Accu-Chek Compact diabetes test strips eliminate the aggravation of handling each individual strip before testing. The meter accepts a drum cartridge, creating a more convenient testing situation.Features and Benefits: Automatic: Each diabetes test strip is automatically released from the meter at the touch of a button. The test strip is discarded from the meter when testing is complete and the next test strip is automatically advanced. This automated system eliminates the need for handling small test strips. Coding is automatic when the test strip drum is inserted, for added convenience. A window on the back of the meter indicates how many test strips remain; when the last test strip is used a dot will show through the window. 8 Second Testing: The results of your blood sugar level are accurate and quick–available in merely 8 seconds. Small Sample Size Only a 1.5 microliter sample of blood is needed for accurate testing, making a virtually pain free blood glucose level test. Alternate Site Testing: Can be conveniently used on alternative testing sites like the palm, forearm, upper arm, thigh, or calf, as well as the fingertip.