Wide-mouth dosing area attracts and holds blood sample allowing patients to fill the strip easily. Large, wide strip and rubber monitor grips provide easy handling. Alternate site testing. Results downloadable. 500-value memory with time and date. 0.6-microliter sample size. 7-, 14-, and 30-day averaging. English and Spanish instructions including a "First Time Guide." Toll-free call center available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with multilingual representatives.
This meter, for your fashion-types of diabetics, has changeable skins, a la HP or Dell laptop computers. You can get a free pack by writing to the company and then they just stick on by static cling. These are cool for kids as well as older folks who want to jazz up their boring old meter. As far as function over form, this is a competent meter, without a lot of bells and whistles. It is also available free with purchase of test strips, or at least it was when I got it. I hear that this is the best brand to go with as far as getting test strips covered by insurance, but I have no personal experience with it. Overall it's pretty easy to use and simple to operate.
I try to take advantage of most free glucose monitor offers especially if they come with free test strips. Insurance is best if I stick to their “chosen few” but that doesn’t mean they are the best options.
So, when Accu-chek offered their newest machine, the Aviva, as well as 50 free test strips, I sent for one. I’ve tried it several times versus my One Touch products.
I like the size and shape of the machine – its more ergonomically correct for the hands. It uses larger, rounded test strips which “sip” so much better than the One Touch strips. It is as fast as the One Touch with a result in five seconds. None of my tests resulted in waste. In addition, they all approximately matched the One Touch results (which previously proved to be the FDA allowable 20% off to a lab blood test in the normalized reference range).
The machine retains 500 test results, far more than the Mini and far fewer than the Ultra Smart. It does 7, 14 and 30 day averaging versus the 7, 14, 30, 60 and 90 day numbers I get from the Ultra Smart (not to mention all the target range and %s the Ultra Smart provides).
My biggest pet peeve with meters (other than expense and lack of accuracy) is the batteries. And yet again, this one uses an expensive and tough to find camera/watch battery.
My overall assessment is 1) easy to use 2) little waste 3) not detailed analytical tools.
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