Die to cut is a fun thing to do during our spare periods. It keeps us relax and happy especially if we’ll be able to finish the project and design successfully. That is why hobbyists tend to purchase these die-cutting machines for easy decorating and designing procedures.
In this product review, we will evaluate a particular die cutting machine Cricut model named Cricut Explore Air 2 Mint that is an older version of Cricut Maker. Its Cricut’s one of the best die-cutting machines that you must not miss out!
Product Review of Cricut Explore Air 2 Mint
The Cricut’s flagship vinyl cutting machine have a similar printer-like design weighing about 14 pounds is made from the durable plastic body. It’s currently available into four polished colors exclusively sky blue, black, gold, and pink. Its control panel includes all of its interfaces easily clicked with its white finished buttons. On its upper right panel, the power button is located with the Smart Set Dial (rotate for different cutting options), the Load, Go, and the Pause buttons for which is smoothly pressed intuitively. The left part of the panel incorporates an open function for which is easily push upon as needed. Nonetheless, on the outer left side resides a small tool cup for which you could put all the pens, blades, and even a smartphone into it.
The interiors of the device upon opening the storage door and the cover comprise of the slider for which attached over a double tool holder for which two clamps are pre-installed into it. It holds also a mat guide to make sure that the die-cutting operation will be precise and reliable.
Consequently, the cutting operation is done through the German Carbide Premium Blade that is incorporated in its package. The blades are sharp enough to make multiple types of vinyl, leather, and foil made design or decors into it. Its cuts intuitively, two times faster than its predecessors with adjustable cutting and writing speed as needed.
The device is compatible for use to various operating systems including Windows, iOs, and Android through the installation of its app or registering to its cloud site. Thus, you could install your device using the computer, smartphone, or tablet. The device only accepts image formats like SVG, Jpg, Png, Bmp, Gif, Dxf. You could also do wireless cutting through the embedded Bluetooth into the device. Aside from that, it has a power adapter and USB cord for use in multiple operations.
Aside from the device itself, the package includes 100+free image designs, 50+ free projects, an instruction manual, a pen and cardstock sample, and a 12 inch x12 inch Cricut standard grip cutting mat.
Key Features and Specs of Cricut Explore Air 2 Mint
a. Ease of Use and Assembly
The device features three operations to run it. Nevertheless, you’ll just have to cut intricate details into it with precision, write and choose over 370 fonts all over it using the computer or tablet that you have, and score using the stylus to accurately fold lines, cards, envelopes, and papercrafts. You could smoothly operate the device with three procedures. Just plug in, connect and cut into the device. Running the cloud site could be a bit difficult upon using it a few times. But nonetheless, later on, if you’ll be able to master and read the manual intuitively, everything will go smoothly as you’ve wanted it.
b. Appearance and Sturdiness
Upon looking the device, it’s amazingly built quite big consumes a lot of space into the room. Its exterior body is shiny and well-polished available in four different colors. Nonetheless, it’s still unknown if the device is resistant to water or stain for use flexibly. As to its design, there’s really no change upon Cricut’s previous models. Though, you’ll find this device more durable and conducive for use in multiple operations.
c. Interface and Controls
A huge improvement of this device is its menu and interface. Consequently, it includes a Smart Set Dial that is easily rotated out for use into specific applications like vinyl, paper, iron-on, light cardstock, cardstock, bonded fabric, and poster board. Aside from that, the dial has a customized option for you to adjust to the cutting thickness and capability of the device. Its circular buttons are pressed conveniently use for on/off, pause/play, open, and stop as needed. Though, it would be recommended for the manufacturer to put labels or just use words into it since not all people are familiar with the symbols written.
d. Connectivity and Software
Basically, you’ll not use software on this device. But nonetheless, it’s essential and required that you have a stable internet connection in order to operate it. Consequently, the device runs through a cloud site for which you’ll have to register repeatedly to die cut any pattern and designs. Aside from that, there are users who are having difficulty using the cloud site. Thus, its best to read the manual to guide you through the process. It supports multiple operating systems and conducive even to your smartphones. It has a wireless capability via Bluetooth to run the device.
The manufacturer brags on the 100+ material cutting ability. It will cut over various materials from vellum, thick leather, paper, or vinyl as needed. Aside from that, you could access 3000 ready to use projects and design that could be viewed by visiting their website. Aside from that, you could make customization into its patterns for convenience and versatility.
f. Cutting Efficiency
As to this function, it works brilliantly as to what most of its users are saying. It’s not certainly the biggest thing you’ve seen in the market but its cutting width is something that could be used for multiple material sizes. Though, few users have complaints about the limiting capacity of the device after the expiration of the trial period of some functions.
Generally, this Cricut’s product is made for flexible use of multiple material applications. It’s built durably with four polished colors on its exterior body. It has a big size with great cutting width as needed. It has a simple interface, easy to use with just push of a button into it. The software and web function is a bit complicated and should be improved by the manufacturer. The app is also not that stable. It would be intuitive if there’s an offline version of the cloud site to use it even at poor internet connections. Another thing also, the cutting function is very limited. You’ll have to pay monthly to fully utilized all its functions.
But other than that, the device seems to be working well and cuts various designs or patterns as what it’s advertised with.
Is it Worth the Price?
It depends on what you’re finding. This device cuts out everything you wanted from various materials to multiple decors, patterns, and designs. But nonetheless, it has a limited function on few of its features. Thus, you’ll have to avail of their monthly subscription to be able to utilize all its features. If your fine with that, then this would be a good option for you. Otherwise, without the subscription, still, the device works well enough for different cutting applications.