The FreeMotion 790 Interactive Treadmill with Entertainment Center

The FreeMotion 790 Interactive treadmill is a complete entertainment center loaded with a 15" TV screen attached, a 10" web browser, and a music port with speakers for an MP3 device.

The Machine

The 10" full color touch screen display has the web browser Powered by Android™ to access the internet. It also tracks your workout speed, time, distance, incline, pulse and calories burned, and features a 7x30 scrolling CrossTrainer™ display.

The full specs on the FreeMotion 790 Interactive treadmill are:

FreeMotion 790 Interactive Treadmill

  • 4.2 CHP Commercial AC Motor
  • 0-12 mph 1-Step™ Speed Control
  • 0-15% 1-Step™ Incline Control
  • 0 to -3% One-Touch™ Decline
  • 20" x 60" Tread Belt
  • SRS Surface Response Suspension
  • 36 Workouts
  • iFit® Live Compatible
  • Powered by Android™ browser
  • Interplay™ Music Port for MP3
  • Intermix Acoustics™ 3.0 Sound System
  • Hand Grip Heart Rate Monitors
  • Polar® Wireless Chest Strap (included)
  • 375 lbs User Weight Capacity
  • SpaceSaver® Design with EasyLift™ Assist
  • Machine Dimensions: 80"x 36" x 73.5" (LxWxH)
  • Warranty: Lifetime frame & motor, 5 yrs parts, 2 yrs labor

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The Buzz

FreeMotion 790 Console

The FreeMotion 790 Interactive treadmill has the same frame, warranty, and many of the same features as the 750 and 770 models, with the exception that the 790 has a bigger motor, more pre-programmed workouts, and larger 3" precision-machined rear rollers. But the bulk of the extra money you are paying is for the TV screen and the touch screen.

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You also get heart rate monitoring through contact grips on the handles plus a wireless chest strap (included). The deck has a Spacesaver design which means it easily lifts and locks out of the way when the treadmill is not in use. The FreeMotion 790 treadmill has a decent suspension system to reduce impact on joints, a top belt speed of 12mph, and the incline/decline feature to help target all the muscle groups for a better cardio burn and building leg strength.

The 10" touch screen has a built-in web browser so you can access the internet to watch news and sports, or interact with iFit Live programming to follow along virtual trails when you use Google maps. With the 15" high definition TV you can watch the two video workouts set in Hawaii as well as watch regular cable programming. (You should figure out how you’ll hook up the TV with your cable or Satellite service before you choose a place for the treadmill.)

What We Say

Ignore the MSRP of $3,499 – it’s a marketing ploy to get you to think the FreeMotion 790 Interactive treadmill is worthy of consideration at the $3500-level but now selling for a low price of $1,999. You should also ignore the whole treadmill TV hype as you will be disappointed. If you want a 15" TV – buy one and put it near your treadmill but don’t buy them combined. The touch screen is another issue. Read user reviews and you’ll be surprised at how many problems people have with the sensitivity and delay of typing keys on a touch screen on a treadmill, as well as hardware issues such as having a compatible wireless network router, computer interface issues (iFit Live won’t run on a Mac), and more. Buy a treadmill dedicated to the purpose of walking and running for exercise, and avoid treadmills that try to be a TV, laptop, and shelf entertainment system too.

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