the dock and snap them to your ears. We got along very well with the M-tip coming on the headphones, and Padmate’s advertising really did live up to the slogan of “never fall” – ok, the term “never” is too strong, but in our walking, going and welcome from the streets, chores, dog walking, work, relaxation before bed and even a trip to the mall, PaMu Slide made no mention of falling from his ear. It firms very well and does not bother even for longer periods in use.
The design of the headphones resembles that of the AirPods, for having that rod that “hangs” in the ear. The ear part – the buds themselves – is not deeply sealed, so passive noise isolation is not very immersive. Well, the headphones don’t have this premise and have a small opening in the back, giving the listener a good sense of what’s going on around the world even with the “on the stalk” music.
Visually, we have an LED indicator on each handset. When this LED turns red, it means the battery is low or the headphones are charging in the dock. In use, a white LED is pulsating, indicating that the headphones are plugged in and working. Off, the LEDs show that the earphones have either completed charging or are obviously off.
The set is all made of plastic, with details and top quality finishes. For the price it costs, it surprised us a lot. It seems that Padmate did not want to save anything on construction, because everything – from the material used to Qualcomm technology (we’ll talk about it later) – was very well thought out and used on the PaMu Slide.
The earphones are IPX6 certified, ie they are resistant to water splash and sweat. Can you run with him? Can. Run in the rain? Can. And shower with the headphones? Then you better leave them in the box, right?
It is being sold in three colors: white, black and green (headphones and dock).
Little ones have very intuitive and responsive touch controls on their outer surface. Just tap the right or left bud to pause the song. Two taps on the left call Siri or Google Assistant. Two taps on the right advance to the next track. If you touch the right-hand phone and hold for a moment, the volume increases. In the left one, the volume decreases.
For calls: One ring answers, two rings reject. Be it in any of the buds.
They have no power button. It works like this: take off the dock, turn it on. Boot in the dock, hang up. The connection is automatic.
What are you used to seeing battery life in wireless in-ear headphones? Four, five o’clock? PaMu Slide delivers ten hours of playback on one charge. And the case, when fully charged, supports five more full charges. This totals 60 (sixty) hours of battery and 45 hours of standby. Honestly, for a true wireless headset, even with a charging dock, there is no other adjective to categorize this level of autonomy other than INSANO. This is what justifies the size of the dock compared to competing brands. Grandinho, but the reward is also very interesting and weighs a lot at the time of purchase. And oh, before you ask yourself: we have finished the tests and no, the battery is not even half full.
According to Padmate, a quick five minute charge gives one hour of music.
The PaMu Slide has models with two types of dock: one common, which only carries the headphones, and another with induction to charge your smartphone. This is what we were sent for testing, and to show that it works, we documented:
The dock has a USB-C port for charging and the little button you see right next to it is used to enable induction charging.
The hype about the stability of the headphones is not just that it sticks cool to the ears. In addition to the physical, the PaMu Slide has cutting-edge technology, both in true wireless and connectivity with your device (phone, computer, tablet…). The headsets use Bluetooth 5.0 and have excellent range and connection stability, which gives high quality without pealing music. In other words, you won’t be angry at dropouts and your music won’t be failing – within range, of course.
Regarding the signal, Padmate claims that the PaMu Slide has the best quality on the market, leaving behind giants represented by Jabra, Sony and Bose. But the fight China wants to buy here is with Apple: so much so that it attacks the AirPods 2 all the time in describing its Indiegogo campaign. “AirPod Killer” is one of the nicknames that the manufacturer gives for its Slide, by the way.
Within the buds, China has chosen to use one of Qualcomm’s latest chips for true wireless technology, the QCC3020. Currently, AirPods feature the Apple H1 (the same as the newer Beats), and the other true wireless brands mentioned earlier are using the Qualcomm CSR86Xx.
In our tests, the promise came true. First, after the first pairing with your device, just take the phone out of the case and put it to your ear so you can start listening to the music where you left off – if you haven’t closed your streaming app. We tested Spotify with high quality and there is not even a complaint about connection stability. There was no peal and no bottleneck during all the hours we had the slide in our ears. And look at this review coming out fast, we spent hours and hours immersed in the atmosphere PaMu.
But what about the sound, is it good?
The time has come for the fire test of our analysis. After all, everything here has gone really well, will the audio factor keep the final PaMu Slide average high?
First, analysis is subjective, but let’s try to translate our experience into words as impartially as possible to help you decide whether to invest in such a copy or not.
In terms of bass, the first impression we had when listening to the Slide was “wow, what bass it has!”. And there really is. We were somewhat influenced by starting the analysis by choosing Daft Punk as the inaugural headphone band, notoriously known for its striking bass, dancing groove and disco / funk / electronic style. Basses and synths jumped on Starboy – a track that even explores the frequency of bass and sub bass a lot, delivered with good emphasis by PaMu Slide. That said, it seems that the proposal to please the young audience, which seeks quality, full-bodied bass and honest price, is like a glove in response to this frequency. Relieving the bar a bit with Phil Collins’ In The Air Tonight, we were gratefully surprised to feel the bass spectrum with emphasis, but at the same time, clearly – especially from 4:00 onwards. Already in the subwoofer field, we felt the thing a little tangled up in Biosphere’s Hi-1. Here, the beating of synths was too much for PaMu Slide and the sub-bass got lost hand in hand with the bass, resulting in a drop in definition, slightly irritating the ears up to 60%. But overall, we were very pleased with the result of the PaMu Slide bass frequencies! In rock, pop, disco, soul, rap, R&B, the thing goes.
