Cricut Explore Air 2 vs Silhouette Curio vs Brother Scan N Cut vs Expression 2

Compare What is it? Cricut Explore Air 2 vs Silhouette Curio vs Brother Scan N Cut vs Expression 2

Cricut Explore Air 2
It is a DIY speed machine that cuts and works doubly faster than previous models and can be used to make projects with over 100 different materials.

Silhouette Curio
It is Silhouette’s latest craft machine with dual carriages for DIY projects that cuts and draws, and also embosses, scores, sketches and stipples.

Brother Scan N Cut
It is an advanced personal electronic die cut cutting machine for making DIY projects. It can also be used to scan virtually everything.

Cricut Expression 2
It is an innovative personal electronic cutting machine to create DIY projects with even with or without a computer.


Compare what does it do? Cricut Explore Air 2 vs Silhouette Curio vs Brother Scan N Cut vs Expression 2

Cricut Explore Air 2

It can cut and write up to two times faster than the previous models and is versatile enough to be suited to making projects with more than 100 different materials. It functions like a flexible personal DIY cutting machine. It also makes custom vinyl stickers, personalized home decor, greeting cards, self-designed apparel, and many more articles.

Silhouette Curio
It can perform a variety of tasks to help you cut, draw and also engrave, score, sketch, stipple, and carve. With it stippling and etching tool that can be purchased separately, you can craft exquisitely etched metal.Silhouette Curio also embellishes foils and metals, sketches elaborate, colorful designs and makes stippled ink projects. You can also use it to create patterns out of paper, card stock, vellum, wood, canvas, metals, vinyl, fabric, stencil material, etc. Fonts present in computers can also be recreated with it. You can also register and cut printed materials with its Print and Cut feature and combine these functions. Further, Silhouette Curio is powered by exclusive Silhouette Studio software and Silhouette Design Store, which offer more than 70,000 ready-made designs along with hundreds of design tools to create new designs with. The Curio is the only machine that can unlock tasks like stippling, engraving and dual carriage features in Silhouette Studio design software.

Brother Scan N Cut
Its in-built 300DPI scanner lets you scan handmade designs, photographs and their cut outs into the machine to create designs. It can scan everything- right from pictures, stamped images, handmade designs, magazine cut-outs, etc. when placed in the scanner. The machine also creates cut lines automatically, and the creation can be saved to internal memory or external USB drive. Its integrated touch screen feature allows you to control it and move images for desired effects without need for cartridges to do that. What’s more, it can also cut fabric neatly if needed.

Cricut Expression 2 is a sophisticated personal electronic cutting machine. It is designed to help you make advanced level DIY projects that require greater intricacy. It gives you the choice to make your project without a computer too.


Compare Features: Cricut Explore Air 2 vs Silhouette Curio vs Brother Scan N Cut vs Expression 2

Cricut Explore Air 2
• Functions with double speed
• Fast Mode option
• Quick
• Over 3,000 ready-to-make projects or make quick cuts available in vast image library
• Compatible with computer, tablet and smartphone
• Embedded Bluetooth® for wireless cutting
• Can cut more than 100 materials
• Smart Set® dial feature for easy material settings
• Double tool holder for cutting and writing/ cutting and scoring
•.svg, .jpg, .png, .bmp, .gif, .dxf available for uploading images for free
• Supports thousands of design ideas
• Cut Smart® technology for precision cutting and smooth pre-calibrated material selection
• Facilitates uploading personal image, files and fonts at no extra cost
• Compatible with Cricut® cartridges
• Finely cuts printable images
• Combined storage compartments

Silhouette Curio
• For high-quality sketching
• Creates colorful sketch art with conventional dual carriage
• Offers a variety of patterns and designs
• Stippling feature to create exquisite dot patterns
• Creates stippled ink projects with Silhouette felt tip pens and with stipple foils and metals
• Embossing tools to create tasteful faux-letterpress effect
• Deep cut blade to make finest and deepest cuts
• Sintered tungsten alloy made of super fine powder offers additional durability
• Dual carriage feature that performs two functions like cutting and drawing simultaneously
• Three new embossing methods- Path Emboss, Score & Emboss, and Print & Emboss introduced recently
• Able to cut thicker material smoothly
• Cut up to 2mm thick material when combined with Silhouette’s new deep-cut blade
• 5mm clearance to insert thicker material into the device

Brother Scan N Cut
• 300 DPI built-in scanner with enhanced scanning with color recognition function
• Option to scan in grayscale or RGB color mode
• Cutting mat included in set designed to double as scanning mats
• 12″ x 24″ scanning capability ideal for 18″ doll patterns and large quilt patterns
• CM650W exclusive feature.

