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Cricut Explore Air™ 2 Mint machine
Product Review (submitted on December 10, 2016):
I am thrilled to be writing about the Cricut Explore Air 2 that I received as a gift in exchange for writing an honest review. I would consider myself to be an expert crafter - specifically a paper crafter. I have been crafting for over 20 years, have been on a couple of online design teams, and I have done freelance work for a couple of years for a papercrafting/decor company of world renown. As such, I have had the opportunity to do a lot of work with my die cutting machines. In addition to the Cricut Explore Air 2 I also own a Cricut Expression, and a machine from another company.
First things first - it's beautiful! It's so pretty with the mint green and silver trim. After a day of familiarizing myself with the software all I can say is wow! I like it! I love the fact that the software allows me to see all of the images large and in detail up on the screen. It was easy to use the filters to find which images I already own, and there are free images that are available to use. Plus I think it is totally worth it to purchase Cricut Access. If you are in the habit of buying a cartridge every other month a yearly subscription to Cricut Access would pay for itself very quickly. I also love the fact that I can search for specific shapes.
I think it's awesome that I can have either a marker or stylus loaded into the carriage along with my cutting blade. And since we are talking about time savers, I should mention what sets the Cricut Explore 2 apart from the other Explore models - Fast Mode. I put the machine through it's paces with a really intricate cut - first at regular speed, and then with Fast Mode. There was no difference in the quality of the cutting between the two different modes. The machine is a little louder while in Fast Mode, but that is totally worth it when you are in a hurry. I also love that there is space onboard the machine to store my tools and blades.
The Cricut Explore Air 2 would make a wonderful gift for the crafter in your life!