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TR800-DT3 Treadmill Desk

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One of the best things I have purchased... ever

Review by S. J. Luke
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I bought this hoping to get decent use out of it. I end up using hours a day, every day. I have lost weight because I basically walk whenever I am in front of the computer - from 2 to 8 hours a day!

The speed is perfect. It goes down to 0.5mph, which is pretty slow, too slow for me to actually walk without thinking about each step. I ramped it up to 1.5 mph when I first started out and after about a month I upped it to 2mph. This is a comfortable speed for typing, reading, and mousing (at least for me). When I watch videos or am on a teleconference I usually up it to 2.5mph - which interestingly (to me anyway) helps me keep engaged in the meeting, and prevents me from losing focus on other tasks. I occasionally reduce to 1mph if I am on a call I will be participating in because I suspect the noise would be distracting at higher speeds.

Noise: At lower speeds (< 1.5mph) the sound is low and melds into the white noise of other things I have in the office. Above that it gets a bit louder - as do pounding of the steps you take as they become more deliberate.

Bluetooth: There is a bluetooth connection which lets you connect the treadmill to a computer to count steps and distance. This is a good idea, but is very poorly executed. The application is ugly, freezes, and loses the steps, and requires a subscription to a website to track over time. A smart phone with a pedometer app does just as well at counting and an infinitely better job at tracking. The bluetooth is NOT worth it, go for the other model without the bluetooth.

Extra 5-10 miles a day...

Review by Pamela
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I love this for a treadmill desk set-up. I am on the phone and at the computer writing sometimes up to 15 hours a day, so having the treadmill under my desk is a godsend. It is quiet enough that nobody notices background noise while I'm on the phone. If I set it to 1.5 mph, I can write while walking without a problem. Most days I end up walking an extra 5 to 10 miles while working, all without thinking about it very much. It's easy to set up and has rollers in the front so you can move it around without too much effort. Instead of purchasing a separate treadmill desk, I built a 12" riser to put on top of one side of my existing desk and it works perfectly.

A product advertised for working at your desk, but only if 3 hours a day

Review by Computer Geek
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This product is built to be put under a desk and walked on while you work.

But with this model, you better only be at your desk three hours a day, or your warranty is void.

It really defeats the purpose, and that could be three hours at max speed or three hours at normal walking speed.

Other than that, the shipment was professionally handled and delivered to my second floor office. Noise wise when my heavy butt is walking on it, there is a hissing from the belt friction against the deck, but otherwise it is silent. No motor noise, no noise other than my clomping along as I walk.

I have been unable to get the bluetooth stuff to work with my Mac, so take that for what you will. I did discover that a Fitbit One will not register your steps if you're wearing it unless you get up to at least 1.4 MPH.

I've been using it for a week now, and on the 7th day it started making a horribly loud groaning noise. No matter what speed, and if I'm on it, it gets much worse. When you start it and brin git to the speed you want it sounds like a hurricane siren is being wound up by hand. No matter what I've tried to do, it only gets worse. I contacted support, and based on my mechanical ineptitude and their lack of questions they had me adjust the back roller. While doing that, I figured out the noise was coming from the front, not the back. That hump at the front that covers the motor had been bonked by my foot a few times while walking in place. Apparently, that was enough to dislodge it so that it pressed down onto something spinning inside and that was making the noise.

I pried it up some, and it stopped rubbing. There is no adjustment here so I wedged something there to make it stop rubbing so it would keep working. So far, so good.

But my adjustments to the belt at their recommendation now means the entire thing is out of whack. So now almost daily after no more than a mile or two the belt starts sliding to the left until it bubbles up. I then spend 30m futzing around with it to get it back in place, and no matter what I've tried so far it still wanders over. So I get to screw with this for a while.

I dunno, but for $799 I expect a bit better. Returning it will be a massive pain, and so is messing with it. So I guess I'll stick with it because I can't find anything else to replace it at the moment.