ScanNCut Online
• Wireless network compatible
• Transfers files smoothly with activation card (CM650W included)
• Stand-alone machine that does not require computer and Internet
• 1,102 in-built designs (for CM650W)
• Quilt patterns and lettering fonts included
• Color LCD touch screen display
• PES* and SVG Data Readability
• *Reads PES and PHC files containing appliqué stitch data CM650W
• 631 -built designs (for CM350)
• 100 appliqué patterns and 7 lettering fonts
• Option to save cut data to the machine’s memory and USB memory stick
• Facilitates connecting and transferring FCM cut file to PC through USB cable
• ScanNCut Online feature for wireless connectivity to exchange data between the ScanNCut machine via ScanNCut Canvas (with optional ScaNCut online activation card)
• Fabric cutting function for sewing, quilting and appliqué projects
• Able to read PES* and PHC* files comprising appliqué stitch data for cutting appliqué pieces
• Resourceful M650W
• Facilitates adding seam allowances (in ¼” increments) to join fabric pieces
• Erasable air soluble and water soluble pen set to mark sewing outlines on designs for perfect placement of stitches
• CM650W Exclusive for CM350 provided separately

ScanNCut Canvas
• Free cloud-based web application to edit and design cut data and convert SVG files to FCM format for ScanNCut2
• Project gallery
• Step-by-step instructions and FCM cut files
• Tablet-friendly
• German carbide blade
• Japan design quality
• New fonts suitable for paper as well as fabric introduced every month
• Integrated 300 DPI Scanner
• USB Drive input to save files and download new designs
• Custom designs and basic shapes, borders and fonts stored and preloaded in internal memory
• Welding feature provided
• Seam allowances in ¼” increments
• Erasable pen provided
• 12″ x 12″ and 12″ x 24″ cutting mats to cut and draw designs of numerous sizes
• The cutting mats made to double as canning mats
• Powerful space-saving capabilities for economic use of fabric
• Sophisticated technology for background scan to determine exact location of designs
• Scans documents, files, artwork, photographs that can be saved to the USB
• Combines illustrations, text and other design elements
• Preloaded with 140 en suite designs and 5 fonts

Cricut Expression 2
• Flexible
• Cuts diverse materials in several sizes
• Facilitates viewing designs from multiple angles and to assess designs and arrange them on mat before cutting
• Mat preview for optimal utilization and for creating custom layouts
• Allows designing with a computer
• Can be used without a computer
• Facilitates PC or Mac connectivity with free Cricut Craft Room® software before cutting for quality results
• Able to cut shapes and letters as small as ¼” or as big as 23 ½”
• Provides full 12″ cutting mat width
• Affordable cartridge options
• Works with a single cartridge inserted too
• Top quality and affordable digital cartridge options
• 40,000 images currently
• Resourceful Cricut designer library
• Cricut Craft Room® design software to view all 40,000 images in single location
• Full color touch screen for enhanced flexibility
• Touch screen available
• Eliminates need for keypad overlay
• Cartridge options and choices appear on touch screen for enhanced convenience and speed
• LED light by the cutting blade
• Port to use different regular Cricut cartridges along with all Cricut Imagine cartridges (printing function absent).
• Both- standard Cricut cutting mats and the Imagine mats available
• Comes with two pre-loaded cartridges: Cricut Alphabet and Cricut Essentials
• ‘Mat Preview’ option to how view shapes will appear later.
• Stylus facilitates identifying the exact quality of material to be cut out
• Extra long power cord
• Mat Preview and Fit to Page to improve image quality automatically
• Auto Fill and Quantity
• Guiding Brackets to align images on the mat
• LCD touch screen
• Allows designing on computer.
• Comes with additional easy-to-use features with the Cricut Cricut Expression 2 machine
• Supplied with two pre-loaded cartridges for instant and cost-effective access to 3 fonts, 40 phrases, and 110 layered images
• Limitless design possibilities through Cricut image library
• Additional sets of affordable digital images in different themes with the Cricut Craft Room design software
• Cuts a wide range of material in different sizes
• Auto fill and quantity features to cut multiples of the same image
• Option to maximize size of images easily through Fit to Page feature


