Padmate PaMu Slide Mini Bluetooth 5.0 Wireless Earphones
I love music. One of the lucky benefits of being an Online Editor is that 90% of my work doesn’t require me to pay attention to audio. So while color correcting, blurring, and painting out camera people I listen to music. From Thrice to Slayer I love high quality audio but sometimes I can’t listen to crazy metal super loud (not sure the kids need to be into Slayer…yet). So when I was asked to review the Padmate PaMu Slide Mini Bluetooth headphones, I jumped at the opportunity. Since I saw the early renditions of the Apple AirPods I have wanted them…until I saw the price tag. Sorry Apple, but $249 is not necessarily in my budget at the moment. Luckily the Padmate PaMu Slide’s are only $49!
Once I received the PaMu Slide’s I took my time reviewing them (sorry Padmate). Since I had not used a Padmate product I wanted to make sure the quality was high and I didn’t just say they were good when they fall apart after a month. So 4 months later I still really like the PaMu Slide’s. I use them day in and day out, from Zoom calls to Google Meetups and even listening to music. They last all day. I really mean all day. I have been editing for 10 hours a day recently and I have been able to go a few days without having to recharge, really amazing. And just like higher end wireless ear buds, the case will charge your Slides multiple times. The best part is, it only takes 1–1.5 hours to fully charge the headphones! Even better is that if you have a Samsung Galaxy like me, you probably have a Qi wireless charger already and the PaMu slides can charge wirelessly. So pop them on over night and by the morning you are good to go for a couple of days. If you don’t have a wireless charger you can use the USB-C Charging port.
I really put these to the audio quality test while mowing the lawn. I had no problem listening to music while doing yardwork. I didn’t take it lightly on the PaMu Slides including sweating, dropping them in water, throwing them on tables, dropping them, kids stealing them from me, and much more — they kept on working no problem.
In terms of audio quality, the biggest obstacle is fitting the ear buds with the correct ear tips. These come with 6 pairs in different sizes…half of which also have different depths which was interesting. I initially tried the default size but then tried one size larger, those did not work so I went back down to the default and after wearing them in for a little bit I think this was the right move. If the ear tips don’t fit into your ear canal correctly you will not get a seal which will cause audio loss. So if you notice you aren’t getting great sound, you will need to double check that you have the correct ear tip size.
Operating the PaMu Slide’s is dead simple. Once you have initially paired the ear buds, every time afterwards they pair and unpair by closing and opening the lid. Super easy and efficient. The controls take a second to get used to but once you get it they are super handy. On the left ear bud: Play/Pause — single click, Voice Assistant-double click, Answer — one click, Decline-double click, decrease volume-long press. On the right ear bud: Play/Pause — single click, Track forward-double click, Answer — one click, Decline-double click, increase volume-long press.
One thing I was extremely happy about was that when I double-clicked the left PaMu Slide (on my Samsung Galaxy phone) it used Google as the voice assistant and not Bixby (Samsung’s assistant). I have Google as my default but sometimes companies can’t get it right. But Padmate got it right and my choice of voice assistant worked flawlessly.
The Padmate PaMu Slides are built with a Qualcomm QCC3020 processing chip which uses Qualcomm’s TrueWireless Stereo and cVc Noise Cancellation technology and allows for the latest low power Bluetooth 5.0 technology. One strange but awesome use of Bluetooth 5.0 is to split the output from your device (like my Samsung Galaxy) between 2-Bluetooth 5.0 products. So in reality two people could be listening to the same thing over Bluetooth 5.0 from one source!
In the end, I was pleasantly surprised at just how capable and useful the Padmate PaMu Slide Mini Bluetooth 5.0 Wireless Earphones with Wireless Charging case were. You can use just one earbud if you want (the left one as that is the main receiver), the charger and cable are included, and they are small. When on Zoom Calls or Google Meetup calls I used the PaMu Slides with my Windows based PC and they worked great. People even commented how good my audio quality seemed to be! I received the black versions, but there are white, pink, and a seafoam green to match your lifestyle. And at under $50 you are getting a great deal with high quality audio. If you are in the market for a pair of wireless bluetooth ear phones, you must take a look at the Padmate PaMu Slides: https://padmate-tech.com/products/pamu-slide-mini .