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Samsung DeX

If the name Samsung DeX is ringing a bell that is because this has been around for a while. The idea here is that you can use your phone like you would a desktop PC! You just need to connect a mouse and keyboard and you are good to go. Whereas before you needed an extra peripheral to do this, now, DeX is all done via software and can be used with most modern Samsung Galaxy phones and tablets.

How to Download Samsung DeX

To download the program for your Windows or macOS machine, click on the Download button at the end of this review. Check out also our review of Huawei’s dedicated software – HiSuite.

The Program Review

The way that Samsung DeX works is that you just simply download the DeX app. More modern devices such as the latest Samsung Tabs and Galaxy Phones have the app already pre-installed on them. On the Samsung website, they do have a full list of all the devices that are compatible and I was impressed with how even older devices like a Galaxy S8 can use this.

All you need to get going with this is your phone or tablet of course. However, you will also need an HDMI lead to connect to a monitor or TV as well as a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse that you can connect to your phone. As of writing, the latest Samsung phone the S20 series can connect wirelessly to a compatible TV so you may not even need the HDMI cable!

Once you have all of your equipment connected to your phone and you open up DeX, you will have a real sense of familiarity. The reason I say this is that it looks just like the average desktop screen that you have seen a million times before on your computer or laptop.

You may have to go into your settings on your phone to adjust the screen display if things are not displaying correctly. This may be an extra step, but it is pretty easy to figure out. There are some pretty neat features such as being able to use the phone as a touchpad which can come in handy if you forget a mouse or if you want to look like some kind of tech wizard during a presentation.

While I think that what Samsung DeX offers is really cool, I am not sure who exactly it is for. If you are on the road and for some strange reason forgot your computer, but somehow remembered a Bluetooth mouse, keyboard, and a compatible HDMI cord then it could be handy, but what are the chances of that?

The time I spent with this (using a standard S20) I had no problems at all and it honestly did function just like my laptop. However, I would never use this over my laptop and if I was on the road for “business” I would rather just take my laptop. I mean, if you are going to be taking a keyboard and mouse anyway, why not just take the laptop?

Samsung DeX
Samsung DeX lets you manage your Samsung mobile device in desktop mode that gives you a lot of cool possibilities. Download it now.
9 Total Score
Samsung DeX Review Summary

  • This is free to use
  • It is available for many Samsung devices
  • You may not need to buy any extra cable or docking station
  • It really does work just like a computer
  • You will need to have a Bluetooth mouse, keyboard, and possibly an HDMI cable to get the best out of this
  • While it works very well and is fun, I am not sure why you would use this over a laptop
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Jason Delacey

Jason Delacey

Jason is a 40-year-old writer from Northern England. He has been playing video games his whole life and writing about them for over a decade. As well as enjoying gaming into the wee hours of the morning, Jason is a real film fanatic too! He is open to watching all genres of movies from animated singing animals to brutal horror!

Jason loves to give his honest opinion on games, movies, TV shows and is always willing to give anything a try!

Favorite Games: Resident Evil 4, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time, Bioshock Infinite, Super Mario World, The Last of Us, Halo 2, Streets of Rage 2, Overwatch.

Favorite Movies: Terminator 2, The Empire Strikes Back, Avengers Infinity War, Bloodsport, The Transformers The Movie. Dogma, BASEketball, From Dusk Till Dawn

Favorite TV Shows: X-Files, Supernatural, Lost, American Horror Story, The Mandalorian, Stranger Things.