Summary: I've had this thing for about 8 years. I didn't use it heavily but it's never failed me. Still works perfectly with Windows 8.1 (plug & play) and worked with no set up in Elite Dangerous, but I quickly realized its crazy limited when playing this game. You really need yaw and more buttons. It sticks on occasion, but generally it works well. This review is really for anyone out there that stumbles on this old stick and wants some extra info.
Summary: Purchased this joy stick to use flight simulators, figuring all joy sticks can be twisted these days. Not so, this joystick does not twist, so you are unable to use the rudder, a real disappointment and a waste of $40, unfortunately.
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28 December 2008
Summary: The best thing about this Saitek joystick is that is still works flawlessly after multiple years of abuse. The spring base of the stick is a vast improvement over the old Wingman and Wingman Extreme joysticks I used way back in the day (those puppies died about every 6 months from plastic part failure inside the base of the joystick). Another great feature is the ability to adjust the height of the hand rest on the stick, the angle of the trigger and top-hat assembly.
Summary: This stick installs easily and mine did'nt even need calibration to fly right away. It adjusts for left or right handers and even the throttle can be moved to the oppposite side of the controller. Quiet and efficient.
Summary: This item has provided good performance and easy installation on my laptop, providing transportability to a couple of flight simulations. It worked fine in compatibility mode to run the Win95 games.