Tested: using your smartphone as PC? You can, with Microsoft Display Dock

by Proximus Bizz teamBe inspired04/02/2016

Tested: using your smartphone as PC? You can, with Microsoft Display Dock
If you’re often on the road, chances are you’ll reach for your smartphone to stay up to date, thus turning your phone into an indispensable device to work and use online services. With Microsoft’s Display Dock, you can now use your smartphone as a real computer.
Take a Lumia 950 phone with Windows 10 and Windows Continuum, plug it into your Display Dock – a device of a mere 6 cm by 2.5 cm – and you can get going. The Dock has 3 USB-rocks (one for the keyboard, one for the mouse and one spare), an HDMI interface and DisplayPort to attach it to a screen. That’s all it takes to use your phone as a computer. Or that’s what it says on the box….but does this really work? We tested it for you.

We tested the Dock with a Lumia 950 XL. With its big 5.7” AMOLED screen this phone in itself is well suited to mail, surf and edit documents on the road. But adding the Display Dock, you can also do this on a big screen without any complex installation required. Just plug-in the USB connector and Windows Continuum will automatically know you want to work on the big screen. Our Logitech wireless mouse was recognised and supported without the need to install extra drivers.

Which apps can you use?

The Lumia 950 series already has Office365 apps (Word, Excel, Outlook and Powerpoint) plus the new Microsoft Edge browser. Those are all well suited to display in high resolution. Even if you just want to send a couple of lenghty messages, it’s worthwile connecting to the Dock. Most of the compatible apps for now come from Microsoft. The standard YouTube app, for instance, still launches on the Lumia itself, but when you access YouTube via the new Edge browser, you can switch to the big screen immediately. In addition, the Lumia responds so swiftly that you’ll soon forget you’re not working on a regular PC.

Cloud storage

For Cloud, the integration of OneDrive is essential. This ensures you can always retrieve and edit the latest version of your documents on smartphone, Display Dock as well as you regular PC, laptop or tablet. When you switch to a larger screen, your phone automatically acts as a trackpad which comes in very handy at times when you don’t have a mouse at hand.
With the wireless Bluetooth keyboard and mouse, the Display Dock will even support your TV. The Continuum interface is identical to Windows 10. The Display Dock itself is soundless and, while you are working, it also charges your phone. Carrying your ‘computer’ around has never been easier. 

Connecting the Dock

Microsoft has made it really easy to connect the Lumia smartphone to the Display Dock. Just plug the USB connector and Continuum automatically launches. From then on, compatible apps will show on the bigger screen, while you can still use your phone to call or work on other apps. 

Our verdict

Microsoft’s Display Dock doesn’t claim to be a fully-fledged computer but, for supported apps at least, you do have a similar experience. In all, it’s a small investment for the luxury of turning your smartphone into a big-screen computer, including the possibility to work with keyboard and mouse.
Connecting the Display Dock is really fast and easy, and the link to OneDrive ensures your file synchronisation on PC or Mac is really customer-friendly. 

Until the end of March you can have a Microsoft Lumia 950 + Display Dock for only €40.50 a month (excl. VAT) if combined with a Bizz Smart+Phone 60/75 or 100 subscription. For all info and conditions, click here

Specifications Nokia Lumia 950 XL

OS: Windows 10
Memory: 3 GB RAM, 32 GB storage, microSD-card slot
Screen: 5,7” AMOLED, 1440 x 2560 pixels, Corning Gorilla Glass 4
Camera: 20 megapixel, Carl Zeiss lens, triple-LED flash, autofocus
Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 810
Connectors: WiFi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.1, LTE, USB 3.1 type C
Dimensions: 152 x 78 x 8 mm
Weight: 165 g

Specifications Microsoft Display Dock

Connectors: HDMI, DisplayPort, 3 x USB 2.0, 
Video resolution: Full HD 1080p, 60 Hertz
Dimensions: 64 x 64 x 25 mm
Weight: 230 g

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