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I have this joystick for the purposes of flying combat flight sim although I have also used it for racing and driving games.
It seems to excel at both. One thing that should probably be noted at this point is that it does not have force feedback. If this is something that you want there is no point considering this product it will never suffice. If you don't want it though, this is one of the best joysticks you can buy.
It has 7 buttons, a throttle control and a hatswitch/view toggle. They are all placed in convenient places so that you won't have to think about where they are. Two are on the base and operated by the left hand, 4 are on the top and are controlled by the right thumb and the 7th is a trigger button. They all feel solid to press and have a positive feel.
The joystick has 3 axes, forward/back, left/right and twist/rudder. The movement through all of them is smooth and predictable and is well sprung enough to return to the centre smoothly too.
It should be pointed out that this joystick is right hand specific. They do also make a left handed model but if two people using use different hands this could be a problem. It is possible to use the 'wrong' hand but it is not nearly as comfy. And it is comfy. With the right hand holding it it is the exact right shape and supports your hand well.
My model is a slightly older version than the one pictured (though it would be almost exactly the same) and has a game controller port on it. Newer ones may come with USB connectors. If you don't have a Game port this is not a problem as adapter to switch from one to the other are available.
Overall this is the best joystick (force feedback or otherwise) that I have used and is still the one I'd choose to play any computer game.
I have been looking to replace my joystick, ever since my Thrustmaster F16 replica finally bit the dust. I wanted to get a quality controller, but I couldn't afford to stretch my budget to accomodate force feedback. It was after a little investigating that I stumbled upon Logitech's excellent Wingman Extreme Digital 3D. >Overview and Value for money< --------------------------------------- The Wingman Extreme Digital 3D is no doubt Logitech's mainstream joystick. It offers a good balance of functionality/comfort at a reasonable price. The joystick does not have force feedback, which adds a sense of vibrational realism to your games - but at this price it is to be expected. As far as I remember the joystick typically retails around £25-30. I feel that this is a very reasonable price, given the quality of this controller... >First Impressions< ----------------------- Opening up Logitech's unneccesarily large box (waste of tree, imho) reveals the joystick itself (which is sleek and stylish), the software CD, documentation, and the cable converter (explained later). The documentation is well presented and easy to understand. However, I don't feel that Logitech were given a very difficult task in writing instructions for this controller - it is very simple to set up and use :) >Installation< ---------------- Installation of the joystick was easy. Simply install the Logitech software from the CD, and connect the controller. Windows will do the detection for you. The joystick has a standard gameport/MIDI connector for plugging into your soundcard etc... but as mentioned earlier there is a convertor included - this allows you to connect the device to a spare USB port, which many will f
ind preferable. Once you have the software installed, and the device connected and recognised, you can then proceed to set up your controller. You will need to calibrate the joystick (so that its motions are recognised correctly), but this is very easy to do by following the on-screen instructions. Next port of call is the excellent Logitech Gaming Software. You can get the latest version from their site http://www.logitech.com/index.cfm?page=downloads/software&CR ID=1787&contentid=5300&countryid=18&languageid=1 and this will work with any Logitech gaming controllers you have on your system (I own a rumblepad, also reviewed here on dooyoo). The software allows you to set up custom profiles for your games, which are launched automatically - this saves time reconfiguring the various axes/buttons for your different applications. >Features< ------------- The joystick is fully featured and offers an impressive array of buttons and axes for gaming. The unit itself looks great in Black, and is reassuringly sturdy. The controls are as follows: Standard X + Y axes (Up / Down) Z Axis / rudder control (Twist the controller left and right) Throttle Trigger + Four extra buttons on top of the stick 8-way POV (point-of-view) hat on top of the stick Two more buttons on the base. This gives you a total of 7 fire buttons, an 8-way POV hat (for looking around your cockpit etc), 3 assignable axes, and a throttle. More than enough for any game :) >Performance and Ergonomics< ------------------------------------- In various game tests, this controller performed flawlessly. Even under extended use, this joystick is very comfortable. All the buttons are easily accessible, as is the POV hat,
and the wrist support is well positioned. The controller offers just the right amount of resistance - too little would feel cheap, and too great a resistance would make the controller difficult to use and uncomforable. The unit itself feels satisfyingly sturdy, and is contoured to provide a good grip . Essential for intense dogfights :) In addition, the joystick offers a smooth action and is very accurate - great in Flight Sims or action games such as Star Wars : Starfighter and Crimson Skies. Although this device is designed primarily for flight sims/shooters, it functions well in other games that benefit from a smooth analogue control, such as racing games. Worth noting is the fact that this Joystick is quite large, and is designed for people with medium to large hands. This is ideal for me, however, but if you have small hands you may want to look at a Microsoft offering. >Overall< ----------- For those of you looking at the 'non-force-feedback' price bracket, and wanting something a little better than a cheapo joystick, then this controller is ideal. An excellent array of control options, easy installation and connectivity, and great ergonomics make this a great buy. All this at a very reasonable price. I am very impressed with this Joystick, as I am with my rumblepad. In fact, Logitech have impressed me so much that I ordered their Cordless Desktop MX today (soon to be reviewed on dooyoo!) Highly recommended. Dave :)
I bought one of these babies about 5 years ago. I liked this 7 button baby alot. The joystick itself has 7 buttons, a POV hat, throttle, and by twisting the stick a rudder. The software included was extremely simple to install and use and even allowed specialist controls to be assigned to the stick for specific games. I must mention that I have also got a Microsoft Presision pro that I got as a present 7 years ago now and have used it more then this stick. The reason is not because I don't like this stick but because it was on a machine I used more. My Wingman has stopped working properly now. It has started to not catch movements to so much of an extreme that it has become useless.