manual vs electronic. I had a craft robo but couldnt get to grips with the software and always had trouble cutting thicker cardstock. then bought a cricut which I love. it cuts the cardstock I want no problem cuts shapes I want any size and with the software (so easy to use) can manipulate shape to make other shapes.. now my CB, love that to with spellbinders dies, who can resist all those lovely shapes and embossing folders. both machines play an inportant roll in crafting. the manual machine will never dissapear as there are plenty of crafters out there that just aren't computer minded. (thats why I love the cricut as well). both machines let me get the best out of crafting. It is costly no matter which you choose. but then when what hobby isn't. happy crafting.