To relieve the ears, we decided to honor Leonard Cohen and test the balmy in My Secret Life to learn how PaMu Slide responds to the bass of his voice duet with Sharon Robinson. The singer’s baritone tone sounded clean and velvety, so Slide works well without disappointing fans of low-pitched vocalists such as Iggy Pop, Lou Reed and Cohen himself. The contrast to Robinson’s alto tone was delivered with five stars by the headphones, and all the music played very well in a matter of vocal frequency balance (ie mid / mid-low spectrum). To better emphasize these midrange, here we always choose something that exploits the instrumental well, taking into account boxes, woodwinds and pianos. This time the pick was That’s The Time from Fourplay. Smooth jazz has a lot of that, it enhances mid frequencies, and their balance on PaMu Slide was better than bass frequencies. Boxes, acoustic piano, guitars and electric piano all had their place in the sun, with fast response and beautifully delivered! However, that same song revealed to us that Slide has a flaw in higher frequencies. Past 6 kHz, the hi-hat begins to irritate a little more than 60%. This is the same frequency that reveals wheezing in narratives or even sung vocals. We decided to explore the treble issue a bit further and chose another song to exemplify the failure of the Slide.
Generally speaking, these trebles will not irritate the average user who is looking for a cool, totally wireless portable headset for everyday use. As the device is aimed at the masses (see price), there won’t be many people complaining about treble. But if you consider yourself a “quasi-audiophile” – or one – pay attention to this consideration of the treble: when the frequencies exceed 6 kHz, the impression you get is that they used a compression that left the audio in that range. more acute canned and at the same time very evidenced. Artificial, in other words. This runs over neighboring frequencies, such as higher and brighter pianos and guitars, overlapping them. In Supertramp’s A Soapbox Opera, this is very well illustrated when the music grows and the hi-hats cover the piano, which shines and fills almost the entire track. From the beginning to the climax of this song, the quality of the delivery of the frequencies gets goose bumps. But as the “acts” pass, just enter the marking with the hi-hat and the attacks that we feel this compression in the treble – while emphasizing, leaves dishes (in the mix, mostly in the left pan), hi-hat and even Roger Hodgeson’s voice metallized in the crescents.
At the end of the egg frying: will the average user make a difference? Being honest, for the price you pay on PaMu Slide, no, it won’t. The average user will want a good deal of bass and pay attention to them. Already the most demanding will feel this difference in treble and if you fit into this class, you know what to do: use an equalizer to makeup 4 kHz up. In Spotify itself (whose equalizer is not great), we hear this song with the following graphical representation to reach a cool level (but we lost some of the harpsichord definition and almost all the string response):
PaMu Slide uses a microphone system that reduces ambient noise (with a microphone in each bud) to give your voice more clarity while answering calls or recording audio to send on WhatsApp. For a copy of this size, we will send the maxim of “It’s going well”. Because of value, obviously, and because if the intention is to get the message across clearly, it does. Nothing spectacular, but something quite functional that helps the conversation flow when you’re on the street or in a busy environment. It has a small lag for audio recording, the sound is somewhat mechanized, but this is acceptable on wireless headphones. Congratulations, after all, look at the price of the model!
What’s in the box
- PaMu Slide (two buds)
- Loading Dock
- USB-C / USB cable
- 6 pairs of PP, P, M, G and GG silicone tips
Price and how to buy
Listed on Indiegogo on different perks (something like bids), PaMu Slides are being sold in a variety of ways, even in bundles, starting at $ 69 (headphones and dock without charging for your smartphone) and $ 79 (with dock with induction, called the PaMu Slide Plus).
That is, if you are interested and want to guarantee a copy while the headphones are in the closing phase of batches for shipping, just choose a perk and make the payment. The shipping has already ranged from $ 85 to $ 150, according to reports from Brazilians on Padmate Instagram. We did a perk simulation and the shipping went free to Brazil. Anyway, it’s good to stay tuned, as freight is charged in Hong Kong dollars. Another: You may be taxed on importation. We went.
It’s clear that crowdfunding means crowdfunding. The perks you pay are not product warranty on hand. Sites like Indiegogo and Kickstarter are for people all over the world to invest in the idea and product advertised, and it may be that this investment pays no return for the product received. Obviously, as things go with Padmate, mass production has started in June and the headphones have been shipped in batches for less than a month. Thus, you are practically buying a handset in its crowdfunding phase. But it is worth warning to understand before contributing how financing sites and other campaigns work. Crowdfunding does not mean “buy”. The startup can give you a copy or not, so be smart about it and see if there is a possibility of repayment if you repent. The premise is always finance.
Finally, let’s summarize now what we think of the product. PaMu Slide had a very positive impact here, from the first glance, through the first “ears” and until the close of this review. “Ah, but what about the treble?” Calm down, we’ll get there.
For $ 79 we have hands on earbuds that last 60 hours, in practical terms. They deliver good overall audio quality – something that young people will enjoy for everyday use, even. They have a lady connection that really doesn’t bounce or oscillate. They use cutting-edge technology, Qualcomm chip and very good Bluetooth range. They have a cool, stable and ergonomically pleasing design. Comes with induction cell phone charger (in this model we tested). If we put it all in the blender, the answer we will give canaltecher is: there is no mistake, you can buy it. So what they are talking about about “AirPod killer” and not falling easily from the ear, in fact, makes a lot of sense.
The fact that the higher treble sounds annoying in some songs is very specific, and such annoyance will be noticed again by the audiophile staff. And even you audiophile friends can consider the PaMu Slide, because the pet really delights. Nothing a little equalizer friend doesn’t help, right?
For design and ergonomics, note 8. For connectivity, 10! For audio quality, a sincere 7.5. And the duration of this battery deserves a long and loud 10!