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Microsoft Sidewinder Precision Pro Joystick

4.4 out of 5 stars 45 customer reviews
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  • 10 programmable buttons
  • 8-way hat switch
  • Rotating handle
  • Continuously-correct calibration
  • USB and game port compatibility
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Product Description

Microsoft SideWinder Precision Pro - Joystick - 7 button(s) - black

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Microsoft(r) SideWinder(r) Precision Pro Now available with USB! Dominate with fully digital-optical technology. Pinpoint accuracy. Digital precision. Optimized speed. Rule the Game! With its 16-programmable button functions and fully-digital-optical technology, Microsoft SideWinder Precision Pro gives you the speed and accuracy to make every game your game.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 11.3 x 11.1 x 10.6 inches
Item Weight 2.9 pounds
Shipping Weight 2.9 pounds
ASIN B00000JDFT
Item model number 326-00063
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4.4 out of 5 stars 45 customer reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #916 in Electronics > Accessories & Supplies > Computer Accessories > Game Hardware > PC Game Hardware
#4,690 in Video Games > Accessories
Discontinued by manufacturer Yes
Date first available at Amazon.com September 4, 1999

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After having tested several joysticks, this is the one I kept coming back to. I've had a version of this joystick on my system for two years, and have yet to find anything better. I don't at all agree with the ...... editorial review that says it's got stiff joystick movement. Quite to the contrary, it's capable of very subtle movement.
Plus, it's got lots of features without being over-engineered. I especially like the fact that it comes with both throttle and rudder control within easy reach. The button cluster on the stick itself is very sensibly designed, with all major buttons a comfortable distance apart. The hat is cleverly devised as well, being both solid and flexible. Most importantly, perhaps, the software, now at least two years old, is very stable, and allows you complete control over each button.
Yet, there are some people who might not find this product enjoyable. As others have commented, it is a very right-hand-centric design. Since there are a host of buttons on the left-hand side of the base, you can't hold the joystick in your left hand and access those buttons without crossing your hands. Also, the cluster of buttons on the joystick itself are designed to fit the right hand. If you're a right-handed person, this design is ergonomically perfect. It literally fits in the palm of your (right) hand. But a left-handed person has no business whatever buying this product.
Neither does a Mac owner. This product's USB connectivity, though convenient to Windows users, does not extend to the Mac. That's an unfortunate oversight that, one suspects, wouldn't be all that difficult to correct.
Still, if you only intend to use this thing on a Windows machine, and if you're right handed, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better joystick.
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After about 10 seconds installaton for hardware and software the precision pro was go. After trying it out on games previously played using an analouge joystick the diffrence is immense. With a good feel and buttons well placed it's comfortable to use, the twist grip is extremely natural adding additional movement possibilties for 3D games A real plus! The throttle looks arkwardly placed but in use proves to be well placed. The shift button and easily programable buttons are a real plus.This joystick is great value and quality for money. A recommended must have.
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By A Customer on July 21, 1999
The "stiffness" of the joystick mentioned in another review is actually an _assett_ when you use this joystick for flight sims, giving you more positive control. Also the built in rudder and optical pots add precision to your flying experience.
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I am confused by the claims that this joystick does not work with XP. XP is plug-and-play: just hook up the USB adapter and plug the thing in. It registers perfectly. Go to control panel and mess with the calibration and test all your buttons - that works perfectly as well. One drawback in not being able to use the W95 software is a lack of ability to reprogram the buttons - no biggie since most software will let you do the same, but I dropped one star for that reason. XP users - don't concern yourself with the disk that comes with the joystick, just plug the thing in and get on with the games!
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I'm not a great fun of Microsoft but I have to admit that they did a great job with this joystick, just for once. I bought the Saitek Cyborg 3D. Same price. It was horrible. Unstable. It was cool looking but what's the use a cool joystick when you can't land your plane with it because it sends random signals to your pc? Sidewinder is precise and reliable. Also it's multipurpose. I use it for Falcon 4 and Need for Speed and it's great with both.
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I've had my Precision2 for three years and never had a problem. I use it with Falcon 4, MSFS 2004, Jane's F/A-18, CFS 1&2,Flanker 2.5 and USAF. It's always worked with never a breakdown with Windows XP Home. It needs a USB port, not a gameport. I've never had a problem with any MS joysticks, even my old PrecisionPro.
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I've owned this stick for years and it always served me well, until the advent of Windows XP and M$'s infinite wisdom in deciding NOT to support XP with the Sidewinder Game Controller software!

Yes, the stick will work with XP just fine, that is if you enjoy erratic and very touchy control in your favorite game.

With the aforementioned software you could control the dead spot in the stick's center (size, etc.), you could control the sensitivity of the stick's movement on all three axis, custom program the buttons, etc.

All of this is now gone and you have a basic, but very good joystick, which has basically been castrated by M$!

I would have given this stick a 5 out of 5 years ago, but under XP and the lack of the software support from M$, I have to drop it down to a 3.
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To be perfectly frank, the Microsoft Sidewinder is the most underrated joystick ever made. My previous joystick was a Logitech Wingman Extreme. Within six months of purchase, the Wingman was falling apart - calibration was non-existent and the rubber case was disintegrating.
So I bought the Microsoft Sidewinder Pro. And what a fantastic joystick it was - it's excellent for flight/space simulators like I-War or X-Wing: Alliance. The precision of this joystick is amazing.
So, if you're looking for a high-quality joystick at a reasonable price, get this one. It's still one of the most robust and reliable joysticks on the market.
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