Compare what does it cut? Cricut Explore Air 2 vs Silhouette Curio vs Brother Scan N Cut vs Expression 2

Cricut Explore Air 2
It can cut more than a hundred materials such as basic and specialty vinyl colors, iron-on vinyls, cardstock, faux leather, adhesive foils, specialty paper, poster board.

Silhouette Curio
It can effortlessly cut thicker material and when combined with Silhouette’s new deep-cut blade, materials up to 2mm thick can also be cut up. Silhouette Curio has 5mm clearance suitable for thicker material to be cut in the machine. It also cuts standard vinyl, paper and cardstock and more.

Brother Scan N Cut
It is able to cut a wide variety of fabrics, imageries, stamped images, hand-drawn designs, and magazine cutouts into the scanner for which the machine automatically creates cut lines too.

Cricut Expression 2
Cuts paper, card stock, thin chipboard, vinyl, stencil material and numerous other articles.


Compare Cut sizes: Cricut Explore Air 2 vs Silhouette Curio vs Brother Scan N Cut vs Expression 2

Cricut Explore Air 2
12 inches width by 24 inches long (11.5 by 23.5 inches)

Silhouette Curio
8.5 inch by 12 inch cutting surface

Brother Scan N Cut
12”x24” cutting mat

Cricut Expression 2
12 in x 24 in cutting capability


Compare system requirements: Cricut Explore Air 2 vs Silhouette Curio vs Brother Scan N Cut vs Expression 2

Cricut Explore Air 2
Operating System:
• Windows 7 or a more recent version
• Mac: v10.9 or a more recent version
Browser: Current version of Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome or Safari
Processor: 2.33 GHz (Windows) or 1.83 GHz (Mac)
Display: 1024 x 768 resolution
Port: USB
Free Disk Space: 50MB
Software: Current version of Adobe Flash
Internet: Broadband connection
Mobile Devices: iOS 7.1.2. or later, iPad 2 or later, iPad mini or later, iPhone 4 or later and iPod Touch 5th generation or later

Silhouette Curio

• PC and Mac compatible along with the Silhouette Studio® software
• 2-pin plug adapter
• AC adapter: Input: 100 – 240V (50/60Hz) and Output: 24V (1.25A)
• Operating System: PC ( Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10) or Mac (OS X 10.6.8 and higher)
• Internet connection
• RAM: 1 GB of RAM (2 GB recommended)
• Processor: 2 GHz (or faster) processor speed
• Memory: 186 MB of memory for program
• USB Port: Minimum USB 1.1 Port
Silhouette Curio machine and Silhouette Studio software
• Regular base (8.5″ x 6″)
• Embossing mat and cutting mat
• Cutting blade
• Fine embossing tool
• Wide embossing tool
• Power cord/USB cord

Brother Scan N Cut
• Cloud-based software (comes for free)
• ,*ScanNCut Online activation card required for transferring files through the new ScanNCut – Transfer system
• For cutting SVG files, logging into the ScanNCut Canvas website is required
• Mats and blades
• Select designs and fonts ready to use provided with the software
• Facilitates importing file formats such as .JPG and .SVG that are convertible to .FCM

