After using this rower for a while I think it's an ok machine. The resistance is pretty consistent until you get near the end of the stroke then all resistance goes away. It doesn't work well for doing bicep curls or upright rows because it feels like you're going to hit yourself in the face with the handle. The handle is pretty narrow also, I'm going to be replacing it with something else even if I have to make it. The stroke count and timer are about the only functions that are worth using. The distance is tied directly to the stroke count so if you do 100 strokes you have gone 100 meters. It doesn't matter if you are short or tall, doing long strokes or short strokes, the distance is all the same. It does a decent job of a basic rowing machine, I think it should last me for quite a while but time will tell.