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Fairphone launches easy-to-repair earbuds | TechCrunch

The right to repair has been a hot topic for many years, reaching critical mass in both domestic and international legislation. Supporters point out that the proposals would give users more control over their possessions while extending the shelf life of products and reducing e-waste.

Fairphone is perhaps the best-known hardware company for making repairability fundamental to its consumer electronics design ethos, rather than simply an afterthought. The European startup has released several phones and an over-ear headset so far. This week, the company added earbuds to that list.

While Bluetooth headsets have quickly become a commodity, user repairability has been impossible due to their compact size. They are also relatively cheap to produce, making them easy to throw away when they stop working for some reason. If you want a product like this to be repairable, you have to make it a basic feature – thankfully, that’s what the Fairphone is all about.

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In this case, the company is focusing on battery life. Once the battery is drained, users can easily open the earphones and case to remove the battery. The company calls Fairbuds “the world’s most repairable, premium headphones.” They’re certainly easier to open and replace parts than competing products from the likes of Apple and Samsung.

The price of €149 ($162) puts them in the mid-range of the earbud world. Of course, now you can buy buds for less. While the company is touting features like active noise cancellation and 11mm titanium drivers, the reality is that to pick these out of an extremely crowded field, repairability and battery life need to be at the top of your list.

In the field of consumer electronics, repair rights are mainly concentrated on mobile phones and personal computers. Given the lower price and smaller footprint, it seems unlikely that they will make their way into many laws in the near future. But anything that helps reduce e-waste and gives users more control over these products is likely to be a positive.

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