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TR1200-DT5 Treadmill Desk

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$1,499.00

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Has Exceeded All of My Expections!

Review by BR
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I bought this, and it shipped promptly. Arrangments for the scheduled delivery to my workplace were really easy. The two boxes are absolutely enormous and both are very, very heavy.

I set up the treadmill by myself in just over an hour. I'm a woman with average upper-body strength, so it took a little ingenuity--I rested the very heavy desk top on my head to get it high enough to place on top of the desk legs. A fair amount of the "assembly" time was spent unpacking/unwrapping the various parts, as the treadmill unit and the desk unit were well-protected in plastic, styrofoam and cardboard. Assembly itself was simple - there are just 10 bolts, and the tools you need are included.

I can't imagine a treadmill desk of better quality than this one. The pieces are all very well made, and it is super sturdy when it's assembled. It looks great in a professional setting (I work in a very traditional, conservative bank), and I would be just as pleased to have it sitting in my home.

Immediately after I assembled the unit, I used it for nearly 5 hours. I used it this morning for over 2 hours, and I expect to use it again later today. It's addictive! At 2mph, I can be as productive as I normally am while sitting; at 2.5mph, I can be fairly productive. I don't recommend hand-writing anything, as it turns out pretty messy at those speeds.

The desk does not jiggle when I'm at those speeds. It has some indentations that rest on two little things that jut out from the trreadmill piece. It's not actually atttached, but the way it rests, you can be sure there won't be any sliding around. The desk height adjustment is super easy to do, by the way. It took me a few adjustments to get it right, but that's normal.

After reading the other reviews, I'm not going to bother trying the Bluetooth feature. I have a Fitbit, which I love. I started a simple spreadsheet to track my time, mileage, etc. on the treadmill desk. That way, I'll know when I'm at 50-hour intervals, at which time you're supposed to spray more lubricant under the belt. I also want to track my use and progress.

A couple of things:
- Be sure to register the unit as soon as it arrives! I am so grateful to other reviewers for this tip. PLEASE NOTE that the 30 days you have to register the unit BEGINS WITH THE DATE YOU ORDER the unit on Amazon. So, HURRY! Although all seems well, you don't want to take any chances with something as expensive as this.
- Go ahead and buy the mat and silicone lubricant set you see on Amazon. You'll need it anyway. You actually need to spray it under the belt before you get going (they warn in the manual that it may have dried out between the time it was manufactured and the time it reached you). This step is super easy.

Regarding the price, yes, this is expensive. Sure, you could rig something up with a regular treadmill and some piece of IKEA furniture or other thing. But aren't you worth more than that? It really is a well done, attractive set-up you'll be happy to have it around. So easy to assemble, looks great and the quality seems outstanding. Don't short-change yourself. You deserve this - it's an investment in your health and well-being.

I'm really excited about my shiny new treadmill desk! Maybe it's just the "honeymoon period" of it being new, but I do feel more energetic and like my focus has improved when I'm working while walking on it. I hope to shed a few pounds, too. I'll write more at a later date after the machine and I have had more time to prove ourselves!

Great treadmill/desk combination.

Review by Jan326
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My daughter bought this treadmill with the workstation and she really loves it. She says it was easly assembly and she really likes the adjustable function of the workstation. IT is a little pricely, but the combining the treadmill with the workstation is a real plus for her. She has had very positive experiences with a similar unit where she works (ICU telehealth monitoring unit). It does take up a little extra room in her apartment, but she likes that she can do her walking at any hour of the day. She works night shifts, so her "daytime" is in the middle of hte night, not always the safest time of the day to be outdoors walking.
She is also training her dog to walk on the treadmill so Polly can get her exercise too! Don't forget to get a treadmill matt--helps perserve the lifespan for the treadmill as well as protect the floor.

Great hardware, but avoid even trying to use the bluetooth connection if you value your sanity.

Review by jorn k
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I've had the DT5 for about a year now and it works perfectly for its designed task: Walking while working. The desk has a huge work surface with a very handy wrist-rest across the front. It's as sturdy as can be. The treadmill is up to LifeSpan's usual high quality. I can comfortable work at ~2.4 to 2.9 MPH. Anything above 3 MPH and it's a tad challenging to type, but you could easily talk on the phone or watch something. It would be nice if the treadmill could exceed 4 MPH and/or had inclination adjustments, but this is a purpose-focused device.