Cricut Expression 2
• Cricut Cricut Expression 2 machine
• Cricut Essentials and Cricut Alphabet pre-loaded cartridges
• 12″ x 12″ cutting mat
• 3 x port covers
• LCD screen protector
• Stylus
• Blade assembly
• USB cable
• Power adapter
• Operating system: Windows Vista or Windows XP SP2
• Microsoft Windows Media Player 11 (Windows XP only)
• Memory: 1 GB RAM
• Hard Drive: 350 MB
• Processor: 1.0 GHz with MMX or equivalent 1024 x 768 monitor resolution with 24-bit color
• Graphics processor: Microsoft DirectX 9.0-capable video card; recommended support for Pixel Shader 2.0, with 256 MB or more of memory for video preview
• Optional- Video encoding hardware acceleration cards, USB or FireWire webcam and a version of Apple QuickTime more advanced than Version 7.4


Compare Scanning Area: Cricut Explore Air 2 vs Silhouette Curio vs Brother Scan N Cut vs Expression 2

Cricut Explore Air 2
Not mentioned

Silhouette Curio
It includes an optic scanner that can read and utilize registration marks for Print & Cut jobs.

Brother Scan N Cut
The 11.7” wide scanning and cutting area accommodates large projects. The 300 DPI integrated scanner scans practically anything into the machine to be saved as a cut file.

Cricut Expression 2
Not mentioned


Compare Designs: Cricut Explore Air 2 vs Silhouette Curio vs Brother Scan N Cut vs Expression 2

Cricut Explore Air 2
This device claims to allow its users to create mind-boggling designs and also upload files on which they’ve designed. from where they can use their own designs for home décor, cards, gifts, fashion, and more. One can also design on a computer, iPad or iPhone. Its Design Space–free, cloud-based, easy-to-use software allows you to edit, customize and preview projects. Ready-to-make projects and thousands of Cricut images are also made available by its makers, and also the option to upload your own designs. Once the Design Space app for iOS is downloaded to craft on the go, Cricut Explore Air 2’s new offline feature for designing without Internet connection are also accessible.

Silhouette Curio
Curio is driven by powerful Silhouette Studio software as well as the Silhouette Design Store, a marketplace of over 70,000 ready-made designs available for purchase. Find the perfect design, resize and customize the design for your project, or design your own from scratch using hundreds of design tools in the powerful Silhouette Studio software. The Curio is the only machine that can unlock the stippling, etching, debossing, embossing and dual carriage features in Silhouette Studio design software.

Brother Scan N Cut
• Hand-drawn designs or fonts (pens and pen holder to be purchased separately)

• Limited colors in pen set

• Full color LCD touch screen to try new designs,

• Single touch displays shapes, designs, borders, quilt patterns, phrases, etc. consistently

The integrated 300 DPI scanner scans images into the machine from a number of places. After scanning, the machine detects the scanned pattern and creates cut lines. It then cuts the traced designs, or one can save the designs to internal memory for cutting on different materials. You just need to select a design and cut out on the preferred material. Scanning an image gives more variety and unique design.

Cricut Expression 2
The machine enables you to create things you never thought you could. It simplifies making cards with a personal touch, creating embellishments for home décor, make custom banners and signs and spruce up a scrapbook and more. It offers practically infinite options to create designs courtesy its Cricut image library, which comprises sets of digital images at affordable prices in the Cricut Craft Room design software. Physical Cricut cartridges that work directly with the computer are also available. Also, Cricut cartridges contain hundreds of professionally created images. Some cartridges also include fonts; presently more than 300 Cricut cartridges covering a wide variety of themes are available. A Cricut cartridge has to be inserted into the Cricut Cricut Expression 2 machine and after images and size are chosen, you need to press CUT to find thousands of designs to select from. The LCD touch screen also plays an important role by letting you get images in perfect symmetry and form. The Cricut Cricut Expression 2 machine is also compatible with computers thanks to the free online Cricut Craft Room design software it comes with. The Cricut Craft Room design software you can design with and cut all of the Cricut images created by you, which can be processed by connecting the machine to acomputer with a USB cable so you can cut what you’ve designed. Further, the Cricut Craft Room design software can also be used to search the entire Cricut image library including exclusive digital images for instant purchase of digital images if needed.


