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Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Pilot for 2015

 

Last updated: April 21, 2015

 

This year we are going to test a new model for the laptop requirment for incoming medical students. In the past, we have required that all students purchase one of the 4-6 new models of laptops required by the school, with very few exceptions. This year, we are going to permit older laptops and more than one Windows laptops to see if there is any negative impact on laptop use by medical students.

 

Minimum Specifications

Minimum specifications for older laptops (Windows or MacOS). Please note, these are minimum specifications. If you have more or better, then it is much better.

  • 2nd Gen core i5 or i7 processor
  • 8GB RAM
  • Ethernet built-in or with adapter
  • 200GB HD or larger
  • Screen resolution 1024 x 768 or better
  • Wireless 802.11g or better
  • Screen 13" or better recommended (for exams)
  • 4 hour or better battery life (buy a new one, if you can't meet this requirement)
  • Windows 7 (not home edition) or newer
  • MacOS 10.8 or newer

 

MacOS Laptops

As long as your laptop meets or exceeds the above minimum specifications, you may use your laptop for school. Please confirm with us via e-mail (CaseMedHelp@case.edu) that you would like to use your current laptop. Let us know the model and how its specifications compare to the above list.

One thing that is not mentioned in the minimum specifications above is warranty. We strongly urge you to purchase some kind of warranty or accidental damage insurance. There are many vendors on the Internet that offer accidental damage coverage. Apple's warranty does not cover accidental insurance. Every year, many students spill liquids on their Macs and every year they realize that it is very expensive to replace a system board.

 

Windows Laptops

Up to 15 incoming students may take part in the BYOD Pilot for Windows laptops. Because of the very large number of vendors selling hardware that runs the Windows operating system, it is very difficult to adequately support all of the software drivers associated with all of the different internal hardware.

The first requirment is that the laptops must meet our minimum specifications. All students requesting this option will be added to a list. If less than 15 students request this option, then all will be included. If more than 15 students put in a request, then 15 will be randomly selected on May 15th. If a student puts in a request, but is not selected, they will have to order a laptop through the school (Dell or Apple) or make a purchase on their own of one of the required laptops. For students not selected, we will make every effort to ensure that they have a laptop (the one ordered or a loaner) for the start of school. Please contact us at CaseMedHelp@case.edu to see if your laptop is acceptable. Let us know the make and model and how its specifications compare to the minimum pecifications list above.

Students bringing or buying other Windows laptops on their own may be subject to the following conditions:

  1. Students purchasing non-Dell laptops will receive a separate computer orientation which may be several hours longer than other students, as we will have to set up each laptop individuall.
  2. Students will have to contact the vendor directly for hardware repairs.
  3. Our technicians are Dell certified and can perform warranty service on Dell laptops. They cannot perform hardware warranty service on laptops from other vendors.

One thing that is not mentioned in the minimum specifications above is warranty. We strongly urge you to purchase some kind of accidental damage warranty or accidental damage insurance. There are many vendors on the Internet that offer accidental damage coverage. Dell's Complete Coverage warranty coverspretty much everything accidental damage. Not all vendors provide this same high level of warranty. Every year, many students spill liquids on their Macs and every year they realize that it is very expensive to replace a system board.