03 / Jun / 2022Review and Comparison of Matrix Cardio ConsolesIn this article, we outline the different features of each Matrix console option and in turn, help you narrow down your decision when it comes to deciding which console you want to pair with your machine. Estimated read time: 5 minutesIf you’re looking to add a high-quality cardio machine to your home gym, you don’t have to look much further than Matrix’s library of equipment. Whether you are looking to purchase an exercise bike, treadmill, or elliptical, all of these machines have their own unique benefits, drawbacks, and features. Some of the many features these machines include are: Display consolesHeart-rate monitorsWater bottle holdersTablet holdersCooling fansAnd much more. The display console, specifically, is one of the most desirable features of any cardio machine. However, when it comes to Matrix’s cardio machines, you have a choice of which console you can pair with equipment. So which console is the most desirable for you?Since 1989, Akfit has operated as a Canadian specialty fitness store located in Sudbury, Ontario. We’ve been serving our clients locally within northern Ontario, the rest of Canada, and beyond, helping them find the fitness equipment and accessories that are right for them.In this article, we outline the different features of each Matrix console option and in turn, help you narrow down your decision when it comes to deciding which console you want to pair with your machine. In this article:What is a Display Console?Matrix Cardio Machines at AkfitMatrix Display Console OptionsWhich Matrix Console is Right for You?Reach Out to Akfit What is a Display Console?If you are familiar with modern cardio equipment, it is likely that you are also familiar with display consoles. However, if you are unsure, we are going to outline its purpose. As previously mentioned, the display console may be one of the most desirable features on any cardio machine, and most machines include them. The display console is usually placed at the front of the cardio machine so you can easily view it during your workout. These consoles track and communicate important data during your workout to help you reach your goals while doing so in a safe manner.Some key pieces of data the console will track for you can include:Current speedResistance levelTimeDistanceIncline levelHeart-rateCalories BurnedDepending on the console you own with your cardio machine, they could also include other features in addition to what’s listed above. These extra features could include:A video screen (potentially touchscreen or HD)SpeakersHDMI portsUSB portsVirtual training softwareBluetooth or Wi-Fi compatibilityThird-party streamingPre-installed entertainment or fitness apps Matrix Cardio Machines at AkfitAt Akfit, we sell a variety of cardio machines from many reputable fitness brands including Matrix. In fact, Matrix is often compared to NordicTrack and Spirit, two other reputable brands carried at Akfit. Matrix offers a wide variety of high-quality cardio machines such as Treadmills, Ellipticals, Climbmills, Spin Bikes, Upright Bikes, and Recumbent Bikes. Among this inventory of cardio machines, we recommend you contact us about those that are compatible with different Matrix consoles.Before purchasing any cardio machine, make sure to check out Akfit.com for the latest up to date pricing. Matrix Display Consoles Offered at AkfitWhen you are shopping for your brand new cardio machine at Akfit, they are required to be paired with a console. There are 3 main Matrix consoles, each offering its own options and upgrades.; e These consoles all provide different features and come in at different price points. Make sure you check Akfit.com for up-to-date pricing. *It is important to note that the Spin Cycle ICR50 and CXC Training Cycle are NOT compatible with the X-Series consoles. Matrix X-Series ConsolesUnder the Matrix X-Series Consoles, there are four different consoles Matrix has to offer that can be paired with your treadmill, elliptical, climbmill, upright bike, and recumbent bike. The following table displays what each console presents to the user:XR (Basic)8.5 inch blue LCD screenBluetooth streaming for third-party apps to track workout dataUSB port for software updates only5 workout programs (manual, intervals, constant watts, target heart rate, sprint 8)No console appsXER (Intermediate)10 inch video touchscreenWi-Fi compatibleBluetooth streaming for