The Samsung DeX Pad is a docking station for your phone to which you can connect a monitor, but also a keyboard and mouse or USB stick. This way you can easily create a temporary workplace using your Samsung phone. We test the handy accessory in our Samsung DeX Pad review.
Samsung DeX Pad
The Samsung DeX Pad is an ideal tool for your Galaxy smartphone. You can use your phone as a computer, connect it to a monitor and just use it for your daily tasks at home and at the company. Incidentally, the Samsung accessory is also called DeX Station.
The sales package
The Samsung DeX Pad comes in a box with a short description, the DeX Pad itself and a fast charger. You then only need an HDMI cable to really use the DeX Pad. This is therefore not included as standard with the Samsung gadget.
Design and connections
The design of the DeX Pad, just like the Samsung Galaxy S9, has rounded corners and is about the same size as the phone in size. The four connections are all neatly next to each other and your phone can be cooled at times when necessary. The connections that are present: two USB connections, one HDMI connection to connect to a screen and one USB-C connection for the fast charger. A disadvantage is that your phone is not very stuck in the DeX Pad.
Connecting and Using the DeX Pad
The DeX Pad is easy to connect. You do need to connect the fast charger, without a fast charger Samsung DeX will not start. Then place your smartphone on the DeX Pad and slide it onto the USB Connector. Finally, connect an HDMI cable to a monitor or TV and to the DeX Pad.
It is important to know that the fast charger must remain connected during use. This is partly due to the fact that there is a fan (fan) in the DeX Pad that can cool your phone when necessary. I also tested connecting an HDMI to the Displayport cable, but unfortunately, that doesn’t work. Possible options are also to connect a mouse, keyboard and/or USB stick.
When you connect a keyboard or mouse, it works immediately. It is of course also possible to use your phone as a touchpad. What is useful to know; if you don’t use a separate keyboard, you can also operate the keyboard with your touchpad. So if you want to type a lot, it is advisable to connect an external keyboard.
The Samsung DeX Pad is of course there to let you create a desktop environment so that you can easily have a temporary workplace. You can actually start all apps via the DeX environment, but they are not all optimized. This means that if you start a non-optimized app, it will be started in phone mode and thus on a smaller screen. However, not all functions may work.
All Samsung apps are optimized, just like the Office package from Microsoft, such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. In the Galaxy Apps store, you can find all optimized apps, there are not so many of them yet.
What is an interesting app for business is Windows Desktop from Amazon Workspaces. If it is used in business, you can therefore operate your Windows environment via the DeX. You can also use WhatsApp on your DeX Pad.
If you receive a call while your phone is in the Pad, you will receive a notification on your screen. You have direct access to your text messages and your phone book.
The DeX environment is very simple. The layout of the desktop reminds me of a Windows environment, which everyone is familiar with. This makes using the DeX very easy. The DeX Pad can only be used with the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 +. With the update to Android Oreo, the accessory also works with the Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8 + and Galaxy Note 8.
I myself have tested the DeX Pad with my S9 and it works very quickly. I also tested whether playing a game is decent, Candy Crush, and that also runs smoothly. Not all games work through the DeX Pad, such as Pokémon Go and Hay Day. You can also just open the Play Store and update or download apps.
The Samsung DeX Pad is easy to use and does what it’s supposed to do. I did not encounter any problems during testing. But whether it is a device that is interesting for many people, I do not think yet. Provided you use browser applications, it is fast enough for that. Maybe it will get more interesting in a few years.
The price of the DeX Pad from Samsung is 99.99 euros, but at some stores for less. If you are interested, you can purchase the device from Samsung, Knaldeals and Bol.com.
- Easy to connect
- Easy to use
- Two USB ports
- No ethernet connection
- Phone is not secure