This computer is actually over 12 years old and was originally released as the Milano Pro in 1996. Back then it was one of the strongest mass produced chess computers ever made, playing at around International master strength. A £250(!) version - the Atlanta was released that also contained Hash tables for stronger endgame play. The same program is also used in the later Senator wooden boards.
This was around the peak for dedicated chess computers. Since then PC software has meant few dedicated machines have been designed. It was programmed by Frans Morsch who went on to write Fritz. - The Atlanta has already become a `Modern Antique' and fetch more than there original sale price!
I owned a slight cheaper version of the same programmed - The executive and it was an excellent chess tutor. The opening book is wide, and you naturally pick up the well known ones playing against it.
Also I rate this higher than PC programs for training as you practice over the board, and the playing style of this machine is much less 'safe' then PC programs, it's very attacking. And will punish any tactical blunder you make. You can set the number of moves ahead it thinks without dumbing down the rest of the programm. Sad but I like it's playing style more than most humans! One good game a week against this can really improve your play.
I've ediited the review (here) as i think it may over sell the machine. It does have draw backs. The Build quality is NOT excellent as stated above It is fine , just a plastic toy. Novags are built noticably better.
It just the ONLY strong chess computer on the market (?), But at £139 it's hard to compete with PC software that costs 5 times less. no critism of Amazon , this is the RRP. But the computer is very old & I imagine it does not sell as well as it could due to this mark up. It should be less then £100.
Plus there about 6 stonger machines that could be re released. I still recomend it as good tutor, and prefer dedicated computers to PC software, but it is over priced.