Nothing Ear (1) are the most comfortable wireless earbuds I’ve used

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Rita El Khoury / Android Authority

If you’re the kind of person who can pick up any pair of modern true wireless earbuds and find them comfortable to wear for several hours, consider yourself lucky. This article is also not for you.

But if you’re one of the outliers for whom most true wireless earbuds are painful to wear for more than half an hour because they create a lot of pressure “somewhere” in your ear, listen to me: you might want the Nothing Ear (1 ).

Our verdict: The Nothing Ear (1) review

This is not a sponsored post (our sponsored content is clearly marked as such), although nothing sent me these buttons for free about seven months ago to view. Over these months, I’ve been using the Ear (1) for a very simple reason: I can actually wear these earbuds. So why am I talking about them now, after all this time? Well, since nothing is in the news anymore, and every time I read an article about the hype-generating company, I remember my favorite earbuds came from this most unlikely source.

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

Let’s rewind for a moment. My experience with true wireless earbuds spans from the first Bragi Dash (I was a Kickstarter backer) to a mishmash of brands and units I’ve tested and reviewed over the years. Sennheiser, Bose, Anker/SoundCore, JBL, Plantronics, Motorola and lesser known brands like Tribit and Monoprice – I’ve tried them all. Overall, I think I’ve tested over thirty different models. The two lineups I don’t have extensive experience with are Samsung’s Galaxy Buds and Apple’s AirPods, although I did give the AirPods Pro a try. I found it comfortable, but not as much as the Nothing tops.

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

nothing ear 1 vs sennheiser cx 400 tip comparison

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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 right next to the rubber tip. If the device is bulky and upright, like the Sennheiser CX 400 in the photo above, it will push my tragus so hard that I start to feel pain within ten minutes until it is no longer bearable after the half hour. The more angled and compact the main unit is, the more comfortable the buttons are for me. I can manage 60 to 90 minutes of tops on the best of them.

But that’s where the Nothing Ear (1) does well: 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 sore after 30 to 60 minutes.

For that reason, I can wear these earbuds without any complaint as long as their battery lasts. I’ve worn them during three-hour work meetings, a few three-to-five hour train rides, and while working for several hours in noisy environments. Nothing actually built the perfect buds for me and for anyone with a slightly prominent or sensitive tragus.

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Is the Nothing Ear (1) perfect? Oh far from it. Battery life is relatively poor, which is annoying because for once I can wear a pair of earbuds long enough to kill the battery. The noise cancellation is usable and the sound quality is average, but I don’t mind that as long as I can reduce the noise in a train or coffee shop and hear my favorite tunes while relaxing or working. My biggest complaint, however, is the lack of Bluetooth Multipoint to connect them to two devices at the same time. As far as I know, they don’t even remember multiple connected devices – you have to disconnect and fix them every time you want to use them on another device. That’s why I have two sets of them: one for my Pixel 6 Pro and one for my iMac.

The best earbud spec sheet is meaningless when comfort is at stake.

All these annoyances don’t matter as long as I can – again – actually use the buds. I cannot emphasize this enough. I’ve had more expensive, better-sounding, more feature-rich earbuds in my ears, and I’d absolutely love to use them in my day-to-day life. But I can not. The best spec sheet is meaningless when comfort is at stake.

nothing ear 1 vs apple airpods pro tip comparison

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Apple AirPods Pro vs Nothing Ear (1)

And comfort is so subjective. I am fully aware of the irony of this article. I could write a thousand more words about how comfortable the ear is (1), but nothing guarantees they will fit your ears as well as mine. All I have are a few anecdotal affirmations from my friends who have tried them, as well as tweets from other people who agree with me: Rate Geek‘s Justin DuinoSumukh Raoand Curious Goose† (A lot of scientific, very evidence.)

All I’m saying I think is that if you’ve had this pressure and/or pain problem with other buds and have given up looking for 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 a problem with comfort or fit, there’s a whole world of options out there for you, and many of them will be better than this one.

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Multiple noise canceling modes • Auto play pause • IPX4 rating

If you don’t need the very latest, the Nothing Ear 1 are great true wireless earbuds.

The saturated true wireless earbud market has a new competitor in the ring: nothing. Taking advantage of increasingly affordable wireless earbud technology, the company promises a lot with its inaugural product. You get active noise cancellation (ANC), a water-resistant build, and software support, all for under $100.