Okay, before I get into this I need to give full disclosure: I did not buy this set from Chess House, because it's been backordered for quite a while. I also got the smaller 7" version, not the 9"
On to the summary.
* Very compact and lightweight. The board is the 'checkbook' style, and folds nice and flat for easy storage with minimum space needed
* The pieces are made of wood and have magnets strong enough to allow the board to be turned completely upside down without pieces falling
* It may be shallow, but the set looks good. The colors and the wooden pieces give that whiff of elegance.
* The finish & detail on the pieces is quite good for something so small
* No extra queens
* The pieces are inconsistent in their color, some being stained darker than others and some just being from a darker chunk of wood (see image).
* The board isn't very rigid, so it can be bent out of shape by accident
* When opened the board is won't lie flat (see image)
* This is definitely *NOT* leather. It's entirely vinyl and leatherette. Maybe the version Chess House sells has leather, but the one I got does not.
* The cost is a bit steep for this given the lower-grade materials
Most of the things in the 'bad' and 'ugly' categories aren't really that bad or ugly. In fact, I kind of like the pieces being inconsistent in color, and while the board isn't flat it is eminently playable. But the lack of extra queens and the potential fragility of the board are things to consider. That aside, this set is actually quite delightful and a wonderful travel partner. The pieces are easy to distinguish even at-a-glance, the magnets are strong without being too sticky, and the size (for mine, 7") makes it large enough for comfortable play, but small and light enough for easy storage.
All in all, this isn't the best travel set out there and maybe not worth the price, but being a hybrid checkbook board with real pieces does give it a slight advantage over all the others.
But it is not perfect, and maybe not really worth the price.