Review of Microlife 3MC1-PC Ultimate Automatic Blood Pressure Monitor with Irregular Heartbeat Detection
Reviewed on: September 07, 2013
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Pros & Cons
Microlife 3MC1-PC Ultimate is a fully automatic digital blood pressure monitoring device for personal use by adults. It enables quick and reliable measurement of systolic and diastolic blood pressure and pulse through the oscillometric method. The device is designed to be user-friendly and is clinically proven for consistent accuracy. The device features a large tilted display with back light. It has two user modes and stores 99 reading for each user with date and time stamps. The kit includes two cuffs to fit most arms, medium (9.25-13.5 inches) and large (12-16 inches) in circumference. This kit also includes blood pressure analyzer software which can be connected to any PC through a USB cable, providing the ease to chart and graph the measurements and share with doctor when needed. Dual operating mode allows the device to work via AC adapter or 4 AA batteries (included) for easy portability.
The device features irregular heartbeat detection during measurement and warns with the help of an indicator on the monitor along with the BP/Pulse reading. The averaging mode takes 3 measurements automatically in succession and displays an average which is more precise and accurate than a single reading. The 3 average measurements can also be viewed individually by holding the memory button for maximum of 7 seconds (holding the button longer deletes the memory data). The traffic light indicator feature is based on standards established by the National Institutes of Health JNC7, 2003. As per the standards, the bars on the left hand edge of the display ranged the BP values, depending on the height of the bar which appears after measurement. The readout value is either within normal, borderline or danger depicted by green, yellow or red colors respectively. The device also has the convenience of programming reminder alarms for medication or some other emergency activities.
However, users feel the new plastic cuffs are hard and stiff to wrap around. Some cuffs were malfunctioning by misaligned inner working with loose connectivity and replacements are expensive. Also the software provided with the kit was older version and not compatible with most of the latest operating systems.
Overall, the Microlife 3MC1-PC Ultimate Automatic Blood Pressure Monitor with Irregular Heartbeat Detection is easy to use and read, simple and consistently accurate. Loaded with necessary features, this device is highly recommended for its quality and affordable price backed with 5 years warranty.
*Traffic Light Indicator Classification:
- Green Zone: Indicates one bar and normal as per NIH
- Yellow Zone: Indicates 2-3 bars and Pre-Hypertension as per NIH
- Orange Zone: Indicates 4 bars and Stage 1 Hypertension as per NIH
- Red Zone: Indicates 5> bars and Stage 2 Hypertension as per NIH
Review Group #: 1
It's consistently accurate • Easy to use and read, plus it stores the statistics • High quality • Some users wish the software had a easy way to delete an entry
Review Group #: 2
Excellent product • Easy to use • Batteries included • Long lasting batteries • Great product, really worth the money
Review Group #: 3
This BP cuff is very easy to operate, appears to be very accurate when compared to manual BP cuff • The cuffs are stiff and hard to wrap around the arm • Cuff is now plastic with less comfort than the previous cloth cuffs • Some cuff's hold is misaligned with the inner workings and the cuff doesn't connect
Review Group #: 4
Does a good and accurate job taking the readings • Recommended to anyone who needs to keep track of their BP readings • Readings can be stored, downloaded and printed to be taken to doctor's office
Review Group #: 5
Works very nicely and gives accurate readings • It provides heart rate as well • Option of three readings for an average, or just take one reading
Review Group #: 6
The monitor works well but the software is rudimentary • The software did not work with XP or Apple product
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