Excerpt: I really appreciate it after my last joystick -- I bought it to replace a Logitech, the stick of which was at a horrible uncomfortable angle, and some buttons stopped working, to boot! It's reversible to be left/right handed by swapping some parts out, or you can do what I did and remove the thumb-rest from the side, and make it neutral. Additionally, it has a potentially annoying hand-rest, but if you rotate it to face the front, it gets mostly out of your way.
Summary: its a great joy stick. very sensitive and accurate. although despite what the reviews said about the buttons being flimsy or cheesy, I disagree. they are made well unless your the radical abusive type. you would have to really beat it up to break it. I highly recommend this product. the handle is very comfortable for me. the throttle is smooth and easy to slide back and forth. I really love it.
Summary: I use this stick for games that support simultaneous joystick and mouse inputs, and also for dual joysticks (with an X52).
Pros: This stick is a great stick. This stick centers absolutely perfectly. When centered it reads 0/0 every time unlike some other joysticks out there (cough, X52). Setting this up for left handed use was very easy. Several screws and the stick was ready to go.
Cons: The buttons on the base are somewhat mushy, and the throttle feels somewhat cheap. No way to disable the green LEDs in the base. Pressing button 2 (bottom center on top of stick) could be awkward at first.
Summary: I am surprised I don't see more folks in the flightsim community mentioning this joystick. I have had many, including the expensive saiteks, and this one has become my favorite. I find the spring and cup design used by Saitek to be a joke. I can't believe people pay so much for it. This joystick uses a hall sensor, and the motion and sensitivity is just excellent. Of all the joysticks I have owned, this one produces the finest, smoothest, and most stable inputs of any.
Summary: I have a few flight games that really aren't playable without a stick and this fits the bill perfectly. The control is smooth and responsive with more than enough buttons for any added functionality. I initially thought that the light ring indicating the stick had gone back to center would annoy me but I quickly grew accustomed to it and I now feel that it serves a useful purpose. There is one control that I'm not yet sold on and that is the accelerator slider.