The Accu-Chek Advantage is easy to use but has been overtaken by other meters in features and usability for kids. The Comfort Curve test strips requires 3 microliters of blood, ten times more than the industry leading meters. The Advantage test time of 26 seconds is also five times that of the fastest meters (now five seconds). Because blood volume and testing time are very important for kids with diabetes, the Accu-Chek Advantage is no longer a good choice for children with diabetes.
The Comfort Curve test strip allows more blood can be added to the strip within 15 seconds and works over an increased temperature range (57 to 104 degrees F). The Accu-Chek Advantage was also improved for 2005, with a 480 test memory, as well as 7-, 14-, and 30-day averages.
Accu-Chek Advantage comes with the highly rated Accu-Chek Softclix lancing device.
The Accu-Chek Advantage can be used with the Accu-Chek Voicemate, a system which provides voice prompts to help who have reduced vision. The system can even help identify the type of insulin in a vial.
- Ease of use: 10 (Comfort Curve Strip)
- Features: 9 (memories, data port, touchable strips, capillary action)
- Speed of results: 5 (26 seconds)
- Suitability for use by children under ten years old: 0 (blood volume, test time - there simply are better products)
- Suitability for use by children over ten years old: 0 (blood volume, test time - there simply are better products)
- Cost: 1 (about $89 per 100; $1,945/year at 6 tests/day)
- Overall Rating: 27
Roche Diagnostics Corporation
9115 Hague Road Indianapolis, IN 46250
The Accu-Chek Advantage in its new, smaller size for 2005. Click for a larger image.
Applying blood to the Comfort Curve test strip is easy.
Last updated September 22, 2007
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