CRICUT EXPLORE AIR 2 REVIEW

Hey Everyone! Ken here with Ken's Kreations!

Many of you might be aware that Cricut has released the new Cricut Explore Air 2 Machine. What is the key differences in this machine? How does the new feature perform. Well, that is exactly the questions I asked myself when I received the Cricut Explore Air 2  and I could not wait to test the new machine out. What did I find? Well let's take a look!


The Cricut Explore Air 2 Machine debut on HSN about a week ago and quickly sold out. The new machine comes in 4 different colors (one being an exclusive Anna Griffin color). The biggest difference in this machine beside color enhancements is the ability to CutWrite or Score up to 2X faster than previous models on certain materials. You can read more on this feature and more below the video! Let's take a peek at this new machine, set-up and how quickly the machine does these tasks:



If you would like to skip to a certain point in the video please see the links below:
Intro:
https://youtu.be/guX4NxcUWZ8
What Is The Cricut Explore Air 2:
https://youtu.be/guX4NxcUWZ8?t=26s
Features:
https://youtu.be/guX4NxcUWZ8?t=46s
What Can It Cut:
https://youtu.be/guX4NxcUWZ8?t=1m4s
2X FASTER:
https://youtu.be/guX4NxcUWZ8?t=1m48s
What Comes In The Box:
https://youtu.be/guX4NxcUWZ8?t=2m1s
Set-Up Of The Machine:
https://youtu.be/guX4NxcUWZ8?t=2m21s
First Project ( See Machine Cute, Write and Score):
https://youtu.be/guX4NxcUWZ8?t=2m51s
Speed and Noise Test:
https://youtu.be/guX4NxcUWZ8?t=3m43s
Bluetooth Set-Up:
https://youtu.be/guX4NxcUWZ8?t=5m2s
Final Thoughts and Review:
https://youtu.be/guX4NxcUWZ8?t=5m55s

So as you may have seen in the video, the Cricut Explore Air 2 Machine does perform at a faster speed, however we do see a compromise on the noise of the machine. The Original Cricut Explore Air is slower when performing the tasks of  CutWrite or Score, however the noise the machine makes is also significantly less. With that said, lets take a peek at all the features of the Cricut Explore Air 2 so you can base a decision for you craft room.


CUT
Cut intricut details with the ultimate precision, from lace stationary designs to fine snowflakes and spider webs for holiday decor using the included German Carbide Blade.

WRITE
Use Cricut Pens to make "handwritten" cards and projects. Choose from over 370 fonts, or use a favorite font from your computer FREE. Then sit back and watch the Cricut Explore Air 2  write away. 

SCORE
With the Scoring Stylus the Cricut Explore Air 2  machine creates perfect fold lines for cards, envelopes, boxes 3D paper crafts, acetate pinwheels and much more

SCORE
With the Scoring Stylus the Cricut Explore Air 2  machine creates perfect fold lines for cards, envelopes, boxes 3D paper crafts, acetate pinwheels and much more


CUT UP 2X FASTER
The Cricut Explore Air 2  helps you make the most of you time with the new FAST MODE. This boasts the ability to cut and write UP TO 2X fast for VINLY, IRON-ON and CARDSTOCK. The other materials have the same ability as before. At first this was a disappointment to me, until I researched my past projects and noted that these materials covered 90% of my projects. I will soon be releasing a timed cut trials comparing the Cricut Explore Air 2 to the Original Cricut Explore Air to see what results I get. MAKE SURE to SUBSCRIBE TO MY YOUTUBE CHANNEL sol you do not miss out on this. In the video you did see the machine did cut faster, but was also considerably louder as well. To see this point in the video CLICK HERE.

CUT UP TO 100 DIFFERENT MATERIALS
Did you know the Cricut Explore Air 2 can cut up to a 100 different materials. Some of the materials do require the us of the Deep Cut BladeCLICK HERE to see the entire list of materials you new machine will be able to cut.

WHAT ELSE
The Cricut Explore Air 2 supports all of the other features and benefits as the Original Cricut Explore Air. These include Print-Then-CutDesign App (ios and android coming soon), Ability to use your own images and fonts FOR FREE, Or use cricut images from cartridges or the Cricut store.



SO WHICH EXPLORE MACHINE IS FOR ME
This perfectly sums up the difference in the Cricut Explore OneOriginal Cricut Explore Air and the Cricut Explore Air 2 so you can make the best buying decision for your craft room!


FINAL THOUGHTS
So when this machine was announced, I was not initially excited about the ONE NEW feature, the 2X faster speed for certain materials. However, I knew we would have interest in this machine so a review was needed. Once I was able to use the machine and see the increase speed, I WAS IN LOVE! For my next video I compared the two machines and it seemed that the Original Cricut Explore Air took FOREVER to complete my projects. One thing I noted, is even though the Cricut Explore Air 2 is 2X faster. This increased speed DID NOT impact the precision cuts that I ahve expected from the  Original Cricut Explore Air. So for me, I will take speed over sound any day!!! I am very pumped that I know have a machine that can cut FAST, PRECISE and give me more time to CREATE!

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