I wanted to wrap this up with some of my concluding thoughts. I decided to do it in a more graphical form than the previous posts.
As you may be able to tell by now, I’m not really all that impressed by the software. I am intrinsically opposed to the software (and thus the machine) being able to be used only when you’re online. I like that it’s easier to set up how your design will cut and lay it out, but it’s very difficult to create the design. I can only hope that Cricut will change some of this, since software is in generaly easier to upgrade than hardware.
I’m impressed by it’s ability to cut. It’s not perfect, but it can definitely handle more material types, thicker material, and firmer material better than the Cameo can. I can’t compare how it handle’s delicate cuts just yet, but in sheer cutting force, I find that it is definitively better. Of course, that’s only an issue if you are interested in cutting those materials to begin with.
And overall, I like the machine design in general. All of those little details, like places to put your tools, add up to a nice machine. Here’s my final list of pros and cons, in pinnable form for you.
And the big question for those who are interested in purchasing a new machine: what would I suggest you purchase? Here’s a flow chart. This in version 1.0. I’ll update it again after I do a side by side comparison with different materials and more intricate cuts. Update: Kay mentioned three other machines in the comments: the Zing, Pazzles or Silver Bullet. Check those out as well if you’re interested in cutting thicker materials!! Thanks for the heads up Kay!
For those who already have a Silhouette, whether or not you would want to purchase an Explore entirely comes down to whether or not you want to cut a wider variety of materials. I do think that anyone who already owns a Silhouette will be sorely disappointed by the Cricut Design Space. Incidentally, you can use the software without having an Explore. Head over to cricut.com/design to try it out and see what you think. Be aware that you will need to install a plugin to make it work.
Did reading my series help you decide to purchase a machine? Here’s a link to the Cricut Explore, and another to the Silhouette Cameo. Both of these links are affiliate links through Amazon. If you click through using them, any purchase you make through Amazon will provide a small commission to me at no extra cost to you to help keep this blog running. Thanks for the support! I love my Cameo and am excited about the possibilities that the Explore provides.
So, what do you think? Does anything about the Explore excite you? Or does it leave you out in the cold? I’m somewhere in between. I’m happy with it’s cutting abilities, but don’t care for the software as a design experience. And then there’s that whole online thing. Enough about me already, let me know your thoughts in the comments below! Or ask me questions, I’d be happy to try and answer them!
This post is part of a series. Go ahead and click on one of the links below, you know you want to!
Cricut Explore: First Impressions
Cricut Explore: The Machine
Cricut Explore: The Software
Cricut Explore: Cutting Materials
Cricut Explore: Conclusions <– You’re here!
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