Ultra-quick refractive / keratometric measurements, internal drive stores measurements, sleek and small footprint.
Old CRT monitor display is far too small, joystick button seems to fail after years of use.
Despite an older interface/display, the Speedy-K has incredibly quick measurement capability, and a slim footprint that fits on any pretest table.
Of all the pretest instrumentation we review here, I think it’s fair to say that we score devices that look good far better than those that resemble a 1980’s slot machine. Of course what looks good is completely subjective and perhaps even irrelevant if it works correctly– we still just admire the brands that created something sleek even by today’s standards. The Nikon Speedy-K may not be today’s chic but it still looks pleasant despite it’s years in service. It’s footprint is rather slim thanks to a smooth-rounded optical head that pitches slightly upward in an attractive stance, and it’s monitor is still quite large despite its compact body. We do question the decision to build the forehead rest of industrial-like steel, and why the folks at Nikon didn’t provide a comfortable forehead rest from a reasonable material, yet it doesn’t harm the instrument’s contemporary aesthetic. Under the hood, the Speedy-K is equipped with a ‘turbo-like’ thingy which speeds-up refractive measurements by shortening the fogging mechanism and increasing the shutter speed; think of it like a ‘sport’ mode for your SUV. Named after this mechanism, Nikon (back in-the-day) created an ARK that was indeed quick. . . even if it has now been copied by the competition. Under quick-mode, the Speedy-K will pull refractive (and keratometric) measurements within .01 seconds and perform continuous measurements producing an average automatically. Furthermore, Nikon’s speed-demon will store up to 100 patient’s refractive and keratometric results, as well as offer fixation intensity control, wireless data transfer, a video jack, and more.