I thought the case that came with the original Contour USB was bad. It had a blurry, easily-scratched plastic bit that covered the meter screen, and the meter faced in such a way that it was impossible to test without either removing it or the vial of test strips from the case. At the time I thought it was the worst-designed meter case I had ever seen.
Well, it had been outdone by the case for the Contour Next I picked up today.
It's literally just two mesh pockets, one zippered and one not, and is made out of some cheap crinkly fabric. It doesn't even have any slots for a meter, strips, or lancing device. If you're supposed to store your meter in the zippered mesh pocket then there's nowhere to put used strips and other things. I don't understand how anyone could have though this was a good case design. I might see if it will fit an infusion set so I can use it to carry some spare pump supplies in my purse, though.
Thankfully I found a case for some Accu-Chek meter that fit everything. (Strange, I also switched my OneTouch Ping meter from it's huge, bulky original case to a different Accu-Chek case that fit everything.)
So far I'd say Accu-Chek wins for best case design and quality. And Bayer definitely loses in my books.
I wish meter companies would put a bit more effort into their case designs, as well as the design of their diabetes software.
Also, am I the only one who gets annoyed with tiny meter designs that come with HUGE bulky test strip containers? I can't figure out why they can't design a flatter rectangular strip container that would at least let the case be as slim as the latest and greatest meter it came with.