I just bought the Slice this week and I'm really glad I did. This is my first die cutting machine purchase. Having used lots of my friends' manual machines in the past, I was looking at the Cricut but concerned about the cost of the machine and its cartridges. I love the Slice because the cost is low, it uses memory cards, the memory cards hold dozens of images (which you can change from 1 to 4 inches in size), and it doesn't take up much room. When I go to a crop, all I have to take is the machine, cutting mat, and my little notebook of memory cards! I'd give the product 5 stars if not for the learning curve to use it: there's a method to holding it and adjusting the cutting blade (looser or tighter) to make everything just right.