Let me introduce you to the new Slice Elite, which is now available at Crafter's Companion. The Slice Elite is now much more precise when it cuts, so your die-cuts look much cleaner, it cuts up to 40% faster, and believe me it definately does I was amazed! AND it can cut through thicker materials (up to twice as thick! believe it or not). The Slice Elite works with all your Design Cards and Accessories .
I decided to check out the claims that the Slice Elite makes in in terms of being more precise, making cleaner cuts, being faster and cutting thicker materials, and guess what, it's all true!.
I've taken some photographs of my experiment to share with you. Here you can see the original pink slice and the new slice elite side by side.
First appearances show no difference apart from the word Elite on the grey hood of the machine on the right.
I selected the same image and size for both machines to cut from the basic elements cartridge which comes with the machine.
The Slice Elite cut the image in about half the time, it also has a much smoother, re-assuring sound when cutting, its not as "grindy", and when you compare the two, the image cut from the Slice Elite is far more precise and cleaner than the one cut from the original Slice.
I hope it's not too hard to see the difference in the photo's, my photography skills are not the best! However, trust me the difference in real life is remarkable.
The image above has been cut with the original Slice and you can see the odd nick and tear where it has cut, but not all that cleanly.
The image below shows the same image cut with the Slice Elite, and hopefully you can see how clean the cut is.
The difference in detail which can be achieved between the two is also quite remarkable, I continued cutting out some words and shapes and you can see some of the comparison's below.
Look at the central tail of the "F" and how the letters on the bottom shape are not as rounded as the ones above. The bottom shape was cut with the Elite.
On the swirls below the flourish has been cut from the noteworthy cartridge, and there is a definite difference in precision of the shape on the right, which has been cut with the Elite.
I've also cut some funky foam that making memories sell, and some fusible web, to decorate napkins for Christmas, and tonight I am going to have a go with grunge paper! - I'll be back to show you the results soon....
So, after using the new Elite, I've asked myself a few questions:
1. Do I prefer it to the original? - Answer, Yes.
2. Does it cut quicker than the original? - Answer, Yes.
3. It it more precise? - Answer, Yes.
4. Does it cut thicker material than before? - Answer, Yes.
5. Are the cuts accurate every time? - Answer, for me they have been, Yes!
So, the final question is would I buy the new Elite, a resounding YES from me!