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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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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