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Nothing is one of the companies that arouses the most ‘hype’ today. With only one year of life, they have launched such interesting products as the Nothing Ear 1, their first headphones that I quite liked in the review and that, now, have risen quite a bit in price, and the Nothing Phone.

They are devices that stand out for their design, but that also offer good features and great support through updates, something that is always appreciated. In addition, the company is one of the founders of OnePlus and, obviously, that helps generate that expectation.

Now, Nothing launches new headphones that cut aspects with respect to the Nothing Ear 1, but that also offer very interesting features and They target a specific audience: those who do not want noise cancellation.

Nothing Ear Stick
Guy TWS-Bluetooth Earbuds
Dimensions Headphones: 29.8 x 18.8 x 18.4mm | Case: 87.1 x 29.8 x 29.8mm
Weight 4.4 grams per earphone | 46.3 grams case
drivers 12.6mm dynamic
Waterproof IP54
connections Bluetooth 5.2
Burden USB-C
Battery and autonomy Up to 7 hours | 29 hours with case
Price €119

Sections of the analysis of the Nothing Ear Stick:

Promoting design in a box… different

Before starting the review, it must be said that the price is 119 euros. It is curious because, in a presentation before the public presentation, they told us that they were a little more expensive than the Ear 1 because the driver was better and because the design of the box, in the end, is there.

However, after two days Carl Pei raised 50 euros the price of the first generation, so… the Sticks are now lower (once the price change is applied, since they can now be purchased for less than 90 euros).

That said, and if you’re looking at the photos, it is clear that there is an important design exercise in this model. We had already seen headphones with a Stick roll case (Huawei’s that looked like lipstick), but this Nothing solution is much more comfortable.

For starters, it can be opened with one hand, and that’s already a big plus point. You don’t have to use both and the turning is pleasant with a ‘click’ which is really the sound of the magnets indicating that the box is open or closed.

It has that transparent plastic that lets us see the product and, it seems, it is Nothing’s hallmark when it comes to design.

And yes, it is very attractive, but it is a plastic that is easily marked, as happened to me with the Ear 1. After a few weeks of use, there are micro-scratches all over the case, but hey, you can see it if you look closely.

And you may think it’s confusing to leave each earbud in its place, but there is a cognitive design decision that seems very smart to me. If you look closely, the right earphone -red dot- goes next to the charging port, also in red. The left one -white dot- goes next to the base, white.

In the end, even if you leave the box vertical, when you open it it is horizontal, surely, and you will automatically associate which is the right and which is the left. Seems like a pretty natural move to me.

On the other hand, there is the issue of what is bulky in the pocket. Honestly, although it’s big, I don’t find it uncomfortable to carry and it fits quite well in jeans or in any pocket of a jacket or backpack.

It is true that it is larger and will depend a lot on your pocketsbut it hasn’t bothered me. Of course, be careful if you do not leave the box vertically on an inclined surface, since it will roll until it falls. It happened to me.

If we go to the headphones, they are quite similar to the Ear 1, with that transparent body that lets us see the components, but we do not have a pad. Nope, no noise cancellation this time and once put on you will have to rotate them a little so that they are perfectly aligned with your ear canal.

They seem comfortable to me and they haven’t fallen off on a day-to-day basis or in the gym, but I have to tell you that I am not much for headphones without pads. This is something very personal and I know people who are the complete opposite.

Speaking of gym, they have IP54 protectionso you don’t have to be afraid of a few drops of water or sweat.

Forget tapping, here you have to press the pin

And, since there are no buttons, you will think that the control is by tactile touches, as in many headphones or as in the first gen, without going any further. And no, here you have to pinch.

If you look, in the area of ​​the cane there is an area with a metallic contact that is somewhat tucked in, without that plastic from the rest of the body. It is an area where we have to press to perform the commands.

The combinations are… the typical ones:

  • One press: play/pause, answer/hang up calls
  • Two presses: Skip forward, reject calls
  • Three presses: Go back
  • Long press (left earphone): Volume down
  • Long press (right earphone): Volume up
  • If you remove them, the content is paused.

They explained to me that it is to avoid accidental touchessomething that sometimes happened with the Ear 1 and the truth is that It seems to me a fairly comfortable and precise system.

I have had no problem in any situation when making that pinch, or whatever you want to call it, and I already say that they seem like comfortable controls that work, even with wet fingers.

Now, if you like to run, you may not be able to hit the first one or you may lose your headset a bit.. In this sense, I prefer the traditional touches, but the truth is that I liked this “squeeze” system.

