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Will try again, made a thread earlier but something happened with net connection. If there is a duplicate sorry.

As per title, need advice on a decent enough joystick I can take away with me when I fly to work. Basically something that is either small and portable or can dismantle/fold away.

Please note: I'm in Australia, so don't base your advice on pricing as such, since it will probably be much different down here. I'll worry about the cost when I find a suitable stick smile.gif

2 I have found are the Saitek Cyborg v1 or the Saitek Cyborg X Fly 5. Both look decent enough but according to user reviews, they are cheap models for a reason and don't last long - not very good build quality. I'm a casual sim gamer but I don't want a cheap piece of recycled plastic haha.

Can anyone shed some light on those models? I was recommended the ST90 as well but it's not suitable, doesn't have the features I want. Is there any other recommendations? Doesn't have to be Saitek those are just the ones I found.

Things I need and don't want to compromise:

* swivel base for rudder control. If I can't perform a roll with the stick, not interested
* POV hat (this actually isn't essential as such, but would really prefer)
* min. 5 buttons, more the merrier
* small form factor, or at least ability to dismantle/fold up for easy safe travel in a backpack

Thanks in advance. Games I will be playing range from Freespace 2, Wing Commander and X-wing series to the X3 games and possibly some of the new F2P sims like Rise of Flight, Hawken, Star Conflict etc. mostly space sims though.

Pretty keen on the Cyborg X, although the reports of it breaking really easily are disturbing. Gonna cost me $60 AUD to get one here.
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* swivel base for rudder control. If I can't perform a roll with the stick, not interested

how do you have your joystick set up - normally you would use that axis for yaw surely?

I know they're not as precise as a full joystick but what about a xbox 360 gamepad? They're pretty robust, cheap, accessible, comfy, have 6-axis controls if you include the triggers and work on PCs. Are you wanting to have this attached to a laptop or such while you're travelling?

If your destination is always the same then you could have 2x joysticks, one for home and one for work I guess then you wouldn't have to compromise.

Saiteks are a bit cheap really, I've used a few in the past. I've been quite impressed with the build quality of CH Products kit (http://www.chproducts.com/Consumer-Products-v13-p-124.html#5) but that certainly doesn't fit the bill of compact! Although, you can dismantle them as they're screwed together but I'd not recommend that as a regular procedure!
 
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how do you have your joystick set up - normally you would use that axis for yaw surely?

I know they're not as precise as a full joystick but what about a xbox 360 gamepad? They're pretty robust, cheap, accessible, comfy, have 6-axis controls if you include the triggers and work on PCs. Are you wanting to have this attached to a laptop or such while you're travelling?

If your destination is always the same then you could have 2x joysticks, one for home and one for work I guess then you wouldn't have to compromise.

Saiteks are a bit cheap really, I've used a few in the past. I've been quite impressed with the build quality of CH Products kit (http://www.chproducts.com/Consumer-Products-v13-p-124.html#5) but that certainly doesn't fit the bill of compact! Although, you can dismantle them as they're screwed together but I'd not recommend that as a regular procedure!

I'm running a logitech 3d pro at home and it's set up so that most games, I use it for rolling. Im referring to what i guess is the z-axis? I'm not very good with these terms, but in laymans, yaw is like turning? Direction change? No it's not set up like that.

I do have a 360 gamepad, love it smile.gif but it's just not the same. Plus I play older sims like Wing Commander which don't support a gamepad usually. And in X3, gamepad is terrible. I love X3.

The plan is to use it with my notebook on site, nah not on the plane trip. I thought about bringing one up here and just leaving it here, then replacing my home one. So if I did that, definitely stay away from Saitek? My local sells CH products.
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normal convention for aircraft axes are as follows: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aircraft_principal_axes and yeah, I'd call a rotation about the stick it's self a z-axis too. Normally that'd be set to yaw, moving the stick left to right would be roll and front to back would be pitch. When flying a plane you use roll primarily to change direction but in a coordinated turn you would use all 3 axes.

I'd say your best bet would be to keep a 2nd joystick at work then, CH products are good, there's nothing really that wrong with Saitek, the one I had just wasn't that precise. Lots of buttons though!

Keep the cheaper one where you use it less I guess
 
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