BYOD Recommended Devices

USC Upstate has built a network that will accommodate most devices. As you search for the best device, please see the information below. We have outlined several devices or device types that we have already tested on our network. 

There are two feature recommendations for a device to qualify for our BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) initiative. The device you choose should be wi-fi capable and have an internet browser. These two features will provide access to university resources that will enhance the educational experience.

 The devices below are separated into categories to help you make the best decision based your specific needs and the requirements of your degree program. If there is a specific device listed, it means we have tested that device on our network. (Note: All specs are pulled directly from the manufacturers website.) More information is available on recommended Dell laptops here.

Budget Seeker

Devices that are lower cost, but that ensure full utilization of University resources.

Apple iPad Air 2

Features: 
- 9.7" Display 
- 16 or 64GB Storage 
- iOS 
- 0.96 lbs

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- Front/Rear Camera 
- 10 hr battery life

Dell Inspiron 3000 2-in-1*

Features: 
- 11.6" Display 
- 32GB eMMC Hard Drive 
- Windows 10
- 3.07 lbs

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- Intel Celeron 2.48ghz 
- Keyboard 
- 9.75 hr battery life

The devices marked with an * are fully supported by the Help Desk for all repairs. USC Upstate is a certified Dell Warranty repair center. If there is an issue with a Dell computer or tablet, we can repair hardware and software that is covered by the Dell warranty, free of charge.  

Ultra Mobile

These devices will allow ultimate mobility based on size, weight and features.

Tablets

Apple iPad Air 2

Features: 
- 9.7" Display 
- 16 or 64GB Storage 
- iOS 
- 0.96 lbs

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- Front/Rear Camera 
- 10 hr battery life

Dell Inspiron 3000 2-in-1*

Features: 
- 11.6" Display 
- 32GB eMMC Hard Drive 
- Windows 10
- 3.07 lbs

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- Intel Celeron 2.48ghz 
- Keyboard 
- 9.75 hr battery life

Android

Features 
- Features vary based on the make and model 
- There are many resellers and brands of the android tablets

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- Intel Celeron 2.48ghz 
- Keyboard 
- 9.75 hr battery life

 
Laptops

Dell XPS 13*

Features: 
- 13" Display 
- 128GB Solid State Hard Drive 
- 15 hr battery life

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- 3 Yr Dell Manufacture warranty (Accidental and hardware defects) 
- Windows 10

MacBook Air

Features: 
- 11.6" Display 
- 512GB Flash Hard Drive 
- 4GB Memory 
- 2.38 lbs

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- Front webcam 
- 5 hr battery life 
- OS X

The devices marked with an * are fully supported by the Help Desk for all repairs. USC Upstate is a certified Dell Warranty repair center. If there is an issue with a Dell computer or tablet, we can repair hardware and software that is covered by the Dell warranty, free of charge.  

Laptops

These devices contain the traditional laptop functionality and size.

Dell Inspiron 15 5000 Series *

- 15.6" Display 
- 500GB Hard Drive 
- 7 hr battery life 
- 5.84 lbs 
- 4GB memory

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- 3205u processor 
- 3 Yr Dell Manufacture warranty (Accidental and hardware defects) 
- Front Webcam 
- Windows 8

Dell XPS 13 *

Features: 
- 13" Display 
- 128GB Solid State Hard Drive 
- 15 hr battery life

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- 3 Yr Dell Manufacture warranty (Accidental and hardware defects) 

- Windows 10

MacBook Pro

Features: 
- 13" Display 
- 512GB Flash Hard Drive 
- 4GB Memory 
- 2.38 lbs

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- Front webcam 
- 5 hr battery life 
- OS X

The devices marked with an * are fully supported by the Help Desk for all repairs. USC Upstate is a certified Dell Warranty repair center. If there is an issue with a Dell computer or tablet, we can repair hardware and software that is covered by the Dell warranty, free of charge.  

University Resources
Web-based email, calendar, online office apps (word, ppt, excel), document storage and more
Access to course and university software to enhance your educational experience
Online learning and class environment
Student Device Support

USC Upstate is a certified Dell Warranty repair center. If there is an issue with a Dell computer or tablet, we can repair hardware and software that is covered by the Dell warranty, free of charge.

USC Upstate recommends the purchase of a warranty for devices, when possible, to ensure the device will be usable throughout a student's academic career.

The ITS Help Desk will help connect and troubleshoot for all other devices. While the ITS Help Desk can make hardware recommendations, the ITS Help Desk can only support Dell hardware.