06 December 2022
Nothing has launched its second audio product named Nothing Ear Stick. It is not a direct successor to last year's Ear (1) but is essentially an affordable alternative. These cost a lot cheaper than the previous offering and as you would expect, there are a few features missing as well. But when you look at them on their own, these seem to be a good option for what they deliver and the price.
The biggest visual difference is that the Nothing Ear Stick comes in a transparent cylindrical case, similar to lipstick. The case opens with a twist when you need to use the earbuds. The buds themselves have a half in-ear design which means there are no silicone tips. As a result, you will not get that airtight-feeling seal in the ears that you get with the tips.
The buds do not have active noise cancellation (ANC) which is expected. Nothing has instead offered Clear Voice Technology that utilizes three microphones for a wind-proof and crowd-proof calling experience. These have custom 12.6mm drivers and a new Bass Lock feature. It is said to be capable of detecting bass loss and automatically adjusting the bass level depending on the surroundings.
You do get touch controls with the buds for playing/pausing and skipping tracks, volume controls, and triggering the assistant. There is an IP54 rating for dust and water resistance. The Nothing Ear Stick can last for up to 7 hours on a single charge and up to 29 hours with the charging case. Nothing has priced these at $99 which is quite affordable as compared to the $150 price tag of the Nothing Ear (1). These will be sold in 40 countries around the world starting November 4th.