The Samsung DeX or Desktop Experience was first introduced in the Samsung Galaxy Note8 and improved in the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus. It transforms your Galaxy smartphone into a desktop PC for maximum productivity when you need it. With that, the benefit of running Microsoft office like how you would run it on your Windows PC; it is the full beans you are getting here, not the fall done, lightened version of the Microsoft Office apps like you have on the usual smartphones.
The previous iterations of the DeX requires a special hardware to be connected to a separate display. The docking hardware has to be plugged into its own power source as well so that you can get DeX to work, while charging the device. On the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus you get the ability for the device to work as a track pad rather than just looking pretty docked in. You still require an entirely separate piece of hardware for that to work though. Each of these hardware will set you back about MYR300 or so; that is on top of whatever you paid for your smartphone. You still get two electronics at once though with that sort of money, so it does look like it is a good deal.
There is a new kid on the block though. It is called the Samsung Galaxy Note9, and it solves the DeX hardware problem for those who loves the idea but do not want to spend extra money for proprietary hardware. How?
On the Samsung Galaxy Note9 you do not need any extra hardware to get to DeX. All you need is the USB Type-C to HDMI cable that you use for screen mirroring. That is it, really.
You do not even need an original Samsung HDMI to USB Type-C cable to get it to work. Not even the dongle is needed, if you do have one, that would be great. You simply plug in the USB Type-C to HDMI cable in its supposed places, and you get screen mirroring on the display. Wait something is wrong here.
Of course, you have to select the Samsung DeX option on your Samsung Galaxy Note9 itself. You can even turn it to a track pad if you need it. All of these can be done without using any special hardware or dock. It even connects to Bluetooth keyboards and mice without any fuss. No, you do not need any proprietary hardware with the new Samsung Galaxy Note9 – it is all seamless.
Once is DeX, you can even do your PowerPoint presentations in style. Slide out your S Pen and control your slides using the S Pen. Why? Because you can, and you should. There is no need to buy an extra hardware or clicker to do your presentation anymore. Even when you need to make some notes on the presentation itself, you can even do it with the S Pen when in track pad mode (horizontal). The S Pen also works with other apps like Adobe Sketch for the more creative professionals. The Samsung DeX in the Samsung Galaxy Note9 is truly a workshorse you can rely on.
Also published on Medium.