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: i5-12500 (6 Cores/18MB/12T/3.0GHz to 4.6GHz/65W)

OS: Windows 11 

RAM: 16GB 

Hard Drive 1: 256 GB, M.2 2230, PCIe NVMe, SSD, Class 35

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 7340 - Dell Latitude 7340 Laptop or 2-in-1 : Latitude Laptops | Dell UK

13” Laptop - Dell Latitude 5340 - Dell Latitude 5340 Laptop or 2-in-1 : Latitude Laptops | Dell UK

14” Laptop - Dell Latitude 7440Dell Latitude 7440 Laptop or 2-in-1 : Latitude Laptops | Dell UK

15” Laptop - Dell Latitude 5540 - Dell Latitude 5540 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