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TR1200-DT5 Treadmill Desk

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Great treadmill but Skip the bluetooth

Review by George
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I've had my TR1200-DT5 for about 3 weeks and absolutely love the treadmill and workstation, but have thrown in the towel with getting the bluetooth to work. The durability of the workstation desk can probably withstand a nuclear attack. The treadmill is pretty quiet, at least no one on my business calls can tell I'm walking the whole time. The Bluetooth is another matter altogether. I've read other reviews on this site about similar problems with getting the bluetooth to connect to the computer, so I'm sure it's not an isolated issue. I've called Lifespan Technical Support, who had me uninstall and reinstall the Treadmill Desk App Software, but the bluetooth works for a day, then stops working. I spent an average of 30 minutes every morning rebooting the treadmill, rebooting my computer, following precise steps supplied by Customer Support for establishing a connection, and finally decided it wasn't worth the effort. Instead, I purchased a Fitbit One which will track my steps and upload the data seamlessly via my iphone or computer. Fitbit's manual activity logging is far superior to the lifespan site. I can't imagine anyone actually paying for this service after their trial runs out. So sorry guys, you make great hardware, but your software could use some serious improvements.

Love it!

Review by Zoe Nick
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I LOVE my treadmill desk. I tell everyone about it. I had been thinking about something like this for several years. Did a bunch of research, figured out how it would fit in my tiny home office and finally decided on the LifeSpan. I work on average 10 hours a day and many days more. I work weekdays and weekends. Always, found it hard to make the time for a little exercise.

I usually walk my dog about 2 – 2.5 miles in the morning, then hop on my treadmill desk for about 3 - 4 hours. I do mostly computer/phone work and I’m averaging about 2.8 miles per hour, and still being able to type/talk with no problems. When I’m on a conference call, that I only have to listen in on, I ramp it up to 3.5 mph. If I’m going to have to do any talking on the call, I usually keep it about 3 mph. My goal is to just keep moving during the day. I’ve had a “desk job” for about 8 years and I feel like it really takes its toll in a number of ways.

I work from home, so the concerns of some about sweating throughout the day, don’t really apply. My dog doesn’t care as long as she gets her walk first 

I haven’t “retro fitted” it with anything special like a lot of posts I read. I work off a laptop and just move it from the treadmill to my docking station and back as needed. Really need to convince my company to get me a wireless printer!

That’s about it. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it! Worth every penny!
Thank you!

Highly Recommended!

Review by Elaine
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I have had my TR1200-DT5 treadmill desk for 41 days and absolutely LOVE it! It's very sturdy/well-made. I have a sedentary job, sitting in front of a computer, 10+ hours a day, working from home. I have always struggled with making time to exercise. And I have tried all sorts of things to motivate myself. One round involved using a pedometer to try get to 10,000 steps walked / day. I couldn't get close. Now, I walk 10,000 steps at least 5 days/week. I've lost 5 pounds and feel great. Just what this 49 year old needed!

Should have done this years ago!

Review by Dawn
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I am completing month 1 with my tread desk and love it. I bought a monitor arm and almost immediately was able to type efficiently. I do make more mistakes than before so I have to check myself carefully and my speed is not what it is at a sit down desk, but getting better.

My typical day is about 6 hours at the tread desk averaging 2.3 for typing and about 2.8 for conference calls or research. I use a headset and I have asked all my colleagues and no one can hear the tread desk. It does however make a rythmic thumping sound for the tenant in the suite below me, but she hasn't complained (and she does complain about the high heels on the hardwood in the common area). I have a pad under my desk and it is on carpeting also. I average about 40-50 miles a week and I am typically in the office 3-4 days a week. I am losing a pound a week without effort at all and my goal is to complete 2 "marathons" a week eventually. I also supplement it with fast walking outside at lunch sometimes and get an extra 4 miles in those days. Truly everyone should try this. I have offered everyone in my company one if they will commit to 3 hours a day. No one has taken me up yet due to the newness. I think they want to make sure I stay committed and I know I will! Stay tuned, a lot of orders might be coming in soon.

The only technical issue I have is my tread seems to drift to the right often and I have to adjust it. I do lubricate it every week, but not sure how to keep it from drifting. I also can't get the bluetooth to work (like the other reviewers).

By the way, I have never done a product review; but they are the reason I finally bought a tread desk so I thought I should also share my experiences.

Great treadmill desk but not so useful bluetooth feature

Review by Barb
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I have been using my treadmill desk for about 2 weeks (Feb 2013). I purchased the 2013 model with the bluetooth capability. So far I really like it, I previously used the treadmills at the gym but I found myself getting frustrated thinking of everything I needed to do. Now I can get as much exercise as I want while doing other things.

