(11-21-2013, 09:42 PM)Regular Joe Wrote: I just saw it at an online retailer (vendor #3). Looks interesting. Anyone know anything about it?
I've had mine for two weeks so far and I'm still having trouble getting used to the pressure against exhalation. I'm only on 9 cmH20 and compared to my PR REMstar Pro it is a very uncomfortable feeling.
Pros (so far): Size...you can't beat it. I bought mine with the battery pack for travel since I'm away from home for work as much as half the year. It fits inside my normal suitcase with hose, HME, and mask; so I'm not lugging around another small bag. It's solidly built, with easy controls. The battery has outlasted my normal sleep pattern every night I have used it and I can charge it up anytime during the day and avoid having to hunt around for an electrical outlet in my hotel room at night.
Cons (so far): The pressure on inhalation and exhalation is VERY different than my "home" machine. Trying to inhale feels like there is some resistance, but exhalation is really difficult. The ramp feature also causes the mask valve to slam shut on each breath so it's noisy. Once it's up to full pressure the valve moves quietly again.
I've noticed more leaks with my mask between machines...almost like the Z1 is putting out too much pressure (or my REMstar is putting out too little). Also, it's noisier than I thought it would be. The noise isn't anything I can't get used to, but I really thought it would be quieter. The lack of humidity is a concern. The HME is not very effective and waking up with chapped lips and the leather tongue is the norm. It hasn't bothered my nose at all since I'm a mouth breather when I sleep.
Will update as I use it more. Hopefully I can get used to its quirks. Transitioning from the Z1 to my REMstar is breeze. Transitioning back to the Z1 after I have been home for a few days on the REMstar is significantly more difficult.