|Min OS X: Any Version Requires: USB Port|
Saitek, once a name unknown among Macintosh gamers, has been steadily releasing a wealth of new USB controllers, all of which have Macintosh compatibility. Now, in a world of USB joysticks becoming more and more crowded, Saitek competes directly with Microsoft, CH Products, and other manufacturers for each Mac userís dollar, giving us a sizeable set of options, from which the Macintosh platform can always benefit.
By far the most crowded area of this market is that of the midrange joystick, giving gamers with only an occasional need for a stick a satisfyingly large number of options. As such, the key to survival in this arena is unique features. Saitek surely realized this when it designed the Cyborg Evo, blessing it with more adjustability than any other midrange joystick. The Cyborg Evo caters to right-handers and left-handers of all shapes and sizes, promising a comfortable fit, futuristic look, and quality performance. And for the most part, the Evo delivers what it promises.
Taking it ApartThe Cyborg Evo follows in the tradition of design established by the Cyborg, duplicating its darkly futuristic look. Adorned with harsh angles, ruthless shades of black and gray, and peppered with blue and red LEDís, the Evo seems to belong to some sort of robot one might find Arnold Schwarzenegger destroying.
The Evo rests on a base of moderate size, almost reminiscent of attacking Martian ships from War of the Worlds. Six buttons rest on the base: three on each side. The idea is to give both left- and right-handers three buttons that they can each access with equal comfort. In the middle rear is a large throttle. The stick also has a twist-grip motion.
The stick houses a trigger, three buttons to be pressed by the base of the thumb, an eight-way hat, and two additional buttons reached by the tip of the thumb. This implies that the thumb and forefinger, between them having access to all seven stick-mounted controls, will see plenty of in-game use, leaving the other three fingers entirely idle. Regular users of the Evo may see an increase of muscle mass in their thumb.
Unique to the Cyborg Evo is its three adjustment knobs. These knobs have no effect of the game; they reconfigure the shape of the joystick to suit different sizes of hands. Above the trigger is a knob that lowers and raises the bank of three buttons to be pressed by the base of the thumb. Sitting on the left of the stick is another knob that adjusts the tilt of the entire head of the joystick relative to the base. Finally, nestled within the hand rest towards the base of the stick is a third knob. Loosening this knob allows the owner to remove the hand rest and adjust its height, as well as swapping its side for left-handed gamers.