1. anon(9947084)'s Avatar
    I posted this in the Note 8 forum, but moved it hear to hopefully spark more discussion.

    I am 4 weeks in with using my Dex paired with my Note 8 as my main computer. Just as a disclaimer, I do have a PC stick running headless through Chrome Remote Desktop in case I run into a scenario where using windows is absolutely necessary.
    I'm not going to jump to any conclusions and say that using DeX over a PC full time is for you, but it has been for me.
    It's going to depend on what you use your computer for. My needs are simple... I need to work on my business website through a web browser, simple photo editing, word processing, etc.
    My office is at home, so I have no need for multiple DeX stations at multiple locations.
    As a power user, I find that I am on my phone, but really wasn't on my desktop PC. Samsung has done a very nice job at making their apps have a nice feel on the desktop environment. Even the Samsung internet app automatically pulls desktop versions of website when in DeX. The experience is very smooth.
    There are not a ton of apps that are optimized for DeX, but it is growing... slowly. Many applications such as Facebook and Amazon, I don't feel like I need an optimized app for. I am on a desktop, so I prefer to open them in a browser anyway.
    I did have an issue with the Microsoft apps. They would only recognize my student subscription on the phone, but would only let me be in read only mode on DeX. Because I have become increasingly annoyed with Microsoft over the years, I simply dropped them and went with the WPS Office app, which gives plenty of free features for my needs. WPS Office is optimized for full screen mode, but does feel a bit like a mobile app on the desktop. Narrowing the window helps it feel more natural.
    Also, the Samsung Notes app feels great on the desktop for simple word processing.
    The recent news of "Linux on Galaxy" was a pleasure to hear. It's nice to know that support for the DeX is still underway. I'm curious how Linux on Galaxy will work.
    So to sum it up, if your desktop needs are simple, the DeX may be a full time desktop for you.
    If anyone has any questions or is curious about how certain apps run, let me know.
    Jon44 and Jason Rogers1 like this.
    11-04-2017 09:35 AM
  2. JoeInCT's Avatar
    I'm trying real hard to like it, and use it as my main computing device. There are just so many problems. I am trying to use Chrome as I do on my Windows PC by enabling "Request Desktop Site", however it is simply not behaving the same way. Even my "logitech" keyboard doesn't behave (it drops keystrokes while a "English (US)" randomly flashes across the bottom of the screen). Even as I write this, I have no spell checking in the editing window. And there isn't enough users out there asking questions on the various forums, so you can't get answers on the various problems like you can when something has a wide install base. I don't need every mobile app to work either - which would be an unreasonable expectation. But how about just getting Chrome to behave as it does on my Windows laptop?

    It's "beta" at best.

    Frustrating.
    12-10-2017 04:23 PM
  3. 103Softail's Avatar
    Can I use a Dex with my iMac? I'm guessing the answer is "no" because of the wireless pad & wireless keyboard. Other than buying wired mouse & keyboard, is there another way around this without using the note 8 screen as a touch pad?
    12-11-2017 06:34 AM
  4. anon(9947084)'s Avatar
    I'm trying real hard to like it, and use it as my main computing device. There are just so many problems. I am trying to use Chrome as I do on my Windows PC by enabling "Request Desktop Site", however it is simply not behaving the same way. Even my "logitech" keyboard doesn't behave (it drops keystrokes while a "English (US)" randomly flashes across the bottom of the screen). Even as I write this, I have no spell checking in the editing window. And there isn't enough users out there asking questions on the various forums, so you can't get answers on the various problems like you can when something has a wide install base. I don't need every mobile app to work either - which would be an unreasonable expectation. But how about just getting Chrome to behave as it does on my Windows laptop?

    It's "beta" at best.

    Frustrating.
    How Chrome operates on the DeX would be a development issue for Google, not Samsung.
    This is why I use the stock Samsung Browser, it automatically behaves like a desktop browser.
    I'm pretty sure you could sync your bookmarks across the two browsers, if that helps.
    12-16-2017 06:23 PM
  5. anon(9947084)'s Avatar
    Can I use a Dex with my iMac? I'm guessing the answer is "no" because of the wireless pad & wireless keyboard. Other than buying wired mouse & keyboard, is there another way around this without using the note 8 screen as a touch pad?
    I'm not sure what sort of configuration you are asking about here? Why would you run DeX on an iMac?
    As far as I know, the note 8 screen does not act as a touchpad in DeX, however I do believe that is a coming feature.
    I have a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse with mine. You are not limited to wired peripherals.
    12-16-2017 06:27 PM
  6. bbgpsuser's Avatar
    Can I use a Dex with my iMac? I'm guessing the answer is "no" because of the wireless pad & wireless keyboard. Other than buying wired mouse & keyboard, is there another way around this without using the note 8 screen as a touch pad?
    No. There is no HDMI input on your iMac.
    05-18-2018 11:13 PM

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