The Nordictrack Audiostrider 1490 (full review here) – has now been renamed as the Nordictrack Spacesaver SE9i.
These are the EXACT same machines (at least for now). Nordictrack has this habit of renaming their ellipticals every so often – and causing mass confusion for buyers.
The 1490 (now Spacesaver SE9i) is a higher end version of the famous Audiostrider 990 model (full review here). It upgraded to a full color web browser and in-handle controls. You can read a full comparison between the 1490 and 990 ellipticals here.
Why did they rename it?
Well, my guess (and it’s just a guess) is that the 1490 wasn’t selling as well as they wanted it – so they are rebranding it as a luxury folding elliptical (hence the “Spacesaver” in the name).
This is actually a pretty smart move since a lot of people want an elliptical trainer that folds up – but they don’t want the junky cheap folding ellipticals that are currently out there.
They want a stronger, sturdier model (with more advanced toys). And from that viewpoint, the 1490 / Spacesaver SE9i is pretty much the best option in town.