I got this so I could start ramping up my training during the nasty parts of the winter in Chicago. A real life saver when youre trying to gear up for another RAGBRAI in the summer. The resistance wont match more than a low-grade hill, but its enough to get my blood pumping for some decent cardio and indoor conditioning.
Noise is definitely a factor, but its not so terrible that I cant hear Netflix or music when Im cruising- granted that I have the volume up higher than normal. If you want something that runs quiet, this probably isnt your trainer. For my needs, the price and resistance are just what I wanted.