This meter is the best out on the market. It is very compact with its small blue zipper pouch that tucks everything you need in it neatly. It does not require coding like most others and has a built in light to show you where to put the test strip in just in case you are testing at night and don't want to turn the light on. Once your blood sample is in, the light switches to the actual face of the meter to give you your reading. It is wonderful and so easy to use and fits anywhere you go. It is the most advanced and comes with many booklets and helpful guides for its use and Freestyle offers numerous programs to sign up for in case you need discounted test strips or lancets. These discounts are separate from any insurance and I like that about Abbott. They try to help the patient spend as little as possible on a tester, strips, and lancets so they can focus on their diabetes care and not worry about cost. You can easily get a free meter by writing to the company and they will send you one per year. I can't say enough good things about this meter other than you are making the right choice. You will not be disappointed in it. It keeps track of all your testing for several weeks and gives you an average similar to other meters, but better to follow and understand. It is easy to set and the batteries usually last about a year or longer. I test 6-8 times a day and have not had to replace my batteries in over a year. I hope this information has been helpful, you will like this tester. You cannot go wrong with it and ebay has numerous test strips for sale at a fraction of the cost of buying them retail. Happy testing!