Abbott Optium Xceed

by TerryG

Plasma-calibrated results

Sample size: 0.3┬ÁL

Processing time: 3-4 secs

Memory: 450 tests

Averages: 7, 14 and 30 day

Backlight: yes

Strips: individual foil wraps

Downloads: no

Case: soft fabric approx 130x90x25mm


User opinion:

Based on glowing recommendations of others and the fact that it also tested ketones, I tried this meter. Didn’t take long to get annoyed with poor design features.



Good stuff:

Ketone testing is the big plus – uses separate, if very expensive, strips.

Partially filled strip will wait for extra blood, so strip is not wasted.

Small case.

Customer service was very good and helpful, sending control solution etc.


OK stuff:

Strips come in individual foil enclosures. Some love these. I found them annoying, particularly if hypo and needing to test quickly and easily.

Pricker does the job but very average.

A calibration strip needs to be inserted. OK – maybe necessary for switching from ketone mode to blood glucose mode, but extremely annoying.

Side button for backlight can be a bit fiddly.


Offputting stuff:

If the case for the Xceed had been done as a GCSE design technology project, I’d have failed it.

The plastic retainer for the meter ensures that, if the case is opened upside down (and if a right-hander opens the zip instinctively top-to-bottom that’s exactly what will happen) the meter can fall straight out and on to the floor.

When a strip is inserted, it protrudes to exactly the level of the zip – hence it’s easy for those with less than perfect eyesight to feed their blood sample into the zip instead of the strip.

My first case lasted three weeks before starting to fray and fall apart. The second case lasted just over two months.

Inside there’s various pockets – none very secure – where strips, lancets etc go. But the sheets of strips don’t fit properly into any.

In use during the winter the meter persistently refused to operate because of low temperatures. Absolutely no use when I was out and about. Other meters failed far less often.

There were an alarming number of erratic readings eg “LO” on this meter when others showed reading to be above 2.0 and personal consciousness level felt the latter was correct.

Control solution range eg Lo solution between 1.6 and 3.3 and Hi solution between 12.5 and 20.8. As far as I’m concerned, if falling anywhere within that range is deemed to be working accurately, then it’s not much use to me.

Test strips may take a small sample, but the capillary action of “sucking in” the blood was so slow it negated quick processing time and if your eyesight isn’t perfect it can be hard to hold finger in place for long enough.

Lancing device can easily be knocked from lowest to highest setting.

Recovering results from memory is a one-at-a-time process. Annoying. Made worse if you pause for more than a few seconds, eg to note results on a chart, because the memory will switch off and you have to start again from the beginning.


Personal impressions/ratings

Meter accuracy **

Meter features ****

Lancing device **

Case *

Customer service ****

Overall rating: ***

Other meter reviews:
One-Touch Ultra 2; Bayer Contour USB