So, tell us what you think about it? Nothing like a good user review.
First of all I'd recommend anyone buying the G940 to fasten the stick properly. It has force feedback and the rubber feet aren't sufficient to keep it in place at all when the stuff starts happening up there. The throttle could do without bolting but the holes are there so why not? I predrilled 5.5mm holes in my desk and fastened them with long 6mm woodscrews. A 6mm bolt and a nut underneath the desk should also suffice.
Three trims on the base all have a good location just below your wrist so you don't have to move your hand far from the grip to adjust them. Two step trigger(guns and cannon for instance), hat-switch, D-pad and four buttons on the top area. Great versatility there. There's also a thumb trigger/button just below.
The only button I don't see any real use of is a small butten at the lower area on the grip, just where your pinky usually goes. This button is way too light IMO and I catch myself in pressing it when banking hard because I squeeze a bit more on the stick when that happens. It's force feedback remember so you have to hold on to it a bit more the you'd have to on a stick without feedback. You can store three different profiles on it too with the mode-selector.
Great layout. Love the eight programmable makros at the base which can be labeled with the included stickers. They are also lit green when functioning and red when they are not. Great for flaps, gear, hook, lights etc.! The stick is double and can be worked independently but there is a lock pin at the lower end to lock them together. The stick has four buttons, two sliders and also a D-pad and a hat switch. The slider on the right(thumb) is great for prop pitch adjustment, for example, and the one in the front can be used for throttle adjustment etc. There's two buttons just below your index finger(I use them for Water&methanol, MW50 etc.). Two more buttons in the thumb area along with a hat switch and a d-pad. Three modes available for programming also here. This also has a friction adjuster underneath. Very nifty.
Not much more than pivot action(toe brakes) and the regular heel slider for rudder. I'd like to fasten this a bit better though, I tend to push it forward sometimes. The base has retractable feet with small spikes for better carpet traction. Good feature! Friction adjuster also here, right between the pedals.
The stick works and feels beautifully. The centre area play is basically for finetuning and small adjustments, travel some more to any side and the force feedback kicks in. I really like this setup. It's practical(you get everything you need in one box) and easy to set up/install besides the immature drivers I was talking about. The feel is pretty much the most realistic flight experience I've had on a computer. The grip on the stick could be a bit more ergonomic though, it's basically a plastic stick without any finger-grooves and so forth. Good hand rest at the bottom though.
So far I've only played IL-2 on it and the setup feels made for it. I can strongly recommend this HOTAS system for any flightsim fan.