“Nothing shall come of nothing.” As it turns out, that is not specifically accurate. William Shakespeare might continue to have a far more acute manage on the human situation than any other writer, but he basically can not be relied on when it comes to the planet of customer electronics.
Nothing is beginning to imply some thing. Yes, the guarantee the organization produced when it launched—to do the unconventional, to “disrupt” or to “shake up,” or to otherwise place the frighteners on the incumbent and complacent class-major brands—may at this point appear like so a lot chin music, provided that Nothing’s solution portfolio consists of 1 Android smartphone and (as of proper now) two pairs of wireless headphones. Still, it is challenging to argue that Nothing goods are not basic, appealing and (somewhat) inexpensive. And, in this business, “mildly interesting” unquestionably counts for some thing. So what if opening a brick-and-mortar shop in London’s Soho is hardly the most unconventional move for a brand to make? This is not the spot to dwell on Nothing’s orthodoxy. It’s the new Ear (stick) we’re right here for.
Nothing describes the Ear (stick) as a “half-in ear” style. In truth, the broad style, which goes with no silicone eartips and as an alternative relies on a meticulously ergonomic shape at the company finish to hold the earbud in spot, is strongly reminiscent of the original Apple AirPod. Apple, of course, is a organization that is made use of to seeing its quite a few and a variety of innovations shamelessly appropriated by much less ingenious companies. But, till now, no 1 has seemed all that keen on copying the style of the AirPod. Almost definitely due to the fact its “one size fits no one” style is about as far from the Cupertino company’s finest hour as it is feasible to get.
The point of Ear (stick) is to really feel much less intrusive than the far more usual, far more invasive (and, let’s be sincere, far more safe) in-ear style. A per-earbud weight of just four.four grams and dimensions of 30 x 19 x 18 mm definitely recommend they’ll be no sort of burden to put on (as extended as they keep in spot, of course.)
“Design” is a massive element of the Nothing identity. So the Ear (stick) travel in a cylindrical charging case that is inspired by the cosmetics business. The major portion, which also homes a USB-C input and a “Bluetooth pairing” button, turns to rotate the earbuds in the barrel in order to make them accessible. The case, like the earbuds themselves, tends to make liberal use of clear plastic in what Nothing has speedily established as its default aesthetic vocabulary. Nailing a style that appears person although nonetheless getting recognisable as “what it is” can not be straightforward, and Nothing (as effectively as Teenage Engineering) is to be applauded for the style job on the Ear (stick) package.
Design will only carry you so far, although. True wireless “half-in” earbuds have a job to do, immediately after all. Happily, Nothing has provided the Ear (stick) the sort of technical specification that tends to make them competitive, in fairly a lot each and every respect, with their major price tag-comparable rivals.