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Nothing Ear (2) review

Taking transparency seriously

₹ 9,999

The tech world is brutal, especially with its time and space continuum. What could possibly be considered “fresh” in the home appliances world for four years, is well over vintage status when it comes to personal gadgets. And yet Nothing, with its distinctive design language of transparent body work, dot-matrix typography and exceptional value has managed to keep customers and window shoppers intrigued for two years and counting. The newest release is a minor upgrade to its Ear (1) earbuds and while the Ear (2) may look only slightly different from the outside, there have been a lot of meaningful upgrades to its internals. Care to examine closely? Peering through its Perspex casing might not be enough to articulate the changes, so allow me…


Like all worthy upgrades should entail, the actual driver has been revised and it is now made up of a custom 11.6mm diaphragm with new materials for its suspension and even a new, dual chamber design for the enclosure. This has allowed it to sound fuller, go deeper into the lower octave and reach higher into the top-end, all hallmarks of an audiophile-friendly design. Daft Punk’s latest remastered version of RAM proves that the Ear (2) is indeed a big step up over its predecessor and can compete with the best that Oppo and OnePlus have to offer at similar price points, both of which have been our favourites in this price segment.

A big part of the upgrade program has been the ability to customize both the sound and ANC profiles more precisely to the listeners ears. As with all things AI these days, in the Ear (2), it helps to shape the frequency curve to compensate (boost or cut) for any hearing loss or ill-fitting ear tips. Although you get a total of three different sizes to best suit your sound receptors, if you practice Yoda-ism, the accompanying Nothing X app can run an ear-fit test and take necessary steps.

Controls on the stalk work well, though the presence of haptic feedback would’ve made the experience even more assured. Low-latency mode, dual-connection and fast pairing with Android devices are fast becoming the norm for most new TWS models and the Ear (2) obliges too. Every control you manipulate manifests itself snappily and the app experience is really slick. This includes the customisable EQ, which is simply a three-way slider that lets you dial in just the amount of bass, mids and treble you prefer on your office commute playlist.


Sonically, there is more heft to the sound and as with most other ANC TWS, it sounds best with ANC on. The Ear (2) gets an Adaptive mode too that will analyze the incoming ambient sound via its three mics and choose what it feels is the most balanced ANC setting, but I personally preferred it on the max setting for the cleanest possible background. Nothing claims a whopping 40dB of attenuation, which is questionable since it is more effective at cutting out high-frequency noises, much more than lower registers and as a result, you are never really isolated from the surroundings as much as the competition.

But again, for its price category, it does a great job of treading the fine line that divides great sound and great noise cancellation. The two aren’t exactly happy to coexist and is always a huge engineering challenge.

Battery life has seen a small bump as well, with two hours more on the overall case charge and an hour more on the buds alone. Reverse charging and Qi-charging are both supported and the Nothing phone community should be excited about this, lighting up their devices in a way that is intrinsic to the Nothing design ethos.


Well timed, well-priced and well-judged sonically, the Nothing Ear (2) are a great pair of TWS ANC that will hold a huge appeal to existing Nothing owners and naysayers. They prove that the brand is keen on substance as much as it is on style and though they compete in a shark tank of great options, their aesthetic holds a huge advantage that transcends gender preferences. Nothing won.

Stuff Says

A worthy upgrade to the original transparent earbuds and establishes Nothing’s commitment to R&D too.
Good stuff
Bad stuff
  1. Design still induces a WOW

  1. Balanced sonic signature

  1. Superb app UX/UI

  1. ANC could’ve been more assertive

  1. Lacks a bit of “air” and openness

  1. Nothing else

Driver: 11.6mm
Codec: AAC, SBC, LHDC 5.0
Water/dust resistance: IP54 buds / IP55 case
Battery capacity: 33 mAh (buds) / 485 mAh (case)
Battery life: Up to 22.5 hours with case and 4 hours with buds
Wireless charging: Qi Certified up to 2.5W
Weight: 51.9g