Not by a long shot.
In fact, this is my second chance I have given to the Verio IQ. I give it a solid 4/10.
There are some really great features that Lifescan got right with this meter. I think the display and the port light are the two main features that have kept me from going back to my Contour USB meter by Bayer (which, for the record, I adore). Lifescan/Onetouch has had its grips on me for five years first due to my Ping pump and meter combo, and now this damn backlight, I just can't quit.
Unfortunately my positive feelings about the meter stop there. The strips and the battery are probably the two biggest culprits of failure for me.
How does that even happen? I'll tell you: flimsy strips. These things can not take a beating, at $1 a pop, you would think they would be able to stand up to a little more. You have to be VERY careful when removing these from the bottle, and twice as careful when trying to alight the two little "teeth" with the test strip spot. When you're shaking because your blood sugar is 2.5 and it's 3 am and you're trying not to wake anyone, getting that flimsy strip in just the right spot.....totally infuriating. I have ruined more than my fair share of strips from them bending and breaking so easily. Also, the side fill? for the birds.
I just want to touch on the rechargeable battery for a second. I have to carry a cable around to charge this thing now. If it does when I am out I have the option of charging or having an extra meter on hand. Neither are as easy as having an extra AA battery, or having it be able to charge via directly plugging in to a USB. I don't have space to carry another clunky cable around.
I don't think this meter was designed by a person who actually had to use it on a daily basis. I think it was designed to look cool--like a cell phone. And while that does have some minor appeal, the fact of the matter is that I believe I speak for most people with diabetes when I say we prefer function over form.
I may be tossing this guy to the side 300 tests from now. (That's how many strips I have left)