• Distinctive, distinctive design
  • Personalised sound profiles
  • Effectively-balanced efficiency for value
  • Clear sustainability technique


  • Noticeable wind noise regardless of ANC
  • Accessible solely in white
  • Visually equivalent to Ear (1)




The Nothing Ear (1) represents a transparent step ahead in high quality whereas retaining the first-gen earbuds’ successful factors.

The elimination of headphone jacks from smartphones initiated by Apple triggered a surge within the variety of wi-fi earbuds available in the market. That, after all, additionally gave delivery to the necessity for good earbuds designs, although many, unsurprisingly, have been content material to simply copy the main manufacturers. It isn’t all the time about trying totally different, although, since a novel design may also find yourself being unusable or don’t ship an satisfactory stage of efficiency. Type and performance ought to all the time go hand in hand within the first place, and that appears to be the objective of the second-gen Nothing Ear (2) TWS earbuds, retaining what labored and refining what wanted enchancment. Given the fame of the first-ever Nothing product, we simply needed to take it for a spin to verify if its successor sounds as clear because it seems.

Designer: Nothing


With so many TWS buds trying like AirPods knockoffs, it’s not shocking that some producers have tried shifting away from that design with blended outcomes. Some have gotten rid of stems fully, whereas others have added wings. Nothing’s technique wasn’t to go overboard by altering the form of the buds and as an alternative gave it a definite character with a clear stem that really set it other than the gang.

The Nothing Ear (2) retains this character and, the truth is, seems eerily just like the Ear (1). You can nearly name this the Ear (1.5) or Ear (1) II due to how little it has modified, no less than on the surface. Internally, nevertheless, this new pair undoubtedly steps up the sport sufficient to be known as a successor. This theme of not altering what isn’t damaged is just about the essence of the Ear (2), and it’s not precisely a nasty factor.

There are some visible variations, after all, although you’ll discover them totally on the charging case. The rounded field’s edges are squarer now, and the white panel on the underside is barely raised to behave as a protecting bumper. The case is fabricated from a brand new materials that’s alleged to make it extra proof against scratches, although ours confirmed slight marks very early into the sport. What hasn’t modified is the dimple on the highest cowl that also allows you to twirl the case round between your fingers like a fidget toy.

By way of seems, you’d be forgiven when you mistook the Ear (2) for the Ear (1). Those that anticipated one thing extra sensational from Nothing’s first product would possibly stroll away dissatisfied but once more. It’s not an entire loss, although, as a result of utilizing the identical design helps reinforce the Nothing Ear’s picture as a enjoyable and pleasing product, now made even higher, no less than on paper. One knock towards it, nevertheless, is that Nothing doesn’t have plans on making the Ear (2) accessible in every other shade, no less than for now. That would very effectively change sooner or later, similar to how the black Ear (1) ultimately got here to be.


Since there isn’t a lot of a distinction from the primary Nothing earbuds, it shouldn’t be a shock that the Ear (2) is simply as snug. In truth, the buds’ extra compact design makes it a wee bit lighter at 4.5g, however that doesn’t cut back its ergonomic efficiency in any method. It has a safe match and received’t instantly fall off your ear whilst you’re shifting round and even simply speaking, which we are able to’t say the identical for different buds we’ve examined.

One factor that takes that consolation and match to the following stage is the brand new Ear Tip Match Check. It goes past simply letting you decide suggestions that you just’re snug with but additionally makes certain that they kind a correct seal in your ears for the perfect audio. This check is the primary a part of Nothing’s new Private Sound Profile function that really makes the buds yours, placing you within the driver’s seat of your listening expertise and delight.

One other invisible change that Nothing made for the consolation of its clients is the way in which you management the buds. It has performed away with faucets and slides, which are sometimes error-prone and are simply triggered by chance. With the Ear (2), you press or squeeze the stem for extra intentional management, and every of the actions may be personalized by way of the Nothing X cellular app.


If the Ear (2) seems quite a bit just like the Ear (1) on the surface, the {hardware} and software program upgrades inside make all of the distinction within the next-gen product. It’s, sadly, additionally the rationale why these new options can’t be made accessible to the primary Nothing Ear, as a result of that older pair doesn’t have the mandatory {hardware} to assist these nifty treats. Then once more, that’s additionally the rationale why you’d wish to purchase a brand new Ear (2) within the first place.

Along with a extra highly effective chipset and extra secure Bluetooth connection, the Ear (2) now encompasses a customized 11.6mm driver that’s paired with a brand new diaphragm. That diaphragm combines a softer polyurethane (PU) materials to let decrease frequencies come by way of and a extra inflexible graphene for extra sensitivity to increased frequencies. These new components are enclosed in a equally new dual-chamber design that expands the sound house and will increase airflow.

