Samsung DeX review: the S8 won't replace your desktop PC

The premise is simple: the Samsung DeX Station is a relatively small, puck-shaped piece of plastic, which, when opened up, becomes a dock for the Galaxy S8 or S8+. This dock can be hooked up to a monitor, mouse, and keyboard, in order to ultimately become one of the most full-featured desktop experiences a smartphone can currently offer.
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28. anvil21x

Posts: 1; Member since: May 16, 2017

Try use DexMax! it can resizeable for all apps https ://​s.dexmax

27. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3201; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

The obvious comparison would be to Continuum and from what I've read here and elsewhere, Microsoft's version of phone computing is the clear winner. Continuum doesn't do split-screen yet, but multiple apps run in the background. Also, a Windows phone can be used independently of Continuum and with the Creator Update the display can be turned off. This is one instance where Windows has more apps than Android but that could change if DeX becomes available for all Android users.

26. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Half ass rushed feature by Samsung. Hmm that's a surprise.

22. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1620; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

So $150 for DEX, or for under $200 you could just get a Chromebook, a computer stick, or one of Microsoft's new Windows 10S devices. I don't think it's cheap enough to consider buying compared to what's on the market already.

20. kkmkk

Posts: 699; Member since: May 06, 2013

if it was compatible with my s7 edge i would buy and connect it with my tv but nop not going to buy the a new phone just for it

14. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

The point of DEX isn't to compete or be a Windows desktop PC. However it will work the same as a person who uses a Chromebook or would consider a tablet running Windows 10S. For someone who needed to open a browser, use Office on the go and that is all they needed, then this is a good tool. And if Samsung can get devs on-board, it will get better. Microsoft has already brought X86 to ARM and this is a glimpse of what we can expect soon. But the Galaxy Note could already do this and do it well, but it nice to see capabilities that are useful evolve.

18. jellmoo

Posts: 2701; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

My issue with these types of convergence devices (I'll lump in Continuum and what Ubuntu was trying to do as well) is that the use case is really pretty niche. There just aren't that many situations where people have a monitor, keyboard and mouse lying around but no PC. It's a neat idea in theory, but I can't see this being a terribly practical solution for too many people. Just about everyone already has a device that will do the same things, only better. I feel that this is more of a proof of concept, rather than a fully fleshed out product offering.

10. MKeditor

Posts: 97; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

The review omitted the Ethernet jack except mentioning it has one. Every review I've read doesn't address if the dex can see network drives and servers.

11. DBoss

Posts: 102; Member since: Feb 18, 2017

Yeah..! u r ryt!! Every review is more like their personal opinion here... Only people who has a wider knowledge about products can make a proper review. These half boiled reviews only confuses or misdirect the way we think abt products

16. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Because its Samsung. If this had been Apple, they woudl be trying to shove this up their butt like a hamster and getting off on it. But because its Samsung with a improved innovation that puts Apple even further behind, they have an issue with it.

8. TomMariner

Posts: 4; Member since: Nov 14, 2015

Yeah, I like the idea of updating a PowerPoint, composing a note, or touching up an image on that big flat screen in front of me with a physical keyboard horizontally on a surface. But what comes next? How about that big screen appearing in front of your eyes and your fingers virtually typing or mousing? And processors powerful enough for multiple videos and apps? Who better to surge ahead in AR than a company that has expanded the input and output of your SmartPhone?

7. dubaiboy78

Posts: 465; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

Thankful i got samsung DeX for $32 only here in UAE because of 80% off promotion from samsung uae!

3. DBoss

Posts: 102; Member since: Feb 18, 2017

"Good for web, email, writing, social, and other basic tasks" this is exactly why the DeX is introduced not to replace a 1000$ PC or laptop. If you compare a Basic car with a ferrari you will find 1000s of cons... it just meant to perform basic tasks and it fulfills...!

