The A&D Medical LifeSource UA-787EJ is a full-featured blood pressure monitor that includes a power adapter. The self-inflating unit uses the company's Easy-Fit cuff which, at 2 inches (5 cm) larger than most medium cuffs, fits more upper-arm sizes. The memory can store a whopping 280 blood pressure readings, along with date and time. Three programmable alarms remind users to take blood pressure readings, and an irregular heartbeat feature compensates for that condition. For a full-featured monitor that received better user recommendations overall, consider the Omron 10 Series BP785 (*Est. $80) .
The American Foundation for the Blind provides the most comprehensive review of the A&D Medical LifeSource UA-787EJ, taking into consideration the unit's usability and accuracy for people with impaired vision. British newspaper The Daily Mail also does a good job of reviewing the UA-787EJ. Each blood pressure monitor is assessed by a patient and a physician, and its accuracy is compared to that of a professional-grade monitor. Amazon.com has about 60 user reviews, and a few stand out as being particularly thorough. A review from About.com offers the least detail, and it doesn't explain the review criteria. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
1. American Foundation for the Blind
Three researchers at the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) conduct formal testing on the A&D Medical LifeSource UA-787 blood pressure monitor. They find that the UA-787 satisfies the AFB criteria for visual display and cuff positioning.
Review: Diabetes and Visual Impairment: Are Home Blood Pressure Monitors Accessible?, Steven Taylor, Darren Burton and Mark Uslan, Sept. 2004
2. Daily Mail (United Kingdom)
The A&D Medical LifeSource UA-787EJ receives a rating of 5 on a scale of 10, apparently because its accuracy is poor compared to that of the other tested models. Each reading is compared against a professional blood pressure monitor's reading, but only one subject's blood pressure is tested.
Review: Under Pressure, Lucy Elkins, Sept. 8, 2009
More than 70 Amazon.com users review the A&D Medical LifeSource UA-787EJ, giving it a 4-star overall rating. The general consensus is that this is an accurate and easy-to-use blood pressure monitor, although some owners complain about the accuracy of the readings.
Review: LifeSource UA-787EJ Quick Response Auto Inflate Blood Pressure Monitor, Contributors to Amazon.com
About.com's exercise guide Paige Waehner discusses features of the LifeSource UA-787 and considers it a "Great buy!" (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
Review: LifeSource Blood Pressure Monitor, Paige Waehner, Updated Feb. 25, 2011