A briefcase for only the most important business.
Inside this custom-made wooden briefcase is a fully functioning 1-4 player arcade machine. It features two sets of full 8-button arcade controls on the case itself and two external USB ports on the front for additional peripherals or controllers to be added for up to 4 players. The joystick ball tops are removed upon closing the lid and relocated to the top of the case to function as a surprisingly ergonomic carry handle. Rock up to your next company meeting actually ready to handle business for once.
~$2000 (not including shipping)
How do I get this number?
The biggest investment is time. I'd estimate around 70 hours of work for the build and I charge $20/hr for my time. This can change depending on what customizations and aesthetic changes you want.
I only make a profit on my labor. I don't upcharge any materials or parts and source them from the fairest places possible. I estimate parts and materials to be around $350-400. This can also fluctuate, for instance if you want competitive grade arcade sticks and buttons. I can do that.
My time: ~80 hours at $20 per hour = $1600
* No games are sold with this machine. It comes pre-installed with RetroPie and configured controls, but you will be responsible for loading any and all legally owned ROMs via USB.