third-party appsUSB My Media streaming3-watt speakers12 total workout programs (manual, intervals, constant watts, time goal, distance goal, calorie goal, target heart rate, sprint 8, Virtual Active Rockies, Virtual Active Northeast, iFit, custom)Console apps included: My Media, HDMI, Netflix, Hulu, Spotify, YouTube, Weather, Web Browser, Flipbook, Press Reader, Solitaire Suite.XIR (Advanced)16 inch HD video touchscreenWi-Fi compatibleBluetooth streaming for third-party appsUSB My Media streaming5-watt speakersHDMI screen mirroring13 total workout programs (manual, intervals, constant watts, time goal, distance goal, calorie goal, target heart rate, sprint 8, Virtual Active Rockies, Virtual Active Northeast, iFit, glutes, custom)Console apps included: My Media, HDMI, Netflix, Hulu, Spotify, YouTube, Weather, Web Browser, Flipbook, Press Reader, Solitaire Suite, Kindle Reader.XUR (Pro)22 inch HD video touchscreenWi-Fi compatibleBluetooth streaming for third-party apps USB My Media streaming5-watt speakersHDMI screen mirroring13 total workout programs (manual, intervals, constant watts, time goal, distance goal, calorie goal, target heart rate, sprint 8, Virtual Active Rockies, Virtual Active Northeast, iFit, glutes, custom)Console apps included: My Media, HDMI, Netflix, Hulu, Spotify, YouTube, Weather, Web Browser, Flipbook, Press Reader, Solitaire Suite, Kindle Reader. Only compatible with 50 and 75 series cardio machines When it comes to the X-Series cardio consoles, the more features, the more the console is going to cost. Matrix ICR50 IX ConsoleThe IX Console is only compatible with the Matrix ICR50 Spin Cycle and provides the user with the following features:22 inch HD Wi-Fi compatibleHDMI and USB screen mirroringCompatible with iFit, Zwift, and Peloton apps via BluetoothSteam entertainment apps of your choice via BluetoothEnergy saver modeBluetooth connectivity to your personal deviceTracks your workout dataYou can also choose to ride on your ICR50 Spin Cycle without the use of a console. Matrix LCD ConsoleThe LCD Console is compatible with the Matrix ICR50 Spin Cycle, and the Matrix CXC Training Cycle. However, for the CXC Training Cycle, this monitor is very basic and only displays key workout data such as:TimeDistanceCaloriesHeart-rateRPM’sSpeedWorkout programs: (HIIT, speed intervals, heart-rate intervals)The LCD console also requires the use of 4 AA batteries. Which Matrix Console is Right for You?When it comes to deciding which console is the perfect fit for your machine, it is just a matter of price points and preference. If you want a larger library of entertainment options, and are willing to pay at a higher price point, then the XUR console may be the right console for you (if you have a 50 or 75 series machine). On the other hand, if you appreciate simplicity, and just want a basic console and are not in need of the extra workout programs, then the basic XR console may be the right choice. Ultimately these consoles can suit the fitness needs of almost everybody, and it depends on the technology you feel the most comfortable with. Reach Out to AkfitWe hope that our overview of our cardio consoles from Matrix has provided enough information to help you narrow down your fitness purchasing decisions. However, there are still plenty of cardio machines to choose from. This is why we are here to help at Akfit. We encourage you to reach out to us with any questions you may have about our fitness products. Our friendly experts will work directly with you to help you find the proper fitness equipment that will be best suited for your fitness goals and your budget. You can always visit us in-store at our Sudbury location or book a virtual meeting with us. For more information on our cardio products at Akfit, check out some of our best-sellers:Top 5 Selling Cardio Equipment at AkfitTop 5 Selling Spin Bikes at AkfitTop 5 Selling Folding Treadmills at AkfitTop 5 Selling Treadmills at AkfitIf you have already found the cardio machine that is right for you, you can easily request a delivery or installation with us. Our trained and insured service staff will not only deliver and install your equipment, but they will also show you how to properly use it as well. We also have a fully insured servicing team at Akfit, so when your equipment breaks down, we can help diagnose, or fix the problems. Just simply submit a residential or commercial service request and we will respond as quickly as possible.