Recently I’ve found myself in need of a decent hotas flight stick in efforts to further enhance my already stellar Elite Dangerous experience that I’ve already been having with my Oculus rift alone. A quick hop on the old 610 down to Microcenter and I’ve scooped myself up one for a very reasonable price, about $32 or so with tax. Getting it set up was a snap, plugged it in and windows knew right away what I was trying to do, Elite also was on board with minimal configuration and as such I was off.
The first few hours I was on the fence but after tweaking the spring adjustment and getting the stick and throttle positioned just right I found that I was seeing a marked improvement in overall flight and especially combat. At first I was a bit concerned about the build quality but both the stick and throttle have held up amazingly well to the rigors of my fairly intense use (as well as some impromptu stress testing done by my 3 year old)
The button placement on the stick is a bit odd with a little secondary trigger type button beside and above the trigger which is awkward to reach for me at least but doesn’t really impact my experience too badly. Overall the stick is very solid and does the job better than I would expect for the price range. Sure it’s not a $400+ stick but for the entry level pilot just getting their feet wet it’s an amazing upgrade and worth it’s weight in gold.