Pros: Mechanically excellent.
Cons: Unreliable heart rate display, No realistic pause, Display locks up, Direct TV incompatible.
Paul S. Cooper April 28, 2012 at 2:50 am
I have an Octane Pro4700 and a Cybex 770AT next to each other in my home gym. I purchased both. They are different.
The Octane very realistically and comfortably duplicates a walking or running stride. There is no physical shock to your joints with either machine. Both are perfectly smooth. The inertia of the Octane is such that it does not ever stop in the middle of a stroke. The Cybex does.
Lengthening The Octane variable stride is an excellent duplication of running at various speeds. Increasing the length of the Cybex stride is a different experience. Try it to see if you like it.
The Cybex display locks up. The motherboard was replaced. Still locked up. The 10 minute pause indicated in the manual is only 2 minutes. The hand held sensors for the heart rate work intermittently. Mostly not at all. The TV connectors do not connect to the Direct TV receiver connections. There is a display choice to lock the screen. If you inadvertently do it the machine is no longer operational.
The physical mechanism of the machine is near perfect. If I were to pick one machine I prefer the stride on the Octane.
Stacey Shephard in the Cybex sales department is the best. She is very patient, kind, and attentive to your needs. I cannot say the same for Bill Domineau their VP in charge of customer service. Mike their serviceman is excellent.
Although I enjoy both the Cybex 770AT and the Octane Pro4700, I have requested Cybex retrieve their machine and refund my purchase price.
The unreliability of the heart rate display, the lack of a realistic pause, and the display locking up are serious problems for me. The TV should be designed to work with Direct TV HD without the necessity of a signal degrading adaptor.
An extended pause would permit the user to answer their cell phone, rest or take a pit stop without losing the workout information. All machines should have an extended pause.
The 770AT is brand new and hopefully my criticisms will be addressed in the future.
The machine otherwise would receive an excellent rating equal to the Octane Pro4700. the Octane is considerably less expensive.
I will let you know if I receive a refund.