It’s useful, but it isn’t practical, and you should only consider one if you’re into the novelty.
Admittedly, I’m in a bit of disbelief that I’m writing a review for a desktop operating system that’s running off of the Galaxy S8+. Who knew this would be our future? I certainly didn’t. I knew computers were getting smaller, particularly when netbooks and tiny little Chromebits were introduced to the market, but I never imagined it would be the smartphone doing the heavy lifting.
Alas, here we are, and I’m typing this to you via a keyboard connected to the Galaxy S8+. There’s no doubt that if any other company had put out a product akin to this, it would have been considered nothing more than a gimmick. (Microsoft actually did and we saw how that went.) Granted, I initially thought the same about the DeX when I was first introduced to the concept, but now that I’ve been using it for some time, I appreciate the alternative way to use the Galaxy S8+.
Meet the Samsung DeX
I already gave a quick rundown of my first few hours with the Samsung DeX, but it’s after a few weeks with it that I’ve finally landed on the idea that it’s more of a additional gadget rather than a replacement for a full desktop workstation. But let’s talk about the hardware first.
The $150 DeX is merely a dock that props up the Galaxy S8 or S8+ and hooks it up to a variety of peripherals. It offers no additional internal components unless you count the pop-up fan that’s meant to keep the GS8 cradled by cool air while it’s in its desktop mode. The DeX offers an HDMI-out port, an ethernet jack, and two full-size USB ports. USB-connected mice and keyboards work almost instantly once you plug