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TR1200-DT3 Treadmill Desk

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$1,499.00

$999.00

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Just glad it works!

Review by Marked Twain
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I need to live and work inside for the most part, therefore I'm happy with this. It does the job, though I wouldn't recommend going over 3 mph on it; it's a bit shaky after that, for even a 100 lb person. I couldn't really do design on it at any speed, but writing or surfing the web at 1.2 mph is actually possible. I put a Herman Miller desk over it that has a 20 degree slant, and the ergonomics work out nicely. Moving between this and an exercise ball for periods each day provides welcome change from my chair. Anyone chained to a computer for long periods might want to consider making the investment. If it survives 2 years, I consider that money well spent (on health, not hardware).

Oh, the Envelop desk? Do not buy. It's a wobbly piece of crap unsuitable for real work, and Herman Miller should be ashamed.

Relatively quiet and it works well.

Review by Mainsil
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As the title says, the treadmill is relatively quiet and works well. Subtracting one star due to minor irritations:

1. I have to reset the treadmill just about every day by turning the power off and on in order to get it to work.
2. The windows app is lame; minimal functionality, can't even relocate the window of the application to a different area of the screen.
3. To get the application and the treadmill to talk requires connecting via Bluetooth, which gets tiresome on a daily basis.

Other than that, superb product so far. Of course, at this point I don't know about durability.

Fantastic with one big downside. The step counter is not always accurate if you are running lightly.

Review by David
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This is a fantastic piece of equipment. I am a programmer usually on the computer 8+ hours a day. I built a desk from a steel shelf unit. Since I received it the treadmill 2.5 weeks ago, i have been putting on about 6 miles a day and 20,000+ steps. Varying the speed depending on your activity is critical. Likewise, read the manual on disabling the speed resetter, and beeps etc. Those will drive you crazy.

The BIG downside, at least for me, is that the step counter is not very accurate. I called LifeSpan customer support and they confirmed this is an issue for a lot of people. When I am running at the max speed of 4mph, I run on my toes (barefoot running style) *without* a heel strike. (See book "Born to Run") Because I am running so lightly, the torque sensor in the motor (which senses a step) does not sense my steps accurately. At best it catches every 5th step. This does not seem to be an issue at slower speeds when my heel is striking more heavily (and I'm not on my toes).

But at the end of the day, I don't really mind. (Except that an expensive piece of hardware like this should be better designed)

I am walking all day while I work, staying fit and healthy. I wish I had bought this thing 10 years ago!

Better than I expected...

Review by bjm
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I was worried about the noise and positioning on an existing desk. It's relatively quiet, I'm in an open area and so far seems to be ok. Speed adjustments are fine, can configure the display (and silence it). There are some options I haven't used yet (USB charging and bluetooth)

Like others have mentioned each time you restart it, it starts on the lowest speed. It would be nice to have it resume the previous speed and ramp up slowly.

Love it!

Review by Leslie
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I bought this treadmill because after years of sitting while I work, I started to develop a lot of aches and pains in my legs, back and butt. On the weekend, or on vacation, these went away, so I knew the sitting was the culprit. I tried standing for a while, but I tend to lock my knees so it put too much strain on them. The second I started walking on the treadmill, all my pain went away. The cost is high, but I consider it an investment in my health and future.

The pros: My body feels great, and everything is easy to do while you are walking. I thought there would be some sort of adjustment period while I learned to type and walk, but it was instantaneous. I basically just forget I am walking. No one I speak to on the phone can tell I am walking. If my feet didn't get tired, I could easily walk 9-10 miles per day, but I have settled into a pattern where I walk about 5 (about half my day) and then sit the rest of the day. It's a good balance.

Cons: As other reviews have noted, the console is lame, but I didn't buy it for the console, so my expectations were low and it's not that important to me. I had to build myself a higher desk, and make sure I also had a sitting desk for those times when my feet need a rest, which was a big commitment of time and money, but again, worth it to me. The biggest con for me is that I live in an apartment and even though the treadmill is very quiet in my room and people on the phone can't hear it, my downstairs neighbor can definitely hear me walking. Luckily I have a section of my apartment that is over the vestibule and so I can put the treadmill there and it doesn't bother her, but it could have been a significant problem. I called the company and they had no solution for this.

Overall, I love this thing!

Would Buy Again

Review by A. Millard
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I've been using this constantly since I bought it. Allows me to walk several miles every day while I'm working at my desk. The only irritant: you can't jump to a particular speed. After you press Start, if you want to walk 2.0 miles per hour, you have to press the "Up" speed arrow 16 more times to get up to the desired speed. You get used to it, though.

