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Best commuter gadgets

If you’re one of the people who covers a considerable distance to get to work, you know how train rides can drag. Some days just feel like the commute from the office to your home is endless. Enough of that! I’ve put together the best gadgets to prevent mind-numbing boredom.

In Switzerland, thousands of employees use public transport to get to work each day. Some of them take the train from Berne to Zurich – the same route I take every day. All of us share the same goal: Getting to work and back. However, when it comes to habits, we're far from the same. Commuters are generally equipped with their own personal gadget to make the most of the time or to combat boredom. Looking back on over 1000 trips from Zurich to Berne and back, I’ve been given good insight into commuters’ favourite gadgets. I would like to share my knowledge and hope to positively influence your life as a commuter.

Ensuring communication

Smartphone: The Swiss army knife for commuters

A smartphone is arguably the most important gadget for commuters. It’s the Swiss army knife of devices and a bear necessity for those daily trips. It includes friendship maintenance features such as Whatsapp as well as features that allow you to read and send e-mails and to browse the Internet for travel destinations.

Galaxy S6 (5.10", 32GB, 16MP, Black)
CHF 419.–
Samsung Galaxy S6 (5.10", 32GB, 16MP, Black)
Form meets function with metal and glass.

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  • Kriens: tomorrow at 11:20
  • Lausanne: only 1 piece(s)
  • St Gallen: only 1 piece(s)
  • Winterthur: tomorrow at 13:30
  • Wohlen: more than 10 piece(s)
  • Zurich: tomorrow at 12:30

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iPhone 6s (4.70", 64GB, 12MP, Space grey)
CHF 699.–
Apple iPhone 6s (4.70", 64GB, 12MP, Space grey)

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  • Kriens: only 1 piece(s)
  • Lausanne: only 1 piece(s)
  • St Gallen: only 1 piece(s)
  • Winterthur: The delivery date was exceeded
  • Wohlen: The delivery date was exceeded
  • Zurich: The delivery date was exceeded

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Powerbank: No socket? No problem!

Your smartphone’s just run out of juice, the compartment you’re in seems to be socket-free and the train’s so packed that there’s not a chance in hell you’ll find another seat. This all-too-familiar scene is a thing of a past if you’re equipped with a powerbank. It charges phones in no time so you’ll be ready to phone, chat or surf in no time.

Power Tube (10400mAh)
CHF 36.40MSRP 40.–1
Power Tube (10400mAh)

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  • Basel: tomorrow at 13:10
  • Bern: tomorrow at 12:45
  • Dietikon: tomorrow at 14:30
  • Kriens: tomorrow at 11:20
  • Lausanne: tomorrow at 15:40
  • St Gallen: tomorrow at 15:30
  • Winterthur: tomorrow at 13:30
  • Wohlen: only 4 piece(s)
  • Zurich: tomorrow at 12:30

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XB102 Free (15000mAh)
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CHF 49.–
Xtorm XB102 Free (15000mAh)
Überall und zu jeder Zeit mobilen Geräte wieder aufladen! Die 15000mAh starke Xtorm Powerbank kommt inkl. LED-Batteriestatusindikator, integriertem Ladekabel & Mirco-USB-Schnittstelle für externes Ladekabel.

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  • Basel: tomorrow at 13:10
  • Bern: only 1 piece(s)
  • Dietikon: tomorrow at 14:30
  • Kriens: tomorrow at 11:20
  • Lausanne: tomorrow at 15:40
  • St Gallen: only 4 piece(s)
  • Winterthur: tomorrow at 13:30
  • Wohlen: more than 10 piece(s)
  • Zurich: only 3 piece(s)

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Working productively

Ultraportable notebooks: The mobile employee’s workplace

If working on the go’s your daily business, you’ll appreciate an ultraportable notebook. Thanks to a compact 13" design and lightweight construction, it fits almost any bag and won't give you a sore shoulder. Especially when you’re carrying a notebook on a daily basis, you’ll be grateful for every gram saved. These devices also impress with a very long battery life and high computing power.

