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Just to start things off I have to say this is a very nice product. There are many good points of the product and some bad points. When I first got this product I couldn?t wait. The thought that you could feel turbulence while flying and many other cool things. But that?s when it shocked me, it didn?t exactly do that. It?s a very good feeling on the ground. But you don?t get that turbulence that it says you get on the box. And most off the time you have to let go while flying or you will get a very sore arm. Its mainly good for people who know how to fly on flight simulators and if you were just wanting a bit of fun I would advise you to get a cheaper one. There are many good things for this joystick like it has no springs in it (well not of what I know of) and it also centres by itself when your not on a flight simulator, but that brings another problem, if you try and keep nice and level why flying it can be quite hard as you sometimes have to let go to give your arm a breather ;D. I do like this joystick for all its good things. And if you really want a good experience with shaking when stalling or feeling the stiffness of the stick on sharp fast turns (but you don?t feel any turbulence). I would pick this joystick if you want these. But in some views this could be a waste of time. Note: I?ve talked to someone who has flown on a 737 simulator and he said that some things that you thing you might get when you?re a passenger you don?t feel through a stick.
I bought this joystick a couple of years ago now and its still the best one on the market as far as I'm concerned. I haven't had any problems with it and now that it been around for a while nearly all the best games include support for it. If you're a fan of realistic flight sims and combat flight sims this is a great joystick because in addition to the usual top-quality joystick attributes such as a throttle lever, a 'hat' switch for looking around the cockpit and rudder control either through pedals or twisting the joystick it has a built-in set of motors that not only create the effect of turbulence and damage to the aircraft's surfaces by making it harder to physically move the joystick but the stick vibrates when weapons are fired or when the aircraft is hit by enemy fire. It all makes for a realistic and more immersive experience. The games I use it most on are WWII flight sims like the Microsoft Combat Flight Sim series and IL2 Sturmovik. It makes it much more realistic when the stick becomes harder to move as you pull into a high G dive or if you are trying to land with wing damage. It also makes it much more satisfying feeling the aircraft fire it's guns into the enemy. All in all once you've tried this joystick you won't want to go back to one that doesn't have this feature. Aside from that it's a great stick. Its well built, reliable and easy to use as it is ergonomic and comfortable. Its only disadvantages are that it is heavy and bulky due to the large base and it requires a separate 3 pin power socket as well as a USB port to power the motors. It also is the most pricey around, saying that I have seen it for under £40 at www.stuff-uk.net. If you can make those sacrifices you won't regret it.