Coming from a big seaside town (Great Yarmouth), arcades were a huge part of my childhood (my first summer job was in one!) and i'd always dreamt of having my own machine.
Obviously for most people having a full size machine is not practical so I started looking at bartops. Originally I considered a Picade but the thought of having to build it myself really put me off plus once you factor in the Pi and a decent power supply you are looking at the best part of 200 quid for the basic 8 inch machine.
While browsing Ebay I came across a seller in the UK who makes bespoke units: arcade sticks, mini arcades, bar tops etc.
I fell lucky and managed to order one of his bar tops on the day Ebay had a code on. He messaged straight away and asked what design I would like (he can offer pretty much anything by the look of it)
It took about 3 weeks for delivery but I could not be happier with it. This is truly a quality bit of kit!
As you can see I went with the NeoGeo theme! It has a "loaded" Pi3b+, lit marquee, two very loud speakers and is made from black acrylic. The artwork looks to be printed on decent photo paper and then another layer of clear acrylic is put on top to protect it.
It has a ten inch wide screen monitor (he can do 4:3 but they cost more to source) but as it's a decent size once you set up retropie to give a 4:3 image you don't lose that much real estate and the black bezel really helps it blend in.
The controls are your standard Sanwa clone so are good quality for your casual gamer but can easily be swapped out if you want.
I know my way round Retropi so I configured it more to my taste and removed some of the stuff I won't use so I could put a few other things on it but it is plug and play if you just want to leave it as it is.
The actual build itself can't be faulted. I'm no electrical expert but he seems to be using his own bespoke card for power and sound. It comes with an external power brick like from a laptop so one plug powers everything.
I think I can sum up how well made and thought out this thing is just with a picture of the back panel
And that's for a part you won't even see! Price wise it was less than what I would have paid for a 10" Picade and all the extras, but that was with a 10% code
I have no affiliation with the seller but thought it may be of interest to some members.
His web site is https://www.zarcade.uk/
and as I said he is on Ebay as well. Wicked Gamer also did a review of one his mini arcades on Youtube