This rower is on the smaller and cheaper side. Compared to Concept II that costs over $1, 000 or WaterRower that will run a bill of around $1, 500, this one can be purchased for $200-230. Being small and compact, Stamina 1205 Precision Rower is very good for home use, but it is sturdy enough for a not overly busy gym (that's where I got to try it).
Some of the things I like about this rower are: 1. Two handles set apart in a way that is more like actual oars instead of one handle with two grips together; 2. Stability; it might look unstable due to its size, but you won't fall off. 3. Comfortable, well-padded seat and padded handles; 4. Moving foot pads that allow you to slightly move your feet as you exercise rather than have them locked in the same position.
The machine has a basic monitor that shows time, speed, distance, stroke count, and calories. You can adjust resistance controls on the sides of the rower to make the workout easier or harder.
While this rower is not so fancy as top of the line, big gym quality machines, it does the job well and gives a good workout.