I finally got around to installing Leslie's new toy, the Silhouette Cameo 2. I'm anxious to see what other projects we can create using this new die cutter. We also own a Pazzles die cutter we purchased a few years back. As of right now, I haven't had enough time with the Cameo to make an in depth comparison. With the little time I spent with the Cameo, I can honestly say that I do like the experience thus far.
Software is probably the single most important key to any new machine I use. Since I am a primary Adobe user, it's mandatory that any new software I use is compatible to Illustrator or vector files. One added feature that the Cameo has over the Pazzles is that there is a plug-in software (Cameo Connect) that can seamlessly take you from Illustrator directly to the Cameo software and begin cutting. This can make it a breeze for those who want to transition directly from Illustrator without going thru the hassle of learning too much of another software. At this point, I have NOT used this plug-in and have only seen it being used on YouTube, but it does look promising. It is not mandatory to purchase and use this plug-in to cut your Illustrator art work as I have demonstrated below.