I recently placed an order with both ITEAD Studio and DirtyPCBs a few hours apart and thought I’d see how they fared.
The time taken for both was very good – obviously with anything coming via post there can be delays and sometimes this can add weeks but I got lucky with both. Since neither board was of any sort of complexity there was no problems I could see with the silkscreen alignment.
|Order Placed||At board house||Shipped||Arrived|
|DirtyPCBs||5 Aug 2014||6 Aug 2014||11 Aug 2014||23 Aug 2014|
|ITEAD Studio||4 Aug 2014||6 Aug 2014||19 Aug 2014||27 Aug 2014|
The ITEAD Studio order took longer to process due to there being an empty drill file (it’s a small all SMD adapter board I plan to cover with heat shrink). It was nice of them to confirm this before sending it on but obviously it added to the time taken to process the order (note to self – advise them it’s to be expected next time).
From DirtyPCBs I ordered the “Protopack +/- 10” which from their website means “You almost always get more than 10 boards. However, very rarely orders are short 1 (~3%) or 2 (~0.5%) PCBs” – as you can see from the double stack of PCB I ended up with a lot more boards, stickers and a pair of tweezers.
I think on this occasion DirtyPCBs wins having delivered 47 PCBs, stickers and a pair of tweezers quicker and slightly cheaper than ITEAD Studio although I will continue to order from both suppliers. ITEAD Studio have recently announced a more automated online ordering process for uploading Gerbers so I will probably give them both a run against each other again in the future.