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HealthSmart Premium Series Blood Pressure Monitor is available for either your upper arm or your wrist. The premium monitor has a high contrast backlit screen that displays the date, time, visual guide, results, irregular heartbeat detection, as well as the average of your 3 previous readings. These blood pressure machines also have the ability to read your results aloud in English or Spanish.
These monitors also store up to 120 measurements, 60 each for two users. You and a family member or friend can share a monitor in your home. This saves you money and helps you keep track of your blood pressure at home between doctor visits.
The wrist monitor features Heart Spot technology. This technology communicates with the user where the optimal placement of the monitor is for the most accurate results.
The Upper Arm monitor comes with a standard adult cuff (11.75-16.5 Inch), a large adult cuff (16.5-18.875 Inch), four AA batteries, an AC adapter port, and a carrying case. The AC adapter is available separately.
The Wrist monitor is bundled with the universal wrist cuff, 2 AAA batteries, and a case.
HealthSmart Premium Series Blood Pressure Monitor Features and Benefits
- High Contrast Backlit LCD Screen
- Stores up to 120 Measurements
- Audio Readings in English or Spanish
- Product Number: 04-655-001, 04-820-001
- Length: 6.54, 3.03 Inch
- Width: 4.49, 2.52 Inch
- Depth: 2.83, 1.26 Inch
- Weight: 1.08, 0.26 lbs
- Power: AC or 4x AA, 2x AAA Batteries
- Color: Black
- Warranty: Lifetime Limited
- Additional Information
Manufacturer Briggs Healthcare
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*The machine is overly large, and thus bulky. Granted it has a large display, but there is still a large border, so it could be smaller.
*It is too easy for the buttons to be pressed, and yet also too hard. What I mean by this is, when using the unit, you have to press harder on the buttons to get them to appear. Its not that its difficult to press, but rather if you don't press enough, you have to keep pressing until it will turn on.
However, on that note, they are also too easy to press in other ways. When I put the machine in its case, and grab the case to move it, it is too easy for the buttons to be pressed (because gripping the case you use more force as opposed to pressing the buttons for use). And as its in the case, you don't know that you turned it on.
I just feel that the buttons could be better designed. But its not just a flaw with the machine, its also with the case. The case really should have extra padding at least on the top.
*Once a reading is done, I like to record the results. Unfortunately the backlit display turns off almost immediately which is a pain, because sometimes when I repress the button to light it up again, it cycles to the previous reading. There is no setting to allow the display to stay lit for a little longer period of time.
*I really do wish that the unit had arrows to cycle through your readings. If you accidentally hit the button past a reading, you have to cycle through all of the readings to get back to start, or turn off the unit and restart (this unit holds 60 readings, what if you wanted to access the 29th reading? So powering off and restarting is not a time saver either.)
*Not only does the case have a lack of padding as mentioned above, but the case itself is not large enough. The unit comes with two cuffs, and there's no way to store both cuffs in the case along with the unit. Also, I really which the case had more room for storage, because if people want to record their results say on paper, it would be nice to store the pen/paper in the case. Personally I also store (but its difficult), my oxygen sensor and thermometer in the case so I have it altogether in one thing.
*While the case has a handle, its in an awkward position to me. Its at the top which is shorter width, and generally when the side is longer width, people tend to carry it horizontal. The strap really would be better placed on the side.
*I could not find a digital version of the user manual for the unit I purchased (though I found one for a different model).
(I should note that while this list is a lot shorter than the cons, the pros outweigh the cons)
*Large display. You really don't need to be an older person to appreciate the large display. It makes it quicker for your eyes to find and read the numbers. I also appreciate the simply layout of the display. You have the top two numbers and pulse in large, and then in the corner the date/time and other icons. Its a good design.
*While I wish the colored chart was part of the display (as in the display was color lol), I do love the chart. It easily lets you know where you are with your blood pressure (if its too low or too high). If you have the audio on, it also verbally tells you, and it says it in a diplomatic manner. For example it might say "Blood pressure shows mild hypertension", which to me is more diplomatic then "You have pre-high blood pressure". It just makes things nicer.
*I don't know what the difference is with hospital cuffs or units, but they HURT. I'm very sensitive to these things, more so than the average person. When my pressure was checked at the hospital, it literally felt like the cuff was cutting off my arm. I do not really have that problem with this unit! There is some pain, but its more bearable discomfort, as opposed to tears and crying out that occurs at the hospital. For me, this is a HUGE pro.
*I really like that this unit came WITH a larger cuff. Most units I researched did not come with an extra cuff at all. The cuff that came with this unit is larger than the bariatric cuff I ordered separately!
*I LOVE that I can disable the audio option on this unit. My mother has the wrist unit, and prefers the audio.. but I personally don't care for it.
*For the premiere version, the price I think is pretty good, as long as you shop around. Some places charge twice the price than you can find elsewhere.
All in all, while the unit has room for improvement, I would highly recommend it, and in fact I purchased two more (wrist versions) for family and friends!