Nothing Ear 1 Black Edition Hands-on: Stealthy Style for $99


Are the Nothing Ear 1 true wi-fi headphones, in that ice-cool white and clear end, a bit too stark-looking for you? In that case, then you definitely’ll in all probability actually like the brand new model simply introduced. That is the Black Version of the Nothing Ear 1 in-ear headphones, and whereas they maintain the trademark clear casing, the white colour has been changed by black for a stealthy aesthetic.

What’s new?

The Nothing Ear 1 Black Version has a cultured mixture of darkish shades, with the physique of the earbuds in matte black with gloss black collars, and the clear plastic over the stems including shine to the black elements inside. The case’s clear lid is now smoky black slightly than utterly clear, the molded internal part is black, and the varied steel components that have been polished on the primary model, are additionally in black to finish the theme.

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There’s one other, arguably extra vital thematic motive for the introduction of the Black Version, as the corporate has additionally introduced the Ear 1 is carbon impartial. Nothing has labored with a number of third events to evaluate the headphones, and can add the 1.78kg carbon footprint knowledge to the Ear 1’s newest packaging.

Open Nothing Ear 1 Black Edition case.
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The Ear 1’s audio and charging expertise are nonetheless the identical although. Which means sound is delivered by way of a pair of 11.6mm drivers contained in the IP54-rated ‘buds, full with Energetic Noise Cancelation (ANC), three microphones that cancel out wind noise throughout calls, Quick Pairing for Android telephones, wi-fi charging for the case, and as much as 34 hours whole use time. Just below six hours of use is anticipated from a single cost.

Listening to the Black Version

The Nothing Ear 1 in-ear headphones have been launched in August and we gave them a glowing assessment on the time. The discharge of the brand new Black Version is a superb time to revisit the Ear 1’s to see in the event that they nonetheless impress. I picked up a number of different units of in-ear headphones to match with the Ear 1 Black Version — Apple AirPods Professional, Bang & Olufsen Beoplay EQ, Samsung Galaxy Buds Professional, and Adidas Z.N.E. 01 ANC. I selected Nogizaka46’s Boku Wa Boku o Suki ni Naru, a music with robust hovering vocals that basically advantages from a pure, impartial sound profile. It’s a “lossless” model bought from the Apple Music retailer.

Nothing Ear 1 Black Edition earbud in ear.
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The Nothing Ear 1’s have a brilliant sound and a large soundstage however are barely missing in bass utilizing the default sound profile. And whereas the vocals sound good right here they lack the ability I’d ideally like to listen to. Samsung’s $199 Galaxy Buds Professional get the baseline nearly proper and are simply as brilliant because the Ear 1, however are typically extra managed, balancing the vocals with the remainder of the observe extra efficiently.

Apple’s $249 AirPods Professional are hotter, but in addition wrestle to essentially convey the vocals to the forefront. Nevertheless, they continue to be a really pleasurable hear. The $189 Adidas Z.N.E. 01 ANC are bass-heavy and though the vocals are central within the soundstage, they get misplaced among the many unnecessarily amped up bassline. Bang & Olufsen’s $400 Beoplay EQ are by far the perfect right here, as chances are you’ll anticipate contemplating the worth distinction, with a managed bass thump, glowing vocals, and a splendidly huge soundstage.

After listening to the Beoplay EQ’s I swapped again to the Nothing Ear 1 Black Version, and the brightness was probably the most noticeable distinction, together with much less managed dealing with of the high-pitched vocals. Once I take heed to spoken phrase or make calls with the Ear 1’s, they carry out simply in addition to all of the others on the record. They’re particular rivals to the Apple and Samsung ‘buds, a lot better than the Adidas earbuds, and though they will’t tackle the fantastic sound of the Beoplay EQ’s, it’s extraordinarily onerous to advocate paying one other $300 simply to get them, except you’re actually into the perfect sound you may get, price-no-object.

Nothing Ear 1 Black Edition with competing true wireless headphones.
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That is actually the place the Nothing Ear 1’s win, as mixed with the superb consolation — they’re so mild you may put on them for hours with no fatigue — nice ANC, wi-fi charging, and first rate battery life, the $99 worth makes them not solely very tempting, however a shrewd buy within the jam-packed world of true wi-fi headphones.

The right way to purchase the Nothing Ear 1 Black Version

The brand new Nothing Ear 1 Black Version shall be obtainable from December 13 by way of Nothing’s personal on-line retailer and thru its retail companions, for $99 or 99 British kilos. Moreover, for those who’re in London you may attempt to seize a pair of the primary 100 fashions to be launched, every individually engraved, from a particular pop-up location in Seven Dials, Covent Backyard from December 4. As a result of there are solely 100 obtainable, you’ll in all probability must be fast to get them.

Nothing can also be including a brand new strategy to pay for the Ear 1 Black Version: Cryptocurrency. Within the U.S., the U.Ok., Japan, Canada, and varied European nations together with Germany, France, Italy, Spain, and Switzerland, Bitcoin, Ethereum, USD Coin, and Dogecoin will all be accepted by way of Nothing’s on-line retailer.

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