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Microsoft Sidewinder Precision Pro Joystick
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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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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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great joystick! I bought one of these back when they first came out and loved it. Sadly, I sold it when I bought my Saitek x45 and regretted it ever since... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Joe Petrie
I've been using this model joystick for years and years. It always gives a consistent performance and lasts way longer than I expected. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Zacharia
Had several missing pins in the port; can't fly right on games and for those with combat controls, firing was even berserk. SO not the best product I have received. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
IJust bought one of these in it's original box at an animal shelter store. I didn't expect it to work and bought it to support a no kill animal shelter. The box was dated. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Red Lantern.
Christmas 2014, got an amazon card! so I bought this joystick, plugged it in and in about forty seconds windows seven recognized it and installed the drivers...... Read morePublished 16 months ago by romine
Defective product---... Microsoft made these sticks back in the olden days when computers had game ports. They stopped making these and then brought them back into production. Read morePublished 17 months ago by chris