Yes, I'm writing this review while working on a TrekDesk. I was going to build my own but my wife surprised me with an early Christmas present. Now I'll share what I've learned over the past month of TrekDesk-ing. WORKING WHILE WALKING: Any treadmill desk claims to provide health benefits. I'm sure they do, but I haven't noticed any yet. It's only been a month though so hopefully within a few more months I start to actually feel better at the end of the day. Right now I'm still pretty wiped out from walking all day. My feet hurt and my legs are tired. The actual working experience isn't terribly different from a normal desk. If you're just typing on a keyboard, then you pretty much forget that you're walking and life is great. If however, your job requires precise control of a mouse, the Trek Desk DEFINITELY isn't for you! The smaller the mouse movements, the harder it is to control. Just clicking between documents and stuff like that is easy. Navigating multi-level menus without sliding off the spot you want is a little more tricky and requires some practice. Doing any kind of precise CAD work or Photoshop editing is pretty much impossible. Now, if you only need to do fine mouse control once in a while, just step off to the side of the treadmill, do your mouse work and then start walking again. Fine mouse control while your body is moving around is tough, but beyond that working is fairly easy. Finally, it helps to have good shoes and also stop and stretch every hour or so. WORKSPACE: There is a lot of work space and that's great because I've got room for the box of tissues, the cup of pens, a laptop, a second monitor, a large comfortable keyboard, etc. etc. The down side is that you can't just cram this thing in a corner in a bedroom and get away with it. You've got to have a big work area because you've got a wide desk and a long treadmill. Once the desk is in place you can't fold up the treadmill anymore either so you need a good 6' x 6' of space to permanently allocate to your home office. CONSTRUCTION: It seems sturdy. The top is formed plastic and has a distinctly plastic smell for the first few weeks, but it's still very sturdy. The two halves of the top are held together and supported by four pieces of U shaped steel that are about three feet long each. The sides and all of the metal parts are powder coated steel. One of my cross braces had paint chipped off and the metal underneath was rusty so I'm not sure why that would have happened, but it doesn't matter for the performance of the desk. Some people complain about a sideways wobble on the desk. Yeah... it's there... a little bit... if you look for it. It depends on how much the motion from your walking is being transferred to desktop. If you're resting your palms on the desktop it's not really there but if you're kind of holding yourself to the desk with your arms, it will wiggle a little. It could be solved easily if you don't like the wiggle. Go to a hardware store and ask for a piece of 1" angle iron. Bolt that between the two legs right where the existing horizontal supports go and that should solve the problem, but like I said, it's not really that noticeable so I haven't bothered to try it. ASSEMBLY & SETUP: I found it pretty easy to assemble. I wasn't crazy about driving screws into plastic because I didn't think they'd have much holding power, but there are enough of them and they're not really "holding" anything other than preventing movement of parts. It takes about a half hour with a drill or power screw driver to assemble. Longer with a regular screw driver. The instructions aren't stellar but they're certainly good enough that anyone should be able to assemble it easily and the pictures in the instruction manual seemed pretty good. Setting the desk up is fairly easy too, but surprisingly the height adjustments seem a little out of whack. I'm 5'10" and to get my elbows at an ergonomically recommended 90 degree angle, I'm at height setting 3 of 10. You'd have to be 8'6" to use height setting 10 so I'm not sure what they were thinking. If you're shorter than 5'5" you'll probably have to get a little creative and put the back of your treadmill on a 2x4 and then increase the angle of the treadmill a little to effectively raise you up two inches, but again it's no big deal. ACCESSORIES: The accessories are all made to slide into accessory slots that are formed into the desk top. Any accessory can go into any slot so you can configure the desk however you want. It comes with a nice set of steel trays for organizing papers. They're really high quality compared to anything you might buy at an office store. It also comes with a document holder that is meant to hold sheets of paper in front of you presumably for transcribing. While that's very 1970's and may not seem useful in this day and age, I clipped two of those big black springy paper clippy things through the slots in the holder to make a little elevated "shelf" and I use it to hold my iPhone. It would be great for holding a tablet computer as well. Again, it's a very high quality piece of powder coated metal. Finally there are the cup holders. Good idea, but not practical. Each cup holder has a little paperclip tray (or something like that) built in which is nice but due to the size of the desk surface and the fact that the cup holders hang PAST the edge of the desk you've got to have really really long arms to reach them. I tried them, but it was just a hassle so I gave up and now I just have a water bottle on the desk instead. I haven't figured out a good use for the cup holders yet although one of them is currently serving as a granola bar holder. OVERALL: The TrekDesk is better than anything most people can whip up in the garage out of scrap lumber and if you start buying any kind of new lumber the price difference is going to shrink pretty quickly so there's a diminishing return on your time and money. It seems to be well made and I'm sure it will hold up longer than I will :) I like the large work space it provides but if you've got a cramped work area like a corner in a bedroom, it may be too big. Aside from the cup holders I like the accessories. They could have included the angle iron cross brace I mentioned earlier to minimize sideways wobble but for me I hardly ever notice it and even when I do notice, it's not like it bothers me. I wish there was a small pencil drawer just so everything doesn't have to sit on the desk top but again, that's not a big deal. A small set of drawers can be put on top of the top paper tray and that's probably what I'll end up doing. Walking while working is a lot easier than it seems but for me it's taking a while for my body to adjust. So yes, even though I'm cheap, I'd buy the TrekDesk again rather than build my own out of wood.
- DP (Medford, WI 4 Stars)