Installation - Not Without Tears
Installation is a bind as usual because Microsoft still hasn't managed to unify its joystick driver systems. Two Microsoft devices can mean two programs to install! But let's not complain, at least the version is compatible with Windows XP. The USB plugs in fine and all the settings, including centering and button allocation, are there in the joystick properties with a very natty tab system. You can't help wondering what that boring icon is doing in the taskbar! The last gripe is that the Microsoft site doesn't have a driver you can download, so don't lose the CD!
The ergonomics are as good as ever, and a right-hander will be perfectly at ease using this stick with its new covering so pleasant to the touch. The rotating rudder bar works like a dream, and the trigger is easy to operate. A nice direction hat and three more easy-to-reach buttons finish off the top of the stick. There are four buttons on the base. The throttle has a long travel but is still not quite resistant enough.