Baseline Workstation Specifications

The primary goal of Baseline is to recommend the best possible systems that meet the end-user requirements for students, faculty, and staff and, at the same time, keep the total cost of ownership of these systems low. Together with these recommended systems, we build a standard set of productivity and communication client software tools called the Desktop Service Software (DSS). By implementing Baseline hardware and software standards, CSULA can enable its students, faculty, and staff to communicate and collaborate easily and can also reduce support and training costs.

You, as faculty or staff ordering workstations for the University, are advised to familiarize yourselves with the Administrative Procedure for Information Technology Procurement Approval (No. 609) and the spending deadlines set by the Procurement Office. Below you will find specifications for the basic level of machines - Baseline for both Intel/Microsoft and Apple Macintosh desktop and notebook computers. A vendor contact list is available.

Computer prices are very dynamic, this price information is provided for planning purposes, but you should contact the vendors for current prices since the price can change daily. It is recommended that you select either a HP or an Apple baseline configuration, contact the sales representative who will get the most current purchase price. Users should then prepare a requisition and attach the faxed purchased quote from the vendor.

Minimum Specifications for Baseline Level Machine

This machine is the recommended general purpose configuration for Faculty and Students. This machine will offer excellent performance with multiple simultaneous applications (such as the Microsoft Office family). This machine is equipped for multimedia playback and has upgrade or growth potential. This configuration was developed by the baseline committee and is the minimum configuration for university purchases.

All product information on this site, including prices, features and availability, is based solely on information made available by the vendors and CSULA disclaims any responsibility for this information or the products listed. Product information may be inaccurate and is subject to change without notice. You should contact the vendor with any questions about the products or the information presented.

Baseline Level Minimum specifications
CPU & Motherboard

HP EliteBook 840 G8, Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon G9,  Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga G6, 

Non-touch. Intel® Core™ i7-1185G7 3.0 GHz, 16GB, 512 GB SSD, SC+TPM+FS, 720p HD IR Webcam

Graphics Intel DSC Graphics and HD Webcam
Ports & Connectors

3 USB 3.0
1 USB-C (charging/powered port)
1 headphone/microphone combo
1 AC power
1 docking connector
1 secondary battery connector
1 RJ-45
1 DisplayPort 1.2a with Multi-Stream Transport (MST) support

Hard Drive



PCIe14" FHD 700 nit (1920x1080) Sure ViewUMA (built-in privacy screen)

Audio Full Duplex, Line-In, Line-Out.
Communication Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 802.11 ac 2x2 +BT 4.2, BT WiFi and Bluetooth® 4.0 Combo w/ Intel I218-LM GbE (10/100/1000 NIC)
Keyboard 87 Keys (US) w/ Touch Pad Pointing Device
Accessories Nylon Carrying Case, 3 Cell (50 WHTR) battery Long Life
Software (OS)

Microsoft Win10 Pro 64

Weight 3.5 lbs.
Warranty 4Yrs Parts + Onsite Parts and Labor (Next Business Day)

California State University has an Apple Store for faculty, staff and students where they can make a purchase for themselves or the department.

Submit ICT Purchase Approval Request

Summary of Pre-configured Systems

View the summary of pre-configured systems in the table below and then create your own profile to enter the Apple Store.

Baseline Notebook Baseline "Air"
MacBook Pro 14.2" 
  • 16 GB RAM
  • M1 Pro 14-core GPU
  • 512 GB SSD
  • Three Thunderbolt 4 (USB-C)
  • Apple M1 Pro 8-Core CPU
  • 16-Core Neural Engine
  • Backlit Magic Keyboard
  • SDXC Card Slot
  • 14.2" Liquid Retina XDR Display
  • USB-C to MagSafe 3 Cable
  • Accessory Kit
STM Education Backpack
APP for PowerBook w/o Display - Auto Enroll
MacBook Air 13.3" Retina Display M1
  • 16 GB RAM
  • 512 GB SSD
  • M1 Chip with 8-core CPU,7-core GPU
  • Backlit Magic Keyboard
  • 13.3-inch TFT Display
  • Two Thunderbolt / USB 4 Ports
  • Accessory Kit

STM Education Backpack
APP for PowerBook w/o Display - Auto Enroll


The login ID for the Apple Store is your email address (e.g. [email protected]) with a standard password you create only for the Apple Store. If you are asked for a group id, it is 71137. Setting up of an ID involves receiving response emails and will not work if you use an email address other than email address.

For university purchases you'll need to indicate whether you are a purchaser (meaning you are management and have P.O. signature approval) or proposer (for which you'll need to input your manager's email address).

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