Default PC/Laptop Specifications

Currently, the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies has two default specifications that are in place for new desktop machines. This information is accurate as of September 2022, exact specification will be different to this guide in the future, but it will remain broadly correct. 

PC Desktop: (Dell OptiPlex 7400 AIO) 

Link: OptiPlex 7400 All-in-One Computer Desktop : Desktop Computers | Dell UK

Processor:  12th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-1250

OS: Windows 10 

RAM: 16GB 

Hard Drive 1: 512GB Solid State NVME

Warranty: 4 years, on site, next business day.  

Mac Desktop (iMac, 24" 4.5K Retina display)


Processor: Apple M1 chip 8-core (CPU with 4 performance cores and 4 efficiency cores, 16-core Neural Engine)

Memory:8GB unified memory 

Storage: 256GB SSD 

Power Supply: UK Power 

Keyboard & Documentation: Apple Magic Keyboard (British) / User's Guide (English) 

Mouse: Magic Mouse 2 

PC Laptop 

There is not currently a standard specification due to requests always been looked at on a case by case basis. However, laptop’s will be of one of these “Oxford Standards” i.e a set machine that has been agreed by University Central Purchasing, these are: 

13” Laptop - Dell Latitude 7330 - Dell Latitude 7330 Laptop or 2-in-1 : Latitude Laptops | Dell UK

14” Laptop - Dell Latitude 7430 - Dell Latitude 7430 Laptop or 2-in-1 : Latitude Laptops | Dell UK

15” Laptop – Dell Latitude 5530 - Dell Latitude 5530 15 Inch Laptop | Dell UK

The 14" Laptop, marked is bold, is our preferred choice. 

Mac Laptop (Macbook Air 13.3”) 


Processor: M2 chip with 8-Core CPU, 8-Core GPU, 16-Core Neural Engine

Memory: 8GB Unified Memory

Storage: 256GB SSD storage

Graphics: 16-core neutral engine

Power Supply: UK Power Supply

Accessories: Accessory Kit used for UK, Ireland

Keyboard: Backlit Magic Keyboard - British

Colour: Stock Dependant