Nexus Mini

The GlucoRx Nexus Mini is a small blood glucose meter with a good selection of features and meeting the 2013 glucometer accuracy ISO standards.

The Nexus Mini handles the basics well, such as requiring a relatively small sample of blood and providing results within a few seconds.

If the meter gets a bit unstuck, it’s when it comes to usability, where the meter is let down by having only one button to navigate through its features with.

Features

  • Slim and lightweight
  • Requires a small blood sample 0.5 microlitres
  • Results given within 5 seconds
  • 7, 14, 21, 28, 60, 90 day averages
  • Separate averages also given for fasting and post meal readings
  • Memory stores up to 1,000 results
  • USB data port for sending results to your laptop or computer

Meal markers

The GlucoRx Nexus Mini allows you to select ‘meal markers’ to categorise results as ‘general’, ‘AC’ for fasting tests), ‘PC’ for 2 hour post meal tests and ‘QC’ for a control solution test.

If you want to select a meal marker, to denote a fasting or post meal reading, this needs to be done with the test strip in the meter but before blood is applied.

Results and averages

The GlucoRx Nexus Mini stores up to 1,000 results and has a wide selection of averages (7,14, 21,28, 60 and 90 day averages).

The Nexus Mini has one button with which to navigate through the features. Sadly though this complicates rather than simplifies things.

Getting to your averages requires following a set procedure detailed in the owner booklet. It’s not difficult once you get the hang of it, but it’s not as intuitive as on other meters.

Having the one button also means that when you go through your results and averages, you can only go through the numbers in one direction which can be a drawback if you scroll through too far because rather than being able to scroll back a space or two, you have to switch off the meter and start from scratch.

Settings

There is one more button on the meter but it’s found when you take off the battery compartment. This ‘set’ button allows you to change settings such as the data and time. The set button allows you to delete the entire memory so be careful when making any settings changes.
The set button is a little bit fiddly to get to and press and may present difficulties for people with less dextrous fingers.

Summary

The GlucoRx Nexus Mini shows promise but doesn’t fully deliver on usability. The meter is slim and looks good but the carrying case doesn’t make the most of the meter’s small size. In terms of testing, the meter is relatively easy to use but accessing and viewing the results could be easier.

GlucoRx Nexus Mini Technical Information

  • Blood sample size: 0.5 µL
  • Measurement range: 1.1 – 33.3mmol/L measurement range
  • Time for result: 5 seconds
  • Memory: 1,000 results
  • Averages: 7, 14, 21, 28, 60 and 90 days
  • Batteries: One 3V CR2032 lithium battery
  • Dimensions: 103 x 28 x 15 mm
  • Weight: 32g

Operating conditions

  • Temperature: 10° to 40°C
  • Humidity: Below 85% relative humidity

Storage conditions

  • Temperature: -20° to 60°C
  • Humidity: Below 95% relative humidity

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