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Logitech Freedom 2.4 GHz Cordless Joystick
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- Have complete freedom of movement during gaming with cordless technology
- Ten programmable buttons, eight-way hat switch and a precision throttle
- Comfortable stick with intuitive button placement
- Turn on a dime with precise twist-handle rudder control
- 50+ hours of game play with 3 AA batteries (included)
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The Freedom 2.4 is compatible with computers running Windows 98, 2000, Me, or XP, or Macintosh OS 8.6 and Input Sprockets 1.7 (not included) or later. An available USB port is also required. The Logitech Freedom 2.4 comes with a one-year warranty.
Top Customer Reviews
-5 star Comfort
-Good stick options (including side2side turning and throttle)
-Bad set up program
-5th button weirdly placed
GREAT JOB LOGITEC!!
The Logitech installed easily in WinXP. I ran the included CD, plugged the tiny USB transmitter into an open USB (2.0) port on the back of my PC, and then installed the batteries (3 AAs) into the stick itself. Synchronization took 5 seconds; I pressed the button on the front of the transmitter box and then a (any) button on the stick, and it was done. I used the software to calibrate in 2 minutes and was ready to fly.
Flying in MS FS2002 was very good with this stick. The 10 buttons on the stick are a snap to program with the software.
In my other flight sim, Fighter Ace 3.5, it wasn't as smooth a result. The kinds of ACMs required by a combat sim are necessarily more precise and I've just had a difficult time getting the right amount of damping. Maybe I'll get the hang of it as time passes, but for now my kill ratio has crashed.
The stick itself is well built and quite nicely layed out (i.e. good ergonomics). It sits comfortably on my lap, is light weight without being flimsy and its base is very easy to grasp. I have every confidence it will not break easily.
Overall, I'm encouraged. I hate clutter and the lack of one more cable on my desktop makes me happy. Of course, if I keep getting lit up, it'll be back to the Sidewinder, but for now I'm working on it.
It has a load of buttons, and for the most part they are placed very well. My only quibble is with the throttle. Mine isn't loose or anything, but I don't like the position very much. I think I would have preferred having it on the side, more like a Sidewinder, but to be fair it certainly works where it is. I would have really liked two hats too, but that's more of a sim junkie feature so I am not surprised there is only one. (The one hat it is equipped with does have a great feel, it is easy to hit the diagonals.)
As to the cordless feature, well, it works perfectly. I haven't gotten interference from my Logitech MX700 mouse or my cordless phone (though it is 5.8GHz so not in the same band). To start using the stick, you just click a button. A green LED will light up on the stick for a few seconds to show it has syned up with the base. It will go to sleep after a few minutes of disuse.
If you are looking for a precise and comfortable non-force-feedback joystick, or if you just want to cut the cord, I recommend the Freedom very highly.
(Now, when will Logitech make a complete flight controller suite, with an external throttle, collective and all that good stuff?!)