Really great product

Review by klm
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I have owned this product for a few days and I love it. The treadmill seems to be of good quality construction, of course time will tell if the treadmill continues to work well in the coming months/years.

I spend 10 to 12 hours per day at my desk, mostly writing software. But I also do tech support and manage a network remotely. I find that the treadmill is a little too distracting at this point to write software while walking. But I love the treadmill for doing tech support and other administrative tasks. I have a sit-stand desk, and I roll the treadmill into place under my desk whenever I want to walk while working. Then I roll the treadmill away from my desk when I want to lower the desk to work seated in a chair. The treadmill weights about 115 lbs, so moving it back and forth might be challenging for someone who is slightly built. This treadmill weighs much less than other treadmills though.

Some of the other reviews mention frustration with the control panel. I do not feel frustrated with the control panel - I think it works well. The control panel does not remember the last speed entered, so that would be a nice feature for the next revision. Perhaps a slow acceleration to the last speed, I know the manufacturers are concerned about lawsuits from starting at high speeds (spoke with them on the phone).

Overall this seems to be a great product.

It's good NOT to be idle at a desk job

Review by James M.
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Loving the treadmill. I had a standing desk already and I love walking a few hours at work each day. Would highly recommend.

If the manufacture were to want to improve on this model, you have to single tap on the speed up button for each .1 MPH you want. It would be nice if you could hold it down. Also, I've had to tape the cord to the back and side for when I slide it in and out.

Walking while workin

Review by Claire B.
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I've had this treadmill for over 2 mos now. At the time I purchased it Lifespan didn't have an electric desk, so I purchased a ConSet electric desk to use with this. The Conset desk is super solid and I'd buy it again separately even though Lifespan sells their own now -- I would not like having the console where my body rests against the desk cut-out.

Onto the treadmill: little to no shock absorption. Yes, its very important to me even though I'm not running on it. It also came with two diagonal 3/4" lines that reach across the entire belt. I haven't had time to call Lifespan about it but it works fine thus far.

My biggest gripe about this unit is its console. It sucks. I rate the console 1 Star merely because it turns on. It only has a 4 digit readout (I had over 10k steps by the second use). You also have to start from a speed of zero *every single time* you un-pause it. I have to jump on and off of this thing all day long, and this is driving me berserk. It also will not up or down-increment unless you push the button each tenth of a mile. So you have to push the button 20 times to get to a speed of 2.0 MPH, which is the minimum that I walk at while working. It also does not sync -- ever -- to the online Lifespan Fitness Club so that you can track your data and progress. They also have no smartphone apps so that you could sync it that way.

The treadmill is quiet and thus far none of my clients has noticed that I'm on a treadmill (although the console does have loud, annoying beeps when buttons are pushed). There seems to be only one other major competitor in this market right now, and I did seriously consider them as their treadmill is a lot shorter than this one. This one could easily be 1.5' shorter than it is. But they seem to have quality-control issues, severe delays on delivering their machines, and various reviews I'd read stated that their machines were quite loud. So I am overall pleased with this unit, the treadmill is good quality, I just sincerely hope that they come out with a console that functions as though it were not created the same time as my old Atari.

I do love walking while working and will never stop. After 25 years of sitting most of the day doing computer work (and becoming very damaged from such) I was forced to either stand up to work or quit working. I discovered treadmill desks from searching for stand-up desks. I currently walk 50% of the time and stand 50% . I purchased a Wellness Mat to put on top of my treadmill while just standing on it, again because the deck on this thing is rock hard. I also purchased a Varier Move Stool, figuring I might use that on it as well, but haven't yet. I do have a little desk in my kitchen and I'm using my Move Stool there and had I been sitting on one of those things the past 25 years I very likely wouldn't have problems I'm having now. I also purchased the Contour Free2 rollermouse and that has been instrumental in walking while working.

Great Investment!

Review by Jennifer
If you've been thinking about getting a walking desk, do it!! I bought this TR1200-DT3 treadmill base and got a standing desk from another company and am loving the combo. (The standard LifeSpan desk that can be bought with the treadmill wouldn't work for me without lots of addition$ to raise up computer monitors to eye level, etc.) The treadmill is solidly built, super quiet (my footsteps make more noise), and as sturdy as anything I've used at the gym.

Working and walking felt a tiny bit awkward for the first 30 minutes or so and after that I kept forgetting I was on a treadmill. I'm typing this at a leisurely 1.1 MPH pace and can pretty much do everything walking that I can when sitting at a desk.

I'm a grad student and work part time from home for a software company and was sitting way too much. I don't have as much time to go to the gym these days, so this is a great low-impact way to stay active, sneak in exercise, and help beat the mid-day energy slump. I'm really happy with the treadmill and am looking forward to using it for years to come.

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