What's better than a Roku Stick? A Roku Stick with 4K and HDR. The Plus is designed to deliver the highest-quality video from Netflix, Amazon and others, but your student will need a 4K and/or HDR-capable TV to take full advantage.
So the dorm room is full of TV gear and your back-to-schooler needs an easy way to control it all...and impress her friends. "Hey Alexa, turn on the TV" can fire it all up, so to speak, and the Cube is also adept enough to stream 4K HDR.
If your back-to-schooler has a bunch of stuff on iTunes, or she just wants something that looks and feels a lot like her iPhone, the new Apple TV is just the ticket. In addition to numerous TV apps it also works with many of the games and other apps she might already own.
At this price, however, it might make more sense to spend a bit more for the 4K version.
Take everything we said before about the Apple TV and add compatibility with the latest 4K resolution and high dynamic range TV shows and movies. It's a grownup-level gift for your video-centric Apple fan.
Your student loves all the built-in Roku apps but maybe deserves a TV that a bit bigger and still ultra-affordable. The S405 is one of the least expensive 4K TVs available and comes in sizes from 43 to 65(!) inches.
Maybe your student is more a fan of Chromecasting apps from her phone than clicking around on some big TV screen. Or maybe she deserves a 70-inch TV for back-to-school for some ungodly reason. For her, consider the M over the TCL.
So what about that back-to-schooler has always wanted the best TV money can buy? Look no further than LG's OLED televisions, which cost a bundle but return perfect black levels and a lifetime of gratitude from your lucky student.
And now for something completely different. Your back-to-schooler loves movie night more than mere TV and has a big enough space to stretch out a huge projector image. This Epson is one of the least expensive decent models available.
And the step-waaaay-up version of that Optoma is this, one of the first somewhat affordable projectors to deliver 4K resolution. Beyond the extra pixels, your lucky back-to-schooler will appreciate its overall superb image quality.