Panasonic ErgoFit RP-HJE120 Review: Under $10 In-Ear Earbud Headphones

The Panasonic ErgoFit RP-HJE120 in-ear earbud headphones are really inexpensive and sound decent for their budget

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Panasonic ErgoFit RP-HJE120

The Panasonic ErgoFit RP-HJE120 earbuds are headphones purchase under ten dollars you will not regret. They come available in multiple colors, and at this low price, you could purchase them all to match your clothing every day. They offer a good sound at an inexpensive price and a comfortable in-ear fit and are a great backup pair of headphones to have.

Capabilities:

The Panasonic ErgoFit RP-HJE120 earbuds are the cheapest headphone offering by Panasonic and also are one of the best-selling earbuds on Amazon with a multitude of highly rated reviews on Amazon. Their look in addition with their build and capabilities is very minimal. They were originally built to be a companion to the iPod Nano 5th generation and their colors.

The earbuds do not have any noise cancelling capabilities. At such a low cost, the earbuds do not offer any outstanding capabilities, but that is to be expected with this price point.

Sound:

The sound quality of the headphones is actually quite decent and better than expected of a head phone costing under ten dollars. It can be said to be comparable to earphones costing $25-30. With the sound, you will get a good amount of bass and detail for the price. There is some mid-bass punch, but the earbuds do lack bass depth and the bass can sound “boomy” at times.

If you are listening to more refined tracks such as acoustic or quieter in nature, you will start to notice some issues in the sound. Mid and high levels also lack brightness in the earbuds. Sound isolation is rated poorly for these earbuds.

The headphones do respond well to adjusting a custom equalizer, but the mids do not respond to the adjustments at all. The treble lacks detail in the sound for these in-ear headphones.

The soft tips included in the box help with sound isolation and maximize the bass output, but to truly isolate sound you will need to maximize the volume.

The soundstage on these earbuds is not good so they will not deliver room-like sound. Even with the soundstage lacking, the overall sound quality is decent for the price of the headphones, making them a worthwhile purchase.

However, there is sound leakage and sound can be perceived by those nearby, so the headphones are not recommended for use in quieter places like a library.

Comfort and Fit:

There are three sizes of lightweight silicone eartips in the box to ensure a good fit. The earphones are comfortable and with the ability to select the perfect size of eartip, you can isolate any extra sound with a tight seal.

Their ErgoFit name is spot-on as the earbuds are not only comfortable, but remain in the user’s ears during activities. They are great lightweight headphones for use during workouts and at the gym for moderate exercise.

Since the headphones do not enter the ear canal as deeply as other in-ear models, the stability of the Panasonic ErgoFit RP-HJE120 is reduced in comparison. There are not any specialty ear-tips included that would increase stability. They are not stable enough for high-intensity work outs that may include running or jumping.

Their fit and shape also allows for pain-free, long-lasting listening sessions. While the cable weight being so light makes it less durable, it is featherweight so you do not feel it pull while in your ears. The housing of the earbuds is also lightweight plastic and small in size.

Because of their ergo-fit and low profile fit, you can also comfortably wear the Panasonic ErgoFit RP-HJE120 earbuds while sleeping.

Build:

While the bright colors try to distract from their build and add more flair to the design, the earbuds do look and feel cheaply built. They are built as a hybrid style headphone and include part hard earbud and part soft earbud.

The headphones include a slightly larger than average 9mm audio drive, a neodymium magnet and a maximum power capacity of 200mW. They also offer a wide frequency response.

The cord attached is a little over 3.5 feet in length. The cord construction is noticeably lacking and the wires are very thin. The cord is by far the worst feature of the headphones. The wires tangle very easily, and are quite difficult to un-tangle once tangled. There is also reported feedback from the cords during wear which can be bothersome.

The plug for the audio is L-shaped and solid and sturdy in its build, but due to its shape, it can be difficult to plug into thicker phone cases on smart phones.

Features:

The Panasonic ErgoFit RP-HJE120 earbuds are available in a variety of colors: orange, white/silver, green, pink, violet, blue, black and red. The price of each color varies, but all are under $10, making them easily affordable.

There is no case included in the box which adds to the lack of durability of the thin wires. There is no control module on the wires to adjust volume or an in-line microphone for calling and gaming.

Because they are offered at such a low price, there are no other features to the earbuds besides the wide variety of colors available.

Pros
  • Under $10
  • Available in a wide variety of colors
  • Sufficient sound for their price
  • Highly rated on Amazon
  • Ergonomic comfortable design for longer wear
Cons
  • Thin cord tangles easily
  • Not very durable
  • No in-line control or microphone


Our Verdict:

For under $10, it would be difficult to find in-ear headphones that offer better sound or more comfort. The wide variety of colors is a plus, especially at such a low price where you could afford to buy every color to match your daily outfit. The build is substandard so they are not durable, especially the cord, but that is expected at this price point. They are a basic in-ear headphone with a comfortable fit, decent sound, and low price.

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