The modern worker is dynamic. Working on the go, in different locations requires high-tech and flexible solutions.
This means access to operating systems needs to be fast and efficient. But sometimes a tablet just doesn’t cut it, and carrying a bulky laptop can be annoying.
Samsung’s new product, Samsung DeX Station Dock, released with the company’s new Galaxy S8, enables you to turn your phone into a computer with a few easy steps.
The device is a small black, lightweight cylinder. It has four ports — 1x ethernet, 2x USB and 1x HDMI — and an embedded cooling fan that makes it look quite sci-fi.
To work it, all you need to do is plug the DeX into a power source, connect it to a screen via HDMI, wirelessly connect a keypad and mouse, and place your Samsung Galaxy S8 into the dock.
When the phone connects with DeX the experience is seamless. The phone screen goes blank and your DeX system displays on the screen of your choice.
It’s not a mirror of your smartphone — rather, what appears is a scaled, fully-functioning desktop system fit out with the same emails, photos and files as are on your phone. Just as you would be able to on a PC, you can use keyboard shortcuts, drag and drop, and multitask.
The phone even has enough bandwidth to answer a call while playing a video for a presentation by splitting the activities across the device and the screen, as well as the audio.
DeX apps are a lite version but the system can support VMWare and Citrix systems so that you can get the full capabilities of documents or presentations should you need them.
What this means is if you’re getting ready for work and your first appointment suddenly requests a change to a presentation you’re working on, instead of starting up your computer, you can simply place your phone into the DeX, make the change and keep going with your morning routine.
But if you’re really in a rush, it won’t close programs if you swiftly remove the phone from the dock. Instead they will stay open in the background, from which you can continue to edit from your commute if you need to.
Best of all the dock acts as a virtual desktop and a charger all in one, preventing any annoying battery drainage.
It’s a seamless experience and provides the flexibility demands perfect for activity-based working or hotdesking.
As for security, Samsung has a number of barricades to protect your data.
Firstly, the Samsung Pass software enables secure access through biometric authentication. This sees cumbersome passwords replaced by facial, fingerprint and iris recognition software.
Secure Folder is also designed to keep your sensitive information even safer by requiring an additional password to access its files.
And this is all in addition to Samsung’s Knox platform, built into the Galaxy S8 to provides defence-grade mobile security.
While it has a heap of storage that’s expandable up to 256GB, DeX isn’t designed to replace the computer, but it makes work more flexible, accessible and convenient.
But for just RRP$200 (sold separately to the Galaxy S8/S8+), it’s definitely worth thinking about trading in your tablet and laptop for it.