Nothing’s CMF Buds Pro pack robust feature set and sleek design at modest price
Nothing’s new and much-hyped budget sub-brand CMF has just launched its TWS earbuds, the Buds Pro (alongside the Watch Pro and the Power 65W GaN charger). There’s been a trend lately of entry-level earbuds offering what were until recently considered premium features, and the Buds Pro certainly fits that category, as we explain below. CMF (which stands for Colour Material Finish) is all about making functional and elegantly minimalist designs available at a modest price. The earbuds come in three colors – dark grey, light grey and a bright orange – and are stowed in a matte-finished case shaped just like a hockey puck.
CMF claims that its hybrid ANC subdues up to 45 dB of noise over a 5000 Hz frequency range, which might not convey much to the average buyer but definitely sounds impressive. For outdoor use, there’s a wind noise reduction algorithm, as well as a transparency mode and voice enhancement for calls, all enabled by 3 microphones per earbud. The liquid crystal polymer and polyurethane driver diaphragms are designed for enhanced bass response.
The Buds Pro features Bluetooth 5.3 with Google Fast Pair, but surprisingly with no multipoint connectivity, and (somewhat less surprisingly) no lossless or HiFi codec support. The in-ear detection and touch controls are also quite standard now. Water and dust resistance is IP54 rated, and the battery life on the earbuds alone is 11 hours (or 39 with the case) without ANC, and 6.5 hours (or 22 with the case) with ANC.
Pairing with the Nothing X app opens up more features like customized EQ, gesture settings, ‘find my earbuds’, a low-lag mode and of course firmware upgrades.
While it offers great value, the Buds Pro also faces a lot of competition from the likes of Oneplus Nord Buds 2, realme Buds Air 5 and more. As of now, CMF has only launched its products in India, and the Buds Pro can be pre-ordered there for INR 3,499 or US$42.
Those living outside India can still buy the more premium and uniquely designed Nothin Ear (2) earbuds on Amazon