MacBook Air (13.30", WXGA+, Intel Core i5, 8GB, SSD)
Apple MacBook Air (13.30", WXGA+, Intel Core i5, 8GB, SSD)
This powerful and sturdy MacBook Air is a great travel companion thanks to its thin and lightweight design.

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XPS 13 (13.30", Full HD, Intel Core i5-6200U, 8GB, SSD)
Dell XPS 13 (13.30", Full HD, Intel Core i5-6200U, 8GB, SSD)
A 13-inch display packed into an 11-inch laptop? Dell has done it! Introducing XPS 13 – the world's smallest 13-inch ultrabook.

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Privacy filters: No to nosey neighbours

Apart from an occasionally interrupted internet connection, working on the move is generally fairly unproblematic. However, what to do if you’re dealing with sensitive data and your neighbour’s eyes are getting a bit too goggly for comfort? How about a privacy filter? They quite literally keep nosey neighbours in the dark as they black out side views of your computer. The only thing your neighbour will be wondering about now is why you’re staring at a black screen.

Privacy Filter Gold (13.30")
CHF 53.–MSRP 60.–1
3M Privacy Filter Gold (13.30")
Hocheffektiver Blickschutz für den PC- und Notebook-Bildschirm

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Privacy Filter (13.30")
CHF 46.70MSRP 75.–1
Dell Privacy Filter (13.30")
Schützt Ihre vertraulichen Daten vor neugierigen Blicken

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  • approx. 2-4 days

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  • Basel: approx. 2-4 days
  • Bern: approx. 2-4 days
  • Dietikon: approx. 2-4 days
  • Kriens: approx. 2-4 days
  • Lausanne: approx. 2-4 days
  • St Gallen: approx. 2-4 days
  • Winterthur: approx. 2-4 days
  • Wohlen: approx. 1-3 days
  • Zurich: approx. 2-4 days

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Spare charger: The precautionary measure against unwanted interruptions

After what feels like 500 times that I left my charger at home, I’ve learnt my lesson. Although the battery would usually last the entire journey, it would die as soon as I got to the office and accessing the documents I’d been working on was no longer possible. The next step would entail finding somebody who had the same notebook and hadn’t left their charger at home. So here’s my advice: Buy a second charger right at the start and keep it in your commuter bag.

MagSafe 2 Power Adapter (45W)
CHF 85.–
Apple MagSafe 2 Power Adapter (45W)
Für das MacBook Air mit MagSafe 2 Netzanschluss (ab "Mid 2012")

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  • Basel: tomorrow at 13:10
  • Bern: tomorrow at 12:45
  • Dietikon: tomorrow at 14:30
  • Kriens: tomorrow at 11:20
  • Lausanne: tomorrow at 15:40
  • St Gallen: tomorrow at 15:30
  • Winterthur: tomorrow at 13:30
  • Wohlen: only 2 piece(s)
  • Zurich: tomorrow at 12:30

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Swiss Adapter Kit (45W)
CHF 50.30MSRP 75.–1
Dell Swiss Adapter Kit (45W)

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  • Basel: only 1 piece(s)
  • Bern: only 1 piece(s)
  • Dietikon: tomorrow at 14:30
  • Kriens: tomorrow at 11:20
  • Lausanne: only 2 piece(s)
  • St Gallen: only 1 piece(s)
  • Winterthur: tomorrow at 13:30
  • Wohlen: 9 piece(s)
  • Zurich: tomorrow at 12:30

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Over-ear headphones: Enjoy the silence

At peak times, trains can be absolutely packed with noise levels to match. So if all you feel like doing is to unwind or finish off some work in peace, I would highly recommend Bose QuietComfort 25 headphones. Their over-ear design is great at blocking out noise. Press that noise cancelling button and you’ll be whisked away to a peaceful place. Enjoy your favourite tunes in crystal-clear quality without having to crank the volume up. What’s more, the noise cancelling feature also works without music – providing you with your personal quiet compartment.

