Palm (not that Palm exactly, but the new Palm that emerged from former Samsung engineers, Stephen Curry and TCL) has been silent for many years. After the launch in 2018 of the Palm Phone, that miniature Android phone designed to disconnect from the mobile, the company has returned to the charge with the Palm Buds Pro, a completely wireless headset.
Palm, for those who do not know it, is a brand that was well known in the 90’s thanks to its PDAs. It also developed webOS, its operating system that was eventually sold to LG. The firm fell into oblivion until 2018, when TCL, which owns the rights to the brand, said it would return. Thus was born the Palm Phone and now, three years later, these headsets that we are going to get to know better right away.
Palm Buds Pro Technical Sheet
|Palm Buds Pro|
|Dimensions and Weight||Headphones: 34.5 x 19 x 23mm – 4.1 grams|
Case: 51 x 45 x 27 – 28.2 grams
|Diaphram Unit||10 mm|
|Sound||Sensitivity: 102 ± 3 dB 1kHz / 1mW|
Impedance: 16Ω ± 15% 1kHz
Frequency: 20Hz ～ 20KHzAAC, SBC
|Connection||Bluetooth 5.0HFP, HSP, A2DP, AVRCP|
|Battery||Auriculares: 40 mAh|
Case: 400 mAh
|Autonomy||Headphones: up to 5 hours with ANC|
Case: up to 24 hours
|Charging Case||USB type C|
Charge in less than two hours
|Extras||3x microphones (per earphone)Noise cancellation on calls|
Active noise cancellation
Palm now makes TWS headsets
The Palm Buds Pro is a TWS headset similar to many others we have seen on the market. From the images, their design is slightly reminiscent of Anker’s Soundcore Liberty 2 Pro. They are only available in black and each weighs 4.1 grams, which is not bad at all. The case, meanwhile, weighs 28.2 grams.
Each headset has three microphones, six in total, one at the bottom, one forward-facing, and one in the inner area. These are responsible for hybrid active noise cancellation. The one facing forward detects external sound, the one inside monitors the sound signal to tell the ANC controller to adjust, and the one below is used to capture voice in calls.
Like almost all headsets of this type, the Palm Buds Pro has an ambient mode, so we can activate it to better hear what’s going on around us. As for calls, they have ambient noise cancellation, a technology designed to cancel the typical sound of wind and enhance our voice in calls.
In terms of sound, playback, and battery life, the headphones feature a 10-millimeter dynamic driver (quite large) and Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity (compatible with AAC and SBC, but not with more advanced codecs). According to Palm, they last up to five hours of playback with ANC activated, and with the case charge we can make up to three full charges.
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Palm Buds Pro is available for pre-order now in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. From what we have been able to see on the web, it does not seem that they are shipping to more countries, at least for now. They are only available in black and are priced at $129, about €111 at the exchange rate. As a launch offer, they are available at $99.
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