Panasonic RZ-S500W True Wireless Bluetooth Earphones Hands-on
Panasonic is known for its electronics, so we’re not surprised that they have their own TWS earbuds. What we have here is the Panasonic RZ-S500W with a noise-canceling feature. If you’re thinking of getting this one for your casual listening or workout needs, then check out our initial thoughts below.
Out of the box, the first thing you will see is the Panasonic RZ-S500W and a plastic case with a matte finish. It also comes with five ear tip sizes to make sure you get the best fit, so it doesn’t fall off and for better audio.
The charging case features an LED indicator on the front and a USB-C charging port at the back.
The RZ-S500W features a metallic strip running along the edges. The holes in the strip house the LEDs and mics needed for noise cancellation.
The RZ-S500W is an in-ear type but has a chunky design. The unit we have on hand comes in black but is also available in white. It is made of plastic, so it’s pretty light in the ears. However, after prolonged use, you might feel some strain. It’s also IP4X rated, so it can handle the occasional splash or sweating when working out or jogging around.
To pair with the RZ-S500W to your mobile device, you need to download the Panasonic Audio Connect (available on Android and iOS), turn on your location and Bluetooth, and pair it to the TWS. The app lets you customize the bud’s sound profile to suit your needs. You can select the presets to enhance the bass or the voice quality, or you can choose to create your own sound profile using the five-band equalizer.
Like other competing TWS earbuds, the RZ-S500W is controlled via touch. Tap once on either earbud to play or pause a track. A double-tap on the right earbud skips the track forward, while a triple-tap skips the track backward. Double or triple tap on the left earbud to lower or increase the volume. Press and hold the right earbud to cycle through ANC on/off. Do the same with the left earbud to activate your smartphone’s voice assistant.
If you’re using the right ear tip size, the sound quality is great with a generous amount of bass. But if you need the extra oomph, you can adjust the bass levels in the app.
What’s nice about this TWS is the noise cancellation feature. It works as expected and is effective in eliminating out most ambient noises. You’ll still be able to hear some people talking in the background if you’re really listening for it, but once you’re playing your tunes at the right volume, you can easily drown them out. But for safety reasons like when you’re jogging outdoors or biking, there’s also an option to allow the ambient noises, to keep you aware of your surroundings.
For voice calls, it’s loud and clear. The only downside we noticed is that it easily picks up background noise and wind.
When it comes to battery life, the RZ-S500W can last up to 6.5 hours of playback on a single charge and 19.5 hours total with the charging case (both figures with the active noise cancellation on), which is not bad.
Overall, RZ-S500W is a solid true wireless earbuds that can deliver great sound quality, reliable ANC, decent battery life, and good connectivity. The price is yet to be announced, but we will let you know once we get the details.
So, what do you guys think of the Panasonic RZ-S500W? Let us know in the comments.