OneTouch Verio IQ Meter Review

I am a Type 1 Diabetic.  I used the OneTouch Verio IQ Meter for several months and have recently replaced it with the Contour Next USB Meter which communicates with my new Medtronic pump.  I want to give you my impressions of Verio, hopefully, to help you make a decision about which meter is best for you.

The buttons are not too difficult to touch.  The machine is not the smallest but it is nicely pretty thin.  Accuracy seems pretty good, though not perfect, like the others.

If you have this IQ, make sure to check yours because there is a recall on this meter for a rare error it makes.

One of the things I don’t like about this meter is battery life.  The meter has a light supposedly to help with the strips but it barely helps and I just see it as something that drains the battery.

The strips for this meter are very small and very thin which make them harder to handle than many others.  What’s nice here is it only needs 0.3 micro-liters of blood and it can take blood from either side.  What’s bad is if you don’t have enough blood, you have to start all over with a new (expensive) strip.

Also, after you’re done testing, when you pull out the strip, the machine doesn’t turn off on its own for a seemingly long time, about 5 minutes, especially since battery life isn’t that great.

The screen is REALLY easy to see which is very nice.  Also, the log uses predictive patterns to give you warning about when you usually get highs or lows.

There is a standard USB connection and you can download the info to a PC but NOT to a MAC.  I find that I often have to connect the meter to the computer to charge it, even when I don’t need to download the data.

Overall, it’s a pretty nice meter, but not perfect.  The only reason I stopped using it is that my current meter (Contour Next USB) works with my Medtronic pump.

I hope you enjoy it.

Let me know if you have any questions.


Stay Healthy,

Super Gadget Guy


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Infant Optics Baby Monitor Unboxing

With the arrival of our baby boy, we needed a baby monitor.  Perhaps due to a combination of my lack of sleep or of my overwhelming excitement or both, I did something very out of character — I didn’t do much research.  Instead, I just ordered one of the higher rated ones off amazon.

So this is what I got:Infant Optics DXR 5 Baby Monitor 2.4 GHz Wireless video system.  It cost about $100.  I know I don’t need internet video access. This is basically designed for the user to be able to walk around the house while monitoring baby.  It supports up to 4 cameras but I only ordered one camera.  I’m not sure if it can support multiple receivers.

There is a built-in rechargeable battery for the receiver but not for the camera.  The camera needs to be plugged in.  This product is made in China.

The packaging is a cool design, holding the receiver on the left and the camera on the right.

The receiver belt clip feels cheap and I’m not impressed with the build quality.  Its battery is rechargeable and replaceable.  The antenna is not retractable.  The device has brightness and volume adjustment buttons as well as a power button and a pairing button (for the cameras).

The camera stand is mountable. The lens has a tiny lens cap which I bet people forget to take off and/or lose.  The direction the camera faces is actually very easy to adjust, which is nice but I wonder if a little vibration moves it.  The range of the camera increases dramatically when on the stand.

Two adapters are included: one for the display receiver and one for the camera unit.

Set-up is easy — just follow instructions.

I can see already it would be nice if the camera also had a rechargeable battery so that the camera could temporarily be moved… but perhaps this is their way of selling additional cameras.

Initially, the picture looks pretty good.  It will be interesting to see how it works in the dark

I’ll set this up and try it with baby and report back soon with a review.  Let me know if you have any questions


Super Gadget Guy


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Lenovo T430 Laptop Review and Compare to T430S

The T430 replaces the T420.  The main difference is the keyboard.  The old keyboard is gone and now it has a chicklet style keyboard.  This Core I5 version uses the same standard latch with magnesium body.  I feel this is one of the best laptop keyboards you can find, with Apple’s keyboard being second.

The 6 cell battery is removable.  The battery stays flush, which is nice and I can get about 4.5-5 hours of decent usage out of this.

As expected, the memory and optical drive are removal and upgradable.

The USB power port remains powered even if the computer is turned off.

When I have to use a PC laptop, this is my choice to use.  Budget permitting, the T430s.

Let’s compare the T430 to the T430s:  T430s has the same layout however is about 1.5 lb lighter.  The case of the s is carbon fiber based.  The s version is also thinner and the battery is located differently.  I couldn’t find a battery use difference.

In my opinion, both are excellent machines.  Overall, the T430s and T430 are good choices for company laptops or personal use, with the more expensive and more compact T430s better if you have the budget or for the more travelled exec.

Another laptop worth considering is the X1 Carbon, which is smaller and is less loaded than the T430 and T430s.  It has a backlit keyboard and well designed as well. I review it separately.


Super Gadget Guy


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Fujitsu ScanSnap iX500 PDF Scanner Unboxing

I bought the new iX500 after the CES 2013 to replace my old scansnap.

The box is very basic cardboard, perhaps because it’s being advertised as more of a business machine.

I got it because it is both windows and mac compatible.  As far as I know, this is the first with that ability.

Also, this scanner uses built in wifi so without turning on my computer, I should be able to scan in documents to an iPad or iPhone or android device.  If it works as claimed, this feature could be very useful in an office environment.

The paperwork says that some computers won’t recognize the scanner on USB 3.0. but my main goal is to use it with wifi.  There is a small accessory kit containing the CDs with the standard software. The power brick looks like a laptop power brick.


The scanner looks a lot better than my old ScanSnap Scanner, the s500 from 2008, which is windows compatible only. It is an excellent scanner, although sometimes it picks up double sheets.

The footprint is very similar and still very compact, however the iX500 is a little bit taller.  I’m looking forward to seeing the double-sided scanning capability and if the scanner really can only pull in one sheet at a time as fast as the published claims state.  Most importantly, I’m excited to see how it works with my iPad.

Review coming soon. Please post questions, if you have any.


Super Gadget Guy



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ACCU-CHEK Nano meter & Fastclix Review

I’m reviewing ACCU-CHEK Nano blood glucose meter which I purchased for the sole purpose of getting ACCU-CHEK’s lancet device: Fastclix.  Fastclix alone is $20, and, with the meter, is only $6.

I have used the meter to check it and to calibrate with the calibration solution.  I’ve compared it to my other meters.

The Nano definitely falls in line with other meters, getting similar results.  I find that the meter is pretty small and light, but even given its small size, the text is pretty large and easy to see.

Navigation with the buttons is awkward, but gets the job done.

The strips are nice and large so easy to handle, but the strip container is rather large compared to that of other meters.  It requires 0.6 micro liters, which is more than many other strips this day, but it is easy to see as you put it in.

The meter does not use rechargeable batteries. It uses a button sized battery. It does not have a port to load to the computer. You need to buy a transmitter separately.  I don’t have that, so I can’t comment on the software.

So, if this is the meter you need to get with your insurance, I’m pretty happy with it. It’s fine. It works.

What’s really exciting to me about this meter is the lancet device that comes with it: the Fastclix.  This device is large, it’s biggest downside, but I still love it and find it to be the best lancet device I’ve used.

Two other downsides:

  • On the Fastclix, the action of injecting it has a long travel distance and reminds me a lot of a syringe, which I don’t like.  If you watch my video, I demonstrate what I think is the best way to depress the lancet.
  • Also, the needle emerges from the edge, not the center of the device, so you need to be careful about placement, being that it is off center.

Why I love Fastclix:

  • I almost never feel it.
  • With multiple needles inside, it doesn’t have to be reloaded often.
  • Relatively easy to use compared to other lancet devices.


Stay Healthy.

Super Gadget Guy

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