Scholarly Streaming: The 8 Best Streaming Devices for Dorm Diversions

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* Take advantage of more options and easier streaming with Chromecast, Roku and more
* Enjoy faster connections and all-around better streaming 
* Beat the back-to-school blues by streaming your favorite movies and shows

It’s that time again — back to school. For many, dorm life means a tiny bedroom, co-ed bathrooms, microwave meals and super loud roommates. Whether it’s your first foray into dorm living or you’re already a seasoned pro, these streaming devices will help your room feel a little more like home.

1. Roku Express

As the cheapest and arguably most versatile Roku available, the Roku Express is the perfect choice for your everyday streaming needs. With 1080p HD streaming and no expensive equipment required, you simply plug it in, turn it on and stream away.

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2. Google Chromecast

The Google Chromecast essentially turns your phone into a mobile remote. Use your phone, tablet or laptop to instantly transfer your media to the big screen. Simply plug the Chromecast into your TV’s HDMI port and watch your favorite movies, TV shows and YouTube videos directly on your TV. It’s a cheap, fast and incredibly easy way to watch TV.

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3. Fire TV Stick w/Alexa

The Fire Stick is a no-fuss, no-stress streaming device that gives you access to more than 15,000 games, apps and more. Amazon Prime members can also take advantage of unlimited Prime Video access. You can use Alexa to search, play and pause your favorite shows without ever having to lift a finger.

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4. Roku Premiere

If you want 4K support, then the Roku Premiere is the gadget for you. Sporting a super fast quad-core processor and exceptional 4K picture quality, you’re able to access more than 450,000 movies and TV shows with the touch of a button. Note that you’ll need to have a 4K-compatible TV in order to take advantage of the brilliant picture quality.

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5. Apple TV (4th Generation)

The Apple TV has essentially changed the way people watch televsion, and the 4th Generation is the best version yet. With Siri, you’re able to turn your iPhone into a virtual remote and enjoy thousands of exclusive apps and live TV channels. From Netflix to HBO, iTunes and more, Apple TV is a one-stop-shop for all your streaming needs.

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6. Asus Chromebox

For the more tech-savvy viewer, this Asus Chromebox gives you more bang for your buck. Featuring a proper home theater setup, you’re able to stream HD videos and movies seamlessly. Unlike other devices, the Chromebox also offers integrated virus and malware protection that automatically updates your network and keeps it safe.

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7. Xbox Minecraft Bundle

If it’s gaming you’re looking for, The Xbox One Minecraft bundle should be right up your alley. The new bundle Includes the One S console, one wireless controller and, of course, full downloads for Minecraft. It even comes with a 14-day trial to Xbox Live Gold.

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8. PS4 Uncharted 4 Bundle

Fancy yourself more of a PlayStation fan? No prob. The new Uncharted 4 bundle includes a generous 500GB of memory, a matching DualShock 4 Wireless Controller and Uncharted 4 on Blu-ray. For the price, this bundle is a steal.

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