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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice BP monitor for the right user, but a poor manual, January 24, 2011
This review is from: Omron BP785 10 Series Upper Arm Blood Pressure Monitor, Black/white (Health and Beauty)
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This monitor appears to be a high quality device. The device's memory capabilities allow it to store 100 sets of measurement values for each of two users, plus 8 weeks worth of weekly averages for morning and evening readings for each of two users.

As one might expect of a device with fairly elaborate options like those, it has a somewhat complex and non-intuitive user interface. This monitor would be overkill for someone who's only interested in making an occasional spot-check of his or her blood pressure, and will likely be a source of frustration for anyone who's not comfortable with high-tech gadgets.

Beyond that, my only complaint with the unit is its user manual. This is a 50-page booklet, and you'll want to keep it on hand if you intend to use any of the monitor's options beyond the most basic. Unfortunately, it's quite badly written. In no particular order, here are some of my peeves with the manual:

The user is instructed to press the SET button for various functions. Unfortunately, there is no button on the device marked "SET", and at no point is it explained what this button looks like. (By reference to one of the illustrations, I deduced that it's the button with a clock face on it.)

There are separate instructions for taking a reading in "single mode" and in "Truread(TM) mode". As far as steps the user takes, these "modes" are identical, so the duplicate instructions are confusing and a waste of space. To find out what the heck the differences are between these modes and how you choose one or the other, you have to refer to another part of the manual, "Setting the date/time and TruRead".

Throughout the manual, the button with a right-facing arrow is called the "up" button, and the button with a left-facing arrow is the "down" button. Matching the name to the actual direction of the arrows--or vice-versa--would have been nice.

Some sentences that are simply bad English appear: "The first measurement is complete, waiting to start the second measurement." and "While holding the Memory button and the Start/Stop button simultaneously for more than two seconds all values will be deleted."

Aside from those complaints, this appears to be a device of respectable quality, as I noted. One can hope that the manual will be updated and improved, just as one hopes that its currently-useless and error-riddled Amazon page will be fixed and fleshed out.
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Initial post: Mar 30, 2013 9:38:06 AM PDT
Linda says:
Thank you for this: "There are separate instructions for taking a reading in "single mode" and in "Truread(TM) mode". As far as steps the user takes, these "modes" are identical, so the duplicate instructions are confusing and a waste of space. To find out what the heck the differences are between these modes and how you choose one or the other, you have to refer to another part of the manual, "Setting the date/time and TruRead".
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