The desk is very stable, although not perfectly still (I have a large flat screen TV on a shelf sitting on top of the desktop and it shakes a tiny bit when I am walking. Most of the time I use it at 1.5 or 2 mph and it is very quiet at these speeds. When I walk at 3 mph though, there seem to be more noises (sqeaks, etc. not just an increase in the hum present at the lower speeds). Overall though it seems to be solidly built.

The biggest problem I have is with the bluetooth functionality, treadmill desk app and LifeSpan Fitness Club. I purchased a bluetooth adapter for my computer so that it could communicate with the treadmill and to be honest I am very disappointed. First the instructions for how to make this work are almost non-existent. To use this feature you need to register for a LifeSpan Fitness Club account (you get a 4 month trial free with purchase of the treadmill desk) and once you are logged in, download the treadmill app. Once you have installed the treadmill app, start it and press the Bluetooth button on the treadmill to connect the treadmill to your computer. The app will then display your stats from the treadmill (which the display on the treadmill is already doing). The only thing this app can really do is transmit the numbers to your LifeSpan Fitness Club account- if you don't sync the app with your fitness club account (which transfers the data), it will lose the data the next time you connect to the treadmill after resetting the treadmill counters. Unfortunately the transfer from the app to the Fitness Club is not very reliable. The calories and distance are usually correct but I have found the number of steps to be off and the time seems to be a completely random number (I must be a superhero to be able to walk 8 miles in 40 seconds). Recently I synced the app with my account after midnight so the data were entered for the following day. When I tried to sync the following evening (technically the same day as the prior sync) it never transfered the data so I had to enter it manually in the Fitness Club account. While you can edit the data that you enter manually, you cannot edit the synced data- so even though I knew the actual times, I could not correct them or change the day for the data uploaded after midnight. The treadmill app does have some historical data on it (displayed as a bar chart) but it is only for one week and apparently it gets this data from your LifeSpan Fitness Club account because even though the original numbers shown on the app were correct, the historical numbers are the incorrect ones.

Basically if you don't purchase a LifeSpan Fitness Club membership after your 4 month trial ends, the bluetooth feature is totally worthless. Since the data transfer is inaccurate/unreliable and there is no way to manually fix it, even if you have a membership it is not worth much at this point. It is safer to just manually enter the data and if you have to manually enter it anyway, there are a number of websites that will track your progress for free. However, if you are someone who will use the other features, like the exercise library, you may find the fitness club to be more useful.

To be honest, I was expecting this feature to automatically load and store my daily data in a stand-alone program on my computer (a program that I expected to be included with the treadmill purchase). I am also not happy with all the personal information that was required to open an account so that I could get the treadmill app, only to discover it was not very useful. Why do they need my exact date of birth, name, address, phone number, email, sex, height and weight just to enroll in the fitness club?

Overall, I really like the treadmill desk but I'm not sure the bluetooth feature and treadmill app really provide any additional benefit. Whether the fitness club is valuable or not depends on the individual and how much they will use it's various features. It appears that the fitness club website is still under development so it may become more useful over time.

***Warning: Read the warranty section of your user manual. It states that the warranty is only valid if you REGISTER the product within 30 days of PURCHASE.***

Working guilt free

Review by Liz
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I bought the TR1200-DT5 Treadmill Desk combination mid November. I had thought about the purchase for about a month. I wanted to make sure that i would use it. I trade stocks for myself all day long during the regular market hours. I've been doing this for 12 years and have always felt guilt and kind of down about all the time I was having to sit and stare at a computer screen. I now work absolutely guilt free and log on an easy 15000 steps a day. I'm mostly at a 2.2 mile an hour pace and sometimes step it up and other times slow down to 1.4 I absolutely recommend the computer desk to anyone stuck sitting for long periods of time. I'm so much happier now that I'm not stuck sitting down. I have a renewed enthusiasm to do my job and don't resent it anymore. Gotta say: the BEST purchase I have ever made. Thank you! PS...extremely well built desk that holds my laptop & an extra monitor. Desk does not move or shake at all as it is independent of the treadmill. Treadmill is very quiet. It's a large unit so measure before you figure out where to set it up. Also I paid for the 'room of choice' delivery and happy I did as it is heavy to bring up stairs. Buy it...you won't regret it :O)

Great After-Sales Support and Service

Review by Wadood
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I will want to mention something about the service and support of the company behind it. Within 3-4 weeks my treadmill developed a thumping sound. Although machine was perfectly usable but I felt that it is going to get worse. I left them an email over the weekend. I was expecting the usual email and bracing my self for a long drawn out fight over the next coming days. Also, I was concerned on how to send this thing back to Amazon if I had to. On Monday I received a call in which the person after asking a few questions, which neither insulted my judgment or questioned my integrity, told me to wait for a motor in mail and a technician in person. And that is what happened. The day the motor arrived, the technician (Mr. Ralph) called for the appointment. He showed up, changed the motor and gave me a few papers to sign and that is it! This is one of the best services I have received in my life.

