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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It's called a "joy" stick for a reason and in this case it's due to the exhilaration and freedom of gaming cordlessly. This ultra-responsive cordless joystick features an easy-twist handle with aluminum trigger and weighted rubber base. The high-speed 2.4 GHz receiver (included) connects to your USB port to deliver reliable, lag-free performance up to 20' away. Other features include precise rudder control, 8-way hat switch and 10 programmable buttons. Comes with set up guide and CD-ROM software to customize buttons, download game profiles, assign shift buttons and more. Requires Windows 98/2000/Me/XP or Mac OS 8.6 or later and Input Sprockets 1.7. Imported.
Enjoy the performance of a corded joystick, without the cord. Using the strength of the 2.4 GHz cordless technology found in today's cordless phones, you can stop being limited and start stretching out. Logitech also has added a wealth of buttons and features to the Freedom 2.4 to give you all the control you need for flight sims, racers, and mech games. Plus, its cool design, featuring brushed aluminum and metal highlights, makes winning look oh, so good.
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.
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I already own a Logitech Cordless Rumblepad, but pads are useless for flight sims and the like, in my experience. I really wanted a joystick for the living room, and for it to be wireless. This discontinued model remains the pinnacle of wireless-joysticks, it seems.
So... THE GOOD, first. It's very, very comfortable to use, and has a smooth mechanism. I understand that some people have failed the sensors and buttons in their units, but I suspect that this may be related to contamination (spilling a coke on it?) or the like. I could be wrong, and if so, I'll certainly update this review accordingly, of course. But for now, I'm not concerned with that. And for now, the sensors and buttons are very smooth and responsive.
I've read several comments about the three "feet" not being rubber, but mine has a rubberized coating on those, which grips my end-table's top surface quite effectively.
The buttons on this are atypical for most joysticks... but they're not bad in any way. I do prefer my F-16 flight stick based controls, however. The most problematic part of this is the location of the throttle. Having it be in the upper left "foot" region would have been far better, in my opinion. But since few of the sims I'm using this with are really useful for "single axis throttles" anyway... the main exception being MS Flight Sim X, where "rapid throttle changes" are not the norm... this hasn't been a problem for me. If I want to do serious flight simming, I'll do so in my office using my full HOTAS rig. ("Hands on throttle and stick")
In general, I REALLY like this stick. But there's a major drawback, and it's one several other people have already pointed out. It's remarkable to me that Logitech never fixed this, because it renders the stick almost unusable as a result.
This is the rapid transition into "Power Saver" mode, which seems to occur in less than two minutes. And note that this is based ONLY on "button presses," not on axis activity... meaning that if you're not hitting buttons, but are still steering, the stick will "shut down" while you're in flight. THIS IS A TERRIBLE THING, unless you're playing games where shooting perpetually is always part of the gameplay.
I believe I can create a work-around for this, however, using the Logitech Gaming Software. I simply need to choose one button I'm not going to use, and set that up as a defacto "power button." I'll assign that button to go into "auto-repeat" mode once pressed, perpetually, until the button is pressed again. I'll make sure that whatever keypress or button press this is generating is not one which is assigned to any function in the game I'm playing. I HOPE that doing this will prevent the "auto-shut-down" "feature."
Of course, this might not be something that can be affected by the software, and actually requires REAL button presses at least once a minute to stay "alive." If so, I can still work around this by assigning, say, the "thumb button" to do nothing, and then just keep it depressed at all times. Annoying, but doable.
I knew that this would probably be an issue going in, so I'm not really upset about it, but it's a serious design defect, and one which Logitech COULD have easily avoided.
A version of this which was rechargable via USB, and which had a "time out" of something more like ten minutes... and, less importantly, with the throttle moved to a better location... would be nearly the perfect wireless joystick. It's a shame Logitech killed the product rather than simply fixing the one major, glaring defect... a SOFTWARE defect no less, not a hardware one. A second generation version of this, with the "bugs fixed" would have been nice.
Versions MS Flight Simulator 2000 To Flight Simulator FSX. Joystick works flawessly, and is wireless. Has many programable buttons that can be used to program different functions. Unfortunately Logitech has discontinued manufacturing this product. I don't know why they have done that. Because they had a winner, that no other manufacturer could touch. The only wireless Joystick on the market , and it worked.
You can still get your hands on a used one, for a reasonable price. However if you are looking brand new, there are very few around, and the sellers are taking advantage of the fact that they are not made anymore, and have jacked up the price to around $100.00 and over. But if you can get your hands on a good used one, they are still worth it and better than anything else on the market.
This is actually the second replacement I bought. The first one worked for about two days then stopped working at all. I had to return it and buy another, but I've been using this one for a few weeks and it's back to the good old days. I still recommend it for anyone looking for a cordless joystick or any kind of joystick smaller than a Saitek setup.
Setup is easy but I didn't get any software with it (used) so I'm not sure exactly what software I'm supposed to be using with it. I installed Logitech software but it turns out to not detect the joystick. SO, Windows 7 can use it fine with the built in drivers and calibration works, so I'd recommend against the Logitech software.
This is wireless, and has it's own USB dongle - it doesn't use the universal USB dongle. I haven't had a problem with it dropping movements or button presses from 6 feet away. It uses 3x AA batteries, and I have used it for approx 10 hours without changing them so far. Time will tell!
my first freedom jsut quit responding to the sensor. I don't really know what caused it, but I love the stick so much that soon enough, I will be back into space flying to my heart's content!