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Turn your Galaxy into a desktop with these DeX accessories

The best Samsung DeX accessories help you turn your phone into a full-fledged computer, but the feature is tragically overlooked by most users today. That’s a shame because, in 2019, DeX has never been easier to use, especially because you don’t have to shell out three figures for one of Samsung’s branded DeX stations. There are third-party USB-C hubs that work perfectly fine with DeX, along with tons of other affordable, high-quality peripherals for adding a keyboard, mouse, and more!

Third-party DeX hub

AUKEY Link PD Pro USB-C Hub

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Staff pick

Our favorite USB-C hub for Chromebooks is also our favorite USB-C hub for DeX. It includes an HDMI port, three USB-A ports, USB-C pass-through charging, and even Ethernet, should you want to turn your phone into a PC for a while.

$29 at Amazon

Go minimal

Anker 6ft 4K 60Hz USB-C to HDMI Cable

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Want to use DeX to play a video on your hotel room’s big screen? Users have been able to activate DeX mode with this Anker USB-C to HDMI cable. Remember that this won’t let you charge your phone while you watch.

$18 at Amazon

Better than a touchpad

Logitech Pebble M350

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While you could technically use your Samsung phone as a touchpad while you’re in DeX mode, you’re better off using a mouse. This slim model has a magnetic top to hide the wireless adapter, and it has Bluetooth, too.

$30 at Amazon

Quick-switching keyboard

Logitech K380 Multi-Device Bluetooth Keyboard

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A keyboard is essential for desktop productivity, and the Logitech K380 is one of our favorite Bluetooth keyboards for DeX typing on the couch. The battery can last years and swaps quickly between three devices via the buttons on the top row.

$40 at Amazon

Pocket-friendly

iClever Wireless Folding Keyboard with 3-Color Backlight

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iClever’s folding keyboard doesn’t leave clunky gaps or awkwardly aligned, shrunken keys. The colored backlighting is a nice touch, but being a full-sized keyboard that can fold up compactly, packs well, and works hard more than justifies its price.

$49 at Amazon

Go mechanical

AUKEY KM-G12 RGB Mechanical Keyboard

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If you’re building a more traditional desktop DeX setup, do your fingers a favor and go mechanical with your keyboard. It’s more comfortable for long periods, backlit for late hours, and you can get either clicky blue switches or quieter red switches.

$55 at Amazon

Finished feel

Samsung DeX Station

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If you want a more polished look to your DeX setup, Samsung’s official docking station gives you a good port selection and looks nice on your desktop, with two USB-A, Ethernet, HDMI, and USB-C pass-through charging.

$100 at Amazon

Perfect pocket power plug

AUKEY USB-C Charger with 18W Power Delivery

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There are three charging profiles the DeX station supports, including 9V/2A, and this 9V/2A charger is the size of a quarter and less than the price of a pizza. In other words, this pint-sized charger is the perfect size for your traveling DeX setup.

$10 at Amazon

Go wireless

Samsung 55″ TU8000

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The Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra don’t need a dock or hub to use Samsung Dex; they can use DeX wirelessly on most recent Miracast-supported TVs, like this vivid Samsung 55-inch TV perfect for the living room.

$498 at Amazon
$500 at Best Buy
$498 at Walmart

Mix and match the best DeX accessories to build your best

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Once upon a time, you needed to rely on official Samsung accessories for DeX, but these days DeX mode will kick on far more readily with third-party accessories. This is great news for most of us because you can save some money. Plus, it opens up the market for choice.

First, you’ll need USB-C hub for your laptop, like the AUKEY Link PD Pro. Chances are you can use it with your Note or Galaxy phone for DeX mode when you leave your laptop behind. In fact, for the newest Samsung flagships, you can skip the hubs and adapters entirely and use Dex wirelessly on your TV.

Other than a USB-C hub, the other real essentials for DeX mode are a mouse and keyboard since using your phone as a touchpad while navigating on your monitor or TV can be a pain. Logitech wins both of those categories with the Logitech Pebble M350 and the freshly-updated Logitech K380 Bluetooth Keyboard; you can even get them in matching colors if you want a cohesive look. The K380 can be used with your phone in and out of DeX mode, and you can even use it with your main computer or Chromebook as a replacement should the keys on that start going bad.

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