In the increasingly fierce landscape of the true wireless headphones, long ago we talked about the Pamu Scroll, rather valid options in the sector. A project that met with great success (more than 4 million dollars) on Indiegogo, a crowdfunding platform on which the new debuts now debut Pamu Slide. Padmate returns to the forefront in this market segment, trying to raise the bar even further. Will it succeed?
Review Pamu Slide
Nothing special inside the Pamu Slide box. Inside we find, therefore, headphones and transport dock, in addition to 2 pairs of spare rubbers, a USB Type-C charging cable and related manuals.
Design and construction quality
Compared to Scrolls, it has been adopted for Pamu Slide quite another style, both for the headphones and the dock. Despite being always in-ear, here we no longer have a "capsule-like" shape, since a stick has been implemented that follows the lines set by the AirPods. Among other things, there is also a certain similarity with the TicPods Free, from which it differs for the certification IPX6. This does not mean that you can bathe together, but do not fear rain or similar situations. Technically they should be able to stand up in the shower, but I advise you not to try.
The Pamu Slides are in-ear headphones, in fact, and this already makes them very firm once worn. In addition, Padmate decided to cover them with one silicone sheath which, in contact with the auricle, confers even more stability. Therefore they are always firm in their housing, even going to run with them. On them there is also a status LED, which lights up red when they are charging and turns off once charged. What I didn't understand is why, when turned on, every 5 seconds should flash white. It is probably an irrelevant detail, but if you find yourself in the dark it could be annoying for those around you.
As I said, even the dock has been drastically changed by Scrolls. Now we have a much more invasive shell, both in weight (135 g) and in dimensions (7 x 4 cm). Compared to a usual TWS headphone dock, the Pamu Slide is almost twice as big, resulting not very pocketable. In addition to the particular sliding opening, from which the name derives, on the upper part there is a fabric covering. A satisfying solution to the sight but that in the long run could accumulate dirt and potentially ruin. And the sliding door has a little game, not giving back an extreme sensation of solidity but not even fragility.
Connectivity, controls and calls
As with the Pamu Scrolls, the Pamu Slides also enjoy the most recent standard Bluetooth 5.0, not having so no lag during video playback. But the real novelty lies in the implementation of the chipset Qualcomm QCC3020. This ensures that the codec is supported aptX, with a maximum bitrate of 352 kbps and a very low lag.
An always crucial aspect when it comes to TWS headphones is the touch commands. First of all, the touch area is only the upper one, so it is possible to place the headphones on by touching the bars without having involuntary touches. Furthermore, the Pamu Slide have all the commands you could want, as you can see in the infographic below. It lacks a command to switch them off, but just disconnect them from the connected device and, after a few seconds, an entry will confirm their automatic shutdown.
As for phone calls, you can enjoy stereo audio with good volume and it is possible to use only one headphone (both right and left). The sound captured by the microphones is a bit muffled, thanks to the system of noise reduction which castrates the background noises well. Fortunately the volume of the microphones is quite high and therefore there are no problems with the interlocutor.
I state that one of the "malus" of the Pamu Slide is the total (or almost) absence of technical specifications reported, at least to date. This means that I have not the faintest idea of the features related to the audio compartment of these headphones. "And who cares", Someone might say. The fact is that the Pamu Slide they sound very good, though they are headphones not very balanced. It is evident right from the start that there is a certain propensity to keep the low frequencies well in mind, even if they are not too suffocating in relation to medium and high frequencies. I liked the warmth of sound reproduced, with a paste that tries to approach the high-end headphones, almost succeeding.
The negative aspect linked to the size of the dock becomes positive when it comes to longevity. In fact, not only is there a battery inside 2000 mAh, but also with support for wireless charging. Not for headphones but for compatible devices, becoming a real wireless powerbank: just press the back button twice to activate / deactivate this feature.
Obviously, having removed this aspect, the 2000 mAh contained in the dock allows you to give the headphones about 5 charging cycles. This means that within them, although not specified, there should be one 200 mAh moon. A capacity not bad, considering that it allows to have a duration that, every cycle, stands on 10 hours also abundant (depending on the volume used).
Conclusions and price
Starting from the 5 June, the Pamu Slides will be available for purchase at a price that, on hand discounts, stands on dollars 49. A price that makes them decidedly inviting, especially if you are looking for a pair of true wireless headphones from theexaggerated autonomy, in addition to the audio quality
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