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harold x
11-09-2004, 07:08 AM
i have about 40 to spend on a joystick. i cannot decide whether to buy a Logitech wingman force feed back or a saitek cyborg runble force. help.

harold x
11-09-2004, 07:08 AM
i have about 40 to spend on a joystick. i cannot decide whether to buy a Logitech wingman force feed back or a saitek cyborg runble force. help.

VF-29_Sandman
11-09-2004, 07:11 AM
stay away from all logitechs. they break 3 months to a year later. saitek put together more durable. have a saitek for over a year. still goin strong.

TgD Thunderbolt56
11-09-2004, 07:36 AM
40 pounds is almost enough to get a CH flightstick pro. It is one of their ambidextrous sticks that has all the reliability of their other sticks if not all the functionality.

I use one in addition to their rudder pedals and pro throttle, but it could work ok on its own.

I look at controllers as one of those pieces of hardware that can far outlast just about any other part of a computer. Processors, video cards etc,...get old much more quickly but usually command a much higher price. I would strongly recommend spending a few more dollars than you've allotted yourself if at all possible and get one that will last you a lifetime...CH

LuckyBoy1
11-09-2004, 07:40 AM
CH

I'm not much for telling people to spend money when not needed. I always say make the most of what you've got. However, most of the lower cost joysticks fail at such an alarming rate, that using them turns out to be a higher cost option. I own a CH Fighterstick USB and CH Pedals. The CH joysticks are not twist joysticks and as a result, you will need the pedals. The CH joysticks have no force feedback either. CH has not found a reliable way to bring force feedback to us, so as a result, they don't sell one. The switches are not "heavy dudty" switches in the sense that they have a heavy or industrial feel to them. CH uses "medical grade" switches. In fact, CH joysticks are sometimes used in microsurgery proceedures.

I have over 1,800 hours in real airplanes. When I first thought of the idea of not just spending all that money, but the idea of pedals for a PC video game seemed silly to me. Now that I have them, I'd never go back! Having a joystick that reacts exactly the same each and every time you use it really helps. Then the pedals help even more. There is a bit of a learning curve for most when it comes to getting used to the pedals. However, a weeks worth of practice will take care of that. Then you will discover that you can just shift back and forth on the rudder pedals while shooting at an enemy plane to completely cover your opponents plane in bulletts!

I would not buy directly from CH. The guy who runs CH told me that he has a contract with his distrubutors that says he'll not sell for less than the suggested retail price. He says all sticks are made to the same quality standards and if you buy from him, you get a 3 year warranty instead of the 2 year warranty you get from the vendors. He still encouraged me to buy through the vendors because they cost 1/3 less that way. He says his is a funny company in the sense that he his sticks are built so well, he rarely gets repeat business on the same item from a given customer.

Simjock
11-09-2004, 08:14 AM
Logitek http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/51.gif
http://forums.ubi.com/eve/forums?a=tpc&s=400102&f=23110283&m=5821034932

ELEM
11-09-2004, 08:16 AM
Had my Saitek 3D FF for 4 years now and has never given me any trouble. Highly recommended.

Tully__
11-09-2004, 08:38 AM
Saitek, Thrustmaster or CH.

Monty_Thrud
11-09-2004, 02:16 PM
Highly recommend Saitek Cyborg 3D, and you should have enough left to go down the pub to celebrate your purchase afterwards http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif

Click here http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif (http://www.neoseeker.com/Articles/Hardware/Reviews/saitekcybord3d/)

VF-29_Sandman
11-09-2004, 07:38 PM
if they were still in the business, microsoft made a stick around $40 that was highly rugged. my first ms stick lasted me 3 yrs before givin it up. pity they quit makin em. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/cry.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/cry.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/cry.gif