Best price I have seen for the new cutter from Quickutz, Cameo is at Oh My Crafts! You can pre-order and it will be available in December. Using the code FALL20 you can get 20% off and pay $ 216.00.
The Cameo is basically the same machine as Silhouette SD however its can cut 12 inches wide unlike the Silhouette which cuts 8 inches.
I own a Silhouette that I got dirt cheap and thought I would use for crops since my KNK Maxx is not that portable ( actually not portable at all!)
I also liked the Silhouette because of the designs offered exclusively by Quickutz- seemed easy and designs are nice. When they first came out a single design was in the 5-8.00 range which seems crazy now- you can pick up whole sets for .99 cents at Silouette store.
If you are a timid Cricut person looking at changing machine because you want to be able to buy designs AND create some of your own or even just be able to cut out a simple font without buying a cartridge one of the Quickutz machines might be worth it. It does come with basic design software that lets you do a bit of designing and cut your own letters/titles.
Quickutz claims that Cameo is quieter than Silhouette ( which is CRAZY noisy!!!!) and of course the wider cutting area. It does not have more force. The blade is same as original which mean you still can’t cut chip board. I am not sure why Quickkutz even bothered. from what I have heard they still are using same method for print and cuts.
Not sure if any of you remember the “Quickutz Love” FIASCO! They sold zillion of these die cutting machines on pre-oders- The Quiclutz Love was going to blow away Cuttlebug… was a disaster and machine was recalled and then scrapped.
Personally- if you are happy with your Silhouette I see no reason to switch. If you are a heavy user and want more than I would really consider getting KNK Zing that is coming out soon and is bundled with Make the cut software.
The Cameo will have optional software you can BUY. Yikes. Having used Robomaster and Silhouette studio I can only imagine how they will bungle the software up.
Oh- rumour also has it that you can use other file types other than GSD with the PAID software.
You can also achieve same thing with either make the Cut or SCAL which I am sure will be compatible.
More and more I think SVG format will be THE digital cutting format.