Megnet is neither too strong nor too weak, perfect! The pieces look like metal and the weighting (with magnets) gives them a feel more like metal than plastic. It’s compact when folded, but you can still see the pieces/squares with clarity.
For infrequent travel use it seems pretty ok. Very well made and quick on the shipping. Affordable price and good quality product.
This is not just an awesome little travel set, but the algebraic markings make it great for propping up in bed at night and studying from the vast wealth of youtube tutorials. Its nice and portable.
The magnets are not very strong, either. The pieces should be molded with more shallow depressions for the magnets. The colors are practically indistinguishable! It does not work correctly--there is something wrong with the electronics.
The pieces, the board, and the carrying case are all nice and sturdy. Large easy to distinguish pieces. The pieces are very plain looking, but that's better than fancy sets where you can't tell a rook from a bishop.
The pieces look and feel nice, the mat unrolls flat/doesn't curl, and the bag makes it easy to pack. It is inexpensive, but nice and very durable.
The board is vinyl and has a very nice feel. The one downside is that the board has a strong plastic/vinyl smell each time i take it out. If you’re not planning on playing outside much, this board is a great buy, otherwise opt for mousepad material.
The mat glue smells so strongly that after a week of airing it out, we still can't be in the same room. The board is junk.