No. You plug it in, wait for light to turn green, then use. No temp control. Cooks fast so you really should stay close by. The ability to have lid at different heights is nice. The machine is great, even not having auto shutoff/ timer.
7 pounds, 11 1/2 ounces and inside cooking surface is 11 1/4 wide by 7 3/4 deep. If you can leave it on counter, you will be fine as you don't need to move it to clean it. The press wipes clean, easily.
Yes and it does a good job. I've also done a great (no modesty here), Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich.
As mentioned though, there's more of a clean up, and with hamburgers especially the grease will pool, unlike a slanted grill like the Forman.