What you are going to have to get used to yes or yes is the volume control because it is a long press and, sometimes, the “sneak” does not jump.

When you do, you get a little beep every time you raise or lower a volume level, but it has happened to me that sometimes it jumps… and sometimes it doesn’t. It may be fixed with an update, but that’s been the case for the two weeks I’ve been testing them.

And about connectivity, we have Bluetooth 5.2 and I was surprised how well they stay connected to the mobile even leaving the phone in a corner of the house while we go to the opposite.

We have a low latency mode that helps a bit in games, but in the end it is still Bluetooth and we have some latency that is noticeable in videos and in games. It’s not dramatic, but it’s there.

A huge driver that is noticeable if you want to enjoy in a quiet place

But hey, let’s go to the key of any headset, the sound. The first thing I have to tell you is that they are open headphones, so they will not isolate you even a little bit from what happens around you.

To me this a few years ago, when we were in the effervescence of headphones with ANC, it sounded strange to me, but the truth is that there are many users who want such a design. That is why proposals such as Sony’s LinkBuds or Huawei’s Freebuds 4 continue to come out.

I am one to use noise cancellation, to be honest, since I can’t stand going outside or going to the gym without it, but I admit that at home I always look for open headphones because I have to be aware of the bell or something. So, for me, who uses a lot of headphones with ANC, it’s not negative that they don’t have them because I perfectly understand their usefulness and their audience.

Having said that, Nothing attributes part of the price increase, in addition to the design, to the driver. It is a driver that they have manufactured and has certainly generous dimensions, 12.6mm. Normally they tend to be somewhat smaller and the truth is that the size is noticeable, in addition to being well calibrated.

And it is that… they sound scary. With the standard equalizer (in the Nothing app you have several profiles and you can set your own) the highs, lows and mids sound great. Codecs are AAC and SBCBluetooth still gives what it gives, but the general quality they offer is excellent.

There are nuances that I have not been able to hear with more expensive headphones and the sound environment that is created is impressive. They are headphones that, in short, are heard very, very well, but in my case as long as the environment is quiet (writing this review, for example) or on the street at dawn.

I’ve taken them on plane rides, to the gym, and for a walk on a rainy afternoon, and no matter how loud you turn up the volume, all the noise still comes through.


Just above I leave you a sample of the recording of the microphones. They seem to me to be correct headphones for talking on the phone or in conferences, although the sound is somewhat canned.

And a few lines ago I was talking about the app. You can save this app if you have a Nothing Phone 1, since the integration of these Sticks is total in the phone system. It is something identical to what happens with the Pixel Buds Pro and a Pixel 7 Pro or with the AirPods and an iPhone, to give two examples of the same ecosystem.

Great autonomy, but we lose wireless charging

Headphones that do not have active noise cancellation have a great advantage in terms of autonomy. This is evident since there is no constant processing of the sound coming through the microphones to perform this active cancellation.

Here, despite the design of the box, we have a good autonomy with up to 29 hours combining the first charge of the headphones with the additional ones that we get with the case.

These are the figures of Nothing and we have had about 27 hours, which is not bad at all. In the end, it depends a lot on the type of music you listen to and the volume.

And about the load, here we have bad news. On one hand, we have a charge inside the case that allows the headphones to recover from 0% to 40% in 15 minutes.

The bad news is the step backwards in wireless charging, since you don’t have, let’s go. In the end, it is something that has to be sacrificed due to the design, but it shocks me that the previous ones, which came out at a price 20 euros lower, had and these… no.

Once you get used to wireless charging on any device, it’s hard to go back, really.

If you fall within the target audience, they are very, very good headphones

We have reached the end of the analysis of the Nothing Ear Stick and what we find is a step backwards in some aspects, such as the wireless charging that the first model had, but also a step in the right direction when it comes to sound quality.

The new drivers deliver amazing sound in virtually any genre and I’ve been amazed at how deep the bass delivers while the highs and mids stay in place.

The Nothing Ear Stick are new open-back headphones that stand out for their sound quality, with a 12.6-millimeter driver, and for their design.

Offer on Amazon

I think that is the path that a Nothing Ear should take… 2? O Nothing Ear Prowhatever they put out after these, but with active noise cancellation, because they really do sound very, very good.

I liked the controls and also the design of the case, however, here the two pillars are sound and active cancellation. In the first, it’s more than enough, but in the second, you have to be the one to assess whether it’s something you need in your headphones… or not.


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Tarun Kumar

Tarun Kumar has worked in the News sector for 05 years and is currently the Owner and Editor of Then24. He reside in Delhi, India with his Family.

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