What’s most important to you when deciding on a PCB manufacturer?

Is price your decisive criteria or quality and capabilities?
How about customer reviews?

When you search for “PCB manufacturer”, the number of search results can be overwhelming. To make it easier and less time-consuming to sift through the results, it would be ideal to know your selection criteria. Will you make your choice based on price, value, reliability, capabilities, responsiveness, what customer reviews say, or a combination of these factors.

Ultimately, you have to decide without knowing all you want to or need to know. So, you have to trust that your selected vendor lives up to their claims and does not unpleasantly surprise you with additional cost, or quality, or reliability issues.

Comparison table of 8 PCB manufacturer's capabilities

What’s the best way to determine the trustworthiness of a PCB manufacturer?

Essentially trustworthiness has three components:

  1. Competence – does the manufacturer have the required capabilities, knowledge, and expertise
  2. Reliability – is the company dependable; do they do what they say
  3. Honesty – is the truthfulness in their communication

To help you in your selection process, we have compiled the table below, which shows some of the manufacturing capabilities and information about customer reviews for eight primary PCB manufacturers.

CriteriaAdvanced Circuits/4pcb.comSunstone CircuitsBay Area Circuitsallpcb.comjlcpcb.compcbgogo.compcbway.comCamptech
# of Google reviews69312 reviews on Trustpilot151 Facebook reviews17 reviews on Trustpilot57 reviews on Trustpilot10
Avg. review rating (out of 5)
Extensiveness/depth of the information offered in reviewsPoorFairFairGoodGoodGoodGoodGood
Overall do the reviews seem trustworthyNoYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Controlled impedanceYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Minimum hole size0.1 mm.15 mm.08 mm0.2 mm0.2 mm.15 mm0.1 mm0.05 mm
Trace width/Trace Spacing3 mil3 mil3 mil/3 mil4 mil5 mil/5mil3 mil/3 mil3 mil/3 mil3 mil/3 mil
Aspect ratio12:115:112:120:112:1
Routing tolerance± .15 mm± .08 mm± 0.15 mm± 0.2 mm± 0.2 mm± .15 mm
Min. SMT Pitch0.25 mm.1mm0.4 mm.15 mm
Blind & Buried viasYesYesYesYesNoYesYesYes
Via in padYesNoYesYesYes
Stacked micro-viasYesYesYesNoYesYesYes
Flexible PCBNoNoNoYesNoYesYesYes
Overall score based on fabrication capabilities, quality & customer service reviews (10 being highest)66.5777889
Advanced Circuits/4pcb.comSunstone CircuitsBay Area Circuitsallpcb.comjlcpcb.com/pcbgogo.compcbway.comCamptech


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