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#1 Posted : Tuesday, November 19, 2013 6:04:56 AM(UTC)
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In the process of deciding on the E2 or the old fashion E-do you need to update the E in order to have it use just the carts? In checking the older posts I can not seem to find a definite yes or no? No CCR would be used???

Can I use the E-just out of the box with the newer carts? I will not be connecting to CCR? If that's the way I go, I do not want the hassle of updating it with Cricut Sync.

With using the E2 does it need Cricut sync if not connecting to CCR?

If I use CCR, does it have a wireless capability out of the box or is it another purchase to have it so it?
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#2 Posted : Tuesday, November 19, 2013 10:24:42 AM(UTC)
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I don't have an E2, but from reading the E2 forum, it sounds like you will need to purchase a wireless stick that was made specifically for the E2. I don't think those things are being sold on Cricut any longer, but you should do some research by reading the forum, and heading to ebay and Amazon to see how much the wireless sticks are. I just did a quick ebay search and the things are around $100 or less give/take.

Mary

I see one for sale on the Product Review and Deals forum for $70.

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#3 Posted : Tuesday, November 19, 2013 11:37:48 AM(UTC)
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The E is a stand alone machine and you can use your cartridges in it right out of the box. For the new carts (the smaller boxes) you will need the universal overlay (if you are not using CCR. You do not have to use CCR with the E but let me tell you it makes using the cricut SO much more user friendly!! In my opinion CCR is THEE best thing ever!!

I don't have the E2 because it just seems harder to do when ya have to do everything from the tiny screen on the machine (no key pad available). I have only watched videos of the E2 and wasn't impressed with it. (but since I'm a CCR lover and user..it might be ok for me now). I know very little about the E2. I'm not even sure about this but does the E2 have to be connected to the internet to use even if you're not using ccr??

So make sure you do your research and keep asking questions before buying either of them.

Joyce
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#4 Posted : Tuesday, November 19, 2013 11:39:00 AM(UTC)
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Both the E and E2 will need to be initiallized by hooking up to a computer with cricut sync. After that. all cricuts use just the cartridges.

The big thing with CCR is that you can combine images, weld, and generally play around with them, as well as using images from two different carts. when you plug a cart directly into your E/E2, you can only use that cart, and it has to complete cutting, then you can take it out.

The fun part of the wireless adapter (wifi) for the E2 is you can design in CCR, then cut without physically linking the machines via USB cord. Really good news for me, as my computer and my cricuts are in two different rooms, several rooms apart in my house.

BTW, my room is so badly set up that to initiallize my machines, I had to set them on the chair and work my computer standing up. Ouch!

HTH

P.S. With the E2, you don't need an overlay, just the cart plugged in. And it will cut images (but not print) from the Imagine carts.

Edited by user Tuesday, November 19, 2013 11:40:07 AM(UTC)  | Reason: added PS

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#5 Posted : Tuesday, November 19, 2013 12:01:10 PM(UTC)
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I never connected my E to the internet until I desided to use CCR. THEN I had to do the cricut sync.

Joyce
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#6 Posted : Wednesday, November 20, 2013 5:42:06 PM(UTC)
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I thought I was losing my mind since I thought you asked a question about the E2 being wireless, and couldn't find it in your post. But, I see it is in your subject line. Not losing my mind. Glad everyone else could fill you in on the E2.

Mary

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#7 Posted : Wednesday, November 20, 2013 10:19:56 PM(UTC)
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Unless it's stated on the box, most E2's are sold without the wireless adapter.

I have an "E" and have only updated it to use with DS and my gypsy several years ago. I haven't had any trouble using the new carts like "Create A Friend". I don't use CCR with my "E".

I also have an E2 with the wireless adapter but only got to use it wirelessly a few times with CCR before it stopped working. I'm not sure if it's my internet connection or the adapter. So if I use CCR I have to use the cable to communicate between my laptop and E2.

When you first get the E2, you should download CricutSync to update the E2. The updates have made the E2 easier to use. On the E2, you can pause the cutting then start again. You can also see your image on the mat on the screen. So you know right where to put the paper. And you can move images closer or change the orientation of each image so you can use less paper. You can also, save the settings for cutting special paper or vinyl etc., so next time you don't have to input it again.

Both the E and E2 can be used as stand alone machines. The E2 needs to be updated right out of the box with CricutSync, since the updates have made the E2 easier to use.
The E uses the Overlays and the E2 doesn't. The E2 can cut from the Imagine Art Cartridges. I
haven't tried to use any yet.

Like many, I prefer my E over my E2, but I still use both. I think it's what you get used to.

HTH

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