By Georgian (Columbus, GA) on Dec 5, 2010
Comments: Overall, I'm satisfied with my purchase. The machine's primary purpose is the workout and it does a pretty good job. The machine is quiet, but no better than its competition. It does have an important advantage of a better range of resistance settings than others in the same price range. This will accomidate more advanced users and keep those who are starting out from 'outgrowing' their machine. The display is backlit, easy to read, and there are multiple display options to choose from. There are a good selection of pre-programmed workouts as well as full manual control. Overall fit and finish are decent, but you will not mistake this for a high dollar commercial grade machine. There is some room for improvement. The pulse reading is unreliable, giving readings all over the board. That said, I've never owned a consumer grade exercise machine that consistently gave accurate pulse readings. A bigger disappointment is that the machine is advertised as 'iPod Compatible'. This is a stretch of marketing spin - there is a generic mp3 jack at the top of the display screen and a spot to hold your mp3 player. Yes, an iPod will play through the speakers, so I guess that that's the 'Compatible' part...but there is no iPod interface. I felt just a little bit cheated when I found this shortcoming.