What all these imply in observe is that the Nothing Ear (2) delivers a powerful audio high quality that’s clear and full, whatever the vary. You get mighty bass and crisp vocals from each tune or podcast that you just play by way of it. However not everybody hears the very same method, and that is the place the Ear (2) actually shines. It introduces the Private Sound Profile check powered by Mimi, the identical listening to check app licensed for medical listening to units, to a personalised equalizer setting fashioned round what you’ll be able to hear and may’t hear. The check is an easy collection of questions that attempt to decide your listening to vary, and the settings are all routinely performed primarily based on the outcomes. After all, you’ll be able to nonetheless select your individual settings when you want, however the generated equalizer might be nice for customers that don’t have a lot audio experience.

The Ear (2) now additionally presents three ranges of Lively Noise Cancellation or ANC, letting you determine simply how a lot of the surface world you wish to let in. You may even let the buds determine the perfect stage for you with Adaptive Mode, taking into consideration the quantity of distracting noise round you. Whereas it does work basically, we nonetheless heard some wind gusts whereas driving our bike, one thing we didn’t expertise on one other pair of buds.

Nothing did retain a few of the “fan-favorite” options from the Ear (1), most notably, a low-latency mode for enjoying video games and the flexibility to detect whether or not you’re carrying the buds or not. For the Ear (2), Nothing provides the flexibility to connect with two Bluetooth sources concurrently, permitting the buds to modify between calls out of your telephone and music out of your laptop computer as wanted. The charging case nonetheless helps each USB-C wired in addition to wi-fi charging, and you may even cost it on high of the Nothing Telephone (1) when you have one.


Lastly, we get to evaluate a client electronics product that does have a phrase or two to say concerning the atmosphere. Given how wi-fi earbuds are littering the market, there’s some consolation in understanding that there are corporations performing responsibly to verify they don’t litter the planet as effectively. Make no mistake, the Ear (2) remains to be largely constituted of non-sustainable supplies like plastic, however Nothing deserves some kudos for not solely taking steps to attenuate its carbon footprint but additionally making it clear what these steps are.

The circuit boards for the Ear (2), for instance, are constituted of 100% recycled supplies. It could be nice if the plastics have been additionally made equally, however that might occur after Nothing has checked off all the opposite vital containers for its buds. The corporate does declare that it makes use of renewable electrical energy in manufacturing this product and that its lifetime carbon footprint is barely 3.1kg of carbon dioxide equal. And, after all, there’s the plastic wrap-free packaging, which ought to be the usual for cellular units and equipment by now.


Individuals appear to undergo earbuds at a worryingly speedy charge, in order that they’re all the time looking out for excellent offers and costs. There may be additionally a really big selection of costs for these merchandise, and a few will not be all the time value their weight in gold, whereas others turn into surprising treasures. At $149, the Nothing Ear (2) will clearly be in contrast with the likes of higher-end TWS earbuds that sit somewhat beneath the luxurious line. The excellent news is that you just get what you pay for and possibly much more.

For that price ticket, the Ear (2) delivers the standard you’d anticipate but additionally wraps it in a personalised expertise tailor-made to your distinctive listening to profile. It’s not completely good, and a few audiophiles would possibly want buds coming from extra established manufacturers, however these normally price twice as a lot. You additionally don’t get a head-turning design with these, and the Ear (2) undoubtedly stands out in that respect.


There was a point of disappointment over the Ear (1) because of the hype it generated earlier than its launch, however its reception and evaluate undoubtedly glad naysayers. There’s all the time room for enchancment, after all, and that’s what the Ear (2) is bringing to the desk. Going past simply delivering spectacular audio high quality, it provides individuals extra management over their listening expertise, from private sound profiles to customizable controls. All in a design that’s distinctive, well-liked, and placing.

The choice to purchase a brand new pair may be harder for individuals who already personal the Ear (1) and are pleased with it. Then once more, the Ear (2) is changing its predecessor, so that is just about the one method ahead anyway. By way of design, the second-gen buds isn’t a sensational and revolutionary new product, however its cautious and calculated strategy to iterative enchancment makes the Nothing Ear (2) deserve a spot in your procuring listing.

The Nothing Ear (2) launches on beginning March twenty second and might be accessible within the Nothing Retailer in Soho in addition to Kith shops worldwide on March twenty third. Open gross sales start on March twenty eighth from on-line and in-person associate shops globally, together with Inventory X within the US.

Aki Ukita contributed to this evaluate.

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