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Protimenow

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Many years ago, I bought an XS Plus, and it died on me. I bought it more out of interest in the meter, and one nice feature (it remembered the code chip that I last inserted into it, and allowed me to remove the code chip and insert it into my XS). I was able to test with the same batch of strips in both meters. The dead meter was history.

I bought an XS Pro on eBay a few weeks ago. It was designed for hospitals or clinics that run tests on many (hundreds?) of patients, and dozens of operators, and had a large memory. It also has a color touch screen. This is kind of like an InRange on steroids, although an InRange would be a better choice for self-testers.

The meter was set up for the hospital that it came from. I couldn't make changes to it, or run a test without a patient number (which was easy to find). But it wasn't really easy to run a test.

I called Roche. They gave me an unlock code so I can use the meter without entering an operator or patient number.

I removed the batteries for 30 minutes or so, put in a new set of batteries, and was able to change time and date.

This is sort of overkill for self testing, but the reported INR is larger than on the XS, and it works well. When I insert a strip, it starts up, recognizes the strip, and checks to see if it has the data from the code chip.

Now I can use my remaining strips with the code chip in the XS and the stored data in the Pro.

The Pro is much bigger than the XS. It's probably overkill for most of us, but I paid $40 on eBay and I'm pretty happy with it.
 
I borrowed one of these before I got my INRange. The build quality is leagues ahead of the INRange but the unit is also much bigger and heavier, so less convenient for home testers. You got a bargain at $40!
 
It's definitely bigger and heavier. It takes longer to start up (the XS is almost instantaneous). The build quality is made for carrying from hospital room to hospital room, probably able withstand being dropped a few times, and even has an option for quality control testing. (A feature that I'll never use).

It's not designed for home use. The guy at Roche was surprised that a home tester even wanted a unit like this. The XS should give the same results and is much smaller. Over the next few weeks (months?) I'll decide what works best for me (although the Plus is an interesting novelty at this instant. Having a larger display doesn't hurt, either.

Yes, I got a good deal. I don't travel, so portability isn't an issue.
I won't live long enough to have all my weekly tests fill the memory in this monster.

Yes, I got a good deal on this large meter. FWIW - there's another one on eBay now for $50. I passed on it because it has a label stuck to the lower part of the screen. I don't know if using alcohol to remove it will damage the screen. HOWEVER, the Patient Test menu shows up at the top of the screen, so this may not be as big a deal as it seems.
 

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