View Full Version : Joystick help....

03-09-2009, 11:45 AM
Hi guys, you all look like helpful people. I'm trying to find a decent joystick without breaking the bank. I don't live in the US though so choices are rather limited for me.

On our local Ebay type webpage (www.mercadolibre.com.mx, I'm living in Mexico), and there are some decent looking deals, at least for the price. I have a friend on a msg board that can sell me a FFB2 for ~$80 dollars, but that was more than I wanted to spend. There is a Saitek Cyborg Evo which I've heard good things about and looks good for ~$50. Saitek Aviator is also available for more around $70.

There are also some older Microsoft joysticks available though. I have a bid on an original Precision Pro, that I won't go higher than ~$35 for. There is also an original Microsoft Sidewinder Joystick, the economical one I believe, that is only ~$28. Seems like a decent deal for me. I just don't know if that one has rudder control, although Wikipedia seems to say it does.

Joysticks are confusing... not sure which to get. If I get outbid on the Precision Pro I think the Sidewinder seems like a decent buy, but what do you guys think?

Thanks in advance for all the help.

03-09-2009, 12:01 PM
I have both the Cyborg Evo and Avi8tor and I'm finding that both work well for me. That said, some people have had trouble with them. The conventional wisdom on this forum is that you should avoid Logitech sticks, they work well but only for a short time.

03-09-2009, 12:04 PM
There are a number of really good joysticks on the market unfortunely most are pricy, the Cyborg Evo is a fairly good midrange one,
For the money though I'd go with your friend's MS Sidewinder FF2 assuming its in good condition.
I've been using one now for the better part of 10yrs with no issues,their a great stick that sadly are no longer being made.

03-09-2009, 12:07 PM
I believe it's in pretty good condition. I haven't seen it, but he said he only used it a bit for Battlefield 2.

I have a family member coming down in about a month from the US that I could get a Cyborg Evo for cheaper from...

Has anyone had any experience with the Precision Pro 1 or the Sidewinder at all?

03-10-2009, 02:47 AM

I use the Microsoft Sidewinder Precision Pro (1). I am no expert, but it is reliable and get me around IL2 very well (offline only for now). There is rudder control by twisting the stick.

I'd recommend it if you can get a good price.

03-10-2009, 08:01 AM
Ive just bought a Cyborg Evo and i love it! Really precise and quick to react. Lots of buttons.

I havnt used the PP so cant comment there.

03-10-2009, 03:31 PM
Thanks guys. I have a bid on for a Precision pro 1 right now. If I don't get that though, I just saw that the Saitek X52 are available... that looks pretty cool... ohh the wife would kill me.

03-10-2009, 04:16 PM
If you want a bargain the X-52 is the best combination of price and quality, though some people have issues with the pots going bad after a year or two.

In some cases, the price of multiple joysticks over the years is much higher than the price of a CH joystick that will last forever.

03-10-2009, 05:22 PM
i must admit i have always wanted either an X52 or the CH Fighterstick setup, they both just look amazing, but ive never been able to afford them....if it came to it and i had the money i think id go with CH!

03-11-2009, 01:41 PM
Thanks for all the replies guys. The X52 was actually a bid that started at $135... nowhere to go but up. I thought it was a "Buy it Now" deal.

Doesn't matter though, I got a Precision Pro for cheap. Should be here in a couple days. Hope it works out alright. I'm also going to look into FreeTrack, since I'm on a budget and definitely can't afford a TrackIR, this is the next best thing.

Thanks for all the help guys.

03-11-2009, 01:51 PM
$135 for the X-52 as a starting bid is insane, even if that includes a separate throttle.

Look here: http://www.amazon.com/Saitek-X...id=1236801137&sr=1-1 (http://www.amazon.com/Saitek-X52-Flight-Control-System/dp/B00030GSJY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1236801137&sr=1-1)

You can get an X-52 stick and throttle for $81.90 new, $60 used.

03-11-2009, 02:42 PM
Yeah, but I'm not in the States. Living south of the border right now. Even if I got that in the States, the peso is 15 to the dollar, so $90 dollars is still at least $1300 pesos, probably 1400.

I got the precision pro for $320 pesos shipped, seems like a decent deal compared to what else is available right now.

03-11-2009, 05:38 PM
Posted Wed March 11 2009 12:51 Hide Post
$135 for the X-52

Just for ilustrate, in my local "eBay" (www.mercadolivre.com.br) one X-52 start bid
is U$ 240,00 ... X-52 PRo is U$ 300,00 ...


03-11-2009, 11:16 PM
Originally posted by Sokol__1:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Posted Wed March 11 2009 12:51 Hide Post
$135 for the X-52

Just for ilustrate, in my local "eBay" (www.mercadolivre.com.br) one X-52 start bid
is U$ 240,00 ... X-52 PRo is U$ 300,00 ...

Sokol1 </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Yep, I'm using mercadolibre.com.mx