By ck1978 (Asheville, NC) on Jan 20, 2010
Comments: After trying this and other machines at my local retail store, my wife and I decided to purchase the Freestrider 35S. Unlike traditional ellipticals, this machine doesn't make my knees hurt or feel uncomfortable. I'm 6ft tall so I also really enjoy the range of motion that it offers. Also you can focus on either your legs or upper body which is nice. Lastly, I read online that some people think that the machine is loud...I don't agree with that. The fan is loud if you turn it on but otherwise I don't find the noise of the machine bothersome. On the negative side I do think there are a few things that have some room for improvement: 1. The angle of the fan can't be adjusted. Since I'm tall, the fan basically points at the middle of my chest and not my face. My wife (who is shorter) still thinks the fan needs adjustment. 2. The display screen brightness can't be adjusted. Sometimes at night I like to turn down the lights and when you do that the screen seems really bright. I wish there was an adjustment for it. 3. NOT COMPATIBLE WITH iFIT cards!! I'm not happy with being forced to use the subscription-based iFit Live product when other NordicTrack products support the iFit Cards (which you only pay for once). I think in comparison to the high quality and innovation of the machine these gripes are relatively minor...however if they were addressed I would definitely give it 5 stars.