Proform Trailrunner 4.0 Treadmill with Built-in Web Browser
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- Features a 3.8 continuous duty horsepower Mach Z commercial pro motor.
- 0-15 percent quick incline, 20 by 60-Inch two-ply commercial tread belt, 0-12 miles per hour quick speed.
- Built-in ifit live features workouts powered by google maps, training with jillian michaels.
- 10-Inch full-color touch screen with browser powered by android.
- Measures 78 by 38.5 by 56.8-Inch (L x W x H).
- Lifetime frame and motor warranty, 5-year warranty on parts, 2-year warranty on labor.
- Space saver design with vertical folding feature, dual-grip EKG heart rate monitor.
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Get ready for an advanced treadmill experience with superior technology and top performance with the ProForm® Trailrunner 4.0 Treadmill. Featuring a built-in web browser, you can check your email, read the news, or watch your favorite TV shows during your workout. The Trailrunner 4.0 also features iFit LiveTM, built-in technology that provides incredible workouts powered by Google Maps, training sessions with Jillian Michaels, and automatic speed and incline controls using wireless technology. iFit LiveTM provides exciting opportunities to challenge your workouts, tour the world virtually, run and train for races, and compete with others right from your home gym.
The treadmill's powerful 3.8 continuous duty horsepower Mach Z Commercial Pro Motor delivers top performance for even the most advanced runners. Other features include 32 workout apps, comfortable ProTech Advanced adjustable cushioning, and a heavy-duty 20- by 60-inch two-ply commercial treadbelt to help you get the most out of every workout.
The Trailrunner 4.0 folds vertically when not in use. The treadmill also adjusts from 0-15% incline, using ProForm's Quick Incline feature.
- 10-inch Full-Color Touch Screen with Browser Powered by Android: This 10-inch full-color touch screen allows you to connect to your home's wireless network to check the news, read email, watch sports highlights, and more while you exercise. You can navigate through workout stats and options with the swipe of a finger and track your speed, time, distance, calories burned, pulse, incline and pace. Plus, it's integrated with iFit LiveTM Technology, so you can watch your workout progress on the course map.
- iFit LiveTM Technology: Get smarter workouts and faster results with iFit LiveTM Technology, which features workouts powered by Google Maps, training with Jillian Michaels, and automatic speed and incline controls. This wireless technology is the ultimate workout experience and allows you to customize your own fitness program, draw a map, or select a course online to get started. As you exercise, your results are uploaded to iFit.com in real time, helping you manage your online profile
- 3.8 Continuous Duty Horsepower Mach Z Commercial Pro Motor: Run longer and quieter on ProForm's highest grade motor. The Mach Z Commercial Pro Motor was expertly designed and features high-grade wiring and insulation, a thermal cut-off switch, and commercial bearings and brushes. Extensively tested for superior performance, this motor is smooth and quiet.
- ProTech Advanced Adjustable Cushioning: Full-length, adjustable cushioning offers virtually limitless cushion settings. Every stride is different and adjustable cushioning allows you to find the perfect fit to provide comfort and protection to your joints, enabling you to exercise longer and more intensely.
- 20 by 60-inch Two-Ply Commercial Treadbelt: This large, durable belt is built to last and will withstand heavy use. The treadmill's heavy-duty belt is designed to operate quieter than most treadbelts.
- 0 to 15% Quick Incline Control: Allows you to change the incline with a single touch of a button, rather than scrolling through multiple options.
- 0 to 12 MPH QuickSpeed® Control: QuickSpeed® Control allows you to instantly change the speed of the treadmill between 0 to 12 MPH with the single touch of a button.
- 32 Workout Apps: There are 32 built-in workout apps created by a certified personal trainer. Choose from eight speed, eight incline, eight high-intensity workouts (combining speed and incline), and eight calorie-burn workouts to accelerate your progress. The simple navigation of the apps makes it quick and easy to pick up your workout and get going.
- Compatible Music Port for iPod®: Move to the beat of your favorite music with this built-in sound system. Plug your iPod®*, or MP3 Player into the Interplay Music Port for unbeatable sound quality. With the iPod® resting on the console shelf, it’s within easy reach and leaves the controls right at your fingertips.
- Intermix Acoustics 3.0 Sound System: Enjoy great sound quality with this built-in sound system, featuring ProForm's highest-grade speakers with high-excursion drivers.
