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Dobrm4n

Did anyone try the Square-Off Pro foldable set? Any feedback?

CAMikaze385
Dobrm4n wrote:

Did anyone try the Square-Off Pro foldable set? Any feedback?

This is what @Dobrm4m is referring to. And I never heard about this product until I saw this thread. Looks pretty interesting as well as rather innovative.

JohnnyRooker
I’ve had it for about a week and a half. My review of it is on my chess.com blog. Long story short, it’s phenomenal.
Dobrm4n

Could you please provide the link to your review?

jakobboysen

https://www.chess.com/blog/JohnnyRooker/ive-had-the-square-off-pro-chessboard-for-a-week-this-is-my-review

MrCharlieGonzalez

I did an unboxing yesterday and reviewed the board on my twitch stream : https://www.twitch.tv/videos/1201980262

 

I love it and will work on making it part of my online play streams.

zbieraj

I just saw the website, promo videos and review. And Oh My DGT Lord! With such low pricing, DGT probably should feel worried...

 

Just one note - I don't like the thick bottoms of the chess pieces.

JohnnyRooker
zbieraj wrote:

I just saw the website, promo videos and review. And Oh My DGT Lord! With such low pricing, DGT probably should feel worried...

 

Just one note - I don't like the thick bottoms of the chess pieces.

It's really a great way to play online chess. The DGT Pegasus, which is coming out soon, will probably appeal to more people if I'm being honest. I'm going to grab one of them as soon as possible as well. You will be able to play on it directly on the Chess.com app without a third party application. You will also be able to play on Chess.com and Lichess via the DGT app that will launch at the same time as the Pegasus. I feel the integration with Chess.com will be better with DGT vs Square Off. It's also smaller. The Square Off Pro is a full sized tournament board. The appeal of this is conditional. It's too large for my desk and it's a floppy roll-up board. So if I'm sitting behind the white pieces and I start a game and get black, I need to quickly spin the floppy board around without knocking pieces over. As a result, I play with the Square Off Pro on my kitchen table and I need to unpack it and pack it back up every time I play. The Pegasus will be smaller and rigid so I'll be able to leave it on my desk as a permanent fixture and I'll be able to spin it around very quickly and easily. DGT also has brand recognition and consumer trust.

Dobrm4n

Great points and feedback. Thanks for letting me know about the DGT Pegasus. That looks like exactly what I was looking for. Any idea what the price point is going to be?

Is there a use case to having both?

 

Thanks

JohnnyRooker
Dobrm4n wrote:

Great points and feedback. Thanks for letting me know about the DGT Pegasus. That looks like exactly what I was looking for. Any idea what the price point is going to be?

Is there a use case to having both?

 

Thanks

You’re welcome. As far as use case for having both, it depends. I play chess every couple of weeks with a friend over the board. The Square Off Pro can record over the board games and you can then export the PGN for analysis with your engine of choice. I have not heard this as a feature of the Pegasus. I’m not a tournament player so I find recording moves with a pen and paper to be tedious and I often record a move or two incorrectly during a game. I don’t realize it until I try to enter the moves in an engine for analysis. The Square Off Pro solves that nicely. For me, once I get the Pegasus, I will probably play most of my online games on that unless I want to play with a large tournament sized board. The Square Off Pro has probably relegated my nice House of Staunton wooden set to retirement.
DGT has been around for quite a while. Square Off is much newer. DGT sells their e-boards for broadcasting tournament games and their position in the industry is solid. I’m not sure where Square Off will be in, say, five years. So if you’re concerned about long term support for the product, DGT is definitely a safer bet. I’m reasonably sure Square Off will be long term as well, but DGT certainly isn’t going anywhere.
The biggest concern, in my opinion, is size. The Pro is a beautiful set and it works wonderfully. But it is a full sized set and demands a fair chunk of desk or table real estate. The Pegasus will be much smaller (There is now a video on YouTube showing it in action. It’s not in English, but you can still see the size). I have a huge desk but it’s still too small for my lamp, pens and pencils etc. and a tournament sized chess board. The Pegasus will fit nicely. I want to leave it out all the time to encourage more games with it as opposed to unpacking and repacking every time. Mostly, I’m getting both because I love chess and I’m a tech nerd.

Dobrm4n

Thanks for your feedback. I will end up having both. I do have a chess set on a dining room table and leave it there all the time so space is not an issue. And I like the idea of recording the games. I play with my daughter and many times it will be great to go back to analyze the game. Any idea when Pegasus will be available and the cost?

CAMikaze385
Dobrm4n wrote:

Thanks for your feedback. I will end up having both. I do have a chess set on a dining room table and leave it there all the time so space is not an issue. And I like the idea of recording the games. I play with my daughter and many times it will be great to go back to analyze the game. Any idea when Pegasus will be available and the cost?

Autumn 2021 according to the DGT web page. I'm thinking they might release it come time the World Championship Match is happening.

lasertswift

The Square Off Pro seems like it is just what I want.  I have the DGT Centaur and enjoy it, but I really want to be able to play online with a simple set up and low cost.  Also, I love having a wireless, battery powered portable set so I can play anywhere easily.  I will probably also look into the Pegasus when it comes out.

MrCharlieGonzalez

If anyone plans on getting the SquareOff Pro , you can use promo code “PRO50” to get 50 dollars off at SquareOff website.

Promo code will only work for the first 100 boards ordered.

JohnnyRooker
CAMikaze385 wrote:
Dobrm4n wrote:

Thanks for your feedback. I will end up having both. I do have a chess set on a dining room table and leave it there all the time so space is not an issue. And I like the idea of recording the games. I play with my daughter and many times it will be great to go back to analyze the game. Any idea when Pegasus will be available and the cost?

Autumn 2021 according to the DGT web page. I'm thinking they might release it come time the World Championship Match is happening.

November 15th is the day but now they’re saying it may be a couple of days delayed. 

JohnnyRooker
Dobrm4n wrote:

Thanks for your feedback. I will end up having both. I do have a chess set on a dining room table and leave it there all the time so space is not an issue. And I like the idea of recording the games. I play with my daughter and many times it will be great to go back to analyze the game. Any idea when Pegasus will be available and the cost?

Allegedly November 15th but now they’re saying it may be a few days later. It’ll be priced competitively with the Square Off Pro. They’ll also have a nifty bag for it for somewhere between $60 and $100 USD. 

TundraMike

Does it give a price for the Pegasus? 

Both the square-off pro and the Pegasus look very nice.

If you could only buy one what would be your choice? 

TundraMike
MrCharlieGonzalez wrote:

I did an unboxing yesterday and reviewed the board on my twitch stream : https://www.twitch.tv/videos/1201980262

 

I love it and will work on making it part of my online play streams.

Very nice review on your Twitch channel. You went over everything I would want to see before purchasing.

TundraMike

Checked out their website. $199 + free shipping seems like a good price for this. But what is the $15.99 for a one-year protection plan? Doesn't it come with a warranty?

jjupiter6
TundraMike wrote:

Checked out their website. $199 + free shipping seems like a good price for this. But what is the $15.99 for a one-year protection plan? Doesn't it come with a warranty?

"protection plan" - protecting you against getting ripped off? Wait a minute...