We’re all trying to make our best guess at what the upcoming school year will look like. There may be delays along the way, but eventually you’re going to be heading back to school and the dorm room lifestyle. And there are a lot of questions to ask. How big a bed will fit in your minuscule room? Do you really need a salad spinner? And,  how will you entertain yourself and kick back after class and on weekends? A great and versatile option for back to school that will check all your home entertainment boxes is an all in one dorm room 4K Smart TV.

Yes, you could get a regular 1080p HDTV, but allow me to make the case for a smart 4K Ultra HD model instead. ‘4K’ stands for 4,000, which is the approximate number of horizontal pixels in a new 4K UHD TV. And that means there’s more than 8 million if you add every single one up (3840 pixels × 2160 lines – that’s a math prep question for you!). That number is more than four times the resolution of 1080p full HD TVs. It allows for a much sharper and more realistic video picture, and the difference it makes to the quality you’ll see is quite simply stunning.

An affordable dorm room TV

4K TVs have come way down in price, and though they’re more expensive than their same-sized HD counterparts, comparatively speaking, you’re getting much more video quality for your entertainment dollar. You can find good smart TV bargains if you are a smart shopper. If you shop carefully and compare, it’s not unheard of to get a slightly smaller 4K TV for a lower price than a larger 1080p version, which will lead you to ask yourself; do I want bigger, or better?

All in one dorm room entertainment

Smart TVs are now all encompassing entertainment portals; you can surf the web, stream TV channels, play games, access social media feeds and even do things like Skype the family. It makes sense when all the services you want most come in one package. You can access streaming TV services like Netflix, Amazon Prime, YouTube and sports apps without needing to buy an added external streaming device.

High Dynamic Range (HDR)

HDR is a technology which is all about the video’s colour and light, and it can reveal previously unseen details hidden in the brightest parts of the TV screen to heighten your viewing experience. You should make sure your new TV has HDR capability. Why miss out on the finer details?

A television for the future

I know you’re looking anxiously at the technology horizon, worried that 8K is going to come along and make your great 4K TV obsolete. Do not worry! Like most cutting edge tech, 8K TVs and 8K-compatible devices are the exception right now. Your 4K smart TV will stay current through your post-secondary studies and after. It will transition nicely from dorm room to apartment.

Right size for the right space

I love the idea of a giant TV. Someday I hope to be the kind of person who has a wall dedicated to a terrifyingly large screen. But there’s an important consideration to keep in mind when you’re dreaming of giant screens. You need to think about optimal viewing distance. If your seat is too close to the TV, you’ll miss some of the detail the 4K TV is providing. For a 55-inch 4K TV, the optimal viewing distance is between 1.5-2.5 meters. And the bigger the screen, the more distance you’ll need.

There are all kinds of smart TV options out there, but why not shop for one in beautiful 4K/UHD resolution? Not only will it last you a long time, it’ll make you the envy of everyone from roommates, to classmates, and maybe even a prof or two! And if you’re a little confused by all the jargon and acronyms, you can check out this article to clear things up: “Everything you need to know about TVs”

We’re all concerned about safety for the upcoming school year and shopping for the things we need to make it successful. So is Best Buy Canada. They are continually updating and upgrading their services to make them as safe and helpful as possible. Whether it’s in-store or online shopping, you can shop with confidence.

Chris Loblaw
Chris is a novelist, avid gamer, tech enthusiast, and proud dad of a 13-year-old video game master.