Samsung Dex Station: review of the workstation for your Samsung Galaxy S8

October 05, 2017

Samsung Dex Station: review of the workstation for your Samsung Galaxy S8

A smartphone is much more compact than a laptop, but to use it as a desktop computer, you need a special device. Therefore, the Korean leader has released Samsung Dex Station for its excellent Galaxy S8 smartphone.

A smartphone instead of a laptop or a computer? Yes, the Samsung Dex Station workstation allows you to work comfortably on the new flagship Galaxy S8, as on your office computer.

Design of the Samsung Dex Station

Completely black Dex Station docking station looks reliable and will fit any computer design. It allows the periphery to work well with most desktop devices.

Lower the top part down, and in front of you opens the stand with a USB Type-C connector for connecting the Galaxy S8. The extended stand works as a built-in fan for cooling too; it copes well with the task, therefore your Galaxy S8 will not heat up.

On the back of the Samsung Dex Station, there are two USB Type-A ports, as well as a USB Type-C, HDMI and Ethernet port. The HDMI port is used to connect to the monitor, and Type-C to charge the smartphone via the docking station. The remaining ports are free, you can connect other peripherals, or use Bluetooth instead, for wireless communication.

However, there is no possibility to connect wired desktop speakers - you have to choose between Bluetooth speakers or wireless headphones. You cannot connect headphones to the smartphone during its integration with Samsung Dex, because the corresponding connector on the Galaxy S8 is from the bottom. Without connecting an audio device, the sound is played through the speakers of the smartphone - loud, but substandard.

Connecting a smartphone to the Samsung Dex Station is a difficult process. You have to tinker to put it in the desired position. After docking, the Dex interface will appear on the screen for 10 seconds - about the same time is needed after turning off for the smartphone to switch back to normal, home screen mode. This delay is annoying, especially if you only need to quickly send a message, and then get the smartphone from the dock.

Performance pleases, the interface needs to be modified

The desktop version of the Android-interface looks like Windows 10 and Chrome OS. On the desktop, there are several icons, in the lower left corner there are navigation buttons: "Applications", "Recently used applications" and "Home". On the right is the system tray, from where you can access notifications, as well as learn the basic indicators - battery charge, Wi-Fi, date, time, and much more.

Programs and web pages open quickly, the Internet does not slow down. High and overall stable performance is impressive - all thanks to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, which is installed on the S8.

But, you cannot do everything on the desktop computer. Only a limited number of applications are compatible with the Samsung Dex Station desktop mode. Not all of them open in full-screen mode with adaptable sizes, not all have shortcuts, and when you click right on them, the menu opens.

Samsung Dex Station supports most Samsung applications, including Calendar and Email, and there are third-party applications, such as Adobe Lightroom and Microsoft Word. If the desired application is not supported, it is better to use the web version, rather than the Android version. Unsupported applications are hardly available, they open in a small window, like on a smartphone. For example, Adobe Lightroom involves the use of gestures, and on a large monitor, the application interface is not intuitive. You can use it to edit several photos, but the usual Lightroom is more convenient.

Many will benefit from the ability to quickly go to applications such as Facebook Messenger to easily respond to messages, or in Google Photo, to conveniently share photos. You can even perform only phone functions, like making calls or sending text messages.

In Android, it's convenient to use keyboard shortcuts, Alt + Tab to switch between applications, Ctrl + C to copy, Ctrl + V to paste, etc. For the Internet there is the Samsung Internet application; Chrome or any other browser for Android is optimized worse with the Dex Station.

Internet and Samsung Dex Station

The Internet application from Samsung functions like most desktop browsers, extensions and ad blockers are supported. Each site opens in full-screen mode, it is possible to work with several tabs simultaneously. Everything happens quickly - especially the scrolling of web pages.

You can save passwords for sites like Chrome Autofill - done using Samsung Pass, which requires your fingerprints, iris scan or face authentication. I recommend the last two, because using a fingerprint scanner on the Samsung Dex Station smartphone is inconvenient.

The Dex Station browser does not have such advanced features as making bookmarks or opening a new window by pulling out the tab, but overall, it's quite convenient to work in.

Conclusion

Samsung Dex Station is an excellent choice for those who have Galaxy S8, and are often in different offices. Of course, it is worth considering that the monitor, keyboard and computer mouse must be connected in advance. Dex can be convenient as an additional workstation, but only if you have S8 and peripheral gadgets. Dex Station is sold for $ 150, and for its use, you need a Galaxy S8 for $ 900.


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