Default PC/Laptop Specifications

Currently, the Faculty of Oriental Studies has two default specifications that are in place for new desktop machines. This information is accurate as of March 2021, exact specification will be different to this guide in the future, but it will remain broadly correct. 

PC Desktop: (Dell OptiPlex 5490 AIO) 

Link: Dell OptiPlex 5490 All-in-One Desktop | Dell UK

Processor: Intel Core i5-10600 (up to 4.8GHz) 

OS: Windows 10 

RAM: 16GB 

Hard Drive 1: 512GB Solid State NVME

Hard Drive 2: 2TB 5400RPM HDD

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

Notes for IT:

BIOS: disable Dell Deployment Ready Enable PC

Asset Tag to Onboard NIC MacAddress (service tag, model, MAC address, customer PO, order no)

Warranty to 4Y ProSupport and Next Business Day Onsite Service

Shipping Box Labels to Shipbox Label - Customer PO Details (Service Tag, PO Number, Model Name, Mac Address)

No wireless keyboard and mouse 

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 7320 -

14” Laptop - Dell Latitude 7420 -

15” Laptop – Dell Latitude 5590 -

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

Mac Laptop (Macbook Air 13.3”) 


Processor: Apple M1 chip with 8-core CPU and 7-core GPU

Memory: 16GB 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