I have a Fidelity Excellence computer from the 1990s. I love it, but the AC adapter doesn't work, and I lost the instructions. But it still runs on batteries, and is awesome. But I wanted to try something new. I could play chess online, but I enjoy the chess computer because I'm tired of looking at computer screens all day.
Fed Ex delivered my box on Sunday afternoon, which was awesome. The out-of-the-box experience was fine. The quick start guide was very helpful. I don't intend to travel with it, but the box is great. The compartment under the board doesn't hold all the pieces. But not a big deal. The AC adapter cord is not long, estimated less than 5 feet. It could be longer.
I thought I would hate the colors for the "white" pieces, but the silver is not bad. One criticism is that the shapes of the bishop, queen, and king, are not radically different. It is not a big deal, but it would be better if they were easier to identify. Touching the board to move the pieces is easy, which is important. The beeps are appropriate for incorrect moves and check.
The most important benefit is that the game moves quickly, and beats me easily. I love that. I haven't tried various skill levels. I want the best. Some people want to win playing a poor opponent, but I see no value in that. It also has different patterns than my old Fidelity. But I consider that a plus. I've been playing it every day. (Especially during long, boring, online meetings!)
The biggest drawback is that the computer's next move is shown in the small screen. And you have to mentally grasp the move, and move the piece. The game will beep for an incorrect move. The board also has the rank and file notation. I thought I would hate that, but it is absolutely necessary. The Fidelity game has small bulbs that light up to show what piece should be moved and where. That is definitely easier than the Millennium. However, the bulbs could wear out, or something, and then the computer would be worthless. So, the bulbs make it easier to make moves, but the display screen is probably less likely to go bad.
In sum, I enjoy my purchase, and I would recommend it and Chess House.