Star Trac Makes high-quality ellipticals with an average feel and motion. The E-CTi is no exception to this rule.
Star Trac only really produces commercial ellipticals and then attempts to sell them to your home. These are high-quality units with great warranties. The only real problem is that the feel and motion on their machines don't really compare well to their competitors like Cybex, Precor, and LifeFitness. If you love a Star Trac machine that you use at your local gym, then, by all means, buy one. Just understand at the prices they sell them for you aren't getting a great value. If you are committed to purchasing Star Trac equipment this is not the machine that I would buy. If I can afford $7K for an elliptical I can certainly afford $8K. So if you are going to spend that much why not go ahead and get it all?