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Offline DZZ400

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Whats the Best Joystick out there?
« on: December 01, 2009, 06:11:29 PM »
I have used a "Logitech Extreme 3D Pro" no feedback and have had no problems with it. But I want to move up to using a 2 hand joystick + throttle controller like a "Logitech Flight System G940". Is it worth the steep price tag or is there something better. Your feed back would be appreciated and help me fly better on Aces High II.
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Re: Whats the Best Joystick out there?
« Reply #1 on: December 01, 2009, 06:21:13 PM »
Personally, I love the Saitek X52.  There's a "Pro" version too, but I haven't tried that one.

Lots of buttons on the X52, and I can fly/fight without taking my eyes off the computer screen since I don't need the keyboard to operate any flight-related functions.

The only downside I've found is that I'll wear out a button or two every 10 months or so.  I buy it with the two-year replacement plan though, so I just take it back to the store and swap for a new one when that happens.
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Re: Whats the Best Joystick out there?
« Reply #2 on: December 01, 2009, 06:35:02 PM »
Yes I noticed ther were two different versions. One's about $70+ and the other is $140+. I'll do more research on them. Thanks 4 the post. :rock

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Re: Whats the Best Joystick out there?
« Reply #3 on: December 01, 2009, 06:44:28 PM »
The only person I know who purchased the G940 said it started to get input spikes in the rudder after a month or so of use.  This seems to be a common complaint of Logitech gear, I know the Logitech stick I had years ago developed similar issues.   I've had good luck with Saitek product in the past and used an older version of their HOTAS system for a good 3-4 years.  I bought a refurb off their store and paid around $40.00 for it.  The X45 and X52 systems are pretty popular with a lot of folks around here although I have heard of some people having durability issues.  I think the most popular system is the stuff sold by CHProducts, a stick, throttle, rudder setup will carry a bit of a price tag ($300+) but they enjoy a good reputation and the product is built to last.
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Re: Whats the Best Joystick out there?
« Reply #4 on: December 01, 2009, 08:40:09 PM »
I don't own every joystick or HOTAS ever made so I can't answer your original question. However, people with money to burn will generally go with CH.



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Re: Whats the Best Joystick out there?
« Reply #5 on: December 01, 2009, 09:24:10 PM »
I don't own every joystick or HOTAS ever made so I can't answer your original question. However, people with money to burn will generally go with CH.

Which joystick do you fly with?
And what does your scaling look like?
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Re: Whats the Best Joystick out there?
« Reply #6 on: December 01, 2009, 09:52:45 PM »

Along with the Saitek X52, I should probably mention I have a set of the CH Pro Pedals, and they've worked great for several years.

This is what my scaling looks like-





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Re: Whats the Best Joystick out there?
« Reply #7 on: December 01, 2009, 10:14:33 PM »
Any reason why you have scaling off for your rudder pedals?
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Re: Whats the Best Joystick out there?
« Reply #8 on: December 01, 2009, 10:20:44 PM »
Any reason why you have scaling off for your rudder pedals?

No.  I think i accidentally hit that before I took my screenshot.
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Re: Whats the Best Joystick out there?
« Reply #9 on: December 02, 2009, 01:10:07 AM »
Which joystick do you fly with?
And what does your scaling look like?

I'll get round to posting it in a second Kerm



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Re: Whats the Best Joystick out there?
« Reply #10 on: December 02, 2009, 01:25:26 AM »
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Re: Whats the Best Joystick out there?
« Reply #11 on: December 02, 2009, 01:32:55 AM »
here you go kerm. :aok




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Re: Whats the Best Joystick out there?
« Reply #12 on: December 02, 2009, 03:19:01 AM »
Thanks Mtnman, kazaa.

I'll go with Mtnman, but will try to recreate kazaa's damping.  Anything to help improve my gunnery.
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Re: Whats the Best Joystick out there?
« Reply #13 on: December 02, 2009, 03:22:00 AM »
This is what my scaling looks like-

What scaling, wouldn't it just have been easier to say I don't have any?



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Re: Whats the Best Joystick out there?
« Reply #14 on: December 02, 2009, 03:57:47 AM »
My favorite Stick so far has been the CH fighter stick. It comes with a program that allows you to have much finer grained control of the stick. Furthermore, you can map combination of buttons to 'virtual buttons' allowing you to do everything without taking you hand off the stick. The program also allows you to have a non-linear responses (similar to stick scaling) on the analog axises. This allows for  a feel that kinda like a car with variable ratio power steering, where small movements result in very small readings but as the stick is further from the center the reading are scaled greater and greater.
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