Fairphone brings its repairability smarts to headphones

In a nutshell: Fairphone is branching out into new territory. The sustainable handset maker has launched Fairbuds XL, its first modular audio product. Opposite to its title, Fairbuds XL aren’t really earbuds however reasonably modular headphones.

Fairbuds XL headphones function 40mm dynamic drivers which might be stated to ship clear highs, heat mids, and deep bass, with a frequency response of 20Hz – 20kHz. The over-ear headphones are constructed of one hundred pc recycled plastic and aluminum in all relevant components and make the most of vegan leather-based in addition to recycled polyester and nylon.

Fairphone’s latest carry an IP54 ranking in opposition to mud and liquid and afford as much as 30 hours of runtime on a single cost. They join wirelessly utilizing Bluetooth 5.1 and may be paired with a number of gadgets.

The cans are foldable for simpler transportation and have energetic noise cancellation in addition to an ambient mode to let the surface world in. They’re moreover appropriate with sensible assistants like Amazon Alexa, Apple Siri and Google Assistant. The largest promoting level, nevertheless, is no doubt their modular design.

The headphones had been constructed to be easy to deconstruct for restore functions. Parts that put on out over time just like the ear cushions, headband cowl, and battery can simply get replaced with spares from Fairphone’s web site. Structural elements together with the headscarf, speaker-to-speaker cable, and the headscarf base are additionally modular.

Headphone expertise strikes at a slower tempo than different electronics. This implies they’re a greater match for the modular enterprise mannequin than smartphones or computer systems that tempt shoppers with new options yr in and yr out. It is without doubt one of the causes modular electronics haven’t made a lot of a splash. Not many individuals need to hold onto a smartphone for a decade when new fashions drop yearly.

Fairphone’s Fairbuds XL headphones can be found to buy now priced at 249 euros, or round $270, and are provided in your alternative of inexperienced or black. They’re backed by a two-year guarantee and carry a 14-day return coverage.

Peter Johnson