The Flair (classic signature) is simple and works great.... used it for a year and have abandoned my pump machine for home or travel. I don't see it as a novice machine, but it certainly would work great for novices. Wish I had it as my original machine back in 2012. I would have saved a lot of headaches messing with PID, VST baskets, overpressure valve, clogged solenoid, steam wand, de scaling boiler, and whatnot.
I think a scale to measure brew ratios might be more helpful than the pressure meter on the pro, but I've found that I like higher pressure shots with lower doses of coffee ground finer.
Add a PID kettle and a gram scale to a Flair and you've got a great package with lots of control.