I have a Cricut Expression which uses cartridges but also has the ability to connect to your computer. There is a program called Sure Cuts A Lot that allows you to cut with your Cricut any font or SVG file that you download or create. So, the possiblities are endless. There are lots of free files online and lots that are very reasonably priced. The size of the Cricut Expression is very nice also, it cuts up to 12x24. There is also a deep cut blade that will cut chipboard, magnetic sheeting, foam, felt, etc.
The cheapest price I've found for the expression is at AC Moore or Walmart. The cheapest price for Sure Cuts A Lot (SCAL) is $59.99 at http://store.candacraft.com/Page-Store_1.aspx
. I hope that helps!
I love my Cricut Expression! I just got it this week and have been a cutting fool. SCAL is the serious Monkey-Jam. The possibilities are endless with it and there are TONS of free files floating around to download for free cuts. You can also cut ANT true type font you have on your PC rather than buying an alphabet cartridge/s for the cricut. The expression also cuts vinyl for wall decor, stenciling, etc... I read that it can cut thin fabric too for making appliques. I <3 my cricut. My husband thinks it is cool too.