- SpaceSaver® Design with EasyLift Assist: This patented design allows your treadmill to lift vertically for storage. It also features a powerful shock that will help lift the deck with an easy push and a self-locking latch.
- Workout Intensity Control: Adjust the intensity of your workout at any time to make it more or less intense on the fly.
- Dual-Grip EKG Heart Rate Monitor: Monitor your heart rate with the built-in handlebar sensors, which will challenge you to the right training zone for your fitness goals.
- Product Dimensions: 78 by 38.5 by 56.8 inches (L x W x H)
- Weight Capacity: 350 pounds
- Manufacturer's Warranty: Includes a lifetime motor and frame warranty, 5-year parts warranty, and 2-year labor warranty.
A 10-inch full-color touch screen allows you to connect to your home's wireless network to check the news and read email while you exercise.
When you hear the name ProForm, you probably think treadmills. In its early days, ProForm revolutionized the treadmill industry with the now world-famous SpaceSaver® fold-away design. Today, ProForm continues that tradition of quality and innovation. Thanks to cutting-edge advances in cushioning, electronics, and reliability, ProForm treadmills have become a top choice of fitness enthusiasts throughout the world. Fortunately, ProForm wasn't satisfied just producing great treadmills. In recent years ProForm has unveiled a complete line of exercise bikes, elliptical machines, and weight benches--all geared to provide the most effective workout available.
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The android system used here is very glitchy. I was never able to download any of the workouts . It would just sit there acting like it wanted to, but then would either get stuck in that mode or get confused and go to some other feature in the settings menu ect. Trying to work with the tablet is not user friendly.
The instructions took a long time to sort through and figure out how to link with the ifit website.
If you an expert with android, you won`t be after trying this.
We are sorry to say there are way to many bugs with this product and do not want all the hassle involved in trying to make it work,, as they say it can?
Now we have the pleasure of trying to figure out how to return this product.
PEDIGREE - Proform is owned by ICON Health, a larger corporation, like GM, which brands a nearly identical treadmill under different brand names. This one is also sold under the NordicTrack brand name, and maybe others. Proform is probably the Chevy, and NordicTrack is probably the Buick :) I've used their equipment in gyms without issue. The idea of this model is to have an Internet connected treadmill with custom workouts and google map charted jogging paths.
SHIPPING - Fair - arrived 2 weeks after I ordered, and 7 days after Amazon estimated it would. The delivery men will drop it off past the threshold of your front door. I hope you have a strong back, a strong dolly, and perhaps some other moving tools...as with all well built treadmills, this one's a 400 lb beast. Inside, the treadmill and its parts arrived well packed, well protected, and in good condition. You'll need a big garbage can, and probably a box knife, to break down the packaging to fit in the trash.
ASSEMBLY - Fair - Getting the box off was a huge pain, though I think it would be for any treadmill by mail. The lower part of the treadmill is fully assembled; most of the work involves getting the control deck attached. Make sure you have two strong-backed people, a screwdriver, and a medium sized adjustable wrench. You will have to lift the 400lb treadmill at least three times during assembly. All the parts fit together pretty well, with pretty small tolerances. Kudos to Proform for good quality control on the mechanical parts. WARNING: If you live alone, are prone to hernias, or have ANY sort of muscle or joint problems, PAY FOR ASSEMBLY. You can't order assembly via Amazon, but the treadmill packaging does contain an offer to call in some people. Even if you're strong, there's a decidedly unsafe part of the process that involves installing the support strut while the gigantic treadmill is held free-hand over your head. Proform, if you're reading this, please consider pre-installing this strut at the factory. This last step is an accident waiting to happen, though I'm not sure if any other folding treadmill would be different.
BASIC OPERATION - very good - When you plug in the machine, it takes about 30 seconds to boot the Android operating system.
It plays a very well produced infomercial on how wonderful your new treadmill is. Plugging in the magnetic safety key shuts it up. (don't lose it, or you won't be able to use the treadmill)
BUILD QUALITY - very good
Build quality is well above average, and certainly competitive for its price range. The unit does not flex or vibrate very easily. It feels solid under your feet, but the thud-thud sound of your shoes isn't muted like it is on the $3,000 Precor machines. But for a folding treadmill in this price class, it's darned good.
The motor is reasonably quiet, and the 3.8hp rating is higher than most at this price. Treadmill belt has good traction. The belt has slightly rough edges, which don't affect performance, but also don't compare well against more expensive machines. Rollers are larger than average, which should increase longevity. There's adjustable cushioning. My gimpy knees did fine on a light 30 minute run.
