Brother ScanNCut2 CM350 vs. CM650W

The release of new Brother ScanNCut2 die cut machine comes with two models, the CM350 and CM650W. Here, we will be comparing the features of these two models. Now, there are some important differences between these two machines, so be careful to buy the correct model as these cutting machines aren’t cheap. Some people go out and buy the cheaper model, only to realize later they are missing features that only come with the more expensive model.

Brother ScanNCut2

Cost

The CM650 is the more expensive model with all the new features added. CM350 is the less expensive model with some, but not all of the new features installed. The CM650 retails for $499 (USD), whereas the CM350 is priced at $299 (USD). This is a big difference, so be sure to pick which model fits your needs best.

ScanNCut Online Activation Card

Both the Brother ScanNCut2 machines come equipped with wireless ready, but to transfer files wirelessly to the online ScanNCut Canvas software, an activation card is required. An activation card is included with the CM650 model, but not the CM350 model. If you wish to use wireless with the CM350 model, you will need to purchase the wireless activation card separately, which costs $50.

ScanNCut Canvas Software Registration.jpg

Scanning Size

One of the biggest differences between the two models is that the CM650 model can scan up using the 12”x 24” mat, while the CM350 can’t. This is usually a deciding factor for people when deciding between the two machines.

File Types

Both models can now import SVG files. If you have an embroidery machine that accepts PES files, then you will love this feature as the ScanNCut2 will now read files containing appliqué stitch data. However, it is only available on the CM650 model.

Fonts and designs

Fonts – The CM350 model has 7 built-in fonts, and the CM650 model has 15 built-in fonts.

Built in Designs – The CM350 model has 631 built-in designs, and the CM650 model has 1102 built-in designs.

ScanNCut2 Fonts

Extras

Extras that come with the CM350 model but not the CM650 model:

  • Rhinestone Trial Kit
  • 2 color pen set

Extras that come with the CM650 model but not the CM350 model:

Summary

Check out the summary below:

FeatureCM350CM650
Rhinestone Trial KitYesNo
4.85” Large LCD Touch Screen DisplayYesYes
Wireless Network ReadyYesYes
ScanNCut Online Activation CardNoYes
Wireless Connection via PC/TabletYesYes
Direct Connection via USB CableYesYes
Built in One Point Designs531962
Built in Quilt Designs100140
Total Built in Designs6311102
Built in Fonts715
Scanning Color RecognitionYesYes
24" Scan FunctionNoYes
SVG File Import CapabilityYesYes
PES File Import CapabilityNoYes
6 Color Pen SetNoYes
2 Color Pen SetYesNo
2 Erasable Pen SetNoYes
Pen HolderYesYes
Standard MatYesYes
Middle Tack Adhesive MatYesYes
Standard Cut BladeYesYes
Standard Cut Blade HolderYesYes
High Tack Fabric Support SheetNoYes
Iron On Fabric Contact SheetNoYes
Touch Pen and Spatula StandNoYes
Retail Price$299.99$499.99
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37 Comments

  1. Anonymous

    I have one of your machines and really enjoy itoy it is not the first one out I am at work so I dont know what model but does it go on the computer and down loadd some me things to cut

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  2. Audrey

    I am residing in Singapore.. As the cm650 is only available in USA can I know if the voltage is suitable for 220 v I am leaving for USA this wed

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    1. Anonymous

      You should contact Brother company directly.

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  3. Fawn

    I love the Brother Scanncut CM650W. I have the CM550DX. I paid the same price for that as you are stating here. 499.00 plus tax. I have had mine since Feb2015. I received an advertisement from Brother stating the CM650W is on sale for 549.99USD. Plus a 50.00usd Brother Visa prepaid Card. Deduct that and yes 499.99USD.

    I would get the CM650 if I was buying one. It has over 200 more designs then my CM550DX, other wise it still has 840 or something like that of the same designs. I love all the new fonts. I love the fact that it can scan in the 12×24 mat. I tried it with mine and it did not work. I also love the fact that it can go to wireless and also be tethered to a computer. I do not have a brother embroidery machine but I do have a singer and one of the files that my embroidery machine can read is a PES file.

    I also like the fact about the SVG files. I use CutnScan Canvas and I use Jpeg files.

    I am thinking about the new Scanncut2 CM650W. I think for the price it is very good. 499.99USD considering the older Model CM550DX is the same and you get many new features with the new one. So for me it would be a no brainer. If I was looking for a new machine of this kind. I would go with the one that has the most to offer. The CM650W.

    With that all said if it could work with tin material and Punch out designs that would be even better.

    I love your review here and comparison you did an awesome job and made it so understandable of the difference between the two new models. Thank you for doing this. I too think people do not really understand the difference and then get disappointed when the model they bought does not do it all.
    Great Job love what you had to say.
    Fawn

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    1. Personal Die Cutting (Post author)

      Hi Fawn, thanks so much for your comment. I hope you enjoy your machine!

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  4. Kai

    Hi,

    I am considering buying a cutting machine. Is the cutting precision of the new model better than of the older ones?

