Nex202 Wired Earbuds Review

There's a lot to like in the NEX202 Dual Drivers In-Ear Headphones (starting at $47.99) that RevoNext sent me to try. They have an elegant, twisted cable, which is a good point to remind readers that these are wired earbuds. The earpieces are built well with a metal housing and rugged-looking Torx (star) screws to keep the gadgetry in place. There are rubber cord protectors for ear comfort and to prevent fraying. They include different size ear tips and are sold in a couple of variety of matte finish colors, black or gray, and with or without microphone ($2 extra for the microphone.) And they sound great thanks to dual dynamic drivers.

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They use a 3.5mm jack, not Apple Lightning, so Apple users will need an adapter. The cheaper model does not have a microphone, unlike the free earbuds that ship with every iPhone. And they don't have in-line controls to pause audio, skip tracks, or adjust volume. All of those features could be forgiven for the right customer, who is planning to listen to music only, and if need be, use the phone's controls and built-in microphone for talking. So I can see an audience for them. However, at around $50, they are more expensive than many Bluetooth earbuds. Perhaps the perfect use case is for someone flying. There's no need to talk or take phone calls. You just want-high quality audio. Many iPads still have a headphone jack and the in-flight entertainment does as well. So for that particular customer, I can recommend the NEX202.

Pros

  • Stylish braided cable
  • Premium construction
  • Lightweight
  • Comfortable
  • 3.5mm headphone jack

Cons

  • No microphone for cheaper model
  • No inline controls
  • Pricey given no Bluetooth, lacking features.

Final Verdict

For the right consumer, the advantages of the RevoNext NEX202 Earbuds should outweigh any missing features.

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