I highly recommend this product, one of the main reasons is the automatic incline. No getting off to set, just a touch of console. A personal fan and a bottle holder for good cooling down while working out a positive plus. Along with a heart rate monitor. This eliptical has a long stride with ample space for even my husbands size 12 shoes and sturdy enough for up to 300 pounds. Also arm rests and handles are high enough for taller folks as well and shorter ones too. The Norditrack CX 998 has a touch screen for quick changes of incline or resistance with eight preset programs. In addition, the concole features two heart rate programs that automatically change the ristance of your pedals and prompt you to vary your pace to keep your heart rate near a target heart rate while you exercise. Along with being ifit.com interactive, the concole is like having your own personal trainer in your home. Includes a stereo audio cable, you can connect the elliptical exerciser to a portable stereo, home stereo, computer, or VCR. High energy music provides added motivation as well.With the elliptical exerciser connected to your computer, you can go to their website and access programs directly from the internet. This is not a light weight machine. It is quite heavy dutyand is not compact.