We will discuss the comparison between two under-desk elliptical trainers, DeskCycle vs Cubii Pro. Both products have been designed to allow you to exercise while working, so that you can maintain your fitness despite your busy schedule. However, DeskCycle and Cubii Pro come with different designs and features. Continue reading to find out which one that is best for you.
The following discussion will cover about:
– The design and ergonomics of each model
– The special features and capabilities of each model
– The connectivity options available on each model
– The performance of DeskCycle vs Cubii Pro
– Which under-desk elliptical trainer that is more recommended
Let us start with DeskCycle. Unlike the FitDesk bike which we previously discussed in FitDesk vs DeskCycle, this is a very compact and portable unit. DeskCycle is a mini elliptical trainer with a pair of foot pedals. The whole thing can easily fit under your desk.
The idea is that the mini elliptical trainer will allow you to exercise in your office room while you are working. This way, there won’t be any excuse for you to ignore your fitness and body shape. You can train your feet and lower body without sacrificing your work.
DeskCycle is quite compact at 24 inches x 20 inches x 10 inches. It is quite discreet, so it won’t attract much attention from other people. The manufacturer claims that the mini elliptical trainer can fit under desks as low as 27 inches without making you bump your knees. Well, this also depends on your height. If you are quite tall, you may end up bumping your knees into your desk if the desk is too low.
The build quality is good. DeskCycle has a durable frame which is made from steel and chrome. The legs are wide, and there are rubberized parts that will prevent the unit from moving during use. The weight is about 23 lbs, so it is not too heavy. However, the foot pedals are not really positioned ergonomically, so they are a little bit more difficult to use, compared to Cubii Pro.
There are some notable differences in the features of DeskCycle vs Cubii Pro. One similarity is that they each have 8 selectable resistance levels to suit the needs of different users. You can adjust the resistance by turning the dial knob on the top of the unit.
DeskCycle has two foot pedals that are equipped with Velcro straps. By using the straps, you can make sure that your legs will not slip off from the pedals. It will also ‘force’ you to pedal the machine, as your legs can’t go anywhere else. However, the straps make it a bit annoying to get on and off the machine.
The frame is definitely durable. According to the specifications, DeskCycle can hold a maximum user weight of 300 lbs. So, this machine should be suitable for most people. The frame is also equipped with a Kensington lock to prevent theft. It can be secured to your desk.
The mini elliptical trainer is also equipped with a small display which will show essential information, such as your speed, time, distance, and burned calories. There is also a display stand that you can put on your desk to monitor your metrics. The unit can keep your records for up to 1,000 minutes before the data are overwritten.
The company provides a free web app for logging your activity. Note that DeskCycle doesn’t have Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. You enter your records into the web app manually in order to track your progress. If you wear a Fitbit, the records on the web app can be synced into your Fitbit account as miles cycled or as footsteps.
So, how is the performance of DeskCycle vs Cubii Pro? In general, DeskCycle is a good and useful machine. It is quite effective for training your body and burning some calories. However, it is not as comfortable as Cubii Pro.
Perhaps the only issue with this under-desk trainer is that it is not very ergonomic. As a result, it is not really comfortable to use. You need to put some attention to your body posture so that you won’t unconsciously get into a bad body posture habit.
Other than that, the performance of DeskCycle is good. There are eight selectable resistance levels, ranging from very easy to very challenging. You can choose the most suitable level that suits your situation. If you are working in the office, you may want to use a lighter setting so that you won’t be drenched in sweat. However, when you are at home, you can use a higher setting while reading the newspaper or watching the TV.
Cubii Pro: Design
Let us continue with Cubii Pro. Similar to DeskCycle, Cubii Pro is a mini elliptical trainer that has been optimized to fit under your desk. By using this machine, you can multi-task your exercise routine. You can exercise while working or doing a daily activity. The machine will help you burn calories while also training your legs, hamstrings, hips, abs, and glutes.
Cubii Pro won the 2016 Good Design Award. This should speak something about the design and build quality of the unit. For sure, it is a stylish machine. The all-black finish looks nice. But it is still compact and discreet enough so that it won’t attract much attention if you don’t want it to. The unit is also equipped with a handlebar for easy portability.
Cubii Pro is quite compact. It measures 23.1 inches x 17.6 inches x 9.8 inches. It fits easily under most desks. However, one difference between DeskCycle vs Cubii Pro is that this model is heavier at 28 lbs. The extra pounds help to make the unit feel more stable and more durable.
The bottom surface is rubberized so that the unit can grip onto the floor and prevent accidental movement. This model is equipped with two wide foot pedals which have been ergonomically designed and are very comfortable to use. The unit also has a dial knob for adjusting the resistance, but there is no display screen.
Cubii Pro: Features
If there is no display screen, how can you track your progress? Well, Cubii Pro comes with built-in Bluetooth. There is a Cubii mobile app which functions as the machine’s interface. After connecting the machine to your mobile device, you can see the connection status as well as various metrics. The machine can track your burned calories, number of strides, exercise duration, and distance traveled. You can also adjust the resistance via the mobile app.
At first, the mobile app seems to be simple. But there are several useful features that can help you optimize your exercise. The mobile app can show your progress over a daily, weekly, monthly, or yearly basis. You can also set personal goals for distance or burned calories. In addition, you can make the mobile app send you notifications to remind you to get moving when you’ve been idle for some time.
Furthermore, the mobile app also allows you to create groups with your friends who also have Cubii accounts. Later, you can share your progress and challenge your friends. And the mobile app also allows you to sync the records to other fitness apps, such as Fitbit and Apple HealthKit. Since the data are recorded automatically, this is very convenient.
Although the foot pedals are not equipped with Velcro straps, using the unit is not difficult. Thanks to the ergonomic design, you can pedal the unit in a natural body position. Plus, the wide and textured surface of the foot pedal makes it easy to use, regardless of whether you are wearing sandals or shoes.
Cubii Pro: Performance
In terms of performance, Cubii Pro is really great. It has eight selectable resistance levels to suit different needs and conditions. The lower settings are quite easy, whereas the higher settings can be really challenging. It is comfortable to use. You can continue pedaling the machine subconsciously while putting your focus on your work.
The ergonomic design makes the foot pedals easy to push. It will help you maintain a natural body position so that you won’t get into a bad posture. Another advantage of Cubii Pro is the quiet operation. It does not make any funny buzzing sound, so you can exercise discreetly.
The resistance feels smooth and natural. Although the exercise does not seem to be much, it is actually quite effective. After using the unit for several minutes, your legs will become strained, as if you have truly walked or pedaled long miles. The company claims that Cubii Pro can burn about 150 calories per hour on average. Judging by how sweaty you can get, the calorie burning effect is very likely to be true.
DeskCycle vs Cubii Pro
Between the two, Cubii Pro is better and more recommended. It has an ergonomic design, which makes it more comfortable to use in a natural body position. The performance is great. It has multiple resistance levels, and it runs quietly. It also has Bluetooth to connect to your mobile device and provide additional functions, such as setting goals and syncing your records.