For those looking for innovative and comfortable wireless headphones to use from Nothing (a company that has as CEO Carl Pei, co-founder of OnePlus, and the support of the ex-Google Ventures and other private investors including Tony Faddell, head of Future Shape and iPod inventor, Casey Neistat, Youtuber and co-founder of Beme, Kevin Lin, co-founder of Twitch, and Steve Huffman, co-founder and CEO of Reddit) arrive ear (1): true wireless earphones from transparent design and attractive price. We have tested them in everyday life.
The main features
What immediately catches the eye is the design, both of the case and of the headphones, in our opinion very attractive: it is transparent and allows you to see “what’s inside”: microphones, magnets and electronic board. The headphones are lightweight, comfortable to wear and sound great. We tried them with podcasts, radio but also more refined music such as classical and jazz, and more phone calls and long meetings on Teams. The headphones are recognized immediately by the smartphone and, after installing the dedicated app, the pairing is very fast. Same thing for pairing with a tablet or a PC. Among the functions present, “Find my earphones” to track down any lost headphones, resistance to sweat and water splashes and active noise cancellation that operates through three microphones (and three levels: Light, Maximum, Transparency). Finally, on the battery side Nothing promises up to 5.7 hours of listening with a single charge and up to 34 with the charge of the case (which, in turn, also recharges wirelessly).
Our proof, availability and pricing
We found the Nothing ear (1) very comfortable to wear and stable in the ears, even when doing sports or walking briskly. The listening experience was very good, while on the noise cancellation side we were not fully satisfied: the background noises are muffled but not completely. In our classic test in traffic and on the Milan metro, in fact, the loud noises were not canceled (as happened for other headphones), so much so that listening to a podcast we were also able to hear the announcements of the stops distinctly. Instead, we liked the idea of placing a red dot on the right bonnet, which allows you to recognize it “on the fly” and insert it correctly into the right housing of the case, which obviously has the same color as the headset. Provided you do not need total noise cancellation, the Nothing ear (1) are excellent headphones with an attractive price: 99 euros.
Pros and cons
- Great design
- Listening and functionality
- No perfect noise cancellation