Large one touch buttons for speed and incline allow quick adjustments. Inexplicably, they do not work unless you are already running. On other treadmill models, such as Horizon, AFG, and even lower end proform models, these same buttons work at any time; you can hit the 5mph button from a stop and immediately start running.
The big 10" touchscreen is great for basic operation: Tap go, and a very nice display lets you run in manual mode. The touchscreen controls work great in the basic running modes, where the buttons are large and easy to read. The information displays are top notch, though I wish they had a way to cycle through screens automatically. The display is big, bright and easy to read. If you are 5'10 like me, viewing angles are great. If you are 5'2" like my wife, the screen washes out. Proform obviously opted for a cheaper TN panel, rather than the wider angle IPS panel on the iPAD and other nicer tablets.
Unlike most Android phones and tablets, the screen does not appear to cycle off to save power. The off switch is inconveniently located at the bottom front of the treadmill. (for safety reasons, I don't think ANY treadmill has a convenient power switch)
Sound quality of the built in speakers is fair, fitting somewhere between a good laptop and a bad boombox. You're not going to rock the house with these, but more than acceptable while jogging. There is an easy to use 3.5mm "aux-in" and an included cable to plug in any mp3 player. The stickers say "iPod compatible", but this aux-in is not as well integrated as other treadmills which include the proprietary Apple dock connector and integrated music controls. (I bet that incurs a hefty Apple licensing fee, which is why it isn't here) Besides, Apple changes their docking plugs every year, anyway.
ADVANCED OPERATION - Poor - Frustrating, especially since the problems are easy to fix.
Speaking of Apple, I hate their corporate culture, and I refuse to buy their products. However, they didn't sell a zillion iPads and iPhones making bad product. A two year old can figure out an iPad, and millions of non-tech people happily consume iPhones. You don't need manuals to run most Apple products to most of their potential. I should also say that I'm an Android fanatic, and that had a part in my choosing this treadmill. I have the original Motorola Droid, and I have it customized and hacked to it's utmost. So I'm no stranger to electronics.
There's no way on earth a non-technical user would ever figure this machine out. Basic menus are too basic, and configuration is difficult to find. There's no initial setup wizard. The product manual could be written better; it seems to expect you to jump to page 27 for this, then remember to come back to page 4 for that. Again, from a product design perspective, well designed products should not require the manual for at least 80% of their functionality...and most other treadmills succeed in this regard. Setting up wireless was relatively simple...once I found it...and once I managed to get my fricking password typed in.
This exposes you to the single greatest failure of the product: the lousy resistive touchscreen. Typing is aggravatingly inaccurate, even with the treadmill at 0mph. The letters are gigantic compared to a phone, but nowhere near as precise. You either press one letter lightly and get the next letter over, or you can push hard and get the correct letter twice. The delete button works about one fourth of the time. Unlike what the paid shill reviewers have said, pushing hard or soft doesn't improve the accuracy. It took me an eternity to enter a 14 character wireless password. Registering for the iLive account (which requires entering a 16 digit alphanumeric code) was even more frustrating. Do yourself a favor and register the iFit account on the website using your desktop or laptop. Pick a short username and password, because you still have to put it into the treadmill at least once.
Proform's manual says to calibrate the touchscreen. I did manage to find the two separate calibrator programs. The first is relatively easy to find in the configuration menu. The second is on the Android desktop in the app drawer to the right. No way a non-techie person would find these. The improvement was marginal; it's still far worse than any phone or tablet I've used so far. Leagues away from the standard that non-technical people have come to expect from the capacitive touchscreens in iPhones, iPads, and pretty much all recent smartphones. You can make it tolerable by using a pencil eraser instead of your finger. For your safety, I would only use the eraser head of an unsharpened pencil, and even then, only when the treadmill is parked.
BROWSER - Poor
Even after I updated the firmware (which has warnings about known bugs) and calibrated the touchscreen (both of which are tricky to find), the browsing experience is simply does not live up to Proform's video hype.
