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By Diana Forbes

OneTouch Ultra Mini

When it comes to meters, size matters. So, when we first saw the new Ultra Mini we were glad to see it was about 1/3 the size of the old meter. It resembles a USB drive in it's sleek and slender design.

We wanted to see how kids would adapt to the meter so we tested it out on a couple of tweenagers 12-13 years old. Both of these kids had been living with diabetes since they were 5-6 years old. They both liked the size and feel of the meter and that it didn't take up as much room in their pockets. They also commented on the new Error messages which specify when the meter temperature might be too high or low for a correct reading, when there is a problem with the meter, test strips or the amount of blood collected on the test strip. They said that it was nice to know, "exactly what was going on with the meter based on the Error numbers."

Also of note was the new smaller sized lancing device. It's about 1/2 the size of the older devices and just as easy to use.

The Ultra Mini also comes with a OneTouch clear cap for users who want to draw from other areas like a forearm or palm. The kids told us they preferred to test on their fingers because "it was faster than testing anywhere else." The two testers give this new OneTouch Ultra Mini a "pricked thumbs up."

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