QuietComfort 25 [iOS Remote] (Over-Ear, Black)
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CHF 279.–MSRP 349.–1
Bose QuietComfort 25 [iOS Remote] (Over-Ear, Black)
Elegant headphones featuring impressive noise cancelling technology. Insert batteries and enjoy music with noise reduction for an impressive 35 hours.

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  • Kriens: only 1 piece(s)
  • Lausanne: only 1 piece(s)
  • St Gallen: tomorrow at 15:30
  • Winterthur: only 1 piece(s)
  • Wohlen: more than 10 piece(s)
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QuietComfort 25 [Android Remote] (Over-Ear, White)
CHF 279.–
Bose QuietComfort 25 [Android Remote] (Over-Ear, White)
Elegant headphones featuring impressive noise cancelling technology. Insert batteries and enjoy music with noise reduction for an impressive 35 hours.

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  • Bern: tomorrow at 12:45
  • Dietikon: tomorrow at 14:30
  • Kriens: tomorrow at 11:20
  • Lausanne: tomorrow at 15:40
  • St Gallen: tomorrow at 15:30
  • Winterthur: tomorrow at 13:30
  • Wohlen: only 3 piece(s)
  • Zurich: tomorrow at 12:30

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Notebook bag: The perfect piece of luggage for your daily commute

Your notebook, spare charger and headphones need quite a bit of space. So it’s well worth getting a bag, backpack or case to suit your needs. A dedicated work bag is the way to go to avoid unpacking your stuff every night. And it will reduce the risk of forgetting stuff in the morning. The main advantage of a notebook bag is without a doubt that it protects your notebook. Furthermore, these bags usually also feature cushioned compartments for tablets, chargers, documents and even your travel mug. A notebook bag will have you covered in almost any case.

Top Traveller ECO (14.10", Black)
CHF 65.70
Dicota Top Traveller ECO (14.10", Black)
Umweltfreundliche Tasche mit Schutz und Komfort

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Crossover 25L Backpack (15", Black)
CHF 99.–instead of 119.–3
Thule Crossover 25L Backpack (15", Black)
Der überaus funktionale Tagesrucksack mit stossfesten SafeZone-Fächern.

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  • Dietikon: only 1 piece(s)
  • Kriens: tomorrow at 11:20
  • Lausanne: only 1 piece(s)
  • St Gallen: tomorrow at 15:30
  • Winterthur: tomorrow at 13:30
  • Wohlen: 6 piece(s)
  • Zurich: only 2 piece(s)

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Great entertainment

Tablet: Your mobile multimedia centre

If you’ve had enough of working and just want to sit back and be entertained, a tablet is for you. Use it to space out to your favourite tunes, test the latest tablet games or watch your fav series. Didn’t have time to grab a copy of 20 Minuten or Blick am Abend? Not to worry. These babies are 4G-enabled so you can download your newspaper choice with your data subscription or via smartphone hotspot. Combined with the above-mentioned headphones – which are suitable for iOS and Android – there’s nothing in the way of perfect multimedia experience.

iPad Air 2 (9.70", 64GB, 4G, Space Gray)
Apple iPad Air 2 (9.70", 64GB, 4G, Space Gray)
The thinnest, most powerful iPad ever! It’s packed with amazing new innovations like the touch ID fingerprint identity sensor.

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Galaxy Tab S2 (9.70", 32GB, 4G, Black)
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 (9.70", 32GB, 4G, Black)
Leichter als jegliche Tablets seiner Grösse und mit dem separat erhältlichen Book Cover Keyboard das ideale 2in1-Gerät!

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eReader: Your pocket library

Commuters who prefer to switch off by reading a book should get an eReader. Equipped with E-Ink Technology, they provide an eye-friendly reading experience and only use very little power. In other words, battery life is very long and you can leave the charger at home. Furthermore, online book stores offer an incredible selection of books.

