I posted this a little over a year ago, and wanted to give a little update.
I wanted to build a portable, modular retro gaming system that requires no soldering
After two designs with a couple flaws I did a third and final iteration. I revised the inner mounting board layout to work better with the lengths of the small cables and provide better access to the charging port & USB ports.
I also etched some of my favorite NES character in to the top & front. The two holes were intended to have small magnets to keep the hinge closed, but the fit is tight enough I don’t need them.
I’m really happy with this iteration. The speakers work suprisingly well, and attaching a controller makes it feel no different than on a tv.
This version is 11.5" x 6" x 1 3/4" with little nylon bumpers on the bottom it sits about 2" high. It’s a 1/4" shorter & deeper than the first design, and it feels pretty compact
Someday I may cut it again out of wood once this one starts to show it’s wear.
I’m happy to answer any questions anyone has. I designed this iteration initially in sketchup & then drew it up in Draftsight. The characters were added in illustrator after turning them black & white in Photoshop. I believe I used the Live Trace option on them in illustrator to convert them into fills for better clarity.
Thanks for looking everyone!