This is an expensive machine, but you do get quality. This sole trainer was bought as a replacement to an old and not very good cross trainer. I hated the old one because it was jerky, manual resistance, and felt like a home quality machine. The Sole E95 is just the opposite. As smooth and strong as any I've used in a 'professional' gym, and silent too. Everything about it screams quality.
I was also worried about not having enough levels, but the resistance is plenty for me when I'm only half way up the available levels, so I have no doubt that even in many months to come with even better fitness there will be plenty left.
As a bonus it came with a heart rate monitor so you can choose either the ones built in on the handles or the strap.
Not so good: yes the fan is useless, but I didn't decide on the E95 based on accessories. Its a gimmick, and therefore of little consequence to me. It was also quite complex to assemble.
I debated buying cheaper, but I have no regrets about spending the extra to buy the E95.