I decided to get back into chess after a twenty year layoff. I played a lot of computer chess, because access was easy but when I decided I would get into over the table playing, including tournaments, I felt that all my time on the computer had taken away from person to person, IRL, play. And I was right. Playing over the board felt a little uncomfortable the first night, but I quickly got used to it.
My decision to get the Millennium Chess Lasker King Edition came after a great deal of searching and comparing. I am strictly a Mac user, so that came into play as well. After ordering there were production side problems. Chess House did their best to accommodate me, but being a bit older, I do not have much patience. In the end, they got me what I wanted and I appreciate that. I also ordered the Millennium Chesslink.
This unit was packed as if it were a carton of thin shelled eggs. Excellent.
Set up was painless and went quickly.
Everything worked right out of the box.
Pieces could be a bit heavier, but that's just my preference.
I like the board and I like the led's.
Learning the menus and working through them just takes a bit it time. The manual helps, but just playing around with them gives you that real time feel. At least that's the way I do it.
I decided to work through the levels from the lowest up, to find the place where I was challenged. Easy to do.
I hooked up to my iPad easily, via bluetooth, but my preference is to use my Macbook Air. The adaptor for that is not included, but I will have it hand tomorrow. You do not need Chesslink to use Lasker, but I believe it is easier to save games that way. When I get the cable I will see.
I am a bit clumsy with the pieces on occasion, knocking them over when moving a piece, but it presents no real problem.
This product is a real work of art. I am quite pleased with my purchase and would recommend it to any Mac user (or PC).
That's all I can report at present.