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Good for the price.
on 2 February 2016
I received this today and will update if anything changes or any niggles become apparent.
The box was totally battered. The protection in the box was completely inadequate and I am amazed that the rower wasn't damaged. This has to be improved.
Putting the rower together is relatively easy. There are lots of comments in the instructions about double checking certain things, especially the connections for the computer - this might solve quite a few peoples problems. The only bit of the instructions that lacked enough detail was the bit where you connect the chain to the resistance band - which might explain why people are complaining about having no resistance when they rowed.
I can't remember if this is the same with the concept 2 but I was a little surprised that a dyno isn't used to power the computer - 2 AA batteries instead - not included.
With the resistance: I've rowed a fair amount on a concept 2 and I would compare the resistance to about an 8 on a concept 2. 6 on a concept 2 is meant to simulate water.
With the length: I'm 6ft, and the rower is plenty long enough, I have another 6 inches of travel on the slider when at maximum leg stretch - but everyones legs are different lengths, I'm a 32 in length if that helps anyone. My only complaint would be that to do a proper stroke my right hand hits the fan when beginning a stroke.
With the footplates: they're maybe a bit low compared to the concept 2, but more of a problem, I prefer to work out in barefoot and the velcro straps don't do up as the velcro doesn't line up as the straps need to be tight.
The computer seems to work fine so far, the strokes per minute seems a little slow to react - about 15 seconds. The timer doesn't stop automatically when you stop rowing like the concept 2 and there is no off button and the computer takes AGES to automatically turn off by itself. I haven't mathimatically worked out if the distance is correct like many people report, but it does seem a bit generous and everyone knows calorie counters are BS.
Overall the metal parts seem well made but the plastic parts - especially the footplates - feel and look poor quality and cheap. The wheels don't work on carpet to move it around as they're recessed too much. The folding mechanism is a little fiddly as you have to take a washer and a nut off completely to get it to fold and there is not mechanism in place to hold the machine shut.
In conclusion, if you compare this against a concept 2 like for like, the concept 2 is way better. But this machine is a quarter of the price and the concept 2 is not 4 times better. And for that price it's good and worth a buy.