I am looking for a cheaper alternative for the Samsung Dex Station or Samsung Dex Pad.

Some phones like my Samsung S8, which happens to be a Samsung Dex compatible device can be turned into a full android desktop computer using a Samsung Dex Station or Samsung Dex Pad.

A USB-C Hub/multiport adapter is a device that connects to a computer or phone via USB-C, and allows me to connect a USB-B device (like a wireless mouse and keyboard combo) and a HDMI monitor.

When I use a regular USB-C Hub/multiport adapter with the Samsung S8, the phone connects to the monitor, keyboard and mouse, providing a similar experience to the expensive Samsung Dex Station or Samsung Dex Pad, with one big exception: The phone does not charge, the battery drains slowly. I've heard some usb-c hubs do charge the device they connect to, but I dont know which ones. So, the question...

What is the name of the 'feature' that the USB-C Hub must have so I can recognize if it will transfer power to the master device?

EDIT: For what it's worth, and answering my own question: What I needed was a PD / Power Delivery `USB-C Hub' with HDMI.

It's unbelievable that this question is off-topic on this site. This community is broken.

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    I can close this as "unclear what you're asking" instead, if you like. You're looking for... what, exactly? A hub that you can plug into a PC? With a USB-C charge lead for an S8, a USB-A mouse, and... what video outputs? USB-C HDMI isn't a thing - do you mean a USB-C port and an HDMI port? If you can clarify what kind of device you're looking for and specify what outputs it needs to have, we may be able to reopen this question.
    – ArtOfCode
    Mar 27, 2019 at 14:53
  • I am asking what kind of device do I need, because I don't know how to google exactly what my options are. Is that off-topic for this site? Mar 28, 2019 at 13:40
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    I want to turn a mobile phone into a full android desktop computer with mouse and keyboard. I already did this with a regular USB-C hub, except it doesn't charge my phone battery so eventually it gets empty, and I want it 24x7 turned on and connected. So, I need a "regular USB-C hub" that also charges the phone at the same time, all via the same and only phone usb-c port. There is no PC involved. Mar 28, 2019 at 13:40
  • Meta discussion about this question.
    – Andrew T.
    Mar 30, 2019 at 21:29
  • @AndrewT. still not good enough for reopen? Apr 10, 2019 at 14:13


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