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IMG Reviews CH's Fighterstick USB
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If you're a flight sim buff, you might want to check out our review of CH Products' Fighterstick USB. CH Products offers an aggressive top-of-the-line joystick that, despite some minor setbacks, is sure to please the most demanding of jet jockeys. Is it worth the hefty price?

Here's a snippet from the review:

The Fighterstick is faithfully modeled after the control column used in the Boeing F-16 Fighting Falcon, the US Air Force's premier multirole fighter — and it shows. There are only a few differences between the Fighterstick and the F-16's stick; namely, the tension (which we will get into later) and the lack of a pinky-controlled paddle on the Fighterstick.

Littering the surface of the stick are a trigger, three buttons, an eight-way POV hat, and three four-way auxiliary hats. In addition, there are two trim controls and a third wheel on the base (which should be a crime if used as a throttle). The stick is very large; only a very small number of people will have hands large enough to reach all the controls without stretching his or her fingers. Each hat has a unique design more or less reminiscent of the shape of the F-16's hats. The two trim wheels have center detents, and while the detent on the horizontal trim offers plenty of resistance, the vertical trim's detent was often difficult to find, nor did it hold the trim wheel's position very well.

Be sure to check out the rest of our review by clicking on the link below.

IMG Review: Fighterstick USB

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