As previously mentioned, the resistive touchscreen is pitifully poor. Entering web addresses is frustrating and inaccurate. Multi-touch pinch to zoom is not supported, meaning that this could be a lower cost resistive touchscreen. Half the time when you are trying to scroll, it clicks links instead. The stock Android browser isn't as fast as your modern 1GHz smartphone or tablet. There is no apparent way to create your own custom bookmarks, though the Android browser does auto-remember your history. Android fanatics, you'll probably recognize the browser as the stock 2.2 browser. Because Icon cheaped out and put in a resistive touchscren, pinch to zoom doesn't work, nor does scrolling about a fourth of the time. Just frustrating, especially since spending $20-50 more for a quality capacitive touchscreen overlay is all it would take to make this a much better product. Shame on you, Icon Health, especially since this product debuted with a $3,000 MSRP, and sells for $1700 street. If this wasn't attached to the treadmill, this would be equivalent to the chintzy $150 tablet at KMart.
You can make everything better with a touchscreen stylus, (or the aforementioned pencil eraser) but I have some safety concerns about using anything but your fingers on a moving treadmill.
You can access the browser from almost any screen, but realistically, it's only marginally safe to use it at the minimum speed of 1 mph. Don't even try to use this finicky beast while walking fast, let alone jogging or running. Youtube and Dailymotion are pre-bookmarked, but it's not really practical to watch videos while exercising. Video quality is the Android default 320p, which is to say grainy and barely watchable. If you're always on wifi, shouldn't you make it default to at least 480p quality?
Facebook is bookmarked. Even if you manage to get your password in correctly, you still will have a hard time simply scrolling up and down the touch version of the facebook site. Nothing to do with Facebook, everything to do with the lousy touchscreen. Good luck posting unless the treadmill is parked. If you are so hard up on internet devices, that you need this treadmill for Facebook, buy a cheaper treadmill and a Nook Color for $250. You'll be much happier.
Yahoo music is included, but as soon as you switch back to the treadmill display, the music cuts off.
Android's stock launcher screen is hidden from normal view, though you can find it under "Anroid Desktop" in the configuration menus. There is no way to install Android apps, as Android Market is missing. I haven't tried the developer's sidedoor (ADB) to install apps, but frankly, playing Angry Birds while jogging probably isn't a good idea, anyway.
CUSTOM WORKOUTS WITH GOOGLE MAPS - Fair
This is the feature that really got my attention in the promo videos. Set up your run on google maps, and it will provide incline and street view photographs as you go.
When you try to download an iFit workout, it just sits at 0% forever, or says "no workouts available." Turns out you have to set them up on the web browser (do yourself a solid and set it up on your laptop), then download those workouts from the treadmill. (suggestion to Proform: when you create your custom workouts, and it should "push" to the treadmill automatically) Creating a custom map route isn't difficult on the desktop, once you figure it out. Don't even try to set up anything on the treadmill browser; the drunken touchscreen is too frustrating.
This is NOT an intuitive process. You have to log in to the iFit Live website (preferably on your laptop) and create your route there. There are some interesting pre-set routes there. Drawing a custom route isn't too hard, just click on point A, point B (and more if necessary) to make your route. Once you've added them to your schedule (kind of like a Netflix queue), you have to go back to the treadmill, click on iFit Live, and click to download them to the treadmill. Of note, you MUST run the first route on your schedule no matter what; you cannot choose from your routes on the treadmill. The workaround is to arrange the order on the website before you go on the treadmill to download them. Proform, this could be improved without making the product more expensive.
Just as promised, you can look at a google map or better, yet, streetview photographs as you're running. The photographs refresh about every 5-10 seconds. Image quality could be better, and you can't pan and scan around. (not that you probably should while running). It's better than staring at red LED dots, but it's not nearly as crystal clear as Streetview appears on your PC or Mac.
CUSTOM WORKOUT PLANS - Fair
You can download these from the iFit website. Just like the Google maps routes, you queue them up on the website, then walk over to the treadmill and download them. Also like the map routes, you can only run the first one in the queue. As an added bonus, the voice of Jillian Michaels narrates along every minute or so. (volume buttons are easy to reach if you aren't a Biggest Loser fan). She seems to be more peppy than angry, but may that's because I weigh less than the treadmill's 350lb maximum capacity. What's also unclear is how much iFitLive will cost after the one year membership is over, and what features disappear if you decide not to renew it.
