So today I thought would do a post with regards to my new machine and the pros and cons of it. I have to say I am a very lucky lady to get this, I mentioned it only once or twice to hubby but didn't think I would be in for a chance of getting one as I had only just purchased a Cameo machine. Bless him he come to me after getting some unsettling news from the hospital and told me to get it ordered before it sells out! I wasn't asking twice!
I also took photos of the unpacking of it, to show you exactly what you get in the box because some websites are not 100% clear of what you get.
I will leave the photos as small so that you can view it easier on a tablet or a phone.
(Please ignore the holes in the wall I moved my second monitor so I could fit him in that slot and snapped a photo, before I could repair and paint it)
I haven't labelled all the photos, as it is pretty clear what is what but I have outlined below what was in the box.
What Is In The Box
Cricut Explore Machine
12 X 12 Green Mat - This is the standard sticky mat
Pen - For drawing
"Start Here" envelope
"Project Material" envelope
USB lead - Machine to Computer - Hubby measured it for me and it is about 2 meters long.
What is in the "Start Here" Envelope
What's In The Box Booklet
Tips and Tricks Booklet
What is in the "Project Materials" envelope ** contents may change**
8.25 x 10 inch - Blue Duck Tape
8.25 x 10 inch - Multi-coloured Duck Tape
2x A4 Black card stock
5.25 x 4 inch - Teal blue card
11.75 x 3 inch - Iron on Vinyl
Instructions for Duck tape and Vinyl.
So that is what we get in the box I ordered mine on the 16th at 3 o'clock via Amazon and as I am a prime customer I took delivery of her on the 17th at lunch time. Less than 24 hours - perfect.
Okay the most important bit.
Pros and Cons
Can use both SVG and Cartridges
Quiet at cutting
Can use a pen and a blade together
Design studio is internet based only
Design space is not 100% user friendly, I would say I am confident with a computer and it even has me baffled at some points.
Design studio can be slow.
Now I have had her for a few weeks and to be totally honest it has been a love / hate relationship I have hated her and got her box back out ready to ship her back, but really liked the idea of combining all my SVG/ Cutting files and cartridges together to create unique layouts/cards - so I have persisted with her and to be honest I am really starting to fall in love with her, the other day I didn't have a certain image on any of my cartridges but I did have it in a SVG file so I could combine the two without having to start up the cameo machine!
I will keep on playing with her and I will do a comparison between the explore, the Cricut original and the cameo machine and I will try and do it in a easy to view chart for you.
Please remember these are only my opinions on the machine I am no way affiliated with Cricut and I receive no profit from them for doing this post and I purchased the machine with my hubby’s hard earned cash - ha ha.
Thanks for stopping in!