Jan 21, 2018 | Updated: 09:54 AM EDT

Samsung DeX Station Dock Review: Turns Your Samsung Galaxy S8 Into A Desktop, But Is It Really Worth It?

May 13, 2017 07:37 PM EDT

Samsung DeX Station has recently become the rage since the release of Samsung Galaxy S8, S8 Plus. However, some S8 users have been confused about whether is the dock that turns their smartphone into a desktop really worth it.

According to Gizmodo, the Samsung DeX Station becomes fully functional after connecting the Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8 Plus into a PC’s monitor and have a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse prepared as well. The other components of the dock’s package were mentioned to be an HDMI cord for video, USB-C for power, ethernet port that supports speeds of up to 100MB, and two USB 2.0 ports.

With that said, the idea of creating Samsung DeX Station was cited to no longer need to bring a luggage with a heavy laptop in order to accomplish tasks. In short, the capability to have a person’s work to be portable. It was also said that amid the easy function of the Samsung DeX Station, some apps were identified to not be compatible with the dock.

Slack and Spotify were the apps mentioned to not be compatible with the Samsung DeX Station and doesn’t run on its desktop mode. Yet, some apps like Microsoft Office Suite and Samsung's own apps were mentioned to receive updates in order for them to be compatible with the device as ZD Net reported. Other problems with the Samsung DeX Station was cited to be the few apps that were featured to only have the fixed standard 16:9 ratio of the Samsung Galaxy S8.

The Facebook app only features a one column similar to that of the smartphone ratio. Nonetheless, the Samsung DeX Station was praised for its multifunctional window use and fast access to apps with no lag. The Samsung Galaxy S8 costs for $750 while the Samsung DeX Station dock has the price of $150. The device was also shown to have its own built-in cooling fan.

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