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bluesman69uk
03-09-2004, 12:06 PM
Hi guys,

My sidewinder precision2 is on the blink. Have done a few tests, but my trigger button seems to be causing the problem. When you hold it down and fire....nothing! then sometimes it fires! Not great for dogfighting!

Ive had it for about 2 years so I suppose its time for a new one.

What would you recommend mid price range?

I would be buying in the UK.

Thanks again


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bluesman69uk
03-09-2004, 12:06 PM
Hi guys,

My sidewinder precision2 is on the blink. Have done a few tests, but my trigger button seems to be causing the problem. When you hold it down and fire....nothing! then sometimes it fires! Not great for dogfighting!

Ive had it for about 2 years so I suppose its time for a new one.

What would you recommend mid price range?

I would be buying in the UK.

Thanks again


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_VR_ScorpionWorm
03-09-2004, 12:16 PM
I happen to have an X45, not sure if available in UK, I also hear great things about the Couger. Both are great joysticks, I will be switching to a Cougar if I can find one and have the money. A multi-setup would work great. I like my X45 because you can program. Not sure if the Cougar can do it to but I am hopeing. Or you can just go to a Microsoft FF. All depends on the price you are willing to pay.

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eXtra_Corrosiv
03-09-2004, 12:24 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by ScorpionWorm1:
I happen to have an X45, not sure if available in UK, I also hear great things about the Couger. Both are great joysticks, I will be switching to a Cougar if I can find one and have the money. A multi-setup would work great. I like my X45 because you can program. Not sure if the Cougar can do it to but I am hopeing. Or you can just go to a Microsoft FF. All depends on the price you are willing to pay.

"He went like this, we went like that, I called to Hollywood 'Were'd he go?', Hollywood called back, 'Were'd WHO go'-TOPGUN<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>


the x45 is great. the cougar is hardly mid priced. the x45 is available in the uk at most etailers. the stick is nice, the software solid.... only think is that it's kind of ugly.

for a general use stick ((not just sims but mech games and bf42/nam) i like the logitech wingman 3-d digital.

the x45 is really nice if you can get over the looks.

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_VR_ScorpionWorm
03-09-2004, 12:29 PM
You can always push the joystick to the side and use it as a button bay as some people have, gets you totally away from the keyboard.

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ryan2107
03-09-2004, 12:32 PM
X45 is the way to go.

LuckyBoy1
03-09-2004, 12:33 PM
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JG27_Arklight
03-09-2004, 12:35 PM
Cheapest?

1. Saitek


Most Advanced?

1. Cougar


Best All-around?

1. CH Fighterstick USB/Pro Throttle USB/Pro Pedals USB.

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TgD Thunderbolt56
03-09-2004, 12:36 PM
Go CH. You'll eventually want to get the complete setup (i.e. stick, throttle, pedals), but you can get them one at a time and spread the cost out.

CH is certainly not mid-priced, but the market is full of mid-priced "crap" joysticks right now. Better to spend a little more and be able to do what you want to do than to spend less and be unsatisfied.

Go here (the prices direct are a little high): http://www.chproducts.com/retail/usb_home.html

Go here to buy (or at least see the diff in price): http://www.flightsimcentral.com



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El Turo
03-09-2004, 12:57 PM
X-45 is a great stick but the rudder control sucks (rocker arm). You'll need a good set of rudder pedals (I recommend CH Pro Pedals for ~$100/US)

Although, if you can do it, BUY THE WARRANTY ON THE X45 from the store you get it from because the stick has a tendency to wear out in 6-18 months of use on average.

I know that many retailers here in the US offer a replacement warranty plan on their products for just $10-15 and the X45 is a much needed candidate for the policy.

Mine is currently wearing out and I bought it over the internet without an extended warranty.. so I'm considering buying a CH stick to go with my CH pedals and just continue to use the X45 throttle (which is great!).

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BaldieJr
03-09-2004, 01:04 PM
Ok CH owners. Sell me.

I've had:
Precision Pro
Precision Pro 2
X45
Wingman FFB

ALL developed slop around center within a month. The X45's cup/spring tensioning system is just crap. The Wingman and X45 have spiking problems.

I want something that doesn't require steriods to push around, has smooooth movement, does not have a big-fat sloppy dead zone around center, and doesn't start spiking within a month. Can the CH sticks do this or should I start designing my own damned stick?

I don't understand why the major joystick makers can't make a decent stick.

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El Turo
03-09-2004, 01:18 PM
Baldie.. that's my #1 issue with my X45 right now. I've got so much center play that I can't even deadband it all out for IL2FB using max deadband at 50 AND setting the first THREE sliders to ZERO... (granted, I think the keymapper and input management software support is absolute shat for this game.. but that's a discussion for another day).

Besides that, I have a slight twitch in one of my hat positions... and that's it.

My gut feeling is that you'll have to spend some serious dollars to get rid of centerplay in a joystick. (Like the Cougar mods that make the total cost of the HOTAS something rediculous like $600-800 total).

If the CH stick (which I'm also considering buying) doesn't have that centerplay issue, I'll be sold as well. This is my #1 issue.

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Bearcat99
03-09-2004, 01:29 PM
Go HERE (http://www.provantage.com/buy-110CHPU-ch-shopping.htm) for CH products...better pricing. I use an X45/MSFFB combo..works for me.

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