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    03 / Jun / 2022

    Review and Comparison of Matrix Cardio Consoles

    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. 

    Review and Comparison of Matrix Cardio Consoles

    Estimated read time: 5 minutes

    If 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 consoles
    • Heart-rate monitors
    • Water bottle holders
    • Tablet holders
    • Cooling fans
    • And 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:

    1. What is a Display Console?
    2. Matrix Cardio Machines at Akfit
    3. Matrix Display Console Options
    4. Which Matrix Console is Right for You?
    5. Reach Out to Akfit
    Demand The Best - Matrix Fitness

     

    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 speed
    • Resistance level
    • Time
    • Distance
    • Incline level
    • Heart-rate
    • Calories Burned

    Depending 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)
    • Speakers
    • HDMI ports
    • USB ports
    • Virtual training software
    • Bluetooth or Wi-Fi compatibility
    • Third-party streaming
    • Pre-installed entertainment or fitness apps

     

    Matrix Cardio Machines at Akfit

    At 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 Akfit

    When 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 Consoles

    Under 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 screen
    • Bluetooth streaming for third-party apps to track workout data
    • USB port for software updates only
    • 5 workout programs (manual, intervals, constant watts, target heart rate, sprint 8)
    • No console apps

    XER (Intermediate)

    • 10 inch video touchscreen
    • Wi-Fi compatible
    • Bluetooth streaming for third-party apps
    • USB My Media streaming
    • 3-watt speakers
    • 12 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 touchscreen
    • Wi-Fi compatible
    • Bluetooth streaming for third-party apps
    • USB My Media streaming
    • 5-watt speakers
    • HDMI screen mirroring
    • 13 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 touchscreen
      • Wi-Fi compatible
      • Bluetooth streaming for third-party apps 
      • USB My Media streaming
      • 5-watt speakers
      • HDMI screen mirroring
      • 13 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 Console

    The IX Console is only compatible with the Matrix ICR50 Spin Cycle and provides the user with the following features:

    • 22 inch HD 
    • Wi-Fi compatible
    • HDMI and USB screen mirroring
    • Compatible with iFit, Zwift, and Peloton apps via Bluetooth
    • Steam entertainment apps of your choice via Bluetooth
    • Energy saver mode
    • Bluetooth connectivity to your personal device
    • Tracks your workout data

    You can also choose to ride on your ICR50 Spin Cycle without the use of a console.

     

    Matrix LCD Console

    The 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:

    • Time
    • Distance
    • Calories
    • Heart-rate
    • RPM’s
    • Speed
    • Workout 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 Akfit

    We 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:

    If 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.


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