Compare Quilt Patterns: Cricut Explore Air 2 vs Silhouette Curio vs Brother Scan N Cut vs Expression 2

Cricut Explore Air 2
920 printable patterns
Silhouette Curio
Not mentioned

Brother Scan N Cut
12″ x 12″ cutting mat (included) /12″ x 24″ cutting mat (available separately)

Cricut Expression 2
Not mentioned


Compare LCD Display: Cricut Explore Air 2 vs Silhouette Curio vs Brother Scan N Cut vs Expression 2

Cricut Explore Air 2
No LCD display

Silhouette Curio
No LCD display

Brother Scan N Cut
Full-color LCD touch screen for editing designs

Cricut Expression 2
Full color LCD touch screen


Compare Max Material Width it can Handle: Cricut Explore Air 2 vs Silhouette Curio vs Brother Scan N Cut vs Expression 2

Cricut Explore Air 2
The maximum cutting size that Cricut Explore Air 2 can handle is 12 inches wide by 24 inches long( 11.5 by 23.5 inches).

Silhouette Curio
It can handle cutting jobs for materials that are up to 2mm thick.

Brother Scan N Cut
• Maximum thickness of 1.5mm for paper, fabric and other materials
• Maximum thickness for cutting- 0.8mm with STD cut blade and 1.5mm with deep cut blade, depending upon material used
• Maximum thickness for scanning- 1.5mm with cutting mats, 1.0mm with scanning mat

Cricut Expression 2
Maximum cutting width-12 inches wide by 24 inches long
(Standard size cutting mat measuring 12 by 12 inches included for the purpose)


Compare Price: Cricut Explore Air 2 vs Silhouette Curio vs Brother Scan N Cut vs Expression 2

Cricut Explore Air 2

Silhouette Curio

Brother Scan N Cut

Cricut Expression 2


Compare REVIEWS: Cricut Explore Air 2 vs Silhouette Curio vs Brother Scan N Cut vs Expression 2

Cricut Explore Air 2 REVIEW

Olga Allen, a customer who recently bought Cricut Explore Air 2, complains in her review that she never received installable software with the set. What’s more, Cricut seems to have eliminated compatibility with all third party software vendors due to which customers have to use an online only version that have limited features. Also, the wireless function of Cricut Explore Air 2 doesn’t work no matter however hard one tries. She’s been working on the iPad but design on the computer. Its design space does not work on Android tablets or phones. She says all the claims of Cricut Explore Air 2 are garbage.

Jeremiah Rogers, another dissatisfied user of Cricut Explore Air 2 has written in his review that tho its software and tech support aren’t too bad, using them is a time-consuming hassle even after following all instructions. He’s not happy with its design space and quality either. He has to switch between different browsers for a single task and the images also get converted to low resolution inexplicably. Also, the machine only prints and cuts 6.25 by 8,which limits his work. He also finds Cricut Explore Air 2 too slow and not worth its price, especially because no instructions, basic tool kit or craft project were provided with it.

Conrad Fernandez says in his Cricut Explore Air 2 review that he had to spend days learning to use the machine on YouTube. He still can’t create his own designs on it. He’s mentioned that it doesn’t work without the Internet nor perform basic functions like loading the paper well and go beyond 6″ x 8″ size in output. He finds Cricut Explore Air 2 decent only at cutting material like vinyl.


Silhouette Curio REVIEW

Ricky Meyer complains in his Silhouette Curio review that it this machine, which makes tall claims about doing wonders, is nothing what it projects itself as. It is nothing but expensive, and its components like the embossing mat are too fragile and prone to damage. Replacing components increases expenses and does little to help you in any way. He was happy only initially for a month with Silhouette Curio’s performance but soon it started giving problem. The first time it malfunctioned, he reinstalled the software but it didn’t help. It’s going downhill ever since, and damaged material like mats have put him off completely.

Kristin Hansen has written in the Silhouette Curio review that the machine is difficult to operate and not what it’s shown as in commercials. Its software has more bugs and the support instructions are not user-friendly.

Stella Garrett claims that the size of Silhouette Curio is limited to just 6” x 8”. She’s mentioned that its embossing process does not work properly. She ordered paper as per the product standards but still it could not emboss. It could not cut thick chip board either.

Catherine Terry, another disappointed user of Silhouette Curio states in her review that it has very poor printing process. When she printed light grey text on off-white page, it was impossible to read. However, she thinks the hardware of the machine is good.

