Nothing indicates that its newest earphones, the Ear Stick, are not the Ear 1’s replacement but rather the introduction of a distinct accessory with a different physical factor. The business’s focus on fashion-forwardness endures, nevertheless. Nothing’s Ear Stick, which had its runway debut as a part of designer Chet Lo’s SS23 collection during London Fashion Week, is more than simply a tech accessory; it’s a fashion statement.
Nothing guarantees that the earbuds themselves are great for comfort and other sound features, with the exception of Active Noise Cancellation, even though the case design seems to be the earbuds’ most appealing feature (ANC). The new product is entertaining, but it seems to be another quirky idea that Nothing is slamming up against a wall. Will it take? Read on.
|Dimensions||Earbuds: 29.8 mm x 18.8 mm; 4.4g
Case: 87.1 mm x 29.8 mm; 46.3g
|Earbud type||Half in-ear fit, bass lock, custom EQ controls, clear voice technology|
|Case type||Cylindrical shape with a twist opening USB-C charging port|
|Microphones||3 high definition microphones in each bud|
|Drivers||12.6 mm custom dynamic driver|
|Battery||Earbuds: up to 7 hours of listening time; 2 hours with 10 minutes of charge
Case: up to 29 hours of listening time; 12 hours of talk time
|Compatibility||Android 5.1 and above; iOS 11 and above|
|App||Nothing X app for iOS and Android devices|
|Durability||IP54 dust and water resistant|
Nothing Ear Stick
Nothing argues in favour of tech-chic.
Wireless earphones have arguably become as commonplace as lipstick, according to many. In that sense, Nothing’s clever play on lipsticks and earbuds is endearing. To be quite honest, the red accent at the top of the clear, cylindrical charging container makes it look more like my ProAir RespiClick inhaler than, say, a Revlon lipstick. But the red top of the Ear Stick has a USB-C charging connector built into it, unlike my inhaler.The unusual casing, however, is small enough for me to tuck into my work bag or back pocket, just like my inhaler. Although you can fit the Ear Stick in your front pocket, it’s neither the most comfortable nor fashionable option, especially if your ‘lewk’ is your top priority.
The Ear Stick doesn’t feel like an offshoot from Nothing’s current portfolio thanks to the transparent design of the buds—they almost appear identical to the Ear 1, by the way—and the accents of red and dot-matrixed branding, but there is a twist — literally.
The charging case opens by twisting open, much like how you would twirl out lipstick, rather than flicking open or sliding out like a lid. The cover has a 360-degree twist and the foundation for the earphones has a thicker, golf-ball-textured coating. When the earbuds are tucked within, this increases the Ear Stick case’s grip.