Nothing Ear (1) are the most comfortable wireless headphones I’ve ever used.


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If you’re the type of person who can pick up any pair of modern true wireless earbuds and find them comfortable to wear for hours at a time, consider yourself lucky. Also, this article is not for you.

But if you’re one of those people who finds it painful to wear true wireless headphones for more than half an hour because they cause a lot of pressure “somewhere” in your ear, then hear me out: you might want to try Nothing Ear (1).

Our verdict: Ear Nothing (1) review

This is not a sponsored post (our sponsored content is clearly labeled as such), although Nothing sent me these buds for free about seven months ago for me to review. During these months I have been using Ear(1) for one very simple reason: I can actually wear these headphones. So why am I talking about them now, after all this time? Well, because Nothing is back in the news, and every time I read an article about the company that created the buzz, I’m reminded that my favorite pair of headphones came from this most unexpected of sources.

I’ve been using Ear(1) for seven months for one very simple reason: I can actually wear these headphones.

Let’s rewind a little. My actual experience with wireless headphones ranges from the first Bragi Dash (I was a Kickstarter supporter) to the many brands and devices I’ve tested and reviewed over the past few years. Sennheiser, Bose, Anker/SoundCore, JBL, Plantronics, Motorola and lesser known brands like Tribit and Monoprice – I’ve tried them all. All in all, I think I’ve tested over thirty different models. The two lines I don’t have much experience with are the Samsung Galaxy Buds and the Apple AirPods, although I briefly tried the AirPods Pro. I found it comfortable, but not the same as the Nothing buds.

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So when I say that nothing comes close to Nothing, I mean literally. These buds are magical. From the first time I put them in my ear, I knew that their design was special. They slid in without pushing the tragus of my ear forward. Every other couple has failed this simple test to some extent.

headphone comparison ear 1 and sennheiser cx 400

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Nothing ear (1) vs. Sennheiser CX 400BT

The difference, as far as I can tell, is the curvature and size of the main unit next to the rubber tip. If the device is voluminous and straight, like the Sennheiser CX 400 in the photo above, it will squeeze my tragus so hard that I will start to feel pain in ten minutes, until it is no longer bearable at the half hour mark. The more angular and compact the main unit, the more comfortable the headphones are for me. On the best of them, I can keep within 60 to 90 minutes.

But here’s where Nothing Ear (1) gets it right: the main unit is more compact and has a nice curved shape that fits perfectly under the tragus without putting too much pressure on it in any direction.

I can wear these earbuds as long as their battery lasts without a single complaint. Others become painful after 30-60 minutes.

For this reason, I can wear these headphones as long as their battery lasts without a single complaint. I’ve worn them during three-hour work meetings, several three- to five-hour train rides, and while working for several hours in noisy environments. Nothing in principle has created perfect buds for me and for anyone with a slightly protruding or prominent tragus.

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Is the Ear of Nothing (1) ideal? Oh, far from it. Battery life is relatively poor, which is annoying because this time I can actually wear a pair of headphones long enough to kill the battery. Noise canceling is good and sound quality is average, but I don’t mind that if I can turn down the noise on the train or coffee shop and listen to my favorite tunes while relaxing or working. However, my biggest concern is the lack of Bluetooth Multipoint to connect to two devices at the same time. As far as I can tell, they don’t even remember multiple connected devices – you have to unplug and restore each time you want to use them on another device. For this reason, I have two sets of them, one for my Pixel 6 Pro and one for my iMac.

The specification of the best headphones is meaningless when comfort is at stake.

All these troubles don’t matter as long as I can – once again – actually use the bumps. I cannot stress this enough. I have had more expensive, better sounding earbuds with fuller specs and would really like to use any of them in my daily life. But I can not. The best specification is meaningless when comfort is at stake.

comparison of ear 1 headphones and apple airpods pro

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Apple AirPods Pro vs Nothing Ear (1)

Comfort is so subjective. I perfectly understand the irony of this article. I could write a thousand other words about how comfortable the Ear(1) is, but nothing guarantees that they will fit your ears as well as mine. All I have is a few anecdotal confirmations from my friends who have tried them, as well as tweets from other people who agree with me: Overview GeekJustin Duino, Sumukh Raoas well as curious goose. (Much scientific, very proof.)

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Multiple noise reduction modes • Auto play-pause • IPX4 rating

If you don’t need the latest and greatest headphones, the Nothing Ear 1 are great true wireless headphones.

In the saturated market for true wireless headphones, a new competitor has appeared – Nothing. Using increasingly affordable wireless headphone technology, the company promises a lot in its first product. You get active noise cancellation (ANC), waterproof construction, and software support for less than $100.

All I want to say, I think, is that if you’ve had pressure and/or pain issues with other headphones and given up on finding a comfortable pair, you might want to try the Nothing Ear (1). You can curse me or thank me later. And if you’ve never had an issue with comfort or fit, there’s a whole world of options for you to choose from, and many will be better than these.

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