QUOTE(gigem99 @ Apr 7 2011, 11:25 PM)
I got one of those POS BD Link meters! My gosh, I couldn't believe how bad those things were! It's the only meter I've ever owned that I just totally couldn't believe. That's about the time I started posting online, so I may have been one of the ones you read about!
Since I still don't have a Revel, I still don't use the UltraLink...I still like my UltraSmart, and upload it every Sunday. I like the Lifescan reports. I can't remember whether the Ultralink allows you to enter insulin and carbs into it. If not, I'll not consider it even when I do get around to upgrading.
Maybe a year before getting my first pump I was sent (unsolicited, I think) a free BD meter. I think it was called Logic, but I'm not positive. It was just a regular meter, no pump communication. They also sent 50 free strips, which was great. At the time I did do a bunch of side by side tests against my Ultra meters and they were usually close. I was prepared to switch to the BD Link when I got the pump until I read all of the negative comments. Even though I had no issues with the regular meter those comments did scare me off. I know Minimed still supports the replacement NovaMax meter & strips which I believe are interchangeable with the BG meters.
The UltraLink doesn't let you enter carbs or insulin - that's what the pump is for! You can tag readings (Before Meal or After Meal, Not Enough Food, Too Much Food, Mild Exercise, Hard Exercise, Medication, Stress, Illness, Feel Hypo, Menses, Vacation, Other). It does not have a backlight or a beep, two things I really miss. Whenever MM comes out with their next pump I hope they rework the meter to at least include a backlight. I know you can view the BG right on the pump but you can't scroll through the last few readings on the pump. Also, sometimes I don't want to have to retrieve the pump just to see the reading if I've tested in low light.