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User currently offlineBeowulf From Singapore, joined Jul 2003, 730 posts, RR: 14
Posted (9 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 4048 times:

Hi,

My old joystick, a Logitech Wingman Force Feedback, broke and I am now due to get a replacement, i.e., the same, or I may invest into a Saitek Cyborg Force Feedback http://www.saitekusa.com/usa/prod/cyborg_force.htm for whooping EUR 15,--.

The Logitech was all right. Anyone with experience about the Saitek? BTW, it's for FS, no combat things.  Wink/being sarcastic

Any recommendations?

Nick

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User currently offlineNAV20 From Australia, joined Nov 2003, 9909 posts, RR: 36
Reply 1, posted (9 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 4002 times:

I like the Logitech myself, Beowulf - mine hasn't broken yet! The only thing I don't like about it is its sheer SIZE!

A friend swears by the Microsoft force feedback one - I've tried it, and it seems to have about the same performance. It's more compact, but a lot more expensive in the stores here.



"Once you have flown, you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards.." - Leonardo da Vinci
User currently offlineBeowulf From Singapore, joined Jul 2003, 730 posts, RR: 14
Reply 2, posted (9 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 3997 times:

Hi,

I've had the Logitech for about 1.5 years and the trouble was that turning the joystick to operate the rudder did not work anymore, i.e., I couldn't turn left all the way, and it didn't center anymore. Calibrated it several times and finally returned it. Logitech credited the dealer and the dealer told me I can have the same model again or get a new one, i.e., the Saitek.

Besides having to pay EUR 15,-- for the Saitek (O.K., that's not a lot) I would get a brand new guarantee for the Saitek. For the Logitech my old guarantee would continue, another six months.

I will take a look at the Saitek to see how it is IRL. Is anybody using the Saitek Cyborg Force Feedback and could comment on how it is?

My impression with the Logitech has been that it's hard to develop an actual feeling for the a/c and to get it to work subtle. How do you handle this, NAV20?

Nick


User currently offlineNAV20 From Australia, joined Nov 2003, 9909 posts, RR: 36
Reply 3, posted (9 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 3992 times:

Now you mention it, Beowulf, I had a bit of the same trouble with the rudder function a few months ago. It wouldn't go all the way in one direction when I tried to calibrate it.

I found a 'crude' solution - I levered the rubber surround away from the stick and squirted about a gallon (3.7854 litres  Smile) of WD40 penetrating lubricant into the works in the stick base. I guess I frightened the pants off the thing, it's worked fine ever since!

On the sensitivity question, I've learned to keep all the settings at the default (60%) level or below. And to use a very light touch and small movements; same as you have to on a real aeroplane. On not very much experience of the Microsoft stick, I'd say the Logitech one has the better 'feel' of the two.

No idea about the Saitek, though; I hope someone else can help you.



"Once you have flown, you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards.." - Leonardo da Vinci
User currently offlineBeowulf From Singapore, joined Jul 2003, 730 posts, RR: 14
Reply 4, posted (9 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 3969 times:

Hi,

I can only recommend the Saitek Cyborg Force Feedback joystick. It's much better than the Logitech. Very precise steering is possible with this tool.

Nick


User currently offlineLHSebi From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 1049 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (9 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 3950 times:

Hi Nick,
I currently own the Saitek X45 flight stick:

http://www.saitekusa.com/usa/prod/x45.htm

and I have yet to have problems with it. It works wonderfully well, and you have plenty of buttons and so on to customize your FS commands. I would recommend that one!

Sebastian



I guess that's what happens in the end, you start thinking about the beginning.
User currently offlineEclipseFlight7 From Somalia, joined Apr 2004, 518 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (9 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 3944 times:

I have some cheap end Logitec joystick now and I absolutly hate it. Every time I fly I have to recalibrate it. The next joystick I'll be going for is a Sidewinder, because I loved my old one so much. It worked excellently, and I never had to recalibrate it.


Holy sh*ts and burritos.
User currently offlineNWADC9 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 4896 posts, RR: 10
Reply 7, posted (9 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 3939 times:

I also have the X45, and I love it! The top wheel on the throttle can be used for the rudder as well, so I taxi better with that Big grin It's also my first joystick!


Flying an aeroplane with only a single propeller to keep you in the air. Can you imagine that? -Capt. Picard
User currently offlineBeowulf From Singapore, joined Jul 2003, 730 posts, RR: 14
Reply 8, posted (9 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 3934 times:

The Saitek X45 sure looks interesting. Anyway, I went for the Saitek Cyborg Force Feedback, and I love it. It's much, much better than my old Logitech Wingman.  Smile

Nick


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