The second-generation Ear TWS earbuds launched a few weeks ago, but we wanted to test them for longer to evaluate how well they work. The updated Nothing Ear (2) promises improved active noise cancellation, additional equalizer options, and the transparent mode everyone wants with a Rs 10,000 TWS earphone.
Unlike the Ear (1), the Ear (2) aspires to compete in a premium category with many options, where the logical successor needs to prove it can compete with the best. The Ear (2) features slight design modifications, and our review will tell you if the price increase is worth it.
The Ear (2) retains the translucent appearance, which helps Nothing stand out. The manufacturer reduced the case size because users wanted a smaller package to carry. It changes when placed in front of Ear (1).
It’s slimmer but the battery size hasn’t changed, which was vital. The design of the earphones is the same, however the Ear (2) was much more comfortable and fit better than the Ear (1). Small changes improve the experience.
The upgraded drivers and materials and revised tuning have increased the earbuds’ sound output. Nothing also includes an app to customize settings. The Ear 2 usually delivers good ANC performance for earbuds in this range. The Nothing smartphone app lets you modify settings.
The ANC was good, and the Ear (2) buds isolated ambient sounds. To mask the noise, you may need to turn up the music, but usually 50% is adequate. The Ear (2) sounds great in any music genre.
The equalizer lets you balance vocals and bass to get the best of both. The Ear (2) performed well on most tracks, and the bass didn’t overshadow the vocals.
Multi-device support is also included in the Ear (2). This functionality is useful since many individuals have many devices connected. The Ear (2)’s IP55 charging case and IP54 earphones make it durable.
WHAT’S NOT COOL?
As stated, the ANC has strengths and cons. We’ll discuss its flaws here. The less efficient transparent mode fails like other brands.
When you activate the mode, you hear a hiss to notify you, and then the ambient noise is oddly audible. We hope updates improve this function.
Squeezing the buds’ stems to control music playback and volume is less comfortable. It prevents unintentional touches, but the learning curve is severe and not everyone likes it.
Nothing wants to develop an ecosystem, and the Ear (2) may benefit from using the Nothing Phone (1). The Nothing Phone (1)’s earbud customization and optimization are better, like Samsung’s Buds Pro 2 interaction with its smartphones.
The smaller charging case reduces battery life. The earbuds’ average battery life is 4 hours, which is lower than most manufacturers in this range. Again, software power management changes may help Nothing improve the figure. Ear (2)’s battery life isn’t great yet.
Nothing Ear (2) Review: Buy?
Nothing Ear (2) enters the competitive premium segment. However, the Ear (2)’s refined audio and balanced music focus are strong points. This device needs a smaller charging case and comfortable earbuds. Even if the ANC works well, Oppo Enco X2 and other TWS earbuds in this category outperform it.
The pricey battery life is likewise disappointing. The Nothing Ear (2) improves audio, comfort, and pleasure. The Ear (2) is a good TWS earbud.