This meter is no longer being sold. The review remains online for historical purposes.
The Accu-Chek Simplicity from Roche Diagnostics makes use of its older reflectance test strips, similar in appearance to those used in the Accu-Chek Instant. Test time is variable, with 25 to 30 seconds typical.
The Accu-Chek Simplicity must be calibrated to the test strips in each vial using a calibration chip that inserts into the side of the meter. Calibration is easy with the chip, but if you lose the calibration chip, you'll need to open a new container of test strips or contact Roche for a replacement.
The Accu-Chek Simplicity is small (4 x 2.5 x 5/8 inches, 100 x 55 x 15 mm) and lightweight (2 3/8 ounces, or 66 grams). The meter comes with a form-fitting plastic cover to protect the display and buttons, a small soft-side carrying bag, and a Softclix lancing device. The Accu-Chek Simplicity test strips are readily available in both 50 and 100 strip packages.
Features of the Accu-Chek Simplicity include:
- Test results in 25 to 30 seconds
- Test strip that takes 3 microliters of blood
- 30 test memory
- Visual backup reading of test strips using color chart on strip bottle
- Instruction booklet in English and Spanish
EvaluationThe Accu-Chek Simplicity uses older reflectance technology and doesn't have as many features as many newer meters. One reviewer felt that the way the test strip loaded was cumbersome, and another didn't like the fact that the countdown timer displayed rotating pixles instead of the number of seconds remaining (the meter can't, since the test time is variable). The lack of a data port is a serious deficiency, in light of the proliferation of diabetes management software and the growing reliance on such software by many diabetes teams.
Though Roche claims that the meter uses 3 microliters of blood, the pad on the test strip appears much larger. One tester had a difficult time getting enough blood on the strip. If you don't get enough blood on the test strip the first time, you cannot add more blood.
Though easy to use, even for young children, the Accu-Chek Simplicity doesn't stand out when compared with the other recommended meters, including Roche's AccuCheck Advantage.
- Ease of use: 8 (test strip insertion)
- Features: 5 (30 reading memory, four watch batteries, visual backup reading of test strip using color chart on strip bottle)
- Speed of results: 4 (30 seconds)
- Suitability for use by children under ten years old: 1 (there are much better products)
- Suitability for use by children over ten years old: 1 (there are much better products)
- Cost: 0 (about US$80 per 100; $1,153/year @ 4 tests/day)
- Overall Rating: 19
Roche Diagnostics Corporation
9115 Hague Road Indianapolis, IN 46250
Last updated July 6, 2006
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Last Updated: Thursday July 06, 2006 20:17:14
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