I've only had this elliptical for 5 days, but my initial impressions are very favorable. I bought it based on the great reviews for previous generations of Schwinn ellipticals, plus I did have an opportunity to try one of the older models in a store so that I knew it would be comfortable for me to use. Assembly was straight forward and I was pleased with how well everything went together to form a very solid unit that seems like it will last at least as long as the 10 year warranty on the frame. The instructions were easy to follow and the whole thing was done in a couple of hours with short breaks. I'm not taking advantage of the console since I basically get on and go for 30 minutes plus warm up and warm down. The resistance levels are pretty tough for me even though I'm used to doing cardio every day. I keep the resistance pretty low for now so that I can get in the full amount of time. I hope to build myself up to being able to handle more resistance over time. The fan and speakers must have been improved over the useless appendages they were reviewed as on older versions. The fan actually does move air decently, although I don't typically use it. The speakers are loud enough to hear over the little bit of noise that the machine makes, but their sound quality is not the best. If you have decent speakers near by and you prefer to listen while you work out, you would get better sound quality out of almost any other speakers and they don't have to be blaring to be heard over the sound of the elliptical. So after 5 days of daily use, I am very happy with this purchase and I anticipate that I will enjoy it and benefit from it for many years to come. It replaces a Nordic Track ski machine that I used almost every day for 18 years that finally gave out beyond repair. That is the one thing that remains a mystery to me about these Schwinn ellipticals: reviewers, like myself, provide reviews soon after they have acquired the product. I've not seen any reviews that indicate how well they actually hold up after daily use over several years.
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