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PostPosted: 28 Jun 2005 09:25 

Joined: 10 Dec 2004 11:41
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Well.....first off, I'd like to comment on one thing: It wasn't just me whinging :)

When I thought my stick was knackered, I ordered this new one. BUT I also got my wingman, Rias to feel my old stick for stiffness ;)

She was killing herself laughing....which is unusual, as normally a stiff stick would be order of the day....sadly this one jerks and spasms as you touch it..... ;) and THATS hasn't hapened before...I swear !

This old stick is going in the bin....or I might Ebay it ;)

Right...onward and upward.

What's the new wireless Evo like?

First impression: Slightly different colour than the cable one, the wireless weighs LESS, and feels less well built :(

The buttons are lighter, the castings are lower grade, the switches behind them are less positive. General feel is lower than the old one :(

Feel and Quality: 4/10

Effectiveness: In with the battery. Little light on top pops up. USB dongle (size of a USB hard drive keyring) is clipped rather cunningly under the stick for when you move it about :) and I plugged it into my PC, 10 seconds later XP had found it, installed its own drivers and BINGO...its working :)

Dont need the driver disk. It just works :)

Into control panel, check device....there it is, listed properly as Wireless Evo :) No calibration to do.

Plug and play: 10/10


yeah baby :) Feels like heaven. OK, my old one was worn out, so its bound to, AND it still has the lighter weight feel to it, BUT it plays well :)

7/10....this stick is great value. My old Evo cost me £35 15 months ago. This one, wireless costs £37, and to be fair, I had a deal with Scan and it came at less than that ;)

Battery life: No idea at all....1 AA battery every 50 lets presume that's rubbish and it lasts 24 hours hassle. packs of AA batteries are very cheap now :)

Pleased score: Still feel let down by the quality. Saitek have cut corners here. It feels flimsy..the buttons feel weak :( But as I will wear it out in a year, it'll be replaced I guess.... 7/10 for my pleasedness. If it wasn't wireless, and so efficient it would get 5/10 for my pleased score, cos frankly its cheapened.

If (like me) that doesnt bother you in war, get one and dont fret. BUT if you get a buzz everyday from your quality stick....avoid.

War Games: The genre closest to perfect and yet furthest from it too. IL-2, ARMA2, Call of Duty.. the list of close to ideal and far from perfect is eternal...

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