Nothing Ear 1 Assessment: It’s About Nothing

Nothing Ear 1 Assessment: It’s About Nothing

Whether or not in India or past, hype sells. Nevertheless, so as to construct up sufficient hype to make sufficient folks listen, you continue to want your product to be spectacular, notably at first look. OnePlus has pulled off the hype and advertising sport efficiently for a few years, with a lot credit score for this going to the corporate’s co-founder Carl Pei. After a few years constructing OnePlus from a small fanatic model to a serious world premium smartphone maker, Pei just lately left the corporate to begin one thing new within the client electronics area. That one thing is known as Nothing.

Following months of teasers and idea renders to construct up the hype, Nothing has launched its first product – the Nothing Ear 1 true wi-fi earphones. Priced at Rs. 5,999 in India, these true wi-fi earphones promise so much by means of design, specs, and options, notably the clear case and earpieces. How do they carry out, and are these earphones well worth the worth? Discover out on this evaluation.

See-through charging case and earpieces on the Nothing Ear 1

In a lot the identical approach that the OnePlus One began out with providing premium design and specs for a firmly mid-range worth, the Nothing Ear 1 is a powerful providing on paper that does not value some huge cash. A lot of its affect comes from design, notably the clear stalks and charging case of the Nothing Ear 1. This is not the primary time transparency has been used as a differentiator, however it’s very nicely executed on the Ear 1.

The earpieces of the Nothing Ear 1 look nothing just like the early idea renders we noticed, however this is not a foul factor in any respect. The completed product retains clear plastic, though it’s restricted to only the stalks of the earpieces; the casings are opaque. Nothing has gone with in-canal ear ideas for a comfortable and noise isolating match. You possibly can see the interior parts, the microphones, and the Nothing Ear 1 brand contained in the stalks. Every earpiece weighs a handy 4.7g, whereas the charging case weighs 57.4g.

Whereas most earphones have distinct ‘L’ and ‘R’ markings to level out which earpiece goes the place, the Nothing Ear 1 makes use of color coding as an alternative. A purple dot signifies the fitting earpiece, whereas a white dot signifies the left. This would possibly take a bit to get used to, however I ultimately obtained accustomed to the design and color coding system.

The outer sides of the stalks on every earpiece are flat and touch-sensitive for controls. The higher half – the world surrounding the color dot – is delicate to faucets to regulate playback in addition to ANC and hear-through modes. Swiping up and down on the lengthy a part of the stalk on both earpiece controls the amount. Whereas the amount and play/ pause/ name reply controls aren’t changeable, triple-tap and long-press gestures will be customised by way of the companion app.

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The charging case of the Nothing Ear 1 is kind of massive, with a 570mAh battery and loads of empty area


The charging case of the Nothing Ear 1 seems to be as spectacular because the earpieces, if no more so. The lid is completely clear, as is part of the underside. Working diagonally down the center of the case is the precise {hardware}: the battery, charging factors, and circuitry. The earpieces latch onto the case magnetically and at an angle, and indentations on the lid maintain them in place when closed. On the facet of the case are the USB Sort-C port for charging and the pairing button.

Usefully, there’s additionally Qi wi-fi charging on the case. Nevertheless, the sheer dimension of the 570mAh battery and the beneficiant quantity of empty area on the within make the case quite massive, and never very pocketable. This may not be an excessive amount of of an issue in the event you slip it right into a backpack or purse, however it’s kind of too massive to conveniently carry in a pocket together with different issues resembling a pockets or smartphone.

The Nothing Ear 1 app, out there for iOS and Android, helps you to customise and management sure settings and options of the headset, in addition to replace its firmware. You possibly can change between ANC and transparency modes, select both of two noise cancellation depth ranges, and regulate the equaliser preset for the sound.

You may as well regulate the gesture controls, activate or off the in-ear detection, loudly ring the earpieces when in Bluetooth vary that can assist you discover them, and examine the battery ranges of the earpieces and charging case individually. It is a helpful, well-designed app that I fairly loved utilizing. It is value mentioning right here that there is not any assist for voice assistants on the Nothing Ear 1, which is kind of disappointing.

The Nothing Ear 1 has 11.6m dynamic drivers, and makes use of Bluetooth 5.2 for connectivity with assist for the SBC and AAC Bluetooth codecs. The earpieces are IPX4 rated for water resistance. Nothing claims as much as 40db of noise stage discount utilizing the energetic noise cancellation. Google Quick Pair is claimed to be supported, however I wasn’t in a position to make use of this to pair my evaluation unit with an Android system. The gross sales bundle features a charging cable with a clear outer coating, and a complete of three pairs of silicone ear ideas together with the medium-sized ideas already hooked up to the earpieces.

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The clear stems on the earpieces allow you to see proper by way of to the interior parts of the Nothing Ear 1


Battery life on the Nothing Ear 1 is first rate sufficient for the worth, with the earphones working for round 4 hours per cost with the ANC on and the AAC Bluetooth codec in use. The charging case added a powerful 5 further full prices for a complete battery lifetime of round 23-24 hours per cost cycle.

