The Cubii Smart Under Desk Elliptical Trainer – First Look

Cubii Smart Under Desk EllipticalThe Cubii Smart Under Desk elliptical is one of the newest “unconscious” trainers on the market, meaning something you can use while not having to actively concentrate on it. You can exercise while you work or read, burning calories without having to interrupt your work day.

It was invented by three University of Chicago graduates, who saw a need for more exercise options in the workplace. It’s advertised as the first and only digitally connected desk ellipticals, meaning you can track and share your workouts, compete with friends and family, set goals and connect with Fitbit through the Cubii app.

Although we are gym goers, and use elliptical trainers regularly at the health club, we always like to try new things. So we ordered up a Cubii to see what it was all about. Here’s our breakdown to help you decide if this is right for you.

Let’s start off with the pros…..

If you sit at a desk for hours on end, getting up only to go to the bathroom and grab lunch, then a Cubii Smart Under Desk elliptical is a nice way to add some exercise to your day without you having to leave the office. It’s very easy to put together, and you can be exercising within minutes of taking it out of the box.

It’s easy to use. Simply choose your resistance level on the dial (8 in all) and start walking. As you get used to it you can increase the resistance level.

The app works well. The Cubii App, available for Mac or Android, tracks your stride and total distance. You can set fitness goals for yourself, you can set up competitions with coworkers, you can sync your results. So for those of you who like to be on top of everything and see how you are progressing over time, it’s a nice option to have that you don’t find on other under desk trainers.

Let’s talk about some of the cons….

For starters, it’s a bit pricey for what it is. You can find it on sale at Amazon for about $279, more than double the price of under desk cycles and twice the price of its competitor, the FitDesk Under Desk elliptical (although that one does not have Bluetooth app syncing). You can get a full size ProForm 520E elliptical trainer for $579, with incline, workout apps, iFit and much more.

Also, if you are used to a regular elliptical motion, this probably won’t cut it for you. It’s a very limited range, so you might find it uncomfortable even though the impact is low. We didn’t love the motion, but we weren’t expecting to be wowed.

There have been numerous complaints about the quietness of the machine, and issues with the Bluetooth not working. There have also been customer service issues. It seems as if there has been some quality control. Our Cubii was relatively quiet, at least quiet enough not to disturb coworkers, and the App seemed to work just fine. So I think they just need to make sure the quality is consistent.

So what’s the bottom line?

Cubii does a nice job of providing a workout while you work, with the ability to track and share your results to keep you motivated. If you are looking for something to keep you active and help you burn some calories, and don’t have time for the gym, the Under Desk elliptical might be a good solution for you.

It’s definitely pricier than similar cardio “machines” but it does offer a little more. Still, we would recommend an extended warranty just in case you encounter problems down the road.