I really like my Slice. It is the original one. I have had it over a year and am still on the blade it came loaded with. It's lightweight and fun. I did buy the hands free large mat and frame and am so glad I did. It's so small and compact that it makes it quick to bring out and put away when making only one card. I have 5 carts. which do everything I want but would always love to have another.... just has to be at a marked down price. I see many negative comments but mine has worked perfectly from the day I got it.
I just got my Slice a Month ago and I love mine too!!!! I have the Expression, but wanted something smaller to take places. I'm so glad I got my slice! I got 6 cards with it and since then got 3 more!!! I have the hands free kit too and love it! Besides the cards shown, I also have Basic shapes 1, FaLaLa, and ABC Fonts.
I have had mine for about 2 years and I love it, too. I have had a little trouble with a couple of cartridges but when I contacted the company they have taken care of the problem quickly and with no hassle. The customer service alone makes it great.
I got the hands free mat for Christmas and THAT has been fantastic!
I also got a baby cricut for Christmas. The only difference I see is that it can do multiple letters at one time without having to reenter anything.