    How does the ScanNCut compare to other machines like the Silhouette Cameo when it comes to tiny details? I need to cut tiny fonts – what would be the best machine?

    Thanks for all advice, Kai

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  5. Lynda Jones

    I’m interested in the CM650 model. I have been web searching to see if I can purchase one and receive free shipping. Unfortunately, I can only purchase one in store and there is no local shop that sell the this model. Where can I buy this model and have it shipped?

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    1. Anonymous

      I’d ask your closest dealer if they will ship it, or find a dealer that is near a friend or family member who can deliver it to you.

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    2. Anonymous

      hsn.com

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  6. Lynnette

    I’m interested in the CM650 model. However, I can not find one through Ebay or Amazon as I want to use the PayPal credit option to pay over time. Do the dealers in my area (Minneapolis) do that.

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    1. Anonymous

      Ask your dealers.

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  7. Paula from Alanda Craft

    Nice write up on the differences between the two models. In your article you have mentioned that the ScannCut 2 will read PES stitch data. I’d just like to clarify that the ScannCut 2 will only read appliqué data NOT stitch data.

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    1. Personal Die Cutting (Post author)

      Thanks Pauala, I changed ‘stitch data’ to read ‘appliqué stitch data’.

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  8. melissa.gorena@gmail.com

    Help, I’m considering the 650 completely on the basis that I thought I could bring different designs I made in my embroidery software… None of which are applica… More like designs and monograms etc… Can I do that?

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  9. Pam Nichols

    I need help converting my pes files on my Brother 655e usb stick to the scan n cut to cut the embroidery designs.. any help our there? Please and thank you

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  10. Pam

    I have the Brother PR655e and the new 350w scan n cut, I cannot fiqure out how to convert the pes files to cut out appliques designs…. Help, Plase and Thanks

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  11. Pam

    Sorry I have the 650W scan n cut see above comment

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  12. Debbie

    Where can I buy the 650W scan n cut in Louisville, KY area or online

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  13. Renee

    I have searched everywhere to get the 650 and I can only find the 350 or older models. Brother is of no help (at least the operators). I am very frustrated. If anyone has a suggestion, it would be greatly appreciated. I don’t like that brother has made it so difficult to get this product.

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    1. esther grigg

      go to all brands.com and put in zip code it will show closest store

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    2. Gaile Heimbuch

      We live in Montana and I called the Brother dealer in Billings, they had them so I paid by credit card and a family member picked it up for me . I could not find the 650w on line (yet) !!

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  14. marianne

    Why is the CM650W only available through a dealer and not the web site like the other products?

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    1. Lynda

      Myself also. I have been looking everywhere, all major chains,amazon, n clubs. Why is no one selling the 650 machine??? Lynda

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    2. Anonymous

      It’s the other brother.the big brother.

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  15. athkar

    I also I have the same question
    Why is the CM650W only available through a dealer and not the web site like the other products?
    I want to buy CM650W online

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  16. Diaen Wedding

    I am considering buying the 650 Model. How hard is it for a person that is not computer smart to operate. Can I stamp on 100 lb. cardstock and have it cut the stamped item?

    Thank you

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  17. Carolyn

    When will it be more readily available the ScanNCut cm650

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  18. Terrie

    How do you get PES data to be application stitch data ready? I have many PES files and want to use them on the scan n cut 2

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  19. Dana Taylor

    Can you send files that are created in programs such as Publisher on PC to the machine to be cut out? What about fonts on your PC? do those transfer and cut out as well?

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    1. Linda

      As I understand it, both 350 and 650 read SVG files. I know that Adobe Illustrator allows you to save as SVG file. If you google SVG converter software, there are many out there cheaper than Adobe. So first convert your image to SVG and it should work according to what it says above. You will probably have to have a jpeg, bitmap, png, ai image to convert. MS Publisher like other page layout software is a “container” that an image resides in. For instance, you insert a bitmap or jpeg image inside publisher to do a page layout. Download any clipart from the internet, either bought or free, save it to your computer, get SVG converter software, (you can also find this for free on the internet, convert to SVG format and according to what it reads above, it should work. Keep in mind, I am investigating which cutter to buy myself, so I am just making logical assumptions.

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  20. Alicia O

    I do not sew, but hope to start sewing. I will never crochet or quilt. Is it more likely that I would be satisfied with the 350 model vs the 650? I would like it for Crafts and maybe making my own shirts etc. Thanks

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  21. Rochelle

    Does the CM350 model have Greek fonts

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  22. Betty Armentrout

    I am looking for the 650 model. I can find the 350, but want all the extras of the 650 as
    I do not plan to buy another ScanNcut anytime soon. Are the 650s not being made now?

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    1. Personal Die Cutting (Post author)

      Hi Betty, the 650 is only being sold through authorized dealers. You will need to shop around on google to find some shops. I believe they are still being made.

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  23. Nya

    I was trying to work on a greeting card that comes in 4 different cuts/colors and therefore, 4 different files. I’m a little confused because I wirelessly transferred 4 files (one right after the other from my PC), but when I push the wireless button on my ScanNCut machine, it only shows the last file I transferred. Is it possible to scroll through the screen to see all 4 files?

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