The saturated true wireless earbuds market has a new competitor in the ring — Nothing. Utilizing increasingly affordable wireless earbud tech, the company promises a lot with its inaugural product. You get active noise-cancellation (ANC), a water-resistant build, and software support all for under $100.
Started by OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei, Nothing has backing from tons of big players in the tech space, from Google Ventures to Casey Neistat, Tony Fadell, and Kevin Lin. We put the Nothing Ear 1 through their paces to determine whether or not the earbuds live up to the hype.
Who should buy Nothing Ear 1?
- iPhone users who don’t want to splurge on the AirPods Pro should get the Nothing Ear 1 instead. The earbuds feature active noise-cancellation (ANC) and a strong AAC connection to Apple devices for less than half the price of the AirPods Pro.
- Minimalists will appreciate the translucent design, as well as the fact that these earbuds just work without overly complicated bells and whistles.
- Gym rats will appreciate the comfort and durability of the Nothing Ear 1. With an IPX4 rating, the earbuds can handle sweat without a problem.
What’s it like to use Nothing Ear 1?
Let’s talk about that transparent design that Nothing has made such a fuss about. Both the earbuds and charging case are wrapped in transparent plastic to showcase the technology and Nothing’s transparent philosophy; however, for either practical or proprietary reasons, most of the internals are still hidden.
With the help of colored dots to identify each earbud, the buds magnetically snap into the case. A small divot in the case holds them in place, so you don’t have to worry about the individual earbuds falling out.
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