Diana Castillo finds Silhouette Curio complicated to use. She says that the website and blog of the machine could not help. She spent many hours watching the video on how to operate but the generic questions and answers could not help. According to her, the cutting process of the machine is risky as it damages a lot of mats used while cutting. She is also not happy with the size and quality of Silhouette Curio and feels it’s too expensive.

Curtis Dawson followed guidelines of Silhouette Curio on the website but still ended up wasting lot of material like the cardstock, thin sheets and mats. He’s now of the opinion that the performance of Silhouette Curio is not up to the mark. He feels that the performance of Silhouette Curio is not at all consistent as either it shuts down out for no reason or it pauses for long periods of time.


Brother Scan N Cut

Nick Collins, a disappointed customer who says he made a big mistake by purchasing Brother Scan N Cut has written in his review that you cannot use Brother Scan N Cut if your network has WPA fixed length key for secure access. It simply does not work, and Brother does not support long keys for WPA. He finds Brother Scan N Cut useless for his network environment as he’s had to change the complete wireless network to match the requirements of this machine.

Shelley Brewer, another user of Brother Scan N Cut has said in her review that she was taken by surprise when she had to purchase an activation card for the machine. She was always happy with Brother products but feels disappointed this time. The sticker cutting process didn’t work properly even after different settings and adjustments. The cuts were also not as sharp as expected.

Ellen Holland says that Brother Scan N Cut works properly at times and disappoints on other occasions. She’s said that its cutting process works sharply for only some projects. She also found the sticky mat of Brother Scan N Cut difficult to keep clean. She had to buy expensive vinyl to do that. She did not expect such a product from Brother.

Ben Rios has mentioned in his Brother Scan N Cut review that he saves time cutting vinyl stickers on it instead of doing it manually but some components of the machine lose their effectiveness and expensive to replace them. He would like to advise that the instructions on how to use the Brother Scan N Cut should be made more elaborate and simple so that it’s helpful to new users. He’s also faced the problem of the paper moving on the mat with this machine, which needs to be improved.


Cricut Expression 2 REVIEW

Nichole Aguilar, a customer of Cricut Expression 2 says in his review that he’s totally disappointed with it as it does not even cut any designs sharply, forget managing other intricate tasks. Its cartridges are also costly and unfortunately, one would need a lot of cartridges for a variety of designs. When he tried cutting alphabet with Cricut Expression 2, it could cut only some and skipped the rest, which ideally should not happen.

Jerome Berry finds Cricut Expression 2 a noisy machine. The directions provided in it are also not clear and the cutting mat provided with it is not completely flat and smooth. Also, its needle could not cut the paper from right to the left in a proper manner. Even though he’s extremely busy, he had to put in time calling customer service of Cricut Expression 2 since the Cricut Sync software was not working. But even that couldn’t help him trouble shoot, which resulted in a lot of wastage of time for him.

Laurie Hanson who purchased Cricut Expression 2 recently says in her review that there are some major issues with the Cricut Sync software. She returned the first one but the new replaced one also had issues connecting to the Windows 7 via Circuit Sync.

Garry Riley says that Cricut Expression 2 could not cut paper properly and always makes him feel that it might get jammed. He finds the machine a bit complicated. he also says that the touch screen of Cricut Expression 2 does not work properly. He has to hit at the left or right of the buttons sometimes to make it work. Also, Cricut Expression 2 is not compatible with Windows 8.

Doyle Abbott advises readers in her Cricut Expression 2 review not to buy it. She is not happy with the performance of its blades, which could not cut evenly everywhere. Worse, she says it was delivered with a worn out cord. She ordered a new one, but that could not help. The machine now just turns on and off every now and then. According to her, Cricut Expression 2 is also not user- friendly and he guidelines provided are not explained properly.

Emilio Quinn found Cricut Expression 2 to be a problematic product. He says in his review on the same that the digital display of the machine does not respond on time. Sometimes it grabs the mat and cuts it sideways and makes the complete process of making a craft article completely messy. He says he’d advice people to never buy Cricut Expression 2 as it’s a waste of money.

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