Here is what I love so far about my Explore.
Set-up was so easy - I got it out of the box, blade installed and plugged it in. On the inside cover were the instructions for set up. A few minutes after this I made my first cut.
All my Carts are on Design Space and that means I do not need my Gypsy anymore or my cartridges. They all went to my Mom's house so she can use them whenever she wants.It also means I have room to put things (more paper maybe)
It is Quiet and Smooth. I love my old Cricuts and my Cameo, but this thing is smooth and pretty quiet. SEE..
Instead of having to press all the buttons for the layers, when you click an image in Design Space all the layers are there. You can remove the ones you do not want to cut and go.
Also, you can place a gift bag or shirt layout on the screen and move your image around to get a feel for size and placement.
Happy I took the plunge and am creating away with the machine often.
I recommend looking at Joy's videos from Obsessed with Scrapbooking.