I hadn't tried any digital cutting machine before the Silhouette but what I like about this one is that you don't have to worry about buying cartriges. It came with a $10 gift card and I had absolutely no problem getting my new designs on line. They have great tutorials on their web page which have helped me do anything and everything. It takes a few tries and I recommend that you go on online forums if you have a particular question. Welded words are great and I really love this feature.
All in all it is a great machine.
I LOVE this machine. I'll admit, when I first got it, I was totally afriad I wouldn't be able to figure it out! But, I got it and went step by step with the instructions and I figured it out! This is the BEST scrapbooking purchase I ever made! No cartridges to buy and VERY easy to use! It cuts perfectly and looks professional!
I LOVE this machine, and I use it all the time, from cutting frames to flourishes. My only suggestion is to buy the thicker mat - it is SO much better than the thin one - AND - it lasts and lasts and lasts~!