During the time I've owned it, however, expecting the stats to transfer to my computer seamlessly has been a nightmare. LifeSpan will only allow tracking via their bug-laden (at best) software. So, for maximum enjoyment, I suggest just pretending they don't have that feature. (LifeSpan's software support has been worthless.)

Solidly built and quiet

Review by F. Anderson
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I've had my treadmill desk for about three weeks now and love it. It's sturdy as can be and the only real noise comes from my footfalls and not the motor. It's quiet enough that I can work while my wife is asleep below me (I work from home), and we have a very old house with creaky wood floors. There's no shake, and I have no problems typing or operating my computer equipment, though sometimes I have to try a couple of times with very specific mouse operations, like selecting a block of text. Highly recommended.

Liked it enough to buy one for home use too

Review by K. K. Lamberty
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I've been using my treadmill desk for about a year and a half. I have found that I can use it best when I have longer stretches where I know I will be in my office. I like to walk for stretches of about an hour or two. I only use indoor shoes on it, so when I will be in and out of my office, I tend to sit at my other desk instead because even that tiny hurdle of changing shoes is enough to keep me on my rear.

I have found that I occasionally accidentally pull the switch out of place, which resets it. That's annoying because your data is lost for that session. I keep a spreadsheet of my distances, but it's still annoying to have to guess at those values (even if your guess can be pretty close). I tend to type at about 1.5-1.7 mph, and I surf the web at a slightly higher pace (2-2.1). This treadmill is decent, and I like the desk surface. I wish it was a little easier to adjust the height. Mine is in an awkward place in the room for adjusting the height. At home, I will probably wish that I was more able to adjust the height because my husband is significantly taller than I am, but at least it is labeled nicely so you don't have to count lines or anything.

The nice thing about buying a second one will be that I can make rules for myself about only looking at Facebook when I'm walking, which I think will be good. I'll probably work from home more frequently too since that won't mean sitting on my lazy rear. Having a treadmill desk at work didn't change my life or fitness level as drastically as I thought it would, but it does feel good to walk while I work. It has definitely decreased my sense of guilt for not making time to work out. Now I don't have to make that time nearly as often.

Decent treadmill, adequate desk, terrible bluetooth.

Review by Samuel K.
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A few years ago, this device would have been 4 or 5 stars from novelty alone: it's a solid, lower-speed treadmill unit that works as advertised.

The good:

- Relatively low maintenance
- Not terribly difficult to assemble, so long as you have two people.
- Better price point than the competition

The bad:

- This unit is marketed as office equipment, so one wonders why the only way to disable the speaker is by taking a glue gun to a circuit board. Other reviews have covered this; it's not terribly annoying but they could've simply left out the speaker and it would be a better product.
- The desk is not that great. It's solid, but the construction and material makes it feel like it belongs in a hospital. I recommend purchasing just the base unit and getting a desk elsewhere (for instance, from a desk company and not a treadmill company).
- The bluetooth software that tracks your progress is awful. It can handle a completely typical, single session in which you start, activate bluetooth, verify that it's working, and continue until you're finished. It's when you need to stop in the middle (especially several times) or you have 2-3 independent sessions in one day that it doesn't work. The frustrating thing about it is that it will tell you that it is working - the on-screen display matches the treadmill's LED display. It's when you try to sync it to their web site that it will report the correct amount of time but zeroes for everything else (distance, steps, calories). Alternatively, it will get it the other way around - if you activate bluetooth in the middle of a session, it will usually report everything except time correctly - leaving out the minutes prior to when you pushed the button.

None of the above is a big problem, but when contacting their customer service about it, I was told back in October (within the exchange/return period) that they were aware of the issue and that a solution would be out within two weeks. I contacted them again in the beginning of January and was told that 'they weren't aware of any issues' and had no ETA on a software update. This was at the top of an email chain that included all of the issues and their assurance that it would be fixed.

I am glad that LifeSpan has this product at this price point because it's silly to pay $4,600 for a very similar Steelcase product. I hope they improve their software and stay on top of their customer service, because it seemed pretty good initially but now it feels as though they were telling me what I wanted to hear until the return period was up. This is a good product that could become a great product with a little more work

love my lifespan treadmill desk

Review by Anna
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I am a full-time telecommuter with a home office. I do not like sitting at my desk for more than 8 hours a day. I have wanted a treadmill desk for a few years but thought they were too expensive. The price for the DT5 was reasonable. It is a good quality treadmill and the desk is huge! I average about 2 hours a day walking at 2 mph. I love it and would recommend it for people with home offices who do a lot of sitting at the computer.

