Overall this is a good machine for the price. It is easy to put together, not too heavy. The rowing action is smooth and quiet, you just hear the seat moving, which isn't very loud. The max resistance could be a little higher, but I row for half an hour at a time and it is still a solid workout. (I am 5' 11", 185 pounds) The reason I didn't give this machine 5 stars is because the seat is pretty hard and gets uncomfortable quickly. I use a small pillow on the seat, which works out fine.