I got my Gypsy a couple of Christmas' ago and love it! Between that and SCAL that is the only way I use my Cricut. I really am not antsy to get the E2, because I figure my Expression with Gypsy pretty much does most things the E2 will do and the Gypsy is easy to take on the go. I can work on laying things out to be cut while traveling or any other down time I might have and when ready to cut hook it up to my Expression and hit cut!
I love to position things on the mat and see exactly how they are going to cut, because it makes it easy to see where to lay my papers if I am using different colors and/or designs.