At our JDRF Walk on Sunday, we saw this meter demonstrated and Amanda really wanted to give it a try. I was able to get her one Monday evening and we've been using it since then. Let me say that so far not having to deal with strips is fantastic! They are always there, no fumbling at 3am or knocking the whole container on the floor. The lancer is similar to the Multi-clix with a 6 lancet drum. Of course not the same type of drum. The lancing device is attached to the side of the meter but can be removed and used independently. We needed to do this the first few times until we were used to the size, shape etc of the meter. The "strips" are in a cassette similar to a typewriter tape or old audio cassette. Sliding open the bottom cover automatically advances to a new strip & gets the meter ready to take bg reading. The other option is to power the meter on using the button and scroll down the menu. We lost a couple of "strips" by sliding the bottom cover over when we actually didn't want to do a test. Once primed, even if not used the tape will advance when the meter is again asked to do a test. We've lost a couple more to an E3 error. The manual states an E3 error is either a bg value too low to read (less than 0.6mmol/11mg/dl) - which was not the case because we double checked with the Freestyle Lite - or a meter error occurred. I'm sure some of these are user error. It likes a nice round drop of blood. It does not need a lot but it definitely needs to be round and full - not spread over the finger. Also, it doesn't like it if the strip touches the flesh, even with a nice round drop of blood if the tape/strip is pressed to the flesh of the finger tip - E3. Each cassette has 50 tests. Since Monday evening there are 26 actual BG readings recorded - we now have 3 left. So 21 have been lost to user error/learning curve. Not too impressed with that so far. I'm hoping we've worked out the kinks and will do better with the next cassette we put in. The other thing I really miss is the strip light we had on the Freestyle Lite. But I can deal with that if we can get over the rest.