Padmate S58 Review Open Ear Wireless Ear Hooks Earbuds

Tuesday, March 26, 2024

Designed to offer a unique listening experience, the Padmate S58 earbuds allow you to enjoy your music while staying aware of your environment. Say goodbye to the feeling of isolation that comes with traditional earbuds and embrace a more natural way of enjoying audio. With the Padmate S58, immerse yourself in your music without losing touch with the world around you.

The S58 earbuds sport a design similar to sports ear hook earbuds, which makes them notably large and bulky. They measure 9cm long, 6cm deep, and 3cm thick, weighing 63 grams. This makes them bigger and heavier compared to regular earbuds like the Pamu Fit buds and Pamu Z1. The S58 charging case closes magnetically and comes with a digital display for checking battery status. It also has a roomy docking area, making it easy to take the earbuds out. Made of matte plastic with aluminum alloy accents, the S58 charging case is both durable and stylish.

Each Padmate S58 earbud weighs 12 grams. The body shell is crafted from matte plastic, while the nozzle tips and hinge lid are constructed from metal. The earhooks are made of flexible silicone with a textured wrap for better grip.

On the front of the earbuds, you'll find touch controls and a status LED. The LED turns off once the earbuds are connected, eliminating any annoying blinking lights during music playback. The S58 features an open-air design, meaning the earbuds hang on the outside of the ears, similar to on-ear earbuds. This design ensures the earbuds don't rest on the outside of the ear canal or insert inside it, making them a comfortable fit for those with sensitive ears or those who dislike in-ear buds.

Since the S58 earbuds rest outside the ears, they offer greater comfort compared to typical sports earhook earbuds, resulting in reduced ear fatigue. However, the earhooks of the S58 are quite thick, so extended wear may still lead to some discomfort.

Regarding sound quality, minimal sound leakage occurs due to the angled nozzle design directed towards the ear canal. The sound is robust and clear, with ample volume. While bass and detail are noticeable, they aren't as pronounced as with in-ear buds, owing to the open ear design. This means the bass lacks depth compared to a pair of in-ear buds, though not entirely absent. The mic quality is also good, natural sounding for casual calls.

When removing or placing the earbuds in the case, reconnection isn't immediate; there's a 2-second delay before they reconnect. The touch controls are highly responsive, requiring just a light touch without the need for tapping. These controls encompass various functions like play/pause, track skipping, power on/off, activating voice assistant, managing calls (answering, ending, rejecting, redialing), and adjusting volume. Unfortunately, there's no mobile support for remapping these touch control functions. While this isn't usually an issue, the S58 employs some less intuitive gesture controls, such as "short and medium press," rather than simpler gestures like single, double, triple press, or long press.

When played at maximum volume, the Padmate S58 earbuds offer 5 hours of battery life on a single charge, with an additional two full charges provided by the charging case, totaling 15 hours of battery life. Both the S58 earbuds and charging case require 90 minutes to fully charge. However, the S58 does not support wireless charging or multipoint connectivity. The Bluetooth 5.3 chip integrated into the S58 supports both SBC and AAC codecs.

Selling points
  • Built-in digital display for battery status
  • Premium quality feel
  • Solid build
  • No blinking status light
  • Open air design
  • Good for calls
  • No multipoint
  • Response touch controls
  • Secure ear hook design

Potential deal breakers
  • Bulky and heavy
  • No ANC/transparency mode
  • No mobile app support
  • No auto play/pause on ear detection
  • No equaliser
  • No button remapping
  • Price tag
Accessories included are a charging cable. You can buy the Padmate S58 earbuds from Padmate Tech.

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