I too vote for the Cricut Expression. It is cartridge based, but I love that I don't have to drag out my laptop every time I want to make a cut. I also have Design Studio so I can use my computer if I want to. There are just SO many images on the cartridges. There are many, many more than what is shown on the back of the box. Also, you can buy the cartridges on eBay for next to nothing a lot of times. The last one I bought was $18, including shipping.