Hi folks -
I just ran across this PCB board offer on Ebay:
which costs $125 plus $25 shipping = $150. Vendor says it's based on the Russian open source Gerbers but he edited them to be closer to the originals, the solder pads perhaps being the major difference: the open source Gerbers have smaller solder pads than the originals, but I think that may have been intentional to reduce the likelyhood of solder bridges during hand soldering.
Now look at Newton Mike's (his Ebay shop is newton-computer) "Newton" PCBs here:
which cost $135 plus $20 shipping = $155, almost the same price as above. These PCBs always had the correct pads as seen in the originals, and they have the desirable (and expensive to produce) nickel / gold plating on the edge connector. BTW, a sidenote / warning: some price gougers sell the open source Gerber based PCBs made with JLCPCB 's ENIG process option at gouged prices ... but the ENIG gold layer you get for the $28 JLCPCB used to charge for each such ENIG PCB is pathetic, only a few atom layers thick, and is a far cry from the high quality nickel/gold contact fingers of Newton Mike's PCBs. If you want to see a photo with such a pathetic ENIG edge connector, look for my post #9 on this thread:
This said, I'd like to hear your opinion on these PCB choices. Which one would you buy ? Which one do you prefer ? (two different criteria, although the $5 difference is not much). But I would like to learn how the worldwide Apple-1 community thinks about the PCBs which are the very foundation of all our Apple-1 builds. What are the features you like and dislike ? Did anyone buy this first PCB above and has made a 1:1 comparision with some other Apple-1 main board ? Do you think the differences are worth it ?
Comments invited !