– Premium design
– Balanced sound output
– Impressive noise cancellation
When Carl Pei, co-founder of OnePlus , left OnePlus in 2020 there was a lot of curiosity over his next move. Pei was one of the faces of OnePlus for a while along with Pete Lau. Carl Pei moved on to start Nothing, a venture that has made its debut by foraying into the true wireless audio segment with its first product called Ear (1). A tough market to start as it's bustling with options and more importantly the giant shadow of the Apple AirPods looms large over it. Take 10 TWS earbuds from different brands and put them together, you will see some similarity with the AirPods — be it the stem design or the oval-shaped earbuds or the charging case.
Nothing has gone with a different design philosophy. For starters, it features an all-transparent design philosophy which is something entirely new for earbuds space. Then, the sound signature is also claimed to be well tuned to offer a balanced audio output.
It also features Active Noise Cancellation which again claimed to be one-of-the best on TWS earbuds. Then there's a transparency mode, built-in app support, easy pairing and more.
All these features aren't that new after all. TWS earbuds like AirPods Pro, Galaxy Buds Pro, Jabra Elite 85t, have been offering them for a while now. So, how does the Nothing Ear (1) make things different here? The answer is pricing. Nothing has priced the earbuds at Rs 5,999 and at this price, it seems to have cracked the TWS market. But does it really have what it takes to dethrone the market leaders? Let's find out in our review of Nothing Ear (1).
Nothing Ear (1): Design
As already mentioned, Nothing has paid extra attention to how the Ear (1) looks. We have to give it to Nothing for trying something different. The all transparent design with all electronics from magnets, circuit board, etc clearly visible gives it a distinctive look over the other options available in the market.
Design, as they say, is subjective and Nothing Ear (1) is the best example of it. Some may love what Nothing has done with the earbuds, but some simply skip it just because of the exposed internals.
In our view, it's a design that grows on you over time. Initially, we also felt that this is a little overdone. But over the course of a week, it started looking better and now we feel that this is one good-looking pair of earbuds.
The transparent design is different, but the Apple AirPods Pro influence is still there. The earbuds carry a flat stem design with an oval top for comfortable fit and one can clearly see the shadow of AirPods Pro here and there.
The top part of the earbuds are done in white along with the silicon tips. Nothing offers the eartips in three sizes: small, medium and large. The medium eartips come fitted out of the box.
Also, to differentiate the right and left earbuds, Nothing has used colour coding instead of writing 'L' and 'R' on the earbuds. The same goes for the case which makes it easier for users to decide the earbuds side. The red dot represents the right and the white dot is for left.
Talking about the case, it is a flat rectangular design and also completely transparent like the earbuds. Except, the battery part which is done in white colour. The case also comes with an LED light along with USB Type-C port and a pairing button.
The earbuds themselves are light and weigh just under 5 grams. Also, they fit really well in the ear and do not feel heavy or cause fatigue over the long listening hours. They fit really well in the ear and the fear of accidentally dropping them isn’t there. We used the earbuds while working out, running and doing regular activities at home and they surprisingly stayed in place.
Another thing we liked is that the earbuds do not jut out of the ear which makes it more comfortable to wear while sleeping.
Nothing has also incorporated customisable touch controls in each Ear (1) earbud. Touch controls are mounted on the stem and because it's a flat design, touch response is much better than other options available.
Tap and hold to toggle between the ANC, triple tap to skip songs, single tap to pick up and reject calls.
Nothing Ear (1) carries a different design statement. The transparent design puts it in a place where no other TWS earbuds have been able to land after AirPods.
Nothing Ear (1): Performance
Before jumping into the audio performance, let's take a look at the specifications of the Ear (1). The earbuds feature an 11.6-inch driver which according to the company is capable of producing balanced bass, mids and treble output. The earbuds come with Bluetooth 5.2 as the connectivity option. Apart from that, Ear (1) also features Active Noise Cancellation technology. The earbuds also feature Clear Voice Technology which claims to offer clear call quality by canceling out unnecessary distractions like wind noise, etc.
Connecting the Ear (1) is a simple affair. Simply open the case, turn on the smartphone’s Bluetooth and select the Nothing Ear (1) from the available device list. The device connected to our Galaxy S21 smartphone in a blink.
Connection range is also very good. We left our smartphone in one corner of the 3BHK house and we were able to roam around the house listening to music and taking calls without any connection drop.
The Ear (1) is also compatible with the Ear (1) app which offers a slew of additional features like turning ANC on/off. Adjusting ANC level, customising the touch controls and equalizers.
The earbuds come with two ANC levels — maximum and light. The maximum level is for more noisy places like outdoors, while the light is best suited for silent surroundings like indoors.
The ANC on Ear (1) is among the best we’ve seen on earbuds of this price range. It is even better than some of the expensive earphones.
The ANC kicks in once you wear the earbuds and once the ANC is active and set to Maximum mode, you can't hear a thing. We tested it at a metro station, auto rickshaw and even while drilling work was going on in the neighbour's house. The ANC here is really good, it managed to cancel out most of the unnecessary noise from the surrounding.
However, the ANC works best when the volume of the earbuds is at around 50% or above. There's also an Ambient mode which can be turned on via the app or by long press and hold on the earbuds.
Listening experience on Nothing Ear is also good and it is certainly better than similar priced TWS earbuds we've tested. The earbuds come with an 11.6-inch dynamic driver with an air chamber for a better surround sound experience and spacious sound effect.
If music is the soul, vocals are the blood running through it. The Ear (1) offers clear sound output with balanced mids, lows and highs. We tried a couple of songs from different genres like Bollywood, Jazz, Opera, Rock, Metal , etc and the earbuds managed to pass most test without any issue.
It produces clear sound output with good stereo separation. Also, it gets pretty loud too. The best part is that the Bass, mids and trebles know their place and do not overlap frequency bands no matter which genre you are listening to.
The bass is just sufficient for most users’ needs. However, if you are a bass lover, then Ear (1) isn't for you. Though there's a More Bass equaliser option in the app, still that only boosts the bass slightly and kills the treble by a margin. The Standard mode is where the Ear (1) shines to its full potential.
Ear (1) also comes with Clear Voice Technology which claims to improve the call quality with the earbuds. Also, the earbuds come with three high-defination microphones. In our test, the callers were really happy with the sound quality. Some even said that they are hearing natural sound with no creeks or other noise in it. In fact, it also managed to separate the background noise from the voice really well.
Nothing Ear (1): Battery
Nothing Ear (1) earbuds come with a 31mAh battery, while the charging case has 570mAh battery. The battery setup claims to offer a listening time of 4 hours with ANC on and 5.7 hours with ANC turned off.
In our test, the earbuds managed to last for around 3.5 hours with ANC turned on and around 5 hours with ANC turned off.
The charging case is capable of offering up to 34 hours of battery life and it also supports fast and wireless charging.
Nothing Ear (1): Verdict
We come across a lot of products throughout the year and once in a while, there's that one product that leaves a mark. Nothing Ear (1) is one of them. Whether you love or hate the transparent design, we have to give this to Nothing for trying and creating a product that stands apart from regular options. The Nothing Ear (1) is a really good TWS earbud. They are light, comfortable, easy-to-carry and deliver good sound output. The Active Noise Cancellation is also really good.
And all of this costs just Rs 5,999. The Nothing Ear (1) nails the value-for-money proposition by offering almost everything a premium TWS earbuds should offer.
To sum it up, the Nothing Ear (1) is one product that might force other brands to their drawing board to create something different. This is a product with a difference and it is a worthy recommendation from our end.
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