Thursday, October 27, 2011

the Silhouette Cameo Review 1: The Unboxing

On Sep 19 ohmycrafts (update: they are no longer in business) sent out an email that they were taking pre-orders for the Silhouette Cameo. The unit costs $215.99 after coupon and includes free shipping.

I placed my order within minutes of receiving that email.

UPS dropped off the box on Tuesday evening and I got to open it when all the kids are in school the next day. 

This is the box that UPS delivered..

..and this is what's inside.  :-)

This is printed on the box:

Here are the accessories..

...and this is the new 12"x12" cutting mat.

There's my Cameo!

Here it is out of the box..

...and uncovered.

Here is a closer look at the control panel.

This is how it looks like when the lid is up.

The Cameo weighs less than 6.5 lbs.

It is also only slightly bigger than the Silhouette SD..

...and quite a lot smaller than the Lynx.

These came with the Cameo...

...including Silhouette Studio v2.0. The instructional video is about 10mins long and is not boring AT ALL.

The new blade looks very different from the 3-cap system used in the Silhouette SD. The grey ratchet cap is used to change the setting on the blade.

I love the new 12" x12" mat! The adhesive is PERFECT. Unlike the smaller SD mats, it is not overly-sticky at all. Even though the mat is brand new, I was able to easily remove my first cutouts from it.

This is how the LCD screen looks like when the unit is switched on.

That's all for the unboxing. In my next post, I will show you how my first Silhouette Cameo cutouts look like.


Edit to add the other posts in this series:

Part 0: Coming Soon: the Silhouette Cameo Review
Part 1: the Unboxing
Part 2: the First Cut
Part 3: How to Cut with Make-the-Cut
(part 3a: How to install the Silhouette Cameo driver)

Part 4: How to Print-and-Cut with Silhouette Studio.

Extra: The smallest cut.

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  1. Have fun! Can't wait to see what you cut with it.

  2. Can't wait to read what your feedback is about the Silhouette Cameo. Debating if I should get a Cameo or Zing.

  3. Nice pics! So far I'm fine with my regular silhouette but I really want that different blade. I can't wait to hear how you like it compared to the original blades. HURRY UP! :D

  4. haha! I've been checking your blog JUST IN CASE you update it with your review :) Its only noon. Seriously, can't wait to see if its worth upgrading for the SD or if the Zing should be my next purchase :)

  5. it looks so sleek and pretty! i'll stick with my SD for now, but i'm excited they came out with a bigger one!!

    -rachel w k

  6. Thanks for the side-by-side comparison to gauge the size of the machine. Not much taller than the Expression. I think I have NON-buyer's remorse :(

  7. Thanks for all the details so far. Can't wait to see it cut.

  8. what a super sad I missed out! I am anxious to read your next posts! I am green with envy LOL!

  9. Nice price! Wish I'd gotten that email! :)

  10. i can't believe I missed that email - but after reading your awesome review i placed my order :)