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Fairphone Fairbuds launched: Repairable wireless earbuds with a 3-year warranty

The Fairbuds also bring a three-year warranty to the table.

Published onApril 9, 2024

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  • Fairphone has announced the Fairbuds true wireless earbuds.
  • These earbuds are more repairable than rival products, allowing you to replace the batteries.
  • Expect to pay ~$162 for the Fairbuds.

Fairphone announced the Fairbuds XL headphones last year, offering a more repairable pair of headphones compared to big-name rivals. Now, the company is back with the newly launched Fairbuds earbuds.

The Fairbuds are a pair of repairable true wireless earbuds, with Fairphone offering seven parts that can be easily replaced. This includes the battery in either earbud as well as the battery in the charging case. You can’t replace the microphone or other tiny components, though, but the ability to replace the battery is still a huge deal and reduces the need to buy new earbuds.

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The Dutch company also says it’s offering a three-year extended warranty on the new earbuds, giving you some peace of mind in the event of a defect.

Otherwise, the rest of the Fairbuds package seems pretty respectable. Expect 11mm drivers, Bluetooth 5.3, active noise cancelation (ANC), environmental noise canceling for calls, dual-point connectivity, and an IP54 rating.

The company promises up to six hours of playback via the earbuds or five hours with ANC enabled. Expect up to 20 additional hours of playback with the charging case. It takes two hours to charge the earbuds and case via USB-C (no wireless charging support for the case), although a 10-minute charge of the buds can give you 90 minutes of juice.

The Fairbuds aren’t cheap at €149 (~$162) via the company website, and you’re not getting a USB-C cable or charger in the box. But this still seems like a great deal for those who hunt to hold on to their earbuds for as long as possible, as you can simply swap out the batteries instead of tossing the buds.

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