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Nothing's Ear 1 earbuds are light, transparent and punchy

A closer look at Nothing's first true wireless buds.

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Andrew Lanxon headshot
Andrew Lanxon
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Nothing, the new company launched by OnePlus cofounder Carl Pei has launched its first product, a set of true wireless earbuds called the Ear 1. They're tiny, wrapped in transparent plastic and will cost $99 (£99, approximately AU$190) when they go on sale in August. 

I've had my grubby hands all over these fancy-looking buds, so scroll down for more pics and more of my early impressions.

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The transparent plastic is only on the stem. It looks pretty cool, but I'd have liked to have seen it extend to the main body too. 

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They're tiny little things, weighing just 0.17 ounces (4.7 grams).

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The case is transparent, too, containing a battery to recharge the buds when not in use. 

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Battery life is around 4 hours with noise-canceling activated, or up to 5.7 without it. With the charging case though, total battery life is up to 34 hours. 

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They're IPX4 rated for sweat and water resistance.

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Their small size makes them comfortable for extended wearing sessions and they don't easily wiggle out of your ear when walking around.

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They have a punchy sound, with deep bass and clear highs.

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I found them particularly adept with bass-driven rock tracks like Limbo by Royal Blood or Here We Go by Lower Than Atlantis. 

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