ShenZen2U PCB Prototyping Review

http://www.shenzhen2u.com/PCB – cheap Chinese PCB Manufacturer review

My order:

  • PCB
    • 2 layers
    • max 5cm x 5 cm
    • 10 pieces
    • PCB Thickness: 1.6mm
    • Copper thickness: standard – 1 oz/ft2 = 35um
    • Surface finish: HASA
    • Solder mask color: Green (additional fees for other colors)
    • No sub-boards
    • 100% E-Test
  • Stencil – frameless 19cm x 29cm

My project was created in Eagle 7.2.0. I used both design rules and CAM file from ShenZen2U website. My order was produced from gerber files i provided.

Price:

  1. Base price on their website: $8.90
  2. + $1.00 for 2 layers
  3. + $18.00 for stencil

That gives $27.90 for order

On ShenZen2U website there is a feature called ‚Shipping Estimator’ that calculates the final shipping cost for the order. The cost depends on parcel weight and volume. All shipping methods (to Poland) in all stencil configurations are listed below:

The final price for my order was $46.36 ($27.90 for items and $18.46 for shipping)

Price includes:

  • Double sided PCB, soldermask on both sides
  • Probably unlimited drills
  • Probably unlimited miling (my board had the shape of hexagon with cutted corner)
  • Silkscreen on both sides

Payment method:

The only accept PayPal payments.

Processing time:

01.09.2015 – Order placed, Pending

02.09.2015 – „Processing”

08.09.2015 – „Shipped”. I also received link to Google Plus photos of my order.

21.09.2015 – Delivered

 

So 21 days = 3 weeks from placing order to delivery.

What I received:

Everything was packed in cardboard box, 15cm x 15xm x 6cm. Everything inside was wrapped with bubble wrap. Boards were packed in plastic box with silica gel bag. Stencil was additionally wrapped. So far so good.

There were 11 boards in the bag. After first optical inspection I was not able to find joined pads or misplaced signal. Silkscreen on top is slightly misplaced, 0.2mm approx. From what I saw with my eyes the overall quality of production is really high.

Stencil fits the board perfectly. It is 10cm x14cm. There is a „T=0.15mm” text printed, so I thing this is the thickness.

Photos:

 

After mounting:

Soldering went pretty easy. I used classic soldering iron (not stencil yet). Board works as expected. Maybe I’ll try to update this post somewhere in the future.

Conclusion:

Everything as expected. Fast processing time, however very high shipping cost. Superior boards quality. A little bit misplaced silkscreen.

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