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70 Engadget Score
A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.
70

A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

If you already own a Galaxy S8 or S8 Plus, then Samsung's DeX dock is a fascinating proposition. For $150, you could cobble together a system that actsan awful lot like a PC.The interface is familiar and overall performance is prettyimpressive -- a testament to the power locked away inside Samsung's flagships.The experience isn't without its problems, though. There's a limited number of apps optimized for DeX andothers don't always work properly on the big screen. Gathering up all the requisite parts could get pricey, too if you don't already have a spare keyboard, mouse and monitor lying around. Ultimately, DeX blurs the line between smartphone and PC better than any other attempt we've seen -- we're just not convinced many people will find it genuinely useful.

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Pros
  • Turns the S8 into a surprisingly decent PC
  • Familiar desktop interface
  • Dead-simple setup
Cons
  • No headphone jack
  • Not all apps work correctly in DeX
  • Required components could cost extra
70 Engadget Score
A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.
70

A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

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Average Critic Score
 
70
TrustedReviews
The best hybrid desktop/phone solution yet, but it isn’t for most people.
 
60
PC Mag
Samsung's DeX dock turns your Galaxy S8 or S8+ into a multi-window desktop PC, but doesn't make a case for why you should use it instead of an inexpensive computer.
 
60
Android Central
If you're dying to try life with this souped-up little hockey puck, the $150 price tag isn't too bad as long as you've already got all the cords and peripherals lying around.
 
60
Tom's Guide
Samsung's $150, puck-shaped DeX station is the slickest attempt yet at turning a phone into a desktop, but this system is definitely a work in progress.
 
70
phoneArena
The $150 price tag just doesn’t support what is currently a lack of anything more than basic functionality, especially considering the fact that what you’re paying for isn’t really some high-tech gadget, but just a fancy-looking cable adapter and a piece of very limited software.
 
80
The Inquirer
We don't think £129 is an excessive amount of money considering the potential for productivity bound up in the DeX dock, and with that, Samsung has become the first manufacturer to have cracked smartphone desktop convergence, even if they haven't quite perfected it.
 
70
The Verge
DeX is a proof of concept that shows it’s not so crazy to think that a smartphone could accomplish as much as a PC, provided it has the right peripherals attached to it. And it’s more proof than we’ve ever seen before.
 
70
Android Authority
DeX is a rather cool accessory and it’s testament to the future of technology that you’re able to power a desktop-like experience from a smartphone. It’s not perfect, and it remains to be seen whether it’ll ever be widely adopted, but it certainly has the potential to be useful.
 
60
Gizmodo
I found the Dex to be frustrating if somewhat promising. The power of the Galaxy S8 was more than enough to make me believe that we might someday use our smartphones as our primary computers. The Dex falls short of realizing this goal despite coming pretty damn close.
 
80
CNBC
Most people don't need the DeX Station, even if it is one of the cooler gadgets I've seen this year.