Great treadmill with the small screen we want
This treadmill is a great old-school value. My wife and I do not want a giant video monitor as the centerpiece of a treadmill. A small screen as a control panel is just right. The shipping company delivered it to our living room, and I thought I'd be able to take it to the basement by myself, piece by piece, and assemble it there. I didn't realize that the main body is all welded and a single piece. That's great! Much stronger; but I had to get help moving it down there. The assembly instructions are pretty good; a couple of places could use more detail and/or helpful hints. Getting the crossbar for the panel to click into place took a little fussing around. But once in place, it is all very, very solid.
I was extremely angry, though, at NordicTrack's heavy-handed LIES that the machine would not work unless you sign up for a membership with the online iFit service. Free for 30 days, but you have to give them your credit card number and cell phone number to get the instructions on how to activate the treadmill!!! As an electronics engineer, I have designed control panels like this. I knew it had to be marketing B.S. and there would be a way to supersede the sign-up requirement. All you have to do is hold the "iFit" button on the control panel for 15 seconds or so (and first be sure the magnetic "key" is attached to the control panel). Starts right up with that, and it seems to be a one-time requirement.
My wife really likes this treadmill, and I'm very happy that we were able to obtain a brand-new unit, even though NordicTrack themselves are not selling this model any more.
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