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.)
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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