There is a lot of good to be said about this elliptical. Of all the ellipticals I've tried in the under 1200$ range this one had the most natural stride. One thing I really like about this elliptical is at the lowest resistance setting it still offers some resistance, it's comparable to around level 5-10 on ellipticals you find in most gyms.
The elliptical is also completely silent. I read reviews about people having squeaky machines where advise was given to tighten every bolt as tight as you possibly can get them. So when I assembled this elliptical I really torqued down on each of the bolts, and so far it doesn't make a sound.
Stability is an issue with some of the cheaper ellipticals, not this one. I am 200lbs and it's rock solid, again tighten those bolts!
There are some negatives but at the price point, what can you expect? The fan, most ellipticals don't even have one so I consider this much better than nothing, it is just a bit weak. The heart rate grips, they are just cheep and inaccurate, but I expected that and use a heart rate monitor with a chest strap anyways. Lastly, the display is mounted in such a way it's hard to read if you are any taller than about 5ft, you have to hunch over a bit to read the monitor. Again my heart rate monitor solves this issue, because it also has a timer and that's really the only necessary things to see on the display.
If I had a 1200$ budget again, I'd still choose this elliptical over any of the others I've tried in that range. I cannot say how it will hold up, but if something goes wrong I'll update this review.