Panasonic Ergo-Fit review: Panasonic Ergo-Fit

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CNET Editors' Rating

4 stars Excellent
  • Overall: 8.0
  • Design: 7.0
  • Features: 6.0
  • Performance: 7.0
  • Value: 10.0
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The Good The Panasonic ErgoFit RP-HJE120 Earbud Headphones are really inexpensive and sound decent for their measly price. They also offer a comfortable fit.

The Bad The thin cord has a tendency to tangle easily (especially if you stick the headphones in a pocket). They don't seem incredibly durable, and there's no integrated microphone for cell phone calls.

The Bottom Line For under $10, you'll be hard-pressed to find in-ear headphones that sound better and are more comfortable than the Panasonic ErgoFit RP-HJE120s.

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Here at CNET we review a wide variety of headphones, including some budget models, but rarely do we venture into the sub-$10 range. But in the case of the Panasonic ErgoFit RP-HJE120 earphones, I decided to make an exception.

I saw the ErgoFit RP-HJE120 earbuds on Amazon and opted for the orange model, which I picked up for $6.07 with free two-day shipping because I'm an Amazon Prime member. The model comes in several different colors and some cost a bit more than others, but you should be able to get a pair for less than $10 shipped.

Of course, when it comes to $6 in-ear headphones, you tend to keep your expectations pretty low. Mine were a little higher because I'd read a bunch of favorable user opinions on Amazon, but I nevertheless wasn't expecting too much out of them.

My first reaction upon cutting open the nasty blister pack the product comes in was that the ErgoFit RP-HJE120s indeed looked like cheap earbud-style headphones, albeit with a bit of design flair and dash of cheerful coloring. I believe that when these were originally released they were targeted at iPod Nano owners, and my pair would have gone well with an orange iPod Nano if I owned one.

The Panasonic ErgoFit RP-HJE120 earphones come in a variety of colors. Panasonic

As you can see from the pictures, these are sort of a hybrid earphone, part hard earbud like your basic Apple earbud and part soft bud. They come with three different-size silicone eartips. At this price, you're more apt to see a hard-bud earphone, but being able to jam the soft tips into your ears helps with sound isolation and maximizes the bass output. I was able to get a tight seal with the largest of the eartips, and I actually thought the earphones were comfortable (in keeping with the ErgoFit name) and they stayed in my ears well.

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  • Color red
  • Weight 0.1 oz
  • Sound Output Mode stereo
  • Additional Features ErgoFit design
    9 mm driver unit
    3.5 mm plug
  • Type headphones
  • Headphones Form Factor in-ear
  • Connector Type mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm