If you are comparing this to Octane there really isn't any comparison. You get a lot more quality for the money.
When you compare this unit to what is available from Lifefitness and Octane, the ESX is really a great value. I know, I know, it is strange to say an elliptical in the $4K price range is a good value but all things are relative in pricing. Compairing what you give to what you get, the ESX is a very good deal. The quality is superior to Octane and Lifefitness in our opinion for a comparable price.