Get up, Stand Up!

Review by Jeremy C.
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Week 1 (2/13/13) Only been using the treadmill desk for 4 days, already noticing a difference in my energy levels, appetite (decreased, or maybe just occupied on the treadmill), and sleeping much better, not too mention a better mood based on the fact I now feel good about the exercise I am getting in, as opposed to lamenting my not having time to do so. After the first day, chafing was a problem - likely due to my overzealous 8 miles on the first day. Been doing 5 miles a day/3 hours, and feeling fine. Lower body is definitely sore at the end of the day, but its the good "feel like I worked out hard at the gym" ache, which I missed. I was worried about being able to work from my home office on this thing and still be able to focus on calls, type, etc., but I have acclimated pretty well. I find myself forgetting I am on it when on calls - piece of cake, and internet browsing/taking care of e-errands is a snap, but typing has been more challenging. I still hop off the machine to do more detailed typing.
I don't find the beeps as annoying as others. Most exercise equipment beeps.
I did notice folks on my calls could hear the treadmill - said it sounded like a washing machine in the background - until I plugged in a headset - problem solved.
I bought a fitbit Force a few weeks before the treadmill desk, (which I also recommend), and would only surpass 10K steps once or twice a week - usually on weekends. For the 4 days I have had the TR1200-DT5, I have easily surpassed 10K steps by noon, and have surpassed 20K steps 3 of the 4 days. What a game changer!
I am bought the treadmill with hopes of weight loss, so too soon to tell if it will meet expectations there (will check back in later), but for purposes of reducing sitting time in favor of time moving, for being a convenient way to incorporate exercise into my busy schedule, and for health benefits, this has been an awesome buy!

Amazing

Review by factumpactum
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Love it. Was a bit nonplussed by what I thought was the exceptionally large desk (I'm in a small NYC apt), but my two (very) large cats decided they need to be on the desk while I'm working - so the large size worked perfectly.

What can I say? It was easy to assemble (my nanny gave me a hand, done in about 30 minutes), has been easy to maintain, and I'm still (months later) marveling over the ability to work, type, and stay active. I can't do any serious work at the maximum speed - I use that for watching TV. I can type reasonably quickly at 2-2.5mph. So far have not been able to do anything requiring intense concentration efficiently. Perhaps I'll develop that skill with time; truth be told, not all of my work requires such intense concentration.

Going to update in a few months. I absolutely loved this when I first got it, overdid it (seriously), and aggravated an old hip injury. This time around I'm going to be more moderate. I rave about to friends. No problems other than the large-for NYC footprint. This is a very heavy, solid piece of equipment that looks like it will last a life time. No complaints from my downstairs neighbor, and I have nothing under the unit other than the recommended mat and a rug. Not sure I'm able to get the silicone spray into the middle of the under belt area - maybe some sort of spray extension to reach the center of the mat would be helpful. Second the idea for Lifespan to design a chair that could be attached to the extremely study brace, and easily moved out of the way. I'm not crazy about moving from the treadmill to my desk. Love this product. Wish I had space for the bike version - I'd use it for variety. My only regret is not buying this prior to starting a graduate program. All the additional reading/writing/sitting was the worst thing I have done for my health. Being able to keep moving while working has been a tremendous physical and psychological benefit. Just don't let your enthusiasm get you carried away and spend far too many hours/day on it for the first weeks.

New model contains a very useful feature

Review by adaptive5
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I bought a used treadmill desk and took to it right away, getting in as many as 12 miles/day while writing articles and books. One impediment was that resuming after pausing I'd have to bump the speed up from .4 to 2MPH manually every time. I checked with Lifespan and they said the new ones enable you to resume speed. Holding the stop button for a second and then add the ^key takes you to engineering mode. Hit ^ some more until you get to F019, then hit enter to toggle from 0 to 1. Hit enter again to return to F019, take out the safety key and from then on pause/resume brings you right back to your prior speed.

The quality of the product overall and this new feature compelled me to buy a new one. Works like a charm. I love this desk and haven't planted my butt in a chair for 9 months now. I bet I never will again.

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