When it comes to earphones, the tech company Nothing has been able to carve out a niche for itself with innovative designs and a focus on delivering a great user experience. With the new Nothing Ear 2, they have taken all the lessons from their debut model and refined them into a product that is not only aesthetically pleasing but also a serious contender in the mid-range earphone market.
Here’s my take on the Ear 2s, the latest from Nothing, after using them for over two weeks basically non-stop.
Design and Build
Firstly, the design of the Ear 2 is simply top-notch. The iconic, transparent aesthetic that is quintessentially Nothing, has been made stronger. The Ear 2s are a testament to the company’s belief in celebrating the beauty of raw technology and expert craftsmanship.
The re-engineered charging case is lighter, sturdier, and more practical than its predecessor. The overall build, however, does raise some concerns about longevity. The case is made of a plastic material which, while visually appealing, can be prone to scratches over time.
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The audio performance of the Ear 2 is quite impressive, especially when you consider the price point. The earphones have a powerful 11.6mm custom driver and are Hi-Res Audio Certified, supporting LHDC 5.0 codec for high-resolution streaming over Bluetooth. This, coupled with an all-new dual chamber design, ensures bright, clear, and wonderfully true-to-life audio.
That said, while the sound is pretty good overall, they can be a bit crackly in the highs and could do with a bit more bass. However, this could be more of a nitpick, especially considering the Personal Sound Profile feature in the app (both in iOS and Android) that optimizes the equalizer in real-time to best suit your hearing and the content you’re listening to.
One of the standout features of the Ear 2 is its seamless integration with both Android and iOS devices. The Dual Connection feature allows you to pair and switch between two devices with ultimate ease. However, as an AirPods Pro 2 user, I must admit that the transition isn’t as seamless as it is with Apple’s ecosystem, which is understandable.
The Nothing X app, available on both iOS and Android, is a handy tool for personalizing your Ear 2 experience. It allows you to customize settings like EQ and gesture controls, create your Personal Sound Profile, and even do an Ear Tip Fit Test for the perfect seal.
Battery and Charging
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The battery life of the Ear 2s is commendable, with up to 36 hours of music playback with the case, and 8 hours after just 10 minutes of charge. The fact that they charge by USB-C and support wireless charging, including reverse charging on compatible devices, is a nice touch.
The Nothing Ear 2s offer more bang for your buck
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In conclusion, the Nothing Ear 2s offer a lot of value for their price. The design is stunning, the sound quality is pretty good, and the user experience is fairly seamless, regardless of your device. Although there are a few minor quibbles, they are easily outweighed by the positive aspects of these earphones. If you’re in the market for a new pair of earphones that won’t break the bank but still deliver on quality and design, the Nothing Ear 2s are definitely worth considering.
What do you make of this review? Are you going to be getting yourself the Nothing Ear 2s? Are you in the market for a new pair of earphones? If you are, then we really do recommend these ones! Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
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- Good sound for the price
- iOS and Android features
- Not the best sound on the market