Summary: If it was more comfortable to use it would get 5 stars. The stick is easy to use, plug and play with no troubles. My only complaint is that it is not very comfortable to use. It is adjustable, but for me it is not comfortable in any configuration. I came to this stick from an old Microsoft Sidewinder which is perfectly molded to your hand and non fatiguing, but doesn't work with Win XP.
Summary: The good: Numerous buttons on the stick plus 6 more on the base, nice feel to the stick - highly adjustable and works equally well for lefties and righties. Twist the stick for rudder control. The bad: Saitek has ruined an otherwise great product by placing the throttle control in an unusable position (at the bottom center of the base, right under the arm that is using the joystick itself.
Summary: Well, the base is stable, and the joystick is precise enough that I don't notice any drifting while playing games. I did notice drifting while testing it in the control panel, but as long as it doesn't get any worse, I guess it's okay. Unfortunately, this joystick is about as comfortable as it looks, and button placement is a little awkward. Still, having 5 buttons and a hat switch at thumb's reach is pretty good.
Summary: I recently purchased this joystick because I saw it at BestBuy awhile ago and I liked the feel and look of it. A month later I decided to buy it. When it arrived, I installed the drivers, I loaded up World War 2 Online, and noticed instantly that it drifts to the left, even when you are not touching it!
Summary: I found this joystick to be about average... The cons--- The spring loaded centering doesn't always seem to react the way you need it too.... when flying simulators precision and feedback are everything--- especially when flying against live players. The joystick has tons of easily accessible buttons, which is great, and the refinement of the buttons is phenominal and comfortable, feels wonderful... and is a bit "exciting" to say the least.