Ozeri, review

[product review] Ozeri CardioTech Pro Series Digital Blood Pressure Monitor

15th February 2014

Ozeri CardioTech Pro Series Digital Blood Pressure Monitor

Ozeri CardioTech Pro Series Digital Blood Pressure Monitor

Note: I swear, I was good in Physics at school. mmHg is millimetres of mercury, and kPa is a kiloPascal; both are measurements of pressure (hence blood pressure). The third number at the bottom is your pulse, measured in BPM, beats per minute.

Introduction

The Ozeri CardioTech Pro Series Digital Blood Pressure Monitor is a portable blood pressure wrist cuff with MWI (Measure While Inflate) technology that allows you to keep track of your blood pressure while at home or on the go.

It has enough memory for 180 readings – 90 readings for two separate people – and has a velcro wrist strap that is suitable for wrists of all sizes.

Overall Impression

The digital blood pressure monitor from Ozeri is exceptionally easy to use, once it’s been set up. Put it on your wrist, strap it on tight, and press the Start/Stop button before waiting for it to take your blood pressure reading.

It gives a reading which is accurate enough to the readings I’ve seen in my Doctor’s office, and which are quick and painless. The wrist strap doesn’t inflate to the point of pain, which is definitely a plus, as I know I’ve had some experiences in my GP or Nurse’s hands in which I’ve felt my lower arm was about to burst open when the arm cuff inflated, haha!

It’s a really small and easily-transported unit, too; it takes up very little room. Right now, mine has a happy home in the corner of my desk in a nook beside the plug extension unit that nothing much else could fit into; it means it’s non-intrusive, but easily within reach. It also doesn’t take up a lot of space in my bag when I take it with me, slotting into a corner that’s otherwise normally filled with receipts.

Pros and Cons

Pros are the easy part: there’s nothing wrong with the unit itself, nor the case. You’re supplied with the twoxAAA batteries required to power it. The strap has a small piece of velcro at the back so it folds over on itself and isn’t left flapping about. The screen is easy to read, with large numbers and a good contrast between text and background (although there can be a teeny bit of a problem in direct light). There are no sharp edges or jagged parts; none of the velcro seems to ever come in contact with my skin.

The only con really seems to be with the instructions manual, which seems to be fine; perfect except for the fact that it lacks details on how to reset the date and time in the event that you make a mistake and press “set” instead of “mem” during the setup, which I did the first time. I accidentally set the year to 2024 instead of 2014, and while it wouldn’t really have made a difference to the unit, I knew it was there and it would have bothered me.

You can reset the date and time – that is, get it to come up on screen to have it be changed – and that’s by taking off the battery cover. I’m not sure if this is the recommended course of action, as there’s nothing explained or suggested in the instructions booklet, which is otherwise fantastic. Luckily, removing the battery cover does not destroy the saved blood pressure readings in the memory.

If you would like to remove the saved blood pressure readings that are in the memory (if, for example, they’re causing your blood pressure to increase 😉 ), the instructions for that, are in the otherwise brilliant wee booklet.

Rating

★★★★☆ – The unit itself is a solid 5-star product, as I couldn’t find fault with it. The lost star is for the instruction manual, which seemed to be missing one or two wee things which would have made this item otherwise perfect as a whole.

Availability

I’m not sure about the Ozeri CardioTech Pro Series Digital Blood Pressure Monitor’s availability elsewhere, so I’ll just say what I know for sure: it’s available on Amazon.co.uk.

You can also find the link to my review of the unit on Amazon in the Disclaimer section below.

Disclaimer

I was provided with 1 (one) Ozeri CardioTech Pro Series Digital Blood Pressure Monitor Unit, free of charge, in return for a review on my blog, and on Amazon.co.uk; I was not required nor expected to write a positive review, only an honest one. All opinions are and remain my own.

If you would like me to review your product, please contact me fatso@fatgirlslim.org, although requesting a review does not guarantee acceptance.

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