Overall, this is an incredible elliptical for the rollback price I paid. I am very, very happy with it. Its construction is primarily steel and plastic. Mechanically, I can compare this to some $1500 elliptical machines I have used and don't feel that there isn't any difference between the two. I actually prefer this to some of the pricier ones because I can actually reach the arms whereas the $1500 machine extended the arms out too much when moving on the machine causing me to have to stretch far. I am a 5' 5" woman and it seems this machine was made for a woman my size. :) Site to Store got the machine to the store in about 4 business days from it was marked “Shipped” online. So, from the point I pressed the order button to when it arrived at the store was 8 days total (incl. weekend). FYI, the shipping tracking info they gave me never updated. I put it together myself in 2 - 3 hours (had a dinner break in there too.) I didn't need another person, but that was only because I had some furniture to rest some stuff on while putting it together. A tip for when putting it together: The grease is messy, really messy. Go through the instructions, find all the pieces that need greasing, and do them all at once. Having to go back and forth between the greasing was a pain. Also, Fantastic Bathroom/kitchen cleaner gets the grease off of the plastic and your hands much faster than soap. Also, the true length and width dimensions are off from what is stated. When you are exercising the arm and foot pedal move beyond the dimensions of the elliptical. And the feet are much wider too. The true length is 80” which is including the handle bar at the back and the extra few inches in the front where the pedal arm extends outward when moving. The feet are 27” wide. I had a tight area to fit this elliptical in and I just made it so I figure I would share this in case someone else has the tight space issue I did. It folds up nicely, and it is a little heavy, but it can be moved around on carpet well. Just expect to pull hard at first it get it moving. The digital readout is nice. You can cycle through the various individual readouts and also can see a summary screen that contains everything about your workout you would want to know. I wish I could offer more details, but I just received the machine a day ago and haven't much chance to use it thoroughly enough to remember all the details. But so far, it has been up to my expectations and then some. :) One feature I was expecting to be not great was the speakers, but I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of sound. They handle all the ranges quite well - enough for me to forgo headphones if I wanted to. There is a little lip of plastic that allows me to clip my 6th gen Nano to which is super convenient! For larger devices there is a small rubber strip along the console to rest your device against to keep it from sliding anywhere. I would like to get an iFit Live module, however I have been reading up on the service and there are currently major issues with the website and application that is causing a lot of users major problems - almost making the iFit completely useless. It's because of some new website and updates that rolled out in the beginning of December 2012. So, before you buy the iFit Live, make sure those problems have been resolved. I know I am waiting. The only downside I have found with this machine is that the heart rate monitor doesn't give me a consistent, accurate heart rate reading. It has jumped around from 155 to 65 to 120 to 177 all in a few seconds. The ProForm website says that you must stop moving and hold still for 15 seconds (at least) to get an accurate heart rate reading. I have found that to be true and that is disappointing. I would prefer to keep moving and getting an accurate heart rate reading as I am exercising. I was going to get a Polar heart rate monitor anyways. So, again, I am very happy with it. :) I'm so glad to not have to wait for an elliptical to free up at the gym!
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