5. AlphaMale

Posts: 59; Member since: May 03, 2017

Even for basic tasks it still unclear why anyone would buy DeX (a dock that pretty much useless without S8/S8+), a mouse, and a keyboard over an inexpensive PC or laptop.

6. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

The DeX is just an add-on, meant to add more functionality to the Galaxy S8, just like the Moto Mods. If people want a proper and fully-fledged PC experience, then they obviously know what to do.

12. AlphaMale

Posts: 59; Member since: May 03, 2017

Please do not use moto mods as an excuse to justify Samsung DeX because Moto Mods is far more practical to use. Yes you can get more functionality from S8/S8+ with DeX but it will be cumbersome to use than a Notebook/Laptop with similar price. FYI not everyone who buys PC or Laptop wants to get fully fledged PC experience, but even for basic task there is no reasonable reason to buy DeX over an inexpensive PC or Laptop.

15. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

@AlphaMale - How is it cumbersome? You plug the dock into a display and attach the phone and it loads and you work. You wont even have to carry a huge PC around no matter how small it is, it wont be smaller than DEX. Its not for people who need a full desktop. Its for people who use applications via a browser, who use MS Office and similar apps. How is it cumbersome? Because you don't like it?

21. AlphaMale

Posts: 59; Member since: May 03, 2017

Actually you have explained it yourself "You plug the dock into a display and attach the phone and it loads and you work" With a laptop/notebook you do not have to do all the troublesome process and you can keep working almost anywhere. I usually carry a 2 in 1 notebook that weighs about 1 kg instead of my mid tower gaming pc, it's not as small as DeX but it far more easier to carry around than DeX + Keyboard + Mouse + Monitor and S8. And if you looking for PC that is smaller than DeX you can try something like Intel Compute Stick. It's cumbersome because you'll neeed extra effort to use it and without S8 it useless.

13. ph00ny

Posts: 2084; Member since: May 26, 2011

I think it makes sense for TV or any limited space usage case Same goes for hotel/public space where you don't want to use public workstation to access personal contents

19. AlphaMale

Posts: 59; Member since: May 03, 2017

For such situations Mini PC and Intel Compute Stick is a better solution. Most hotels do not provide a keyboard and mouse in their rooms can you tell me how you gonna use DeX without a keyboard and mouse in that situation? With Intel Compute Stick you can turn your smartphone into wireless keyboard and mouse, so you only need a display with HDMI port.

1. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Samsung innovations are always NULL. Samsung, don't innovate please. To do something important, please wait Apple and then imitate as usual.

2. maherk

Posts: 7101; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Although you're as terrible as Techie, I like how you keep your stupid remarks short and simple, that's the only thing that positively separates you from the likes of Techie and Mxy.

4. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

[insert Mxy lame one-liner here]

17. sgodsell

Posts: 7679; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Con :True multitasking isn’t really implemented I think the author really doesn't know what true multitasking really is. It can run multiple tasks simultaneously, and in different Windows as well. So yes that is true multitasking.

24. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

First off I'm not terrible, but you are entitled to you B.S. opinion. At least when I post, I try to make sense and not troll. I am nothign like Mxy, or you to say the least. For starters, I don't have to reference other people to make a point. I don't need support or a peanut gallery and I certainly don't need your vote of approval either. Don't like my post? SKIP THEM! Its that easy bruh. You rather hate on me vs hating on these trolls who come here who don't even like tech? HAHA. Shows how much credibility you have.

25. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

"Don't like my post? SKIP THEM! Its that easy bruh." Seriously? With the length of your comments, we need to scroll about half hour to skip one of them. Look, make your comments shorter and I assure you no one will remark that you wrote a comment.

9. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

LOL....Nice one!!!

23. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1620; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

No one has claimed this as Samsung innovation, they weren't first, and they had Microsoft's help. Good joke about Apple, their innovation died with Jobs, they just follow market trends now as the ultimate me too company.
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