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Cricut Explore Air™ 2 Mint machine
Product Review (submitted on January 16, 2017):
A Cricut Explore Air 2 Review
I've had a Cricut Expression 2 for quite a while and was SUPER exited to upgrade to the Cricut Explore Air 2. Even before I started using it, there were features that made me incredibly happy. I love the top opens up for easy access to the device. I've had vinyl get stuck on the inner rollers before and was very glad to have easy cleaning access. I really appreciate that they added storage compartments inside the machine as well as making the new design more sleek by removing the obtrusive display screen. These make it much easier to store in my bag for travel since I tend to bring mine with me everywhere.
Upon using the device, I was exceptionally stoked about the Cricut Access in Design Space. I love having access to everything digitally. The Design Space also makes it super easy to find just the cut in looking for. I also love being able to make my own basic images into cuts so I get exactly what I want for my project. Being able to add just basic shapes has been a bonus as well. The additional score line has been so helpful already! I'm looking forward to trying out the Bluetooth features as well. It's so much easier to design on my phone while I'm thinking about it rather than having to lug around my chunky laptop everywhere.
Probably one of my most favorite new features is how worked out the cut dial is. I was absolutely nervous about it because, even with the tables and charts that are absolutely everywhere, I always had trouble finding that "sweet spot" between a not strong enough cut and a practically cut your mat in half cut. I was tentative about trying the vinyl setting on the new machine, but by following exactly what the instructions on the cut page told we to do, I got a PERFECT kiss cut on the very first try! It was SO much easier to "dial" in to get exactly what I wanted. Very, very pleased with how much work has been put into this.
My only negative note on the Cricut Explore Air 2 is that I really felt that it lacked in tutorials. I had to search for several things on YouTube instead just to explain a couple of simple things. I would love to see more tutorials/explications for Cricut itself for some of these. However, the device was overall very simple to understand and to use, especially when cutting. On top of that, it can cut so many different kinds of materials that I just can't wait to try!
In all, best experience I've had with Cricut to date! I've always enjoyed my Cricut, but this new machine revitalized a lot of creativity! Absolutely 100% approval in my book!