Improving the Picade arcade

Picade retro arcade with a Commodore 64 start screen

The Picade is a great little device that pretty much anyone can put together with nothing but a screwdriver.

It does, however, have a few shortcomings and room for improvements.

The most obvious shortcoming is the 8 inch screen shipped with the Picade. It's good, but it's only 8 inches. The cabinet is designed to take a 12.1 inch screen with a 4:3 aspect ratio but such screens are hard to come by these days.

The Elusive Retro Arcade Cabinet

Picade retro game arcade running Pac Man.

I have been looking for a good arcade cabinet for years and finally found the Picade. It's small with a maximum screen size of 12 inch but being small means you don't need a man-cave in order to find a place for it. It is typically powered by a Raspberry Pi 2 or 3 running RetroPie but there are mounting holes for a Mini-ITX mainboard as well if you prefere a more powerfull solution.

Retro pocket game: Game & Watch Donkey Kong

Nintendo Game & Watch Donkey Kong pocket game from 1982

I found my old Nintendo Game & Watch Donkey Kong (DK-52) pocket game the other week. Some 30 years ago I took it apart and never bothered to put it back together - but all the parts where in one place. Thanks to  detailed instructions over at Damn Technology I managed to put it back together correctly. And it works! Sound and all!

Cube i9 - the cheap Win 10 tablet

Cube i9 Windows 10 tablet.

The Shenzen Alldo Cube Technology Company is no houshold name but their 12.2 inch 2-in-1 Windows 10 tablet is worth a second look.

This is a essentially a cheap alternative to the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 with the same latest generation Intel Core M3 (6Y30) Skylake, Intel HD Graphics 515 and a USB C port. This is also the same CPU and GPU as in the newest 12" Apple MacBook (mid 2016).