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These Might be the Coolest Earbuds You Can Get for Under $100

More than Nothing: These new earbuds are ready to disrupt the market.

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Following months of cryptic press announcements, tech start-up Nothing has finally released its flagship product — the ear (1) Wireless Earbuds. You can pick up your own pair for $99 on the Nothing website.

Check Out Nothing ear (1)

In terms of design, ear (1) shares a basic silhouette with Apple‘s AirPods, namely the opaque white bud with a stem resting above the ear — but this is where the similarities end. Aside from these basic forms that are largely determined by the components found in most wireless earbuds, there’s nothing on the market that looks quite like Nothing’s ear (1). The body of the earbuds and the case are partially transparent, with black and white accents covering up the more unsightly electronic elements.

 hand holding the nothing ear 1 wireless earbuds on grey background
Credit: Nothing ear (1)

No one expects to find $250 AirPod Pro technology inside a pair of $99 earbuds from a new brand, but Nothing decided to swing for the fences in terms of features. With the assistance of its wireless charging case, ear (1) offers up to 34 hours of listening. Other special features include active noise cancellation with three different listening modes, IPX4 water resistance, Find My Earbuds mode and Bluetooth 5.2 technology.

If you have reservations about blindly purchasing earbuds from an unknown brand, it’s safe to say that Nothing’s team and collaborators have already proven their intellectual visions — iPod inventor Tony Fadell and Twitch founder Kevin Lin are two prominent investors. Pocket synthesizer powerhouse Teenage Engineering is responsible for the distinct ear (1) design as well as its audio tuning.

Nothing CEO Carl Pei is better known as the co-founder of OnePlus, a consumer electronics powerhouse known for its budget smartphones. When Pei parted ways with OnePlus to launch Nothing, he announced the new brand will grow into an entire ecosystem of smart devices that emphasize aesthetic value, intuitive use and unique design principles.

On September 1st, OnePlus is scheduled to release its own (slightly less) affordable earbuds, the OnePlus Buds Pro. Even if Pei did not have a hand in the creation of the OnePlus Buds Pro, it’s hard to not feel curious about how the two compare.

Check Out the OnePlus Buds Pro

oneplus buds pro in white and black and man holding them in his hands
Credit: OnePlus

It’s too soon to say which is “better,” but it’s worth noting that OnePlus’ earbuds retail for $149, $50 more than ear (1). The price difference accounts for the extra features packed into the OnePlus Buds Pro, such as IP55 water resistance, Dolby Atmos support, Warp Charge and LHDC HD audio support. Ear (1) may not have these particular features, but its battery life and dynamic drivers are neck and neck with the OnePlus Buds Pro.

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Oliver Pretl-Drummond

Oliver Pretl-Drummond is a copywriter, memoirist and Scorpio living in Baltimore, MD. Primed by years of recreational research spirals, they've helped Slickdeals document hundreds of arcane store policies and hidden coupon tricks for the greater good of deal hunters everywhere. They spend their days seeking and sharing killer deals on budget travel, sound systems, home goods and tech. By night, their free time is reserved for making bass music while consuming exotic caffeinated beverages with their partner and growing family of yucca plants.

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