Pops is pestering me for a joystick and this one looks pretty decent to me. The layout reminds me a lot of the old MSFF2 joysticks and the cost is not all that bad. Anyone have one and if so what do you think of it?
I have a Hotas Warthog, BUT exactly that joystick is the one i always recommend for all newbies. It have hall-effect sensors (so high precision without spikes and waving sensoring, common with pots), enough buttons for all civil flight sims (even ww2 flight sims) and have throttle and rudder, so no need for now to buy external dedicated pedals and throttle quadrant. So imho its the nr1 for all newbies and depending of the aircraft and sims you wanna fly, it can even be a permanent joystick. In a friends house i already tried it myself and its very nice and smooth to fly with it.
Go for it!
Good joystick no doubt. More modern choices would be the NXT Gladiator joysticks (great buy but no throttle, maybe better upgrade path?) or unproven but very interesting Turtle Beach that is coming up right now. The T1600 is a classic, available, affordable and thrust worthy, though, hard to argue with that.
I wept openly and unabashedly when I retired my MS Sidewinder Pro. (for perspective, it had a serial port to USB adapter)
Similar design and operation. I’d go for it.
If I had a nickel for every time i spent my whole daily allotment of “simming time” setting up a sophisticated set of controllers when I could have just plugged in the trusty Sidewinder and been flying in 30 seconds…