NordicTrack ASR 700 Elliptical
The ASR 700’s standout feature is its motivational video game technology: the harder a person exercises, the easier the games become to play. Unfortunately though, basics on this elliptical machine are substandard. By spending just a bit more, customers can get elliptical cross trainers with better ergonomics and fewer mechanical issues.
Elliptical Hits: Nice Features of the NordicTrack ASR 700 Elliptical
- Programming – The ASR 700 supports workouts from three sources: 14 preset programs; two Game & Train™ video games; and iFit® workout cards, which are sold separately.
- Upper body workout – Adjustable upper-body workout arms help tone the arms, shoulders, back, and torso.
- Heart rate monitor – Cardio grip pulse monitors are built into the handlebars.
Elliptical Misses: Where NordicTrack Went Wrong
- Simple stride – The ASR 700’s fixed 18” stride is long enough for some users, but it’s too short for others. It’s also become a blah feature since adjustable strides are becoming standard.
- Sound system – iPods and most other MP3 players can be used with the elliptical’s built-in speaker, but users have written that the sound system doesn’t play iFit cards clearly. There’s just one speaker, not two as with most iPod-compatible ellipticals.
- Short warranty – Customers get just a one-year warranty on parts and labor. That’s fine when the machine is discounted, but otherwise it’s too risky for a machine with sub-par durability.
Overall Rating for the NordicTrack ASR 700 Elliptical
The ASR 700 Elliptical packs a lot of programming into one machine: traditional preset programs, iFit technology, and the Fat Blocker and Calorie Counter video games. Still, its overall quality pales against the NordicTrack 990 and other brands’ budget models. See the Sole 35 for comparison.