Ok, so I when I heard about the Gypsy, I was not at all interested. I love the Cricut and all of the cartridges, but that is where it stopped for me. I wasn't interested in the Jukebox when it was released, nor was I interested in the software. When I heard about the Gypsy, I just kind of blew it off and didn't think much of it. As time went on, I was hearing more and more about it and it finally caught my attention. I heard that HSN (Home Shopping Network) was going to be offering a special deal, so I decided to check it out and see what this little machine was all about... I got sucked in and ordered one.
For $299 you got the machine, a carrying case, car charger, and a Don Juan cartridge in addition to the 2 preloaded cartridges that you can only get on the Gypsy called Gypsy font and Gypsy Wanderings. If you buy the Gypsy anywhere else, the $299 will only get you the Gypsy, so everything is just extras that were thrown in to sweeten the deal. I opted for the free shipping offer so mine came a few days after everyone else got theirs. I watched the Cricut messageboards to see what everyone was saying and there seemed to be LOTS of problems. Most of the problems have been worked through thus far, at least mine have. I do believe that Provocraft is working hard to get all problems resolved, they just need some time. I have had a little time to play with it, so here are my pros and cons on the machine based on my initial use....
- I love that you can see all of the cartridges available and play with those images to see if it something that you would like to purchase
-much bigger than I had expected, I was thinking it was going to be the size of a cell phone, the screen alone is about the size of my iPhone
- Provocraft has already sent out a couple of updates that have been major improvements. We can only hope that this continues. From my understanding, it will be similiar to the iPhone where updates and improvements will be sent out periodically
- since I have a Mac, the Design Studio software wasn't available to me (even though I wasn't really interested) and now with the Gypsy I can play with welding words and designs. Now that I have played with the software a bit, I can definately see why so many people liked it, there are lots of great features
- there are lots of ladies that are doing video tutorials online so if you don't know how to do something, more times than not, you can find a video to help. Definately take the time to check out these videos, they have helped me tremendously
- you can upload all of your cartridges to the Gypsy and not have to bring your whole collection with you to a crop, just your Gypsy
- once you upload your cartridges, they are linked FOREVER to that Gypsy. I would like to see and "unlink" option. Anything permanent makes me a bit nervous
- I don't believe that the Gypsy was "exactly" plug and play like Provocraft was saying on the HSN presentation. They gave very vague computer requirements and lots of people have had trouble syncing up and updating their Cricuts (myself included). They also stated that the Gypsy is Mac compatible and that isn't completely true. I do believe that they are working on these problems, however. Another thing that Provorcrafts talked about was that they Gypsy will plug into any Cricut and you can use, well, that is not really the case, since the Cricut's firmware must be updated. I am not going to plug my Gypsy into anyone's Cricut and update their firmware for my use
After I ordered it, I was feeling buyer's remorse and pretty much decided that it was going back to HSN even before I received it. After reading all of the problems that people were having initially, I was certain it was going back. Then those problems started being fixed, so I started to rethink my decision. Once I received it and played with it (and had my own issues) I am going to give it some more time, but I think I will end up really liking it. I feel a bit clumsy with it right now just because it is something new.
Here are a few of the sites that offer video tutorials
***there is another site, but I can't find it right now, as soon as I do, I will add it. I am sure if you search Youtube, you will find many more, these are just a couple that I have found on the Cricut messageboards**