- 1 star for being older design and Ugly
Just got a new Sleep doctor. As my old Respironics was making noise and was frankly outdated. So needed a new prescription. He did point me to RESMED and Respironics. "as they own most of the market" That set off my rebel tendency a bit.
What he listed as reasons why:
He likes the Cloud data, that one has and both will have soon
He has software to read the cards
He can change settings on their machines
How I addressed those:
Don't care about cloud for my machine..
I have software now that can read my machine and bring him reports
I can change the machine or have him do it as I have the settings
Its been over 10 years since my sleep study, but I have 100% compliance and wear out my machines about every 5 yeas. I am not 100% sure Insurance will cover it. AS there are no records of the original study So price was a factor.
In the end I came down to the:
AirSense™ 10 AutoSet CPAP Machine with HumidAir™ Heated Humidifier
The DevilBiss Intellipap Auto with Smartflex
With the same options
+Data card and software kit [won't use SD card without this KIT so add it at purchase, when it is discounted 66%)
The DeVilBiss was about $400 cheaper than the AirSense
I ended up with the DeVilBiss
Pros of Intellipap:
* When you get the data kit with software it comes with cables that allows me to talk to it on my Windows 8.1 2in1 machine with no special drivers. It supports user Firmware Updates which they did at least one that added new features 2 years ago.. I like that kind of company. Even comes with a nice SD card reader. So you need nothing more than the kit to get detailed connection and data features
* at 26DB even next to me on the floor it is silent. My wife's' reaction was "That is weird, I hope I can sleep with it that quiet"
* Has multiple ways of getting reports. you can get a summary of the last day, week, month, or 90 days by entering short codes from the screen onto a website.. That's easy.. That comes with it even if you don't add the SD card / Cable software kit. You can connect the machine live to the PC and see real time graphs, make your setting changes without all the LCD menu madness, and you can of course get very detailed reports off the SD card.
*No AC Brick!! It has both an AC plug for a simple industry standard cable like I have on lots of devices and an DC port for 12 volt battery operation so you can run it off a car plug. they sell a cable for this.
* It does all I needed and more for almost half the price or my other preferred option.
*Five Year warranty!! So basically I will never pay for a repair until its time for a new machine.. NICE!! I have the back up machine that is noisier but would hold me during a need to send this on in for repairs.
*Its UGLY.. looks very 1990's medical.. I will be getting some stickers for it.. maybe some pin stripes etc. Maybe some blue tape and make it look like a tiny tardis. (Dr Who)
*manuals are average.. but I am used to that with Tech
* No heated tube port. Not a feature I cared about .. but it is there on the competing machine so I mention it
What I liked when I got it.
*Love the case. has a zipper expandable area for hose and what ever size mask you are taking.
* Buttons and menus are pretty well laid out.
* DATA!!! This is my first machine with all this data at my fingertips. Since I have something concrete to share, I will actually schedule a follow up with my Sleep DR to discuss my proper pressure etc.
* And my first 3 nights have been great!!!
Its very modular:
* The humidifier comes off easily (is packed in the separated mode to prevent water getting into machine in travel) the tray has a lot of surface area almost like a passive humidifier. I like this as I run without heat on all but the coldest nights.
* The SD card port for the machine is an add-on. Its only $50 with the machine from the place I bought it so was a no brainer. ($150 purchases later) Even supports and OXIMETER options. Kit comes with the software for reporting (which is very average and made for a DR so has patent management system ? Kit also comes with a nice Serial to USB converter that worked automatically in Windows 8.1 no drivers to install. And even a USB extension cord.. enough cord to be 20 feet from the machine while connected to a computer
And SleepyHead fully supports reading the SD card and doing detailed reports off of it.
The machine does more than I expected. With an extra surprise discount I got from the seller I paid less than expected .. (If they see you move away from a shopping cart during checkout the site gives you an extra discount code to close the sale)
Even found that it has an option to do a "mini sleep study" where it can split the night reports between a set pressure and Auto for set number of nights. Haven't fully read up on this..
And it has live titration via the PC Remote software.
After my first three nights.. on my first APAP.. I am sleeping well waking up well and even checking the data right there in bed to see if it all worked well overnight!!
Is it a better machine than the $900+ Airsense? I don't know.. But I feel confident that it is a better value, while not sacrificing the quality if my treatment at all.
The Airsense seems to be a bit smaller (but has Brick) and has nicer look with pretty blue LEDs vs Green.. but I don't even regret it right now because this did all I wanted and more.