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Panasonic ErgoFit RP-HJE120 review:

$6 in-ear headphones you won't regret

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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.

CNET Editors' Rating

8.0 Overall
  • Design 7.0
  • Features 6.0
  • Performance 7.0
  • Value 10.0

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.

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