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Nu Republic Transform-X Review: Sports an attractive look, but lacks punch

Nu Republic has emerged as the latest contender in the gaming earbuds segment with its Transform-X earbuds. But are they worth buying or just another option in an ocean of wireless earbuds? Know it in our review.

By: SHAURYA TOMER
Updated on: Jan 23 2024, 15:12 IST
Nu Republic Transform-X earbuds are priced at Rs. 2099 in India. (Shaurya Tomer/HT Tech)

Over the last few years, a new category of earbuds has emerged - gaming earbuds. These devices not only cater to audiophiles with good sound quality, but also to gamers courtesy of features such as low latency, dual mics, and long battery life. Consequently, they have become some of the most crucial gadgets to carry around for gaming on the go. Despite being a relatively new segment, the budget gaming earbuds category has strong competition with boAt, Noise, Truke, and Wings, among others vying for attention. Now, Nu Republic has emerged as the latest contender taking them on with its Transform-X earbuds. But are they worth the purchase or just another option in an ocean of wireless earbuds? Know it in our review.

Nu Republic Transform-X: Design

The Nu Republic Transform-X are definitely good looking! The earbuds come in a polycarbonate case which opens like butterfly doors you’d see on the Ferrari Enzo or Mclaren F1. It is one of the most innovative case designs I’ve seen and definitely attracts attention. The Nu Republic Transform-X earbuds are available in three colours - Red Devil, Arctic Menace, and…Yellow. I received the Yellow variant and its colour scheme definitely matches the Bumblebee from Transformers.

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The Nu Republic Transform-X earbuds get a case with butterfly doors design. (Shaurya Tomer/HT Tech)
The Nu Republic Transform-X earbuds get a case with butterfly doors design. (Shaurya Tomer/HT Tech)

There are RGB lights alongside the sides and the bottom of the case, as well as on the back of the earbuds. While I’ve never been enticed by RGB lighting, it is something that has appealed to gamers in recent years, and perhaps that was the thought behind the design strategy. Neat.

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Over the years, I’ve tried many earbuds with different fits. Some feature wings to help stay in your ear, and some get silicon and even memory foam ear tips. In this case, the Transform-X earbuds do not feature any support at all. They feature an open-ear design, just like the AirPods. And just like the AirPods, I struggled to keep them in my ear for long periods. While they did not slip out, my ears suffered from fatigue. So, if you’re someone whose ears are not AirPods compatible (like mine), you might struggle using the Transform-X for long periods.

Nu Republic Transform-X: Audio

Being gaming earbuds, you’d expect Nu Republic Transform-X to sound great. So, does it match its attractive design with stellar audio quality? Unfortunately not. On paper, it gets features like X-Bass technology and 13mm neodymium drivers. But that seldom matches real-world performance. The mids and highs are great with very little distortion even at high volumes. However, the Transform-X struggles when it comes to bass, and it is decent at best on most occasions. And it does not come as a surprise, considering the open-ear design of the earbuds. Listening to music with multiple percussion instruments such as Hotel California by the Eagles is a decent experience. However, play Thunder by Imagine Dragons, and you’ll be disappointed by the lack of punch.

The Nu Republic Transform-X earbuds feature 13mm neodymium drivers. (Shaurya Tomer/HT Tech)
The Nu Republic Transform-X earbuds feature 13mm neodymium drivers. (Shaurya Tomer/HT Tech)
Should you buy the Nu Republic Transform-X earbuds? (Shaurya Tomer/HT Tech)
Should you buy the Nu Republic Transform-X earbuds? (Shaurya Tomer/HT Tech)

The Nu Republic Transform-X earbuds are a decent offering from the company, although it is hard to justify its pricing when looking at other competitive options in the market. Had it been priced just a notch lower, it would’ve definitely been one of the top contenders. The earbuds definitely attract eyes with an appealing design, butterfly door-style case, and RGB lights. However, the audio quality does not keep up with the design factor. The mids and highs are decent but the earbuds struggle when it comes to offering punchy bass. They are a battery monster though, lasting nearly two weeks so far on a single charge.

So, are the Transform-X a good buy at a price tag of Rs. 2099? Yes and no. Yes, as the earbuds have a very attractive design, decent mids and highs, and a long battery life. And no, if you’re solely buying them for the audio experience.

Rating
3 out of 5
Price
INR 2,099/-
Product Name
Nu Republic Transform-X
Brand Name
Nu
Pros
  • Attractive design
  • Decent battery life
  • Neat dual mode
Cons
  • Bass not adequate enough
  • Open ear design leads to sound leakage
Specifications
  • Noise Cancellation
    ENC
  • Drivers
    13mm, Neodymium
  • Battery Life
    Up to 60 hours

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First Published Date: 23 Jan, 15:12 IST
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