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“The Saitek Cyborg 3D Force Stick PC Game Controller is...”

Written on: 23/09/2005 by Howard1andonly (1 review written)

Good Points
Great stick. Very strong feedback. Good feel. Accurate.

Bad Points
Gets very hot. It also fails - read below.

General Comments
The Saitek Cyborg 3D Force Stick PC Game Controller is a pricey item, and should be very good, which it is until it fails. After 2 years of excellent service, the stick suddenly went full right rudder, and I could not fix it in any way. I dumped and reloaded the drivers - no change. I opened the unit (everything is sealed), but nothing is adjustable.

I bought a Rumble Force (the lesser version of this stick) and plugged
it in just to see what would happen. I thought if it works, then the problem is hardware. If it does not work, then it's the software. Well, it didn't work. In fact, it behaved exactly like the first stick, therefore it's the software.

I've been looking at forums where this is discussed. It seems that
this is not limited to one model of stick, it affects them all. Makes
sense if it is the software.

Saiteks tech dept. seem helpful, and they says "it's the hardware and you're out of warranty. Bad Luck". They are also very reluctant to take it back to repair, as they say they cannot guarantee a repair.

Of course they can't if the problem is really the software.

Now, don't get scared, but my researches have uncovered something even more sinister....

This problem is not limited to one brand of joystick! The same exact thing seems to happen to Logitech joysticks as well. All of them, just like Saitek.

The mind boggles!

Please, anyone who has encountered this problem, I would like to hear from you.

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