I was looking for a simple joystick to use with my WWII fighter pilot game and decided to purchase the Saitek ST290. The joystick arrived with no software whatsoever. I wasn't too put off because I knew I could probably download the necessary drivers from the Saitek Web site. The problem came when I ran the driver installer. When it was nearly finished it asked me to plug in the controller, even though the controller was plugged in. Unplugging and replugging in the controller didn't help. The "profiler" software installed, but only the profile editor would work, not the Profiler itself.
None of this would have mattered if it would have simply allowed me to play the game I bought it for. But after hours of configuring, uninstalling, reinstalling and general troubleshooting the best I could do was get the controller to pitch and dive. Left and right movements were non-existent. Not much help in a fighter plane.
The Saitek user forums didn't offer any help, and my email to Saitek tech support went unanswered.
Thinking it may have been an issue with my laptops Vista software I tried to install it on my desktop running XP Pro with the same dismal results.
Not only could I NOT recommend this joystick, I'm wondering how a company that sells something of this poor quality can still stay in business!
WHAT A GREAT VALUE JOYSTICK!!! You may think about looking for all those complicated joysticks that have so many buttons that you spend days working out what they all mean!!! but yes you could buy 1 of them but at the end of the day there is only a certain amount that you can make something better, and thats why i would recommend this joystick. Its for simple gamers who enjoy the occasional game on flight simulator, it has the essential buttons and a throttle as well as an adjustable hand rest that suits your hand perfectly. its comfortable to use and u barely get any pain in the arm when you are just glued to the game for hours. On the base you will find a compass like thing that is a great aid for when you are trying to find your way around the map and it is very responsive.