Updated 16 Apr 2015

Microlife

BP A2 Basic

Snapshot: The Microlife BP A2 Basic arm blood pressure monitor has a hypertension indicator and can store 30 readings. But how accurate is it?

BP A2 Basic
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$117

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Test results

Overall score
75
Accuracy
?/10
Ease of use
?/10

Good points

  • Good accuracy.
  • Easy to use.
  • Very good screen with large-sized numbers.
  • Has irregular heart beat display and hypertension indicator.
  • Can be operated from mains power (adapter is an optional extra).

But

  • Takes some effort to align cuff with artery.
  • Not as comfortable as other models (pressure stays on the arm too long).

How we test

Overall score includes:

Accuracy (80%)
Ease of use (20%)

To check the monitors’ accuracy we took readings from a group of 10 men and women of varying ages. We then compared the results with those obtained from a recently calibrated hospital-grade blood pressure monitor.

Ease of use is assessed on the instructions, how easy the monitors were to operate, screen quality, the information displayed, and how comfortable the cuff was.

Key data

Model

Avg price
$117

Specifications

Type
Arm
Batteries
4 AA

Features

Irregular heart beat display
Yes
Hypertension indicator
Yes
Data storage
30

More Info

Notes
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