HEART RATE MONITOR - Fair
Don't bother; it's so erratic, I didn't bother checking it against my Polar strap. Moist hands do help with these contact sensors. It does not have a wireless sensor for heart rate monitors. (that's in the $2,000 treadmill club) There aren't any heart rate control programs on the treadmill, anyway. To be fair, most contact sensors don't work well for me, either...heart rate straps are still the most accurate way. (outside of EKGs)
OVERALL RATING - Good, but just barely
Decent treadmill overall if it goes on sale. Otherwise, consider comparable models for less money without the Android browser, and buy yourself a nook color or iPad with the difference. Or if you're feeling lucky, use it with a touchscreen stylus.
Build quality: 4 stars
Basic Workouts: 4 stars
iFit Live: 2 stars
Google Maps: 2 stars
Browser: 1 star
Overall: 3 stars, but just barely. EDIT: Now 2 stars, read below.
SUGGESTIONS FOR ICON HEALTH/ PROFORM:
Spend some extra dimes on a capacitive touchscreen, and give it a panel with wider viewing angles for short people.
Make the workouts selectable from the machine.
Make the product easier to use.
Clearly label the advanced menu icons in the lower right.
Put the support strut in at the factory.
Make the product less expensive, as is the treadmill is probably a decent value for $1300, and a winner at $1100. It's a fair deal at $1700, and a "Biggest Loser" at the original $3000 MSRP.
I appear to be one of the lucky ones, as my machine pretty much worked out of the box, with a little tweaking. So I didn't have to call tech support. I really doubt that Pro-Form is set up to support the Android part of the product, and I doubt iFit is set up to support a treadmill. I don't have any confidence in tech support from ANYONE I've purchased a consumer product from, and given they couldn't design it right, I doubt that they can support it right, either.
A couple of tips if you decide to get this, which will make the treadmill work a bit better.
When you first get it, tap the little button in the lower right, and then tap the wireless network setup.
After you get wifi working (hopefully), click the little button in the lower right twice to get into the hardware config menu.
Run the firmware update. It took me a couple of tries for it to connect successfully, could be a slow server.
Reboot Android. (or just turn the whole machine off and on)
Run the screen calibrator, using a rubber eraser head of a pencil
Go to the Android Desktop, tap the menu on the very right edge of the screen. When the programs pop out, pick the Screen Calibrator and run that one, too.
Calibrate the incline.
Does this sound user friendly? NO!
TREADMILL STALLING BUG:
Very often, you hit Start to run a program, and the treadmill motor doesn't start. Actually, it almost NEVER starts, not with the programs, and not on the manual mode. You have to hit the big red STOP button, then tap RESUME on the screen, and THEN starts to go. The quick set incline and speed buttons will not work unless the motor is running. The first time it happened, I shrugged it off. But now that it happens every time, I'm starting to get pissed. Not quite enough to take it apart and return it, but getting really close.
It's an entertaining diversion, but as mentioned before, once you enter the browser (I do it with my feet parked on the sides), you cannot return to the the treadmill software without cutting off the music. Thankfully, the speed and incline buttons still work in the web browser mode. Also, the buttons to change stations don't work reliably. It seems like they tried to implement flash on the music site, and Android can't really do flash with a bottom-of-the-barrel-CPU. Heck, you can't scroll up and down without the music cutting and stalling. I think you're better off starting Pandora on your smartphone and plugging it into the aux-in jack (which does work as it should), or an mp3 player.
After using it every time for a week, it's starting to get annoying. The switch feels really cheap and flimsy, and I'm afraid that it won't last. I'm probably going to go pick up a surge protector with its own on off floor switch.
REVISED OVERALL RATING: 2 Stars....I'm sorry, but I'm starting to feel I overpaid for this. The treadmill is good, but I really wish I had listened to everyone else and bought a Sole or Horizon machine instead. My wife still likes it; she just hits the basic presets and starts running. As soon as you use it beyond the most basic treadmill functionality, you'll start to get frustrated. As I said, it's a four star treadmill bolted to a one star control panel.
I would be reluctant to recommend this product to anyone without serious computer know how...and nerdy people don't always have the strong backs required to assemble it. If you can get it for around $1,000, and only use the basic presets, you'll be happy. You can do that easily...by buying a different treadmill.
My wifes laptop can connect, my xbox can connect, our Android phones can connect. I've even tried using an extender which to the signal from Good to Excellent. Same story.
After a bunch of emails, I was sent a microSD card to update the firmware (since I can't connect to the internet to do it). No help. Today, I received an entire front console replacement. Still won't connect.
Good as a plain old treadmill. Horrible as a "feature rich" piece of equipment.