Fairbuds XL review: the excellent noise-cancelling headphones you can fix yourself

  • May 11, 2023
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This ethical and repairable design proves Bluetooth headphones can be more sustainable

On first impressions, the Fairbuds XL are just another set of big, plush noise-cancelling Bluetooth headphones. But their novel design allows them to be easily dismantled for simple at-home repairs, making them some of the most sustainable on the market.

Produced by repairable and Fairtrade electronics pioneer Fairphone, the £219 (€249) headphones follow in the footsteps of the modular Fairphone 4. All products from the company are aimed at being better for the planet, the workers making them and your wallet.

Weight: 330g

Dimensions: 190 x 180 x 70mm

Water resistance: IP54 (splash)

Drivers: 40mm

Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.1 with multipoint, USB-C (charging and audio)

Bluetooth codecs: SBC, AAC, aptX HD

Battery life: 26 hours (ANC on)

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