Octane xR4 ci Elliptical Review
treadmill Doctor Note :
The xR4ci has the same basic flaw that all ci designation from Octane. The small extra features are not worth the money.
The xR4 series elliptical are really not worth the money. It makes more sense to purchase the xR3 series or step up and purchase the xR6 series which are truly exceptional machines.
The Octane xR4 ci is a solid elliptical, but it doesn't offer many reason to purchase it. It upgrades very little from the xR4 c, but costs $2,999, which is an extra $300. The xR4 c was already overpriced. You'd do best to save money with the xR3 models or step up in quality with the xR6 models.
Ergonomically speaking, this model isn't good. Most of the machines in this price range offer a more natural range of motion. In fact, there are several ellipticals that sell for well under $2,000 that are better in this area. The adjustability is also disappointing. 15 seat heigh adjustments and 5 seat tilt adjustments ensure that you will be able to find the position that works best for your body type. There are also 20 levels of resistance, so you can workout within your own personal fitness levels. Still, there are models that cost less than $1,000 that offer more options for adjustments.
As far as projected reliability is concerned, this model isn't very good. Once you hit the $3,000 mark, you start to see a major increase in life expectancy that blows this machine out of the water. There are even some models that cost just over $1,000 that are more durable. The quality of parts used doesn't stack up to the massive price tag.
The noise levels of the machine are average. This is common for most ellipticals regardless of price. If quietness during operation is a major concern for you, you can certainly find better options in this price range, but we don't expect the average user to be bothered by the amount of noise this model makes.
The warranty on the Octane xR4 ci isn't very good. Labor is covered for 1 year, parts are covered for 3 years, and the frame is covered for life. You should be getting much better coverage when you're asked to make such an investment in your elliptical.