Pamu Slide earbuds have been called, “beyond amazing”, “a no brainer”, and “a gamechanger”. They’ve been recommended by everyone from NBA star Spencer Dinwiddie, to the local delivery boy, so Product Review Hero decided to see what all the buzz is about.
When it comes to earbuds these days the choices are almost endless. They range in quality and price from the $5 corded ones at the local dollar store, to a personalized set of $250 Apple AirPods. So how do you know which ones to spend your hard earned money on? And how does Pamu Slide stack up to the competition?
For me, there are a couple of things that really matter when it comes to earbud selection.
1. Wireless: In this day and age, there is no reason to be getting tangled up in cords. I want my music to be wire free.
2. Sound Quality: I like my music loud, and I like it to have a deep, rich sound with plenty of bass.
3. Battery Life: If I have to stop and charge them halfway through a workout, it defeats the purpose.
4. Price: I’m not trying to put a downpayment on a car here.
In this review we’ll take an in-depth look at the Pamu Slide earbuds and see if they actually live up to all the hype. We’ll also check out some of the other products offered by their parent company, Padmate.
Pamu Slide has become the best selling product of it’s parent company and has attained more brand recognition than the company itself. However, if it wasn’t for Padmate there would be no Pamu Slide.
Padmate was founded in 2010 and is actually a rather large company with it’s own design, R&D, and lab testing facilities, as well as large manufacturing plants. Having all of these facilities in-house helps them to keep their costs down and their quality high.
The company specializes in the development and production of top of the line consumer electronics, specifically bluetooth and smart devices. Some of the products they have designed, developed, and manufactured include: true wireless headsets, sports headsets, keyboards, educational robots, water resistant smart watches, and of course bluetooth earbuds.
Hey, great question! Padmate doesn’t operate brick and more stores, which is part of what enables them to keep their costs down (remember those $250 airpods?). However, you can buy online 24/7, and any orders over $90 get free shipping. Visit their official online store by clicking the red button below.
Pamu has several different products for sale on their site. We will take an in-depth look at them here. Keep in mind that while I will cover the details of each one, the Pamu Slide Mini is the only one that I have purchased and tested personally.
We may as well start with the best first. Or at least my favorite first. I love these little gems. The Pamu Slide Mini earbuds are very much like the original Pamu Slides, only smaller. They are comparable in size to the Apple Air Pod Pros, if you are familiar with them. Let’s take a look at each of the key features that are important in a pair of earbuds.
Yes, they are absolutely wireless. No more getting tangled up and accidentally ripping out an earbud while you are trying to do pull-ups at the gym. Not only are the earbuds themselves wireless, but they charge wirelessly as well. Simply set your Mini hard case on any Qi charger and they will be ready to go in no time.
This is arguably the most important feature of any pair of earbuds, and this is where Pamu really shines. When it comes to powerful, clear sound, these guys have it locked in. The bass that these tiny buds produce is better than any I have heard. The mids and highs might not quite be at the level of a Bose surround sound system, but they are still fantastic, and you aren’t going to find anything better for $70.
I’ll admit, I was skeptical at first about the claims of deep powerful bass from these little earbuds, but they really do deliver!
Like I said before, nobody wants their earbuds to die in the middle of a workout. Pamu has a couple of cool features when it comes to battery life to keep this from happening. First of all, the buds themselves will last for around 10 hours before needing a recharge. After that, their case holds enough juice to give them two more full charges, so you can get 30 hours total before having to plug them in (or sit them on your Qi charger).
Another thing that I really love is the Type-C Fast Charge Feature. This takes a quick 5 minute charge and turns it into a whole hour of playback time. This is fantastic if you are headed out to the gym and suddenly realize that your Pamu Slides are totally dead and you forgot to charge them.
At $69 for a brand new pair of Pamu Slides, I feel like the price is right. Yeah, you can get some $20 buds off of Amazon, but there is some truth to the saying, “you get what you pay for”. If you are looking for quality sound but don’t want to spend $250, look no further. Click the red button below and hook yourself up!
There are a few other things I like about Pamu Slide as well that I think are worth mentioning.
They are auto pairing, so after you pair them to your phone the first time they will pair automatically as soon as you get them out. This is super convenient. I have a few bluetooth devices that don’t do this, and it’s always a hassle to pair them up every time I want to use them. The Pamu Slides also disconnect automatically when you put them in their case and shut the lid.
Pamu uses a Qualcomm QCC3020 APTX Bluetooth chip in their earbuds, which is the most advanced chip on the market to date. I don’t understand all the technical details of how this works, but it serves to lower power consumption by half, while boosting transmission capacity by 8 times. This big part of the reason these buds have a strong connection and great sound.
The IPX system is used to measure an items ability to withstand exposure to water without being damaged. The scale starts at 0 and goes up to 8. Pamu Slide has an IPX rating of 6 which is really good. It means that while the are not completely submersible, they can easily handle sweat, humidity, and rain without being damaged. According to IPX rating system, you should even be able to wear them in the shower, although I have not tried it yet!
Another cool Pamu Slide feature, is integrated touch control. You can control your music, adjust the volume, and answer and reject phone calls simply by using the buttons on the sides of the earbuds. Unlike some earbuds you can do all of these things while wearing both of them, or while wearing just one.
This is another thoughtful thing that makes life a little bit easier and makes me love my Slide Minis just a little bit more.
Pamu’s noise cancelling technology works to eliminate 90% of background noise so that you can have crystal clear phone calls even in noisy environments. This is great because it means I don’t have to take my buds out to answer the phone when I am driving or at the gym.
Thanks to Pamu’s ergonomic design and choice of ear tip sizes, I never have to worry about my Slides fallin out. I run with them, work out with them, and even jump on the trampoline with my kids, and the stay in solidly.
Every pack of Pamu earbuds comes with 6 different sizes of ear tips so that you can get the perfect fit. That combined with the shape of the buds themselves keeps them firmly in place no matter what you are doing.
The regular Pamu Slide is the namesake of the model as it’s case very cleverly “slides” open. It is basically the same as the Slide Mini, so I won’t re-hash all the details that we already went through. However, there are a couple of key differences.
The most noticeable difference is of course the size. The earbuds themselves are the same, but the charging case is bigger. Due to this size difference the Slide can provide up to 60 hours of playback time compared to the Slide Mini’s 30.
On the down side, the regular Slide does not come with wireless charging capabilities. Meaning, you cannot just set the case on your Qi charger and expect it to charge. To get this feature, you have to upgrade to the Slide Plus, which sells for and additional $10.
If you are looking for earbuds that last forever, belt out powerful sound, and you don’t mind the case being a little bit larger, these guys are for you.
Here again the earbuds are the same, just the case is different. Unique comes with a nifty scroll style case that has interchangeable covers.
Personally, I don’t think the case is worth the extra $30 and I would stick with the Minis. That being said, if personalization is important to you, these might be your go-to.
Another thing to keep in mind. Unique doesn’t come with wireless charging capabilities. If you want that, you’ll have to purchase the optional Wireless Charging Receiver ($20).
When it comes to bluetooth earbuds and getting your money’s worth, you can’t do any better than Pamu Slide. They’re easy to use, quick to charge, and you are getting $250 sound quality for a $70 price tag. Are there are similarly priced earbuds out there? Sure, but they can’t compare in quality to Pamu. There is a reason these guys have so many glowing recommendations.
I am excited to see what’s in store for this innovative company as they continue to grow in popularity. If they keep their product quality high and their prices low, I’d say they have a bright future ahead of them.