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Logitech’s Wingman Force joystick is not, I repeat NOT for kids! This is a serious piece of entertainment kit that’s strictly for adults only or those with large hands! This joystick is a valued enhancement to any game players kit & can seriously enhance your enjoyment of your games! OK, OK, enough of the banter & on with the job in hand, vibrations & all! What do you get besides a lump of plastic & metal that costs around £60? Besides a lot of enjoyment you get a joystick that will enhance virtually any game & will last forever. You also get 9 configurable buttons, a Point of View Hatswitch & a throttle. Seriously though, if you had any more buttons than that you would forget what each one was for! Chances are that you will forget which button does what, but that’s easy to solve. The Wingman comes with both USB & Serial port connection cables permanently fixed onto it, which saves you a bit of hassle. If you have a USB port free, then plug it in there. If you have USB & no spare ports or no USB at all, just plug it in to your Serial Port & let the games commence! Configuring the functions of the buttons, hatswitch & throttle are made very easy with Logitech’s ‘Wingman Profiler’ program that comes with the joystick. You can configure the buttons for different games & Profiler remembers them when you launch the game via the Profiler program. You see the Profiler program’s not just for setting up your joystick but also acts as a game launcher, which is very handy indeed! You can use the Profiler via the ‘W’ icon in the task tray. Another great thing about the Wingman Force & the Profiler program is the ability to download ready-made profiles from the Internet! Now that’s what I call handy! You simply use the Profiler program to go to the Wingman Force website & search for the game profile that you want or just download the whole lot which is normally in a Zip file. Once you download the profile/s you put them into MY Docs or somewhere handy & then install them via the Profiler program. It’s as easy as that to install new ready-made profiles. To make a new profile yourself you just open the Profiler program & click on '‘new Profile'’& just follow the onscreen instructions. You will then be able to launch that game from the launcher. The support & development teams for the Wingman Force seem to be very proud of their masterpiece as they give excellent support & their site is fast, reliable & very easy to navigate. They even give you the chance of uploading your game profiles to their website for other users to use! The Wingman Force is a rather bulky joystick; but then again, you don’t notice it when you’re in the middle of a great game! I have had my Wingman Force for just over 6 months or so & it’s still going strong… unlike a lot of other joysticks that I’ve had! The force-feedback joystick should really last you a lifetime, even when you use it everyday & are heavy handed like me. I normally go through a joystick every other month, as I am hard on them & get carried away in good games. The Wingman has surpassed my hopes & it will live forever! No! You can’t have mine! Go buy your own! In all & to cut this long story short… if you want a good joystick that will last, buy the Wingman Force & you’ll never regret that decision! You’ll never need another joystick again!
I initially purchased this accessory with my computer back a year or so ago. Since then I have hardly used it. The only games I've ever used it on were demos and they didn't utilise the feedback facility. I think a maximum of 2 games! To me that seems like quite a waste of money, however to be honest, this doesn't have any bearing on the qualities of the device. I have found that the joystick has a well moulded shape, especially the stick which lets your fingers and hand relax-fully rest on the trigger and secondary buttons. These other buttons are easily accessible with the thumb but a little control of the stick is lost. The POV, Point Of View control is just as accessible as the other secondary buttons, but to be honest, I've not known any games that have successfully used this device. The joystick contains two other buttons on it's base and a throttle control. The throttle control is easy to use, mostly to control the speed or acceleration of an object and the two other buttons are well placed for the left hand. Yet since most games required keyboard interaction as well as joystick use, they aren't all that practical. I have also found that the joystick base does grip surfaces well, i.e. it doesn't slip about well you use it. Also, since it's enlarged size, compared to it's predecessor, the Wingman Digital Extreme, emphasised actions don't cause the controller can lift off from the ground slightly. One last point. My controller has shown denudation of rubber cover at the base of the stick. A gap has appeared containing tear marks. Considering my usage of the joystick has been minimal and this controller being regarded as a quality product, I wouldn't have expected this to have occurred. This area of the cover should not have been under any tension, nor exposed to the surface for a tear to appear, therefore I cannot think of any incidents that would have or should have caused this. The software (drivers and calibration/configuration) has many functions and allows for the use of the device in many games. It uses little space and memory - an advantageous quality.
This joystick beats any other force feedback device hands down!! The installation and setup is easy using logitechs superb software, even the force feedback test is good! The forces are much more precise and stronger than the microsoft joystick, so if you arent worried about the lack of a twist axis it's much much better! The feel of the joystick is also excelent with nice rubberised, very tactile buttons. This is by far the best force joystick available.
Logitech's Wingman Force will rock your world unlike any other force feedback joystick: gently! While other force feedback sticks produce violent, jerky feedback motion, the Wingman Force can give you smooth precision to simulate the nuances of a virtual world such as traveling over sandy terrain, or the hum of a vibrating engine.
The Wingman Force accomplishes this subtlety using cable-drive technology used to train surgeons' hands, whereas most force feedback joysticks use a jerky belt-drive system. This isn't to say that the Wingman Force can't deliver a kick, either: you'll get the whole range of force feedback, from the quiet 200 vibrations/sec to a tooth-rattling explosion simulation. The Wingman Force offers no fewer than nine programmable buttons, and an eight-way hatswitch and throttle wheel. You'll rarely have to let go of the joystick to use a keyboard command. The Wingman Force can use either a standard serial connection or a USB connection, for compatibility with the system you have this year and the ones you'll have in the future as well. One final feature: as Logitech claims, this joystick is 'built to take abuse.' Logitech's fifteen-plus years of experience in designing top-notch input devices assures you that your Wingman Force will stay with you even when your virtual fighter gets blown out from under you for the one hundredth time.