The Livestrong E1x elliptical by Matrix is a self-powered commercial model available for home use.
The console has a 7" blue backlit LCD display that shows time, speed, distance, calories, watts, METs, heart rate, and profile. The workout programs are manual, intervals, goals (time, distance, and calories), and on-the-fly program changes.
The features of the Livestrong E1x include:
The warranty on the Livestrong E1x elliptical is limited to 6 hours of use per day for home or light commercial use. It has a self-powered, cost-efficient generator system (no plug-in required), plus a maintenance-free drive system with a 5-year warranty. This silent resistance system produces a minimum of 18 watts and 30 RPMs.
One of the key features on the Livestrong E1x is that the stride motion moves fluidly at a Constant Rate of Acceleration for optimum user comfort. In addition, to reduce stress on the feet and joints, the foot pedals have honeycombed shock-absorbing pads.
Other features include thumb switch controls, a water bottle holder, fixed 19" stride length, narrow 3.75" Q-factor space between the pedals for a natural stride, handgrip heart rate sensors, chest strap heart rate telemetry, and a 400-pound max user capacity.
As a new model released in 2011, there aren’t any customer reviews done on the E1x, so we don’t know its durability and overall quality.
But the high asking price of $4,795 puts the Livestrong E1x elliptical in the same price class as a Cybex 425A Arc Trainer, which offers three exercise zones (climb-stride-glide), and it costs almost as much as a Matrix Ascent Trainer.
It is simply too much to pay for a light commercial elliptical for home use. We suggest you choose a new home elliptical priced in the $2000 to $3000 range, or consider a refurbished commercial Precor or LifeFitness model for under $3000.
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