Silhouette Portrait 2: What We Know So Far

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What’s that you say… time for a brand new machine?!

We’re excited to reveal that the Silhouette Portrait 2 will be launched on November 10 2017.

That’s right. Just in time for Christmas…

silhouette portrait 2

While we’re yet to get our hands on it, we’re chomping at the bit to try it out — it promises to be a cool mix of the original Portrait (you’ll remember it as our number 1 choice for the best cheap vinyl cutting machine) and the more sophisticated Cameo 3.

As soon as we’ve had a couple of weeks to play with this new machine, we’ll update this page with our unbiased (and un-sponsored!) review.

In the meantime, we’ve compiled all the details that we’ve heard so far on the Silhouette Portrait 2.

Let’s take it away…

Introducing the Portrait 2

Silhouette announced the imminent launch of the Portrait 2 at their annual meeting back in May of this year.

You might remember reading the Silhouette School announcement just after the fact.

They really started ramping up the anticipation in early October, where they released the machine for pre-ordering on their website.

Plus, they gave us a sneak peek with this launch video:

How cool does that llama party look?!

Owners of the original Portrait will see that not much has changed looks wise — it’s perhaps a little sleeker and chicer.

But the fundamentals are the same — this is a smaller, cheaper version of the Cameo. A perfect choice for beginner craft cutters or people on a budget.

Silhouette describe it as their “most compact DIY machine” — if you’re looking for something portable and great for smaller projects, this could well be the machine for you.

Specs

  • Launch Date: November 10 2017 (available for pre-order now)
  • Price on Silhouette America: $199.99
  • Amazon: Not yet listed on Amazon (we’ll update as soon as it is!)
  • Max Cutting Width: 8 inches
  • Bluetooth Compatible?: Yes
  • # of Materials it can Cut: 100+

What’s in the Box?

When you order the Portrait 2 direct from Silhouette America, you’ll receive the following inside the delivered package:

  • Silhouette Portrait 2 electronic cutting machine
  • Silhouette Studio software
  • 50 exclusive cuttable designs
  • Power cable
  • USB cable
  • 8-inch cutting mat
  • Autoblade
  • 1 month free subscription to Silhouette Design Store
  • Bluetooth adapter

silhouette cameo 3 vs portrait 2

Silhouette Portrait 2: Features

While it may look very similar to the original Portrait, it won’t take you long to realise that this is a definite step-up.

Sure, it’s not on quite the same level as the Cameo 3, but it’s got a whole host of new features that puts it as the perfect compromise between the compact Portrait and the high-tech Cameo.

Plus, it’s hard to argue with that price point.

Here are the major features that we’re most excited about.

Bluetooth Compatible

One of our favorite things about the Cameo 3 is that we don’t need to plug it into our laptop in order to use it.

The Bluetooth compatibility ensures that you can design in Silhouette Studio — or whatever your chosen software is — from the comfort of your sofa, on your smartphone or tablet, and then easily send your design wirelessly to your machine.

Happily, the Portrait 2 now sports the same technology.

No more getting your wires tangled!

AutoBlade

Another thing we love about the Cameo 3 is the intuitive AutoBlade.

The AutoBlade is able to automatically calibrate itself to the correct settings for whatever material you’re using.

That means no more fiddling about with blade depths and pressure, and hoping for the best!

It’s not only a huge timesaver, but a really sophisticated piece of technology that will immeasurably improve your cutting. Not to mention stop you wasting so much material on bum cuts…

The Portrait 2 is also blessed with the AutoBlade — and this is included when you buy the machine.

portrait vs portrait 2

Also Compatible with the Deep Cut Blade

This blade you’ll have to buy separately, but we know plenty of crafters that will be delighted that the new Portrait is compatible with Silhouette’s much loved Deep Cut Blade.

Suddenly, this will open up a lot more cutting opportunities as you’ll be able to work with much thicker materials than you could previously.

You can buy the Silhouette Deep Cut Blade on Amazon.

Large, 2mm Clearance

Another feature on the Portrait 2 that will enable you to start using thicker materials is the brand new 2mm clearance — the same as on the Cameo 3.

This is a significant improvement on the original Portrait. We only felt comfortable using thin materials like paper, card and vinyl as the machine feels quite delicate and simply doesn’t have the enhanced engineering of a sturdier machine.

But with the Portrait 2, we’re excited to try out materials like craft foam and leather.

PixScan Compatible

Another way that the new Portrait is comparable to the latest Cameo is the fact that you can use PixScan technology to scan and cut your own images.

This bad boy is also equipped with an optical scanner to allow you to create your own custom cuts using the Print & Cut feature.

Is this simply the more compact alternative to the Cameo 3?

silhouette portrait 2 review

Silhouette Cameo 3 vs Portrait 2

While we haven’t tested the Portrait 2 out yet, we thought it might be helpful to compare the specs of the new machine against the Cameo 3 so you can see which might be better suited to your needs.

 Portrait 2
silhouette portrait 2 review
Cameo 3
cameo 3 vs portrait 2
Max Cutting Width8"12"
Bluetooth Compatible?YesYes
AutoBlade?YesYes
PixScan Compatible?YesYes
Dual Carriage?NoYes
Clearance2mm2mm
Price$$$$$

As you can see, the Portrait 2 is essentially a smaller, cheaper version of the Cameo 3 with a little less of the functionality of the more expensive model.

Silhouette Portrait vs Portrait 2

But how do the two Portrait machines measure up against the other?

Should you stick with your original Portrait or upgrade to the new model?

Let’s take a look.

 Portrait
Silhouette Portrait, cheap vinyl cutter 2016
Portrait 2
silhouette portrait 2 review
Max Cutting Width8"8"
Bluetooth Compatible?NoYes
AutoBlade?No Yes
PixScan Compatible?YesYes
Clearance0.8mm2mm
Price$$$

The Portrait 2 has plenty more functionality than the original Portrait and is only slightly more expensive.

Conclusion

So that’s everything we know about the Silhouette Portrait 2 so far and all we can say is that we’re really excited to get our hands on it and test it out for you.

How will it measure up to the Cameo 3? Will it really be that much better than the original Portrait?

We can’t wait to find out.


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  1. kelly October 31, 2017
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