Review Nothing Ear (1): what do you actually buy for €99?

More and more wireless earbuds are coming onto the market. As a brand you have to distinguish yourself well in order to stand out and that is exactly what the Nothing Ear (1) does: through design, but also certainly through price. In the past few weeks I have used the Nothing Ear (1) extensively and I like to share my experiences in this review.

Nothing Ear (1)

Nothing Ear (1) comes from the tube of the company of Carl Peis. That name may tell you something: it is also the founder of OnePlus. With his new company, called Nothing, he wants to further turn the tech market upside down, just like he did with OnePlus. Can you remember the days of OnePlus invites?

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The Nothing Ear (1) can certainly be called striking, because of its looks, but also the price of € 99, ​​for which you also get noise canceling. You will know after reading this review whether this is enough to compete with the competition such as the OnePlus Buds Pro, JBL Live Pro+ and other wireless earbuds.

Review Nothing Ear (1):

The Nothing Ear (1) offers great value for money: for € 99 you absolutely cannot go wrong. The sound is okay and the noise canceling is also more than sufficient for daily use. The equalizer in the app could be a little more extensive, but in general I would absolutely recommend the Nothing Ear (1), especially considering the price.

Pros

Nice fit

Tof design

Wireless charging

Noise-cancelling

Very good price

Good battery life

Negatives

App could be a bit more extensive (e.g. equalizer)

Nothing Ear (1): de looks

Normally you have a charging case and the earphones themselves, which in itself is not very exciting. At Nothing they have succeeded in turning it into something exciting.

With the transparent design, they are striking to say the least. The makers had to put in a lot of effort for this. Especially since you can actually see the inside, the parts must be placed ‘organized’, a nice challenge.

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They have succeeded very well in this: almost everyone who sees these wireless earphones says something about them. In general, these are positive or surprised. remark. I actually completely agree with that: the Nothing Ear (1) just look good. Unique, different, pleasant.

In terms of ‘operation’, there is a button on the charging case, which can be used to make the initial connection with the earbuds. In addition, there is a USB-C output to charge the earbuds.

The box of the Ear (1) is also fun to fidget with, now one of my subconscious hobbies. So nothing has done its best on the look, but how is the quality of the sound? The speed of connecting? The effectiveness of the noise cancellation? You will find out later in the review.

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Nothing Ear (1): everyday use, sound and noise canceling

Now the outside is in order, but of course that is of no use at all if the functionality and quality of the sound is not good enough. That’s exactly what I’m going to get into now.

Starting with the initial Bluetooth connection to my iPhone. But actually I can be brief about this here: this one was quick and easy. A matter of holding the button on the case and Bluetooth could be connected. Then download the app and immediately do a firmware update. Simple and fast.

The app is built in the style of the brand and has some funny design elements. Still, the functionality of the app is somewhat limited. In the equalizer you have four presets that you can choose from and within the Ear (1) app you have the option to adjust the operation (by pressing the stems).

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Adjusting the noise cancellation (off, transparent or on) is also possible within the app. Furthermore, there are few exciting functions present. Not a disaster in itself, but the competition generally offers more options within the app, such as detecting the earplugs.

Now I personally have not used the app much because it is simply not necessary, but I would have liked to see a more extensive equalizer.

The fit of the earplugs is pleasant for me: I am a fan of the ‘earplugs with stems’, these fit the best. In terms of sound, I am actually quite satisfied, in which case I have opted for the balanced option. The option where the low tones are enhanced is just a bit too intense, JBL does a lot better here, for example.

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The noise canceling (ANC) is also quite okay, especially when you consider that you get all this in the Nothing Ear(1) for only € 99. Ambient noise is filtered out to a certain extent, more than enough for daily use.

All in all, I am amazed at the quality the tech company can deliver for the price associated with it. If the earplugs were 75 euros more expensive, they could still reasonably keep up with the competition. So quite an achievement.

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Battery and charging

Also in terms of charging, there is little to criticize about the Nothing Ear(1) wireless earbuds. They both support Qi wireless charging and of course also have a USB-C connection on the case.

On paper, the earbuds last for 5.7 hours without noise cancellation and if you have ANC on, this would theoretically be 4 hours. In my opinion, these times are slightly shorter when I look at the battery percentages, but more than sufficient for me personally. It almost never happens that I use the earplugs continuously for more than 3 hours.

Conclusion

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Review Nothing Ear (1):

The Nothing Ear (1) offers great value for money: for € 99 you absolutely cannot go wrong. The sound is okay and the noise canceling is also more than sufficient for daily use. The equalizer in the app could be a little more extensive, but in general I would absolutely recommend the Nothing Ear (1), especially considering the price.

Pros

Nice fit

Tof design

Wireless charging

Noise-cancelling

Very good price

Good battery life

Negatives

App could be a bit more extensive (e.g. equalizer)

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Review Nothing Ear (1): what do you actually buy for €99?

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