Lifespan TR1200 DT5 Treadmill Review
treadmill Doctor Note :
The best value treadmill desk on the market today! You can go cheaper and get a junky treadmill design or spend thousands more but this one makes the most sense.
The plus points...
Simple, average motor delivering bare essentials
The whole idea of using this treadmill is to work the desk while you walk the tread, and no running is involved, and for that exclusive purpose a 2.25 HP motor is about average promising nothing less, nothing more. The motor handles the shorter belt comfortably producing a relatively noise free ambiance which is suited to office spaces.
Walking belt and supportive cushioning ideal for office walkers
If the gold standard in the treadmill industry is belt dimensions of 20" x 60", shearing four inches off can be condoned because a deck surface of 20" x 56" is suited to walking which is what this treadmill is essentially designed to do.
The cushioning is good and it's a comfortable forgiving surface for the walker; leg and back muscles suffer least strain.
The adjustable desk helps taller users
The adjustable desk is the major unique selling proposition of this unique machine - a feature that allows the office user to integrate his office work routine and his physical workout. Instead of sitting while you work you have the option of walking on the treadmill while you type on the keyboard or view the monitor or listen to great music while your hands are free.
The motor is underpowered for running
If you could break into a jog or a run on this treadmill you will find the noise levels increasing as the motor strains to handle a load it is not designed to withstand. The warranty on the motor is just three years. The company doesn't believe its motor will last so there's no point in overusing the treadmill only to promise the motor an early funeral.
Pricing may worry the average budget buyer
The Lifespan TR 1200 DT5 is placed midway between the "value for money" machines in the $700 - $999 range, and the $2,000 - $3,500 range which is ruled by the premium prima donnas.
Admittedly, the TR1200 gives you good value for money in the median range, and if you can afford this price it's a good offer. The budget conscious person can opt for a more affordable model like the NordicTrack C900 Pro at the sub $1,000 price point but with that treadmill, you don't get the compatibility with the desk.
Treadmill needs a break to keep noise levels manageable
Though the company claims speeds up to 4 mph this is not sustainable without breaking the sound barrier and you won't be able to speak comfortably on the move. Fifteen to thirty minute sessions of 2 mph walking buffered by reasonable breaks will help prolong motor life.
Warranty is very disappointing
Lifetime on frame, 3 years for the motor, 2 years for parts and just 1 year for labor add up to a pathetic warranty. This is the sole reason why the value for money for this treadmill is much lower than it should be.
The reliability stakes
A short intense workout is infinitely preferable to a slow steady routine, as the second approach effectively halves the longevity of the machine. The logic behind this is that if heat increases inside a motor, this accelerates wear and tear and breakdown of critical components, reducing the overall efficiency of the machine. So, if you were planning on using the treadmill for long nonstop workouts then this is NOT your ideal machine.
The final diagnosis
The Lifespan TR5000 DT3 presents a unique option that allows you to merge desk work with tread work, and its major competitor is its sister model, the DT5, which got top billing in the Best Buy Desk Treadmill category.
Lifespan took a winner of a treadmill and paired it with the new interest in having a working desk attached to the machine and came up with an entirely new winner!