Fine machine, but has this squeak that drives me crazy

Review by Peace of Mind
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I bought two of these machines -- one for my home office and one for work. I like them fine, but one of them makes this squeaking noise that will not go away. It is really annoying, especially because the noise is most noticeable at the best speed to be walking and working at. The people at Lifespan cannot figure it out, nor can a service technician (who says that all their machines likely make the same noise). The strange thing is that my second machine does not make any such noise. It is nice and quiet. So if you are the kind of person that would be bothered by this, then beware. Again, the machine is nice and there are only a couple other little small things that are a bit annoying that I can live with (and which others have discussed). But with the squeak, unfortunately I am now stuck with the noise because they only replace parts, but cannot seem to get a part that does not squeak. Hope this is helpful.

Use Tracpad instead of Mouse to work at higher speeds

Review by Wadood
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Before commenting on my experience with this new line of product, I will point out few things which hopefully will help someone improve his or her experience with it.
1. Run and get a Trackpad like Apple Magic Trackpad if you have an Apple, otherwise Logitech trackpad or something similar that works for Windows. It will help you walk at much faster speed. Point and Shoot with a regular mouse gets progressively more difficult (and frustrating) as you approach the speeds of 2mph. I can easily do 3mph with trackpad but found difficult to handle mouse at 1.5mph.

2. Get a Keyboard without a wrist pad. There should be minimum distance between treadmill's armrest and your keyboard. I have found that if you keep your palms firmly on treadmill's armrest, they absorb most of the shock and your fingers remain steady for the most part. That is why the mouse does not work as well as say a track-pad because hands while operating a mouse are not pinned to a solid surface and are constantly in a flux.

3. Memorize keyboard shortcuts. Again the idea is to restrict your hand movement as much as possible. You'll find that there are shortcuts for nearly everything.

4. If possible invest in a bigger screen. Initially, I tried to work off my laptop but found it hard. Small screen and keyboard not close to body makes working more difficult because your body is also moving. I then got a 25 inch monitor and it has really made a difference.

Remember, chances of your using this are directly proportional to how much stress-free you make this for yourself; therefore improving you input devices or even getting a bigger monitor is not a bad investment to protect your much larger investment in the treadmill.

I have done about 100 miles in about 40 hours on this one, so I cannot say anything about its durability but it has already started producing a new noise and I am going to call support to find out what it is.
But I must say that this machine seems to have a potential of what you call a life-changing product, like an iPhone or a GPS. Let's see how far it goes in getting the weight of the nation down. From day one I found it easy to work on. Now after a month I can easily do 2 hours (500 calories) without feeling any real strain (mental or physical), although I am breaking sweat by that time.

But you have to start slow. Start with 30 minutes sessions.

Of course, it is not a perfect machine. It is definitely less noisy and runs more smoothly than your average run of the mill treadmill but it is not noise free by any means. Also, it does not have an easy way to adjust the desk's height, so if there is more than one treadmill walker in house, then it could be a problem. Your next best option is to put your monitor(s) on height adjustable stand(s).

Energy level up

Review by Terasa Barnes
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I received my LifeSpan treadmill desk last Friday and began using it on Tuesday. So far, I've logged 20 miles with little to no effort and it's only Thursday and a short work week! I've posted a photo of myself on the treadmill on my Facebook page and my friends are so excited. I use to work in the fitness/medical device industry and some of those friends are experts. One is a reporter (msn.com) and she's foaming at the mouth to get one herself.

I can already tell that this is the perfect device for my lifestyle. I am a relatively new older mom (I have a 16-month-old) and hold an executive position with a non-profit foundation. I work from home when I am not traveling and needed to find a way to integrate activity into my day - besides chasing my toddler. This is the ticket. I can already tell that my energy level is up (and I'm high energy anyway) and I am looking forward to starting my work day even more.

My husband is a physician and he's jealous that he can't have one at work (could be difficult since he's a dentist/oral surgeon).

I represent patients with lung disease of all kinds through my work with the American Thoracic Society and the Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis. I can see this product being of great use for our patient population.

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