Nothing Ear (2) review: Are these buds worth the $50 price hike?

My Nothing Ear (2) review shows the earbuds are brilliant in many ways, with a couple of niggles.

Nothing Ear 2 review - buds on table
(Image: © Georgia Coggan)


  • Crystal clear, lively sound
  • Unusual design
  • Improved ANC


  • Fiddly to put into the case
  • Below average battery life

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Welcome to my Nothing Ear (2) review, in which I share my initial thoughts on using the newest earbuds from London-based Nothing. The brand certainly divided opinion with its release of the Nothing Ear earbuds a couple of years ago, with reviews wildly differing from two to almost five stars.

On unboxing the Nothing Ear (2) earbuds, my first thought was how very little had changed, design-wise, from the Nothing Ear (1) buds. The marmite of earbuds still come in that transparent box – and the buds look almost identical, too. But will enough have been changed about this second iteration to bring in more consistent reviews? First impressions are good, but good enough to make our best noise cancelling earbuds list? Read on to find out more. 

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Georgia Coggan

Georgia is lucky enough to be Creative Bloq's Editor. She has been working for Creative Bloq since 2018, starting out as a freelancer writing about all things branding, design, art, tech and creativity – as well as sniffing out genuinely good deals on creative technology. Since becoming Editor, she has been managing the site on a day-to-day basis, helping to shape the diverse content streams CB is known for and leading the team in their own creativity.