After a fashion-focused teaser marketing campaign, Nothing has totally revealed its second set of earphones. The Nothing Ear (Stick) offers up energetic noise cancellation in favour of a design that majors on consolation, and will get a cool new charging case in addition.
It ditches the silicone suggestions and in-ear strategy of the Nothing Ear 1 in favour of merely resting in your ears, Apple AirPods fashion. They’re lighter than the Ear 1, at simply 4.4g every, whereas nonetheless discovering room inside for bigger, extra delicate 12.6mm customized speaker drivers.
Nothing’s signature clear styling makes a return, with the stems of every bud revealing the inner circuitry. The antenna has been shifted from the center of the stem to the highest, for improved reception over the Ear 1s. IP54 sweat resistance is on par with Nothing’s debut effort, so they need to cope simply effective on the fitness center.
The brand new form ought to put much less strain in your ear canal, so you may pay attention all day with out ear ache – or at the least till the buds run out of juice. They’re good for seven hours of listening, with an additional 29 hours within the lipstick-like charging case. Charging is by USB-C solely, with wi-fi charging not making the reduce, however the buds ought to handle two hours of listening with only a ten minutes top-up.
The cylindrical case is taller however skinnier than the Ear 1’s flat rectangle, so ought to take up much less house in a pocket. Its twist-open mechanism must be easy sufficient to open one-handed however sturdy sufficient to not ship your earbuds flying must you drop it. The buds begin pairing as quickly because the case is open, and play a frequency take a look at each time you pop ’em in your ears to regulate bass response.
Every bud additionally has three high-def mics for voice calls, with up to date voice algorithms that trim out extra background noise than the Ear 1.
Ear Stick will see Nothing section out its Ear 1 companion app in favour of Nothing X, which handles EQ tuning, customising the contact controls and discover my earbud performance.
At the moment’s launch coincides with a value hike for the Ear 1, which can now price £150. The agency says the rise is because of larger prices, which aren’t as straightforward for start-ups to swallow with out passing on to clients as they’re for established mega-corps.
The Ear Stick arrives at £100, turning into Nothing’s new entry-level mannequin. Gross sales start on the 4th of November, straight from the Nothing web site.