CSE Standard Equipment


This list is designed to be used in conjunction with the school's Policy for provision of Standard Computer Equipment.

The list represents a range of well specified computers that the School will provide to its academics and researchers.

In compiling this list, the School has leveraged savings made by the University in negotiating preferred pricing on specific configurations with its suppliers.

Standard Systems

The School provides funding for a standard desktop for PhD students.

Under certain circumstances, with Supervisor and IT Manager approval, a standard HP laptop may be approved.
A request for any other system will require Supervisor approval and an additional funding source.

All CSE Standard Equipment remains the property of CSE and supported for the life of the warranty.
Upon completion of a student research program, hardware will be reviewed in line with the school's end-of-life policy.
In the event of termination or withdrawal from a research program, hardware is recovered for re-allocation by the school.

Desktop Computer

Depending on stock levels, an equivalent small form factor (SFF) maybe offered instead

Model Dell Optiplex 7070 Micro
OS Windows 10 Pro (self-install Linux e.g. Ubuntu)
Display Standard CSE Monitor Setup
Processor 8th Generation Intel® Core i7 8700T 2.4Hz (4.0GHz turbo) hex-core
Memory 16GB DDR4-2666MHz DIMM (2x8GB)
Storage 512GB SSD (M.2 NVMe Class 35)
Optical disk Not installed
Graphics Intel® UHD Graphics 630 (on-chip, shared with main memory)
Security Security lock slot
Warranty Dell ProSuppport Flex - 4Yr NBD (Next Business Day)
Ancillary USB Mouse & keyboard (Dell), Bluetooth 5 and Wireless-AC 9560

Notebook Computer

UNSW is no longer purchasing HP computers, an equivalent Dell laptop will be offered instead.

Model HP EliteBook 840 G6
OS FreeDOS (self-install Windows 10 or Linux e.g. Ubuntu)
Display 14.0-inch anti-glare ultra-slim LED-backlit (1920 x 1080)
Processor 8th Generation Intel® Core i5-8365U 1.6.GHz (4.1GHz turbo) quad-core
Memory 16GB DDR4-2400 SODIMM (2x8GB) (can be upgraded)
Harddisk 256GB SSD (M.2 NVMe)
Optical disk none
Graphics Intel® UHD Graphics 620 (on-chip, shared with main memory)
Integrated I/O 2x USB 3.1 Gen 1, 1x Thunderbolt (USB Type-C™), HDMI 1.4b, 1Gb NIC, dock connector
Weight Starting at 1.48Kg
Webcam 720p HD webcam
Battery Life up to 14 hours
Security Security lock slot
Warranty HP Extended Warranty - 4Yr NBD (Next Business Day)
Ancillary USB Mouse & keyboard

Keyboard and Mice

All CSE supplied Desktops and Notebooks come with the standard CSE keyboard and mouse; at time of writing, HP brand.


CSE will ensure that the following minimum 'Standard CSE Monitor Setup' is available at each research assigned desk:
For laptop users
1 x 23-inch (or greater) wide-aspect monitor
For desktop users
1 x 23-inch (or greater) wide-aspect monitor PLUS an optional older second monitor (currently 23" wide-aspect)
suitable power and signal cable(s) to connect CSE supplied hardware

Standard CSE Monitor Setup hardware:

  • is associated with the installed location, not the User, nor the source hardware they are used with;
  • remains locked to the installed location;
  • remains the property of CSE;
  • is NOT eligible for asset transfer;
  • can be reverted to the 'Standard CSE Monitor Setup', in line with policy, if source hardware changes occur.

Any Non-Standard monitor configuration must be approved by the CSE IT Manager, on a per case basis, and usually require the user supply their own cables.

Last edited by simong 01/10/2021