Here's the video of me unboxing the new beauty! Be warned, Albus makes a few appearances and my head gets in the way a time or two but mostly I gush about how wonderful this machine is because HELLO, GORGEOUS. Oh yeah, I say "gorgeous" about 20 times, too. I'm not sorry.
Here's some still shots of the new Cricut Explore Air 2!
The dials are very similar. A little difference between "fabric" and "bonded fabric" with terminology, and the dial on the Explore Air 2 feels maybe a little closer to the machine - less popped out - and sleek.
Here's a side by side highlighting the new design features on the outside of the Cricut Explore Air 2! Like I said in the video, the lighting really doesn't do the pretty mint color of my machine justice! And that gold band is just a fun pop of sparkle! SO. PRETTY.
Here's the inside of the Cricut Explore Air 2! The cutting head is chrome (shinyyyy), but otherwise looks quite like the Explore Air. The biggest upgrade though is the ability to cut 2x as fast! It's actually really incredible and does an amazing job (blog post about that to come), but you can decide if you want to do the quick cut or the standard cut with each project. Holla! Faster cuts = more projects!
For more info on what makes the Cricut Explore Air 2 such a special new Cricut machine, here are a few links to the Cricut website that give you way more details in a way more concise way than I can manage.
I'll be sharing more blog posts about this new machine in the next few weeks. But in the meantime, happy crafting!