Mobvoi, best known for the excellent but underappreciated Ticwatch Pro smartwatch range, has branched out into home fitness with a new super-affordable treadmill.
Treadmills have been a hot commodity since the beginning of the pandemic, with runners and walkers preferring to exercise indoors to avoid travel restrictions and cope with the temporary closure of gyms.
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When we spoke to Olivia Neely, personal trainer at Starks Fitness to find out what to look for when buying a treadmill, she advised looking for a model with a belt at least 48 inches long and 16 inches wide, and a maximum speed of 10mph.
The Mobvoi Home Treadmill is a simple model that falls below those specifications, with a belt measuring 39.39 inches long and 15.75 inches wide and a top speed of about 7.5mph, making it more suited to walking than stretching your legs for a proper run.
Walk this way
If that's your preferred form of exercise though, the Home Treadmill might be just right. It has a dual LED display to show your current running stats; a built-in Bluetooth speaker so you can enjoy music and audiobooks from a phone or tablet; and a water-resistant surface to protect from sweat, splashes from your water bottle, and spritzes of disinfectant spray.
Its low-powered motor and sound-insulating belt mean it's quiet too. The handlebars (containing the display) can be removed so you can use it paired with a standing desk to get some gentle exercise while you work.
It's priced at $449.99 / £399.99 (about AU$630), which is a very reasonable price for a modestly-specced treadmill, and we suspect it may prove very popular as a budget option for indoor strolling. It's available to buy now direct from Mobvoi.