Brian C. Ernst "Programmer by day, gamer by n..., Amazon
7 July 2011
Summary: I bought this product in 2009 in the hopes of getting a nice joystick that is portable. Is is not that nice, and is somewhat portable. First off, there are much, much better joysticks for the price I originally bought this for. Pros: +...it's portable? +it's usb? (barely a pro, and only because it doesn't use gameport, which is antique and no longer supported by Microsoft) +Rubber feet (though I'd expect any good joystick, and is pushing it for pros) Cons: +too few...
Summary: I was looking for a simple joystick to use with my WWII fighter pilot game and decided to purchase the Saitek ST90. 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.
Summary: This is a good joystick for playing flightsim. Pitch and roll are as expected. Yaw is painful. So can't control helicopters or play quake. It can be a little tight in the beginning but smooths out after a few days of use.
Summary: I bought this for my son to use with MS flight simulator X. My Son is 11 yrs of age. He is not a heavy PC Gamer, but he does play FSX enough to have experienced faults/challenges if there where any to find. He has had no complaints. This flight stick apprears to work just fine. If you are looking for a decent controller for at least casual play, I am sure you will be satisfied with this one.
Summary: I've had this stick for maybe four years now. It can only work for the simplest games. For the few bucks not bad. If you want to do flight sims or the type of complicated games like WWiiOnline .. don't use this stick. I clamp my down to the table so it has some support. Otherwise you get a sore hand from having to hold it down. Not a well designed stick. Spend a few more bucks on something in the $40-50 range. You'd end up paying more if you get this one.
Summary: Bottom Line Up Front: This is a very good LOW-END joystick. It has a sturdy base and folds up to save space. The ST90 would work well for those wanting a quality product but have space limitations, using a travel lap-top, or do not want to spend much on a joystick. This is the second Saitek stick I have owned and am impressed by their quality. I bought this to replace a larger joystick and could not justify to my wife the expense of Saitek's X52.
Summary: I see a lot of gripes about this hoystick's digital throttle here. Just so that everyone knows, if you HOLD DOWN on the throttle buttons instead of tapping them, then the amount of throttle will change at a slower rate. The "20%" resolution exits for when you want to greatly increase your throttle in a hurry, but there is a method for getting 27% throttle when you need it.