Silhouette America Portrait 2 Review

Sometimes, less is more. Crafters who crave simplicity seek a cutting machine that performs necessary functions without complicated features that they’ll never use (and don’t want to pay for). If you need a machine for light to moderate use, you’ll find satisfaction in Silhouette’s trimmed down machine. The Silhouette America Portrait 2 promises a versatile but compact cutting experience for an array of materials up to 2 mm thick.

Silhouette Portrait 2 Electronic Cutting Tool
  • AutoBlade compatibility—Let the Portrait adjust the blade for you.
  • Deep-cut blade compatibility and higher 2 mm clearance—Cut thicker materials.
  • Built-in optical scanner—Make custom cutouts with the Print & Cut feature.
  • PixScan technology—Scan and cut unique images.
  • Bluetooth compatibility—Use your device to send cuts to the Portrait, no wires necessary.

Product Features

The Silhouette America Portrait 2 is a personal-use cutting machine that cuts over 100 different materials, including cardstock, fabric, transparencies, vellum, heat transfer material, magnet paper, adhesive vinyl, and other materials up to 2 mm thick. If you’ve used a Cameo 3, it may help to know that you can accomplish all the same tasks with the Portrait 2 but in a more compact form. It’s compatible with PC or Mac and operates using a USB cable and Bluetooth technology.

When you purchase the Silhouette America Portrait 2 you’ll have access to the design software and can also import your own images. It’s PixScan compatible for those who want to import printed designs for cutting.

Product Specifics

As described, your Silhouette America Portrait 2 cutting machine comes with:

· Silhouette Portrait® 2
· Power cable & USB cable
· 8-inch wide cutting mat
· AutoBlade
· Bluetooth adapter
· Silhouette Studio® software (download)
· 50 exclusive designs (download)
· 1-month Silhouette Design Store subscription (available with tool registration)

Material Size: cuts material up to 8 inches wide and 10 feet long
Machine Dimensions: 12 x 4 x 5 inches and weighs 6.6 pounds, making it very portable
Pricing: ranges from $135.99 – $199.99, making it more affordable for personal crafting

Silhouette America Portrait 2 Review: Useful and Economical Purchase

Overall, this compact cutting machine is a great buy for those who want value, affordability, and simplicity. It’s easy to install, quiet (compared to most machines), and comes with user-friendly software. Some crafters will be disappointed to learn that it costs to download additional designs from the software, but the average price is about 50 cents each, which should ease the sting. You’ll also get some free designs included with the Silhouette Studio software.

When it comes to performance, the Silhouette America Portrait 2 smoothly cuts most materials, but you’ll need to purchase the deep-cut blade for materials closer to 2 mm. Be advised, if you’re goal is production and quantity, then you’ll want to consider purchasing an upgraded model that is designed for heavier use.

Crafters who want a simple machine for light to moderate personal use won’t be disappointed with the Silhouette America Portrait 2.

Silhouette Portrait 2 Electronic Cutting Tool
  • AutoBlade compatibility—Let the Portrait adjust the blade for you.
  • Deep-cut blade compatibility and higher 2 mm clearance—Cut thicker materials.
  • Built-in optical scanner—Make custom cutouts with the Print & Cut feature.
  • PixScan technology—Scan and cut unique images.
  • Bluetooth compatibility—Use your device to send cuts to the Portrait, no wires necessary.

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