Product Comparison: Silhouette SD vs Silhouette Portrait 2

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General Specifications
About the Product
Based on years of cutting plotter technology by Graphtec, the Silhouette SD Digital Craft Cutter brings professional style computer controlled cutting to the desktop.
The Silhouette Portrait® is an electronic cutting machine for personal use. Like a home printer, it plugs into your PC or Mac® with a simple USB cable. However, instead of printing, it uses a small blade to cut paper, cardstock, vinyl, fabric, and other material up to 8 inches wide and 10 feet long.
Portrait 2
Key Specs
Compatible Media Types
Vinyl, Transfer paper, Vellum, Craft paper, Cardstock
Vinyl, Heat transfer material, Cardstock, Photo paper, Copy paper, Rhinestone template material, Fabrics
Drive Motor Type
System Compatibility
Windows, Mac OS
What customers say about "Key Specs"
Silhouette SD Digital Cutting Tool
  • Use mainly for cardmaking but able to cut lots of materials including fabrics. Have two other machines but this is by far the best.
  • I use this every day love crafting, I make beautiful boxes cards, Christmas Crackers, this machine is amazing.
  • I am an amateur architectural model maker and this machine makes it so easy for me to design a cut out models.
  • The accuracy of the cut makes it possible to build multiple layers that are a perfect fit.
  • The results were very professional and was the centre of attention at doughter wedding reception.
Silhouette Portrait 2 Electronic Cutting Tool, White
  • I use this to cut vinyl, fabric and more! It works perfectly fine. I had it for about a year now!
  • All things considered pleasure to use and definitely worth the money and the gain of time and precision in cutting materials.
  • Love this little machine, great space saver compared to the larger versions. Easy to use and can cut a very wide variety of materials.
  • The only complaint is that the software doesn't work perfectly with my computer (windows 10) so I need to contact their support team.
  • This only cuts very thin materials - contrary to what the description says, I have been unable to cut thin chipboard or cork sheets.
Size & Weight
5.51 in.
5.5 in.
4.4 lbs.
3.5 lbs.
16.53 in.
16.2 in.
4.4 in.
4.4 in.
Cutting Parameters
Max Cutting Width
8 in.
8 in.
Max Cutting Length
12 in.
12 in.
Maximum Cutting Force
210 gf
210 gf
Max Media Thickness
2 mm
What customers say about "Cutting Parameters"
Silhouette SD Digital Cutting Tool
  • Brilliant! Perfect for a first timer. Cuts thick material very well.
  • I love it, better than the old machines that you have to turn the handle, this machine cuts very fine detailed dies.
  • Wife loves it, she had a manual one but it sometimes didn't cut out smaller details, no trouble with this.
  • The blades are holding up well. Ive only cut card, and stamp material so far but its handling everything nicely.
  • I cannot comment on how well it cuts material as I've impressed.
Silhouette Portrait 2 Electronic Cutting Tool, White
  • The blade settings and paper feeder are easy to use. I have cut varying thicknesses of paper and heat transfer material so far.
  • I have used the blade and mat about 20 times and both still have life for many more cuts. Glad I choose this over the other types of cutters.
  • Simple and durable printer. The learning curve is not very steep with the cutting program and this printer makes great cuts for thin materials.
  • I no longer have wasted material using this cutter. You can cut pieces as small as 3x2 inches. Fast and efficient.
  • This product gave me a lot of problems. The cut would not align properly and I wasted a lot of materials because of it.
Control Panel Type
Adjustable Pinch Rollers
USB 2.0
Accessories Included
Roll of Silver Silhouette Vinyl (9" x 10ft), Roll of Silhouette Transfer paper (9" x 10ft), External power supply, Blade holder with 3 blade caps (0.1mm, 0.2mm, 0.3mm), 2 Carrier Sheets, USCutter Clip Art CD (48 images)
Power cable & USB cable, 8-inch cutting mat, Bluetooth adapter
QuicKutz, Auto-trace feature for imported images, Enhanced fill
Cut over 100 materials, PixScan compatible, Compatible with the deep-cut blade
What customers say about "Features"
Silhouette SD Digital Cutting Tool
  • The crackling sound is normal! It’s the pressure cutting out your die. Don’t panic!
  • Great, versatile machine. No problems setting up or connecting to my computer.
  • Strong case, convenient buttons, pretty design, easy to usе.
  • Now I'm really not worried about the cartridges, very happy with the purchase, a great thing.
  • In general i like it, the only drawback is the buttons, they are not convenient to use.
Silhouette Portrait 2 Electronic Cutting Tool, White
  • The software is amazing, you can design and cut just about anything.
  • I am pleased with the software that came with it (flexible design capabilities) and it is pretty much the perfect size for my needs.
  • The software is incredibly easy to use...the cuts are flawless...and wow is it fast! You can even see exactly what will be cut before you hit the button.
  • And if I wanted to gripe, the front door is stupid. It hides the buttons, and indicator lights. It has to be open to operate. So why is it there?
  • The blade was extremely difficult to place in. Once I got it in I tested the product and the auto blade did not use the correct cutting settings.
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year(s)
1 year(s)
Other Information
199.99 $

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