The Microlet lancing device comes free with Bayer and Ascensia meters. It's shaped very differently than traditional pen-style lancing devices and, as such, takes a little getting used to, but it fits easily into your hand.
The design of the Microlet does make it easy to hold, even in small hands. The Microlet is considerably shorter than most pen-style lancing devices (3.25 x 1.25 x .75 inches) and can therefore fit into smaller pockets or purses.
Loading a lancet feels different than in pen-like devices, as loading the lancet does not cock the Microlet. The lancet holder is quite springy and never offers complete resistance to pressure as you push in the lancet. Some of our testers weren't sure that they'd loaded the lancet in all the way because of this.
Cocking the Microlet takes more force than our top-rated lancing devices, which might make it more difficult for very young children to use on their own. Older kids and adults will have no difficulty. Triggering is easy for anyone.
The Microlet now comes with an adjustable tip, with five depth settings, so you can adjust the depth to meet your needs. The tip is opaque, which makes using it for alternate site testing a bit tricky.
- Comfort: 10
- Ease of Use: 8
- Safety: 9 (exposed lancet)
- Overall: 27
The Microlet, shown alongside three standard lancets. The Microlet is more compact than traditional pen-style lancing devices.
The new adjustable Microlet (left) compared with the old non-adjustable (right). Click for a larger image.
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Review updated August 28, 2005
Last Updated: Saturday December 31, 2005 11:02:53
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