Kindle Paperwhite 2015 - Special Offers (6", Wi-Fi, Black)
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Amazon Kindle Paperwhite 2015 - Special Offers (6", Wi-Fi, Black)
"Special Offers"-Version (Benutzerinterface mit eingeblendeten Werbebannern)

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  • Dietikon: only 1 piece(s)
  • Kriens: only 1 piece(s)
  • Lausanne: only 1 piece(s)
  • St Gallen: only 1 piece(s)
  • Winterthur: only 1 piece(s)
  • Wohlen: more than 10 piece(s)
  • Zurich: 6 piece(s)

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Aura H2O (6.80", Wi-Fi, Black)
CHF 179.–
Kobo Aura H2O (6.80", Wi-Fi, Black)
Der erste wasserdichte und staubabweisende Kobo! Ist er dir aus Versehen ins Wasser gefallen? Einfach abwischen und weiterlesen.

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  • Kriens: tomorrow at 11:20
  • Lausanne: tomorrow at 15:40
  • St Gallen: tomorrow at 15:30
  • Winterthur: tomorrow at 13:30
  • Wohlen: more than 10 piece(s)
  • Zurich: tomorrow at 12:30

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Olivier Marti

Neue Informationstechnologien entwickeln sich in einer unglaublichen Geschwindigkeit. Dieses Gebiet finde ich faszinierend. Es macht mir grossen Spass, mich für unsere Kunden mit diesen Technologien vertraut zu machen und darüber zu berichten. Wenn ich mich für einmal nicht mit den neuesten Notebooks oder anderen Gadgets beschäftige, fahre ich mit meinem Bike Berge hoch, mit dem Snowboard wieder runter oder begebe mich auf abenteuerliche Reisen in ferne Länder.

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User xerxes300

Super Liste! Ohne meine Powerbank oder Kopfhöhrer würde ich den Alltag nicht überleben!

03.03.2016
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User Anonymous

Schade fehlen die Powerbank von Anker, diese sind in Sachen Qualität und Leistung nicht zu übertreffen.

03.03.2016
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User benzill87

Kann An0n nur zustimmen: Die Powerbanks von Anker müsst ihr unbedingt in das Sortiment nehmen. Gibt imho nichts besseres.

04.03.2016
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User DerDönerimDönertier

Dieses Teil gebe ich im Sommer nicht mehr her : Breeze Mobile
Perfekt für im Zug, wenn die Klimaanlage wieder streikt. Ob mit der Powerbank oder mit dem Ladegerät aus der Steckdose ;)

04.03.2016
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User Olivier Marti

@ Anonymous und benzill87: Danke für den Hinweis. Habe unser Produktmanagement gerade informiert, dass sich unsere Kunden Powerbanks von "Anker" im Sortiment wünschen. Ich hoffe wir können euch diese bald anbieten!

04.03.2016
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User Olivier Marti

@ DieAntwortIstBatman: Gebe dir absolut Recht! Die Ventilatoren von Arctic sind einfach super. Habe zwar noch keinen im Zug benutzt, aber im Büro und zu Hause nutze ich diese kleinen, extrem leisen und dennoch kraftvollen Ventis sehr gerne. Habe ganze 3 Stück davon. Hier meine Produktbewertung dazu: digitec.ch/de/s1/ProductRat.... Werde also sicher mal einen im Zug ausprobieren.

04.03.2016
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User Olivier Marti

@ Anonymous und benzill87: Wir haben nun Powerbanks von "Anker" im Sortiment aufgenommen. Bisher nur vier Modelle – weitere sollen folgen. digitec.ch/de/Search?q=powe...

04.03.2016
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User gaelhurlimann

Es fehlt noch an dieser Liste ein Schlüsselanhänger (Chipolo, Elgato Smartkey, usw.). Hätten Sie eine Empfehlung daran?

10.03.2016
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User dharmapriya

Super. We want more features of this nature more on Digitec/galaxus sites. I would find this type of features more interesting and useful than looking or browsing for a particular product that would interest me. Great!

12.03.2016
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User Anonymous

schön wäre endlich mal zu sehen, die Strombänke welche mit erneuerbaren Enerigen laufen und nicht ständig Akkus, welche unsere Umwelt zerstören. Bisschen Gross aber ich würds kaufen: powerbank-magazin.de/solar-... oder die Akkus welche mit Gas laufen.

22.03.2016
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