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TR1200-DT5 Treadmill Desk

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$1,999.00

$1,499.00

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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.

Frickin' Love It!

Review by DB from NC
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10-12 hours a day in today's corporate world is not they way we were built to live. After 8 years of this, I had enough and decided to move on a good deal for the LifeSpan. Can't say how wonderful it is to walk and actually burn calories and activate muscles rather than continue the rooting into an office chair.

I bought the OfficeStar drafting chair which is adjustable to match the height of the desk and when I want to sit, I just drop a board across the treadmill and put the chair on top. Works great when I want to sit.

Invest in yourself and get one!

Treadmill Desk, power glitch causes it to be 3 stars not 5.

Review by Panlaw
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Overall I like using this treadmill desk in my office. It was not too big for my office. It replaced a bookcase that was in my office. Furthermore, I found that it indeed served its intended purpose--to function as a desk and treadmill. I found the item to be quiet enough that it is not annoying or disturbing when I use it. In fact, I was able to engage in a conversation with a colleague while walking on it. Others upon seeing it expressed an interest in wanting one as well but felt the price was beyond their price range. It was definitely pricey. I found putting it together was rather simple and intuitive. The tools needed for the job were provided. It is shipped in two very large boxes that both are very heavy. It definitely requires two strong individuals to get it to the right location in your office. The only concern I have about this machine--hence the 3 not 5 star rating is that when I power it on, it will squeal like a stuck pig. This has happened more times than I care to admit. After power it on and off, the high pitch noise will stop. This power issue affects the computer board and I must play with both the power and the computer board to get it to work right. It is becoming more and more aggravating. I think for a thousand plus dollars, this machine should not have this technical glitch. I have only had it for a month or so and I'm hoping this glitch is just a minor annoyance and not indicative of future issues with this machine. I guess I'm hoping with time it will stop making this noise and adversely impacting the computer board. I hate to think what I will need to do if this issue turns into a material performance failure. Right now it is merely a nonconforming performance issue that impairs the machine from properly functioning. Shipping it back to Utah for repairs would be cost prohibitive and I don't have the time to call the company to see why it is making this noise. All, the same I am still very happy that I bought one and hope to use it for many years.

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