I just received it in the mail from Medtronic. I just started using and like some features better than the One Touch Ultra Link. Any insight?
I leave the meter in the case take out the strips bottle and use the USB extension cable to charge it. It works for me.
Dear Kate and MOM: Much thanks for the the comparisons. I have had the Contour link in a box since it came with my new MMM Revel in late December, 2012. I am continuing to use the Ultra Link, as I have tons of stored up strips. but i think I will ask for my doc to do a reauth. for the Bayer strips, and just have two Linked meters to use regularly.I will keep the ultra link bedside for when i need to test in the middle of the night WOO HOO!the features of Not Having to use the Carelink dowload usb, small size for portability when i am exercising, less blood, and the back lighting sound formidably faboo!!
One good suggestion from Katie's mom is to use the USB charger from the phone's charger instead of using a laptop. Most of the phones now come with a USB charger where the wire come out so you can plug in your meter directly to charge.
On my recent visit to the doctor, he told me the no one beats the free style meters in the amount of blood they require for a test and also you can add more blood until it beeps. So less wastage of strips.
My 2 cents.
The Contour Next also allows you to add more blood until it beeps....hated that the OneTouch needed so much blood and you couldn't add more!
I'm using the Contour next EZ (not the USB version) and have wasted several strips because of insufficient blood.
The Abbot Precision Xtra will accept more blood. Interesting that you say the FreeSyle meters can also. Does this include the new FreeStyle Insulinx which uses the same strips?
The Contour NextLink does accept more blood.
I wonder what is different. Maybe, I'll take the ferry to Port Angeles, WA and get a NextLink. I don't mind using either unit systems.
I like it a lot, but ran into insurance problems with it. I would have had to pay $195 for the strips compared to $30 for my refills for the One Touch.
Not sure what it is about at this time and will have to investigate some more.
Our cost for Contour Next strips, through our on-line (90 day supplier) was exactly the same as One Touch Ultra. However, when I went to get one month's supply at local pharmacy they made a mistake and gave me regular Contour strips which were double the cost of the Next strips. Lesson learned: don't assume that they will fill a strip prescription accurately----double-check the box! I didn't realize it later that day; luckily we hadn't opened the box and they took them back!