I thought about pre-ordering one but then discovered THIS:
^^ Almost same scale and size of Arcade1Up’s cabinets but, Better build quality, just as easy to assemble, and High-Quality Happ Control panel. You have to get your own HD-Tv or Monitor up to 19" though. This thing looks Perfect for throwing a fully loaded Raspberry Pi system into, and creating a glorious MAME cabinet. The reviews for this cabinet have all been Great. The drawback though, is it’s a LOT more expensive (and no Sanwa option). After cost of the cabinet, shipping costs, and getting your own 19" HD-Tv or monitor? It’s OVER $500.
I’m thinking the Arcade1Up might be worth it -IF- there’s a way to easily hook up a Raspberry Pi into it, and if the build quality is at least Decent. You wouldn’t need to hunt down your own HD-Tv also, as a Display is already included. As for the controls, the Arcade1Up uses knock-off Sanwa parts but, it’s still a control panel designed for japanese parts. So it would be INSANELY EASY to put Legit Sanwa sticks & buttons into it. While for the Xtention Alphacade, you ONLY get U.S style Happ parts.
Even after upgrading the Arcade1Up with Sanwa parts, it’s still about $130 less. Then again, maybe it would be well worth it to invest the extra $200 into a quality Alphacade but, again, stuck with Happ parts. So each have their trade-offs.
Edit: Also they make a Bartop version of the Alphacade! Basically exactly the same, just with height chopped in half for table-top use. It’s all the goodness of the normal Alphacade but, in compact form. Oddly enough it’s only about $20 less. I’m digging the Bartop version the most actually.