Does the job as a desk treadmill

Review by Roz D.
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I've now had this a week and I've been using it daily, mostly at 1.2 miles an hour, typing, working, and on conference calls. It's very good for its purpose. It's smooth, quiet, and compact. It's also good because now it's set up with a desk, I stand even when the treadmill isn't running so get further benefit from that too. The quietness is a big plus; you can be on the phone or watch TV with no interference.
Some things I wasn't expecting:
- The motor is small and has a "shelf life" so the manufacturer states 3 hours' use a day maximum to get a couple of years' use out of it. I'm hoping this is on average as I travel quite a bit, so it will have many idle days and then days when I'm on it a lot.
- You need 100 percent silicone spray for lubrication under the belt every 50 hours, starting with your first use. It's not expensive, but I had to run to the hardware store to pick some up when it arrived, as none comes with it. It's not as easy to pull the belt up as it looks in the manual; I had to lever it up with a screwdriver to spray beneath it.

Also, we built a treadmill desk from a 2'x3' feet piece of plywood, some 2"x2" for the legs, and some 1/2 inch by 2' lengths of wood as bracing strips. The desk is 46 inches high (a height that I assessed for me, 5'5", on the treadmill). It's not beautiful, but it's sturdy, big enough for my laptop, phones, coffee, and the treadmill remote. And it only cost $42 for the materials (wood, plywood, hardware).

Finally, other reviews are correct--the distance, calories, and number of steps counted are all completely wrong. But the time you walk is correct and that's really all you need (if I walk 3 hours at 1.2 miles an hour, I know I've walked 3.6 miles, even if the device tells me it's 7 miles, for example). This is not the treadmill to get if you're incorporating walk-working into a true fitness schedule. But for something to keep you on your feet and moving when otherwise you'd be sitting, it does the job very well.

VERY NICE

Review by Dawn
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I am very pleased that this treadmill is so quiet! so important, I hate the loud treadmills at the gym. I also love that i can pause this treadmill for hours without it shutting off automatically. It helps me keep tract of my miles and calories and distance at the end of the day from working. I'm behind the computer for hours and walking while i work has done wonders for my back problems. Be sure to have good walking shoes. I had to replace mine and what a difference that made.

Getting my Exercise while I work

Review by Stephen B.
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I have had no issues. Works as advertised. You can set it slow or faster. I find that 1.2 mph works best for me.

walk and work

Review by Bill N.
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As advertised. We built our own station for my computer work.... Even when I do not have it on... I am standing at my computer rather than sitting. Much healthier. No problems using it. worked into my work situation seamlessly.

Walking & Writing

Review by Shar M.
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I'm in the middle of writing another book and found myself sitting long hours at the computer. This treadmill saved me. Now I am walking, often for two hours a day, and still getting the writing done. It is a life saver.

Works beautifully. I've had it over a month and use it every day.
Shar McBee
Author of "To Lead is to Serve"

perfect fit

Review by Jadams
I got this treadmill to go with my stand up desk that I have been using for about a year. I figured that if I could make the move from sitting to a standing desk then going on to a treadmill wouldnt be that big of a leap. I am using an Uplift desk and the tr800 fits under it perfectly.
The console was surprisingly heavy and stays put on the desk better than I thought it would, also the treadmill does not touch the desk at all so no vibrations from me walking are transferred up to the desk. I was concerned that the movement of walking would really mess up my workflow, which it did but just for a few days. I quickly got used to typing while walking at a slow pace and now that I have been using the treadmill for over a month and I am now typing just as well as before. The treadmill is also very quiet, another good surprise.
I had to raise my desk to the max height to accommodate for the thickness of the treadmill though. I am 5'10 so if you are taller, you had better check how high your desk will go to make sure this will work. Plan on the treadmill taking up about 5 inches.
Overall, I am liking this and recommend it, especially if you are already used to a standing desk, it's an easy move.

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