I've seen a few posts about comparing meters and recommendations so heres my previous meters and current meter on small review. Hope it helps. Accu-check Advantage Good: Test trip is slightly curved If your under 18 you can trade chips for goodies from Testing123 Big screen Bad: Bit extra blood Uses a control chip for strips 30 Second Test 480 Memory No computer hookup Accu-check Active Good: Test stips can be used with or without meter 5 Second Test Computer transferable via Infrared Very Small and easy to carry around Bad: Getting blood onto the strip could be a bit fumbly at times Uses control chip(also tradable) Apparently no long obtainable in the uk but maybe lucky from chemists/specialist/nurse Accu-Check Aviva Good: Small and Easily carried 5 Second Test Doesnt need much blood Infrared data transfer 500 Memory entries Detects not enough blood on the stip(prevents miss readings) Comes with MultiClix pricker which is barrel based of 6 lancets so changing them is really quick and easy with a twist of the loader. MultiClix barrels also protect the inner lancets when fully used so need of sharps bin is needed but recommended. This kit also allows for alternate site testing Bad: Uses control chip but is tradable Ascensia DEX 2 Good: 10 Test stips in a disk so not opening pots to get strip out, already there for you Small blood needed No coding/control chips Fairly easy to use Bad: Loading a tad bit jammy after some time from wear Stips are sharp at one side(goes into a point) Lancetting device too deep for comfort(personal statement) 30 Second Tests LifeScan OneTouch UltraSmart Good: 5 Second test Easily calibrated Lifescan supplies 2 x control solution instead of 1 Small and easily carried Not alot of blood needed Diary of everything(exercise, food, insulin/tablet dosage, blood results as standard, illnesses, healthchecks) Analysis of:excerise, food intake, insulin/tablet dosages, blood averages(if testing enough can get a good idea of a1c but not accuratly). Computer transferable Bad: Computer software could do with a few more options in how to view the data I Recomend getting a OneTouch UltraSmart as that will do pretty much everything you will ever need it to do. Also great for adjusting how much insulin you have taken vs carbohydates. You can show your nurse/doctor results/graphs/progress(tighter control ect). And use a AccuCheck MultiClix Lancetting device as it has a chamber based system for lancets(6 at a time) so when you need to change lancets you just twist the top; It can also be used with alternate site testing. All these meters/companies supply free batteries and solution and part replacements although im not sure about the Ascensia since I didn't get on well with this meter.