There’s additionally quick charging when utilizing a cable to cost the case, with Nothing claiming a little bit beneath an hour of listening with ANC on with 10 minutes of charging of the earpieces. 10 minutes of charging for the case guarantees round six hours of listening for the earpieces with ANC on, with the earphones charging rapidly contained in the case whereas it is plugged in. As with most true wi-fi earphones, even connecting the cable to the USB port of your laptop computer is sufficient to rapidly cost the case.

The Nothing Ear 1 is an all-rounder

Essentially the most putting side of the Nothing Ear 1 is its design, however that is not all these earphones are about. With first rate sound high quality and energetic noise cancellation efficiency, the Nothing Ear 1 gives a healthful and all-round expertise for the worth. Though there isn’t a assist for superior Bluetooth codecs, and better-sounding earphones can be found at across the similar worth, the general expertise comes collectively fairly nicely.

I had the Nothing Ear 1 paired with an Apple iPhone 12 mini (Assessment) for a lot of the evaluation, listening to music and audiobooks, in addition to taking calls throughout my each day train routine. Though I typically felt that the earphones did not get loud sufficient even on the highest quantity, notably when listening to audiobooks, they carried out equally nicely in all conditions.

Beginning with music, I listened to Je M’amuse by Caravan Palace, and what instantly struck me was the balanced, spacious sound from the Nothing Ear 1. The retro-sounding introduction to this observe was properly detailed, rapidly giving solution to the light, refined digital bass. The totally different kinds and components on this observe performed nicely collectively, with frequencies throughout the vary sounding detailed and clear all through.

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The whole outer facet of every earpiece is touch-sensitive, and can be utilized to regulate playback and quantity on the Nothing Ear 1


Even the faint particulars on this observe have been simple to select up, as have been the rare however peppy vocals. Its busy and full of life nature demanded element, steadiness, and cohesiveness, which the Nothing Ear 1 largely delivered with out a lot hassle in any respect. This was additionally audible with tracks such because the cheerful sample-based Subways by The Avalanches, with which the Nothing Ear 1 was in a position to make use of its wonderful soundstaging and element to deliver out the true temper and really feel.

That mentioned, listeners in search of outright assault and aggression may not discover the balanced nature of the sound very engaging. The earphones do appear to have some flexibility in adjusting to the nuances of varied tracks, however to not as spectacular a level as I’ve heard on high-end choices such because the Apple AirPods Professional.

Listening to Fireplace by Ferry Corsten, the Nothing Ear 1 did appear to bump up the bass a bit for this fast-paced trance observe, and I did get pleasure from listening to it on the earphones. Nevertheless, the Nothing Ear 1 appears to be a bit held again by its {hardware} and tuning right here; the earphones merely could not regulate to the tempo and drive the observe required.

Though the AAC codec’s pure limitations could also be an enormous a part of the explanation for this, the only dynamic driver in every earpiece can also’t fairly match as much as what the (costlier) Oppo Enco X manages to realize with its dual-driver setup and Dynaudio tuning. There’s so much to love concerning the Nothing Ear 1, particularly given its very aggressive pricing in India, however comparisons with costlier choices will see it falling quick.

Energetic noise cancellation on the Nothing Ear 1 is customisable, with two depth ranges to select from. Whereas many individuals would possibly desire the milder setting for usually quiet environments, I a lot most popular the complete depth setting. The standard of the ANC on the earphones is superb for the worth, practically matching as much as extra premium choices such because the Oppo Enco X and Soundcore Liberty Air 2 Professional in lowering each indoor and out of doors noise.

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Though comparisons to costlier true wi-fi headsets will see the Nothing Ear 1 fall quick, it is nonetheless an excellent pair of earphones for its worth of Rs. 5,999


The noise cancellation had a mild however efficient method, making a noticeable distinction in lowering sounds resembling air conditioners and ceiling followers, as nicely the final hum of the city outdoor. The transparency mode was superb as nicely, providing a pure and delicate hear-through, a lot not like the extreme hear-through I’ve heard on most true wi-fi earphones throughout worth segments.

Name and connection high quality on the Nothing Ear 1 was superb as nicely, and I had no hassle utilizing these earphones for calls each indoors and outdoor. Connection stability was good at distances of as much as 12 ft or so from my paired telephone, and I did not have any hassle even when shifting between rooms.


Regardless of this being its first product, Nothing has completed exceptionally nicely with the Ear 1 true wi-fi earphones. There’s little to complain about – this headset gives balanced and detailed sound, good energetic noise cancellation, first rate options, and wonderful design, all at a really aggressive worth of Rs. 5,999 in India. In case you’re searching for mid-range true wi-fi earphones, this must be excessive in your checklist of choices to contemplate.

There are better-sounding choices out there at related costs proper now, such because the Lypertek Tevi and Samsung Galaxy Buds+, however the Nothing Ear 1 gives higher design and options, plus energetic noise cancellation, making it the extra engaging total bundle for many customers with a finances of Rs. 7,000 or much less.

Can Nothing Ear 1 — the primary product from OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei’s new outfit — be an AirPods killer? We mentioned this and extra on Orbital, the Devices 360 podcast. Orbital is offered on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon Music and wherever you get your podcasts.
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