The PaMu Slide is one of the most surprising headphones we’ve come across. As the Indiegogo project, we did not expect such a tight, polished device on most of the wings. In the sound test we came out satisfied, the ease of use is high, even if a bit cumbersome at first. The IPX6 standard testifies to its durability and long battery life. This true wireless headphones are superior to a young and intriguing manufacturer.
The PaMu Slide is a true wireless earphones, meaning that it has no wires and you can use them completely independent. At present, they are sold through crowdfunding site Indiegogo, but it is a marketing method and not a real need of the company, that is not prototype but a mass-produced commercial product is already ready for the market. They support Bluetooth 5.0 standard, dual microphone noise filter, high opacity, IPX6 water resistance, no buttons touch control and ultra fast charging promise. Available in white, green, and black – we’ve been reviewed.
The slide do not fall into the most important test. Receiving calls works as needed and the voice of the speaker on the other side sounds good, but so far no wisdom. When we ran a varied song list, we realized that PaMu’s team had not compromised in the sound division. Of course, these are not headphones for advanced audiophiles, but they do not appeal to this audience in the first place. What is it here? A clean, precise and sharp sound in all the tests we had set. In all ranges, we received very balanced results, and we did not “strain” at all, not even at the highest level of sound. We had only two notes: a deeper and more dominant bass was noticeable in his absence and we would also be happy to have a higher volume level than the existing one.
And what about making calls? A pair of microphones, one in each earpiece, which is claimed to have been fitted with noise filtering technology, was embedded in the headphones. In practice, and although we did not expect too much, we were able to conduct conversations with surprising ease, despite the natural distance of our mouths from our ears. During the review period, we had a lot of phone calls and in most cases we did not experience any problems with the other side, except for a few conversations a day that indicated we sounded like “out of a cave”. Whether it’s random conversations or listening to a rhythmic playlist, the earphone opacity is excellent and the sound does not leak; Even when the sound volume was maximum, a colleague who sat a meter in front of us reported that she did not even hear a sound, and the praise was also given to Slide.
In comparison to the mass-raising project, the PaMu Slide does not feel at any stage an experimental product or one that is not prepared to appear on the shelves. The construction quality is very high, the sliding cover moves elegantly on a stepped track, and all of its ears are meticulous on its own – there is no compromise here on a inferior product. On the initial interface of the earphones we had some comments and discovered different experiences in different devices. On the first smartphone, the interfacing was quick and easy. On the second cellular phone, we encountered difficulties in identifying and synchronizing the two devices and the tablet, the third device we tried on the interface, the headphones were not located at all, and only after a few of the headphones were bootable. Not ideal, but at the end of the day on all devices we were able to connect the headphones.
After the initial installation, the synchronization to the device is automatic. Once the headphones are returned into the charging case, they disconnect from the device synchronized to them, and once they come back from the case back to the ear – coupling again. It works as elegant as it sounds, just put in the headphones, make sure the Bluetooth is on, and within 3-4 seconds the slide already plays the sound from the device before.
A multi-function touch control has been inserted into all of them, with a long and surprising list of actions, its left earpiece amplifies volume with a long press, a double click activates a virtual assistant or rejects an existing call. The right ear lowers volume with a long press, double-clicking moves a song forward. In both earphones a single click receives / disconnects an existing call or activates / stops a song. This may sound complicated and indeed requires a certain learning curve, but within a week it is easy to get used to the high usability. The problem is not the adaptation of the various functions, but the high sensitivity of the keys: being touch keys, there is no “clinky” indication. Add to the equation a very low degree of pressure to activate them – and you have received many functions under a little useful usability.
The advanced Bluetooth 5.0 standard was well felt: the delay was minimal and even when watching movies – due to the Achilles ‘heel of a True Wireless headset, we did not tolerate the gap between the dubbing and the lips’ movements of the characters. It is also important to note that we experienced an annoying delay in several games, whose vocalization is an inseparable part of the ongoing game experience, which really hindered us from continuing to play. There is also a noticeable delay in the quick response of the touch keys; From the moment of the tap until the action actually takes place, whether it’s a call cut, a YouTube clip, or a sound reduction, it can go through a second / second and a half before the action takes place.
In contrast to some true wireless headphones that actually stuffed deep into the ear so they would not run away, the PaMu Slide just sits down at the end of the ear canal and we did not even have to replace the silicone heads – the size we provided was excellent and probably also suitable for most users. They did not fall so quickly from our ear when we kept an “office” agenda, and we did not rush to go out with them, especially because our jumps caused them every few dozen meters to move in place and cause them to feel insecure that they would soon fall and because of their minimal size, In the package we received 3 pairs in 3 different sizes, enough consideration for our taste.
The IPX6 standard makes the slide resistant to relatively heavy waterfalls, such as sweat or even raindrops, but of course you can not shower or swim with them and forget about the survival of the headset for full water immersion, of course. Practitioners who manage to avoid making slides move during activity, will also benefit from the use of the headset for sports training.
The manufacturer guarantees battery life of 10 hours of play / call and 60 hours of total, in the framework of 5 additional full loads through the charging case. In idle mode and only standby, a full battery will hold 45 days without charging, according to PaMu. The battery capacity is about 2,000 mAh and the entry is our favorite Type-C, being shared by our smartphone jack. The headset is fully charged for an hour and a half. On average, 3 hours of charging are required for the charging case.
On the day of office work, which included routine calls throughout the day and hearing recordings at Watsap, at the end of the day only 10% of the battery capacity was wasted. On a more demanding day, which simply played a never-ending playlist on YouTube, the slide easily held 8 hours and only towards the ninth hour did they begin to point to a few battery percentages. Very impressive, even if not compatible to ensure PaMu.
The load case is clumsy and even quite heavy compared to other charges, about 140 grams, but for us it is a reasonable compromise compared to such a long battery life in return. The headphones sit in place with a typical magnetic connection to the True Wireless headset. The magnet at the base of the case also prevents the headphones from falling, even when the sliding cover is pushed back and the case is reversed.
Fast charging technology was also pushed into the device, with the promise of a play / call time, in exchange for 5 minutes of charging, which were almost correct; About 40 minutes we received in practice, which is still a very impressive figure. The Twist: The Case is also used as a wireless charger, for support devices of course. We put two Samsung phones that support wireless charging, which provided quite different and slow results, about two-and-a-half hours for a full charge, so that despite the poor performance, the very thought of such a feature surprised us very much.