Contour USB

There is a new version of Bayer’s Contour USB, the Contour NEXT USB.

Bayer’s Contour USB is the first blood glucose meter that plugs directly into a computer providing users with instant access to information that can help improve overall diabetes management.

The Contour USB has now been superceded by the Contour NEXT USB which offers an even greater range of features and superior accuracy.

Store 2,000 test results

Storing up to 2,000 test results, this ‘plug & play’ approach makes accessing and assessing your blood sugar trends easier than ever.

Armed with knowledge about trends and patterns in your blood glucose levels you can ‘plug i, know more, take action’.

With a compact, good looking design carrying powerful technology, compatibility and management software, the Contour USB is truly a next-generation.

Ongoing data tracking and accurate information sharing are key to good diabetes management.

The CONTOUR USB meter makes data organisation simpler, which can lead to transforming blood test results into meaningful insights.

Contour USB features

Bayer’s Contour USB includes a number of advanced features to enable people with diabetes to better manage their blood glucose levels. These features include pre and post-meal alarms and functionality to separate before meal and after meal readings.

The Contour USB comes equipped with built-in diabetes data management software. Just plug in the Contour USB to a modern computer USB port to start using Glucofacts Deluxe software, no need to download software or use cables to connect.


This blood test machine is a new one from Bayer called the USB and it is quite groovy. A lot of blood test machines bring out one little innovation whereas Bayer are ahead of the field.

If you’re a type 1 diabetic that has to use a blood test machine, you can get quite excited about these changes.

The kit comes like this – pot of sensors, finger pricking device (that pulls back you slide it back like that then you press it down so you can adjust the depth the normal way and if you take the top off that’s where the lancet sits). This is a mini innovation and we do like nice colourful lancets they’re pretty good fun. That’s just the little fluid you need to check the system every now and then.

Called the USB for a jolly good reason – which is its got a USB up its side so if you’re someone who is on the computer all day long or a laptop all the time – it charges when its in the USB slot.

The second thing is that all your blood test results will download. It comes with software on board and so can handle 2,000 blood test results. That is a lot of data and the idea is that when you download the data and you pull back a bit, looking at each individual blood test result.

With the way the (blood test) graph comes out you start to get a sense of pattern and trends – the big picture because at the end of the day your HbA1c is just an aggregate of all your blood test results. All you want to do is keep bringing the top down and pulling the bottom up so that your in a sort of safe zone.

I’ll do a quick blood test to show how it all works. The menu buttons at the top and there’s 3 little buttons. When the Contour USB is working you simply choose the options it gives you on-screen. It’s very simple.

Some of the machines in the past have gone down a very simple route and ended up being so simple they were almost quite hard to use! This gives you: Yes and No or Up and Down and OK. It’s not that hard to get lost and you can set reminders and bits and bobs like that.

So, pull that back, do a blood test (forgot to put a strip in – when you put the strip in it’s very simple so you can’t go wrong) and it will wake up to tell you to put the blood on. That’s nice and easy. Then a nice big reading comes through which uses the whole of the screen.

It’s asking me what point of the day I’m doing this – after a meal. 8.4. Then it puts it into perspective and what I really like about this is the fact that it is really tiny. Look at how tiny and easy it is to use when you stick it in the computer. I for one am in front of the computer all day long so that’s nice and easy.

It’s got a colour screen and that is nice. It’s a simple little thing and for those who look at these things several times a day, a little bit of colour does now harm.

The Contour USB meter is fast and efficient, taking just five seconds to test with a tiny blood sample of 0.6 microlitres. Furthermore, the CONTOUR USB has a rechargeable battery, an easy-to-read display and an illuminated test strip port. The meter weighs just 1.75 ounces, and at 3 inches long and 1.5 inches wide, is one of the smallest meters currently available.

Contour USB test strips

The Contour USB meter uses Bayer’s Contour test strips, which only require a 0.6 microlitre blood sample and are available on prescription. Bayer’s test strips involve ‘ no coding technology ‘ which is one less thing to worry about.

Rechargeable battery

Among the new features, this meter has the first rechargeable battery. It has an easy-to-read bright and colourful display and an illuminated test strip port, making testing in the dark possible.

Bayer Contour USB key features

  • A bright colour display screen that is visible in any light and shows average, high and low readings with
  • Customisable features such as intuitive pre- and post-meal marking
  • Rechargeable battery that may be charged from any USB port or via the CONTOUR USB wall charger
  • On board Glucofacts(TM) DELUXE diabetes management software

Bayer’s Contour USB meter is currently compatible with Windows 7, Windows XP (SP3) and Vista (SP2) as well as Mac OS 10.6.3 (Snow Leopard) and Mac OS X 10.5.7 and 10.5.8 (Intel 64 bit processors).

Contour USB specifications and technical information

  • Blood sample size: 0.6 microlitres
  • Time to result: 5 seconds
  • Memory: 2,000 entries
  • Averages: 7, 14, 30 and 90 days
  • Battery: Non-serviceable, 280mAh rechargeable lithium polymer battery, 3.4V – 4.2V (5V input voltage)
  • Charging current: 500 mAh
  • Charging temperature: 0°–35°C
  • Meter/Battery life: 5 years
  • Dimensions: 97 x 30 x 16 mm
  • Weight: 43g
  • Measurement range: 1.1 – 33.3 mmol/L
  • Shipping, storage and operating temperature: 5°–45°C
  • Humidity: 10-93% relative humidity

User comments

“Seriously, if you want something to motivate you to test more, which we all should, right? This is it!”
“If you have a need for storing, printing or just getting a results overview this is the meter for you. It is easy to use and update to input test data ie before meals is very easy and clear, it can recharge on your PC. This is the greatest blood glucose meter I have ever used. The Contour USB is small, discreet and very simple to use. The provided auto software tracks all your tests and makes printable